Interview with Composer of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack


Mar 09, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Composer James Hannigan has given a new interview to the BBC, where he discusses his work on the music heard in the Harry Potter video games. At this link to the article, you can also preview the theme that will be heard in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. Those with sharp ears will recall that indeed that music has been used recently in trailers for the new HBP game from EA.

In the interview, Mr. Hannigan says that he takes into consideration work done by the Harry Potter film composer, in this case Nicholas Hooper for HBP, as he says

“There has to be a similar approach to the music” says Hannigan.
“I’ll work some of the famous Hedwig’s Theme into some of the music to
identify it as Harry Potter – it’s very much the game of the film”.

The soundtrack for the game was recorded by the Philharmonia
Orchestra at Pinewood’s Air Studios. At the moment, such a grand level
of music production is relatively unusual in a game, and typically only
reserved for so-called AAA games, those with the biggest budgets.

The interview continues with the following on the nature of music for these videogames:

“The biggest difference between games music and film music is really the function” says Hannigan.”You have to remember that the gamer is both audience and participant -
they’re observing this world, they’re watching a story, but they’re
also a participant in the story “.

Pre-orders for the video game of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are available now, with the game out in July of this year.

29 Responses to Interview with Composer of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack

Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I am glad they are putting more into the music for this game. Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: not a fan of a game ;D Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: but will definitely love the music !!! ;DAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is just wonderful that Electronic Arts does invest so heavily in the creation of fantastic soundtracks to accompany the video games. In my opinion, they make playing the games even more rewarding.Avatar ImageDaveF says: This is awesome. Hannigan's score to the last game was one of the best things about it. I don't think he bases the music off Hooper's score as you say though. He said he works in Hedwig's theme by John Williams sometimes. I read in another interview the game music gets written before Hooper's, so it's separate.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I love the theme!!!Avatar Imagehallowethe says: I love the little preview, but that music was in OOTP. I assume they'll probably use it for HBP too (because in OOTP they used music from all the past games), but that specific song wasn't composed for HBP. It was composed for OOTP. Anywho, I love it. The music in the games are always incredible. Avatar ImageAccioCloak says: The music adds greatly to the atmosphere of the game and I'm glad they're co-ordinating with the film score!Avatar ImageZivlok says: Very interesting article. I love hearing how he really put thought and effort into distinguishing the music in the game from the music in the movie, and recognizing that music shapes your experience differently in games than in movies. Often for movie-based games, you just get the main theme recycled in an endless loop, with some sound effects slapped on there. And he's totally right about how a 3rd person game, especially one like this and OotP, where there's a lot of emphasis on exploration and just looking around, that there are times when you want to stop and soak in the full experience, and so it's okay to ramp up the music a bit. Oh, and the actual sample of music is great, too!Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I will definatly buy this game.Avatar ImageDaveF says: there was a spoken interview that went with this. It's here (listen from 21:45): (click listen to the latest edition) Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I may end up buying this game. I haven't really liked the ones before this. Order of the Phoenix was the best, so far. Avatar ImageErinM says: Definitely buying all the others!Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I will definatly buy the game.Avatar Imagegrednforge7 says: I hope this game will be awesome! The is so much more they could add to the games. Think about online playAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: I never realized so much went into the music for the game! Avatar ImageMiss Smarticle says: Hm, I'd probably be more excited if I played the HP video games, but I don't. I had the original SS one for the computer, and I didn't find it that exciting, thus I never bothered to pursue it.Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: This guy's amazing.Avatar Image10thweasley says: WOW! I will be buying the game and the music.. just great I love it!!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool! I hope the game is awesome.Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Can't wait for this game!Avatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: i reckon this will be the best game everAvatar ImageJTEL99 says: I want to play the game now!!! Accio HBP game!Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: I cant wait for this game, im looking much more forward this one than any of the others!! Avatar ImageRavenclawed says: I'm a little bit disappointed that they aren't bringing Jeremy Soule back - he did the music for the first four games, and some of it was re-used for the fifth. His music is fantastic - I identify it with HP as much as Hedwig's Theme!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Not a fan of videogames, but I love the HP ones! This one sounds like it will be the best yet!Avatar Imagecleber says: the talent and professionalism of all the artists involved - as shown in mr. hannigan's interview - is our guarantee of a high-quality effort. and music is such an essential element! not into games, though.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: not a big fan of the game but none the less an interesting interview! xx Avatar Imagemewthree says: the music makes it worth playing when nothing seems to be happening.

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