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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part I

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part I

WaterTower Music (39212)

Release Date: November 16, 2010

Conducted by Alexandre Desplat

Performed by
London Symphony Orchestra

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. Obliviate 03:02
2. Snape To Malfoy Manor 01:58
3. Polyjuice Potion 03:32
4. Sky Battle 03:48
5. At The Burrow 02:35
6. Harry And Ginny 01:43
7. The Will 03:39
8. Death Eaters 03:14
9. Dobby 03:49
10. Ministry Of Magic 01:46
11. Detonators 02:23
12. The Locket 01:52
13. Fireplaces Escape 02:54
14. Ron Leaves 02:35
15. The Exodus 01:37
16. Godric's Hollow Graveyard 03:15
17. Bathilda Bagshot 03:54
18. Hermione's Parents 05:50
19. Destroying The Locket 01:10
20. Ron's Speech 02:16
21. Lovegood 03:27
22. The Deathly Hallows 03:17
23. Captured And Tortured 02:56
24. Rescuing Hermione 01:50
25. Farewell To Dobby 03:43
26. The Elder Wand 01:36
  Total Album Time: 73:41

Contributed Review

by Spencer Allred
on November 20th, 2011
[4 / 5]

When director David Yates decided that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be split into two movies, many presumed Nicholas Hooper would continue his collaboration with Yates, and thus achieved the distinction of scoring more Harry Potter movies than any other composer, passing John Williams, who scored three. Nicholas Hooper however declined to return, and French composer Alexandre Desplat was hired.

Himself a fan of Williams, Desplat stated that he would "take every opportunity to use the fabulous [Hedwig's] theme" if the footage allowed him. "Hedwig's Theme" is incorporated to a greater extent in this score than Patrick Doyle or Nicholas Hooper had achieved. We also hear music that hearkens back to Williams' "Polyjuice" transformation material from Chamber of Secrets in "Polyjuice Potion" (Track 3). The bouncing woodwinds in "Detonators" (Track 11) are reminiscent of the medieval sound Williams achieved in Prisoner of Azkaban and the melody even reminds one a little of "Double Trouble"!

The theme from "The Obliviation" (Track 1) is the film's main theme that expresses the loneliness and loss of innocence felt by the main characters who are far from all that is safe and familiar to them. A great example is heard in "Ron Leaves" (Track 14). A noble theme for the Order and Harry’s friends, or the "Band of Brothers" as Desplat refers to them, is heard in "Polyjuice Potion." The ominous theme for evil is heard in "Snape to Malfoy Manor" (Track 2).

Other minor themes or ideas include a strutting string march in "Ministry of Magic" (Track 10), a quirky mandolin theme for the house elf in "Dobby" (Track 9), a theme for Dumbledore, and an eery, mysterious theme for horcruxes in "The Locket" (Track 12).

The album gives the score a chance to shine since, in the film, many times the music is buried under dialog and sound effects. The latin-inspired "Lovegood" (Track 21) wasn't used in the movie and sections of "The Will" (Track 7) and "Hermione's Parents" (Track 18) also weren't used.

Desplat's score for Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a fantastic blend of action and suspense for an epic journey and the quirkiness and playfulness that accompanies the idea of wizards, potions, brooms and magic. Wonderfully diverse, thematiacally interesting, and brilliantly sophisticated, this score is a superb addition to the Harry Potter scores.


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