Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part One Soundtrack Review
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The soundtrack for the teen-wizard's next cinematic outing is a broody affair indeed...
"While this is a good soundtrack, there’s something about it that keeps it from being great. But it did make me more excited to see the new film"
I am a man torn. I have read and loved each and every one of the wonderful Harry Potter books, being drawn into the magical tales each book weaved. It is no wonder, then, that as a fan, I would also watch the movies. And with every movie, the disappointment that they weren’t more like the books. But I have to admit, the films are beautiful to watch, with the magical locations and beasts of the stories being brought to life. And part of what brings these stories to life is the music.
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner Alexandre Desplat (Sweet Revenge, Fantastic Mr. Fox) is responsible for the soundscape for this new chapter in Harry’s life. The story is dark and gloomy, and that’s the best way to describe the music. It’s beautiful, to be sure. But it definitely reflects the dark story being told. High woodwinds with low brass and strings give the listener a feeling of dread, as though something horrible is about to happen (Spoiler: Something horrible is about to happen).
Tracks like “Harry and Ginny” are little piano-based pieces that are really quite nice, and provide wonderful breaks in the gloom, but even they have a sense of foreboding. “Lovegood” has a bit of a Middle Eastern flavor to it, making it stand out from the rest of the tracks here. “Fireplaces Escape” gives the impression of a chase scene, which is also implied by the title. “Rescuing Hermione” is a fast-paced track that gives the promise of a good action sequence. There are some repeated themes throughout the album, and John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” pops up in a few spots. And while I really did enjoy this album, I contend that unless you like slow, dark musical themes or are a die-hard fan of Harry Potter, you’re probably not going to enjoy it. The insert has little in the way of insight as to the creation of the soundtrack, other than a paragraph from Desplat explaining that he liked working with director David Yates (who has directed every Harry Potter movie since Order of the Phoenix), and a paragraph from Yates, who said he loved the music so much that he hired Desplat to do the score for Part 2.
While this is a good soundtrack, there’s something about it that keeps it from being great. But it did make me more excited to see the new film, and I hope the music translates as well on screen.
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part One Soundtrack will be released November 16.
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