Review by Steve Townsley
(Apologies for spoilers herein, but…the seventh book has broken sales records in stores, already—who am I spoiling here?)
When I learned that Patrick Doyle was succeeding John Williams as composer for the phenomenal HARRY POTTER film-franchise, I was elated and relieved, for I knew that if Williams could not provide music for all the Potter-installments, then Doyle is more than worthy to pick up the wand…er--baton. So, when movie 5 was announced, and NICHOLAS HOOPER was proclaimed the new composer, I, probably like many, had the response, “Who??”
For the months preceding, I anticipated the forthcoming film (and score) very little. Not that I wasn’t intending to enjoy it in due time. I merely let my eagerness wane, so as not to over-exhaust myself with Pottermania to the saturation point. And not that I wasn’t curious as to the as-to-my-ears heretofore unheard NICHOLAS HOOPER turning in what was suspected to be a by-the-numbers derivative score, drawing naturally upon the instantly associative “Hedwig’s Theme”, and perhaps a quotation here and there of other established themes within the franchise.
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