Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack


Apr 09, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Thanks to for letting us know about their review for the video game soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The music as reported several times previously was released last month, however the HBP video game from EA will not be out until July of this year. The sound track however, is already out and the review of the score by James Hannigan, concludes on a very positive note:

Fans of Williams’ music for Harry Potter will thoroughly enjoy the musical world Hannigan has explored. Sequences like that for “Slytherin Combat” would work equally well in big orchestral moments even in the Star Wars
universe”distant musical stylistic sounds from the same composer.
While the shadow of Williams’ music is cast over the music here, this
is very much Hannigan’s own music. He is able to create plenty of
interesting thematic threads (a great one for Slughorn)
that run through the score without having to reiterate those created in
the films. This allows the music to be a self-contained valid
symphonic spectacle on its own with plenty of dash and polish to engage
players and listeners alike. In short, this new video game score is
perhaps one of the more delightful collections of music for this
classic literary character.

20 Responses to Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack

Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: This is cool! First?Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Cool beans! :DAvatar ImageHorcruxalej says: I cant wait to get this game for my Wii. lately i think these hasnt been any game that i want so its been pretty boring playing the same games. Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: I'm so excited for this game!Avatar Imageavrenim says: i hate video games, and have actually never played a harry potter video game before, but i really really would like to try this one!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait for the game!Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: hmmm..sounds interesting :) i wanna hear it now Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: Nice!Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: I enjoy the HP games and i wish they would bring out a wand control that has buttons that makes it work as having a Wii control makes it difficult to do some of the moves. Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: This whole story SCREAMS post-modernity!!! Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Woot! I can't wait for this game! Really!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Awesome!Avatar ImageMiss_Mears says: I Can't WAIT to get the game!! :D :D I have a Wii and LOVE playing harry potter on it! :D I may even buy this as I have some money on my Itunes! :)Avatar ImageDanielleD says: i haven't gotten any of the other games... maybe i will get this one... Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I'm so looking forward to playing this game on my Wii - I had trouble with some of the wand movements for the spells in OotP too, HPGROSS44, but I'm hoping they improved the wand controls for HBP. It sounds like I need to listen to the score while I'm waiting, though - I hope they've got it on iTunes!Avatar ImageDobbyandWinky says: that sounds great. I WNAT THAT GAME NOW. accio game!!Avatar Imagejonfrog says: i love that the game industry has more and more composers and musicians writing music for the game. instead of having 8-bit soundtracks people can have full orchestrated music. best game soundtrack would be Halo, Bioshock and of course guitar heroAvatar ImageHappy_Orange says: I am so buying this on itunes!! I can't wait till' it comes out on wiiii!!!Avatar Imageashes2phoenix says: I can't wait for this game!!!! :DAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Squee!

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