David Heyman on Possible Return of John Williams to Score Deathly Hallows Films


Jul 14, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Harry Potter producer David Heyman was in Los Angeles last night for an event held at an Apple store where he took some questions from fans. Reader Richard asked the producer about legendary John Williams and a possible return to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. David Heyman confirmed they have indeed talked to Mr. Williams about his return to writing the music for the series, noting ” If we can make work , and that’s a big if, for his schedule and ours then yes.” You can hear the audio of the entire question and answer here via youtube and the transcript of this question is as follows:

RA (Richard Alexander)
DH (David Heyman)
RA: Hi, First I want to say thank you for your amazing work.
DH: Thank You.
RA: In a recent interview John Williams said that he would love to come
back and bring his musical storytelling “full circle”. Will he come
back for Deathly Hallows?
DH: The question is will John Williams come back? I’m a huge fan of
John Williams he did three of the scores and I think he is amazing. He
came up with some of the themes that have carried on. We have talked to
John Williams and a lot of it will depend on his schedule for [Harry
Potter] seven part two. If we can make work , and that’s a big if, for
his schedule and ours then yes.
RA: Great, thanks.

Thanks so much Richard!

84 Responses to David Heyman on Possible Return of John Williams to Score Deathly Hallows Films

Avatar Imagedeadtree says: I actually prefer the Hooper's scores to Williams'-- I think they have a lot more personality and suit the darker tone of the films. Avatar ImageCourtney Quirke says: YES PLEASEAvatar Imagepinkmoonlight says: AWESOME! I love Nicholas Hooper's scores for Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, but having John Williams back for the end would just be perfect. I hope it works out!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Yes! It's going to be so epic!Avatar ImageDrome says: Fantastic!! : ))Avatar ImageThatJordanEdwards says: I think John William would be absolutely perfect for the sweeping scale that will no-doubt accompany the eighth film. If you've heard some of his more recent scores (including Munich, War of the Worlds and Revenge of the Sith) you'll know he can do dark, and do it well. I think Prisoner of Azkaban was some of his most outstanding work and I wish he could have stayed on to develop some of the smaller themes introduced in that film. I also like the idea of him musically bookmarking the series. If they can work it out for him to return, I would be one happy camper. Avatar ImageFeliciarickmann says: I would greatly love to see John Williams return for the last films. That said I appreciate Hooper's latest score, but not OotP (all 'moments' - no coherent thread) having heard it on Yahoo. His transition from Hedwig's Theme in 'Ginny' is superb and he captures the Weasley's so well. But, yes, I love the strong emotional core that runs right through each of the Williams scores for Harry Potter and who can hear Hedwig's Theme without suddenly going back to the moment you realised that Harry Potter was really going to be on fil.!Avatar ImageLauraBC says: OMG, I was just thinking about this the other day. If he came back for the final two films, it would definitely make my life.Avatar Imagescallenger says: Amazing that I was thinking about this moments before clicking on the latest news here. It is constantly on my mind, and I hope hope HOPE that Williams gets to do this. If not just compose and conduct the first film as usual, write the second, and perhaps have William Ross adapt it again like he did for Chamber. It really is only fitting that he close the loop that he started by doing the last film(s). While Hooper's music may have served the two latest films enough, it is clear that action is not his forte, and the score for the exciting story that is Deathly Hallows needs to be just as exciting. Or, I am telling you, it will NOT work.Avatar ImageMartinisthechosenone says: I WANT JOHN WILLIAMS!Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: Hooper's scores have very little personality! What are you talking about? Just listen to POA...that score is absolutely teeming with life and attitude. If this news does indeed come to realization, it will make my year!Avatar Imagevandy says: I really hope that he comes back.. I liked the HBP score but i don't how far it will blend with the film... But John Williams is the bestAvatar Imagekamidee says: I love David Heyman's comments, he really reassures me that they (exc WB) are dedicated to the movie *beyond* its monetary value.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: coolAvatar Imagepolyjusposhun says: A friend and I who are eagerly awaiting the movie opening at midnight were just discussing this not 4 hours ago. I was searching the internet to find out if it had been announced who would be doing the score. I think it would be so fitting for John Williams to score it, especially with the big BoH scenes. An epic film needs and epic score and Mr. Williams, IMHO, is the man for the job. : )Avatar Imageimy_286 says: hooper is aalrite,,, but if you just listen to a window to the past, playing in the scene with harry and lupin... it just blows you away, one of my fav sound tracks of all times, along with braveheart, titanic. its amazing, and to think what he can do in the part of deathly hallows while harry is walking to the forest.... john williams, was made for that film. my fav composer /Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: John Williams did a GREAT score and I really hope he finishes the series off.Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: Oh, I SO hope this is true! I much, MUCH prefer his work to Hooper's and feel he best captures the moods, themes and personalities of the films, plus he really has the experience to take DH to the epic levels it needs to attain, in all ways. Mr. Heyman, if you're listening, please, PLEASE make this work out!Avatar ImageErinM says: Perfect! Fingers crossed....Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: John Williams coming back would be cool!Avatar ImageAurora_7 says: I would be happy with a Nicholas Hooper/John Williams collaboration for DH Part 2. Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: That would be cool.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: WOW! YES PLEASE! It would be so great if John Williams could come back like it says bring the story complete full-circle! He is awesome and my favourite music is in the films he has written for. Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: That would be excellent of course.Avatar Imageherpo says: Please JOIN the group "John Williams:the best choice for Deathly Hallows composer!" on my Leaky,so we can all show WB our love for the Williams score and our desire for him to compose the DH score!Avatar Imagebella vita says: Oh god I've been hoping John Williams would come back for years now. I've felt his presence missing in all of the scores since then especially OOTP which I hated Hooper's score for. The score for OOTP took away from the film instead of adding to it. I just REALLY hope they can make this happen. Like others said I think it is only fitting that Williams be the one to end the series and would just really bring things full circle. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Make This Work!!!Avatar Imageiamminerva says: Just gotta weigh-in on this before I head on off to work. I have enjoyed all of the HP soundtracks but John Williams wrote "Hedwig's Theme", the most recognizable HP music piece and the one everyone associates with the film franchise. I would be quit pleased if he came back. imy_286: "A Window To The Past" is my favorite piece, too. Avatar Imageender650 says: It would be great to have John Williams score the last films since he has done a great job on at least 90% of his previous works. This also might be his last real epic score since he is starting to get old and it will probably be another 5 years before another huge film like this is released (with the exception of Avatar and Hobbit)Avatar Imageherpo says: A Nicholas Hooper/John Williams collaboration would indeed be something interesting.It would bring two aspects of the Harry Potter movies together.Their collaborative score would bring about memories of Harry Potter as a confused boy learning magic,as well as as a troubled adolescent fighting against injustice and evil....interesting!Avatar ImageLeo_Lovegood says: Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. Please let Williams come back. :)Avatar Imagejazzoboe says: It's funny that nobody has even mentioned Patrick Doyle's score from GoF! Personally I think the scores for movies 4 and 5 were both well done musically, but just lacked that John Williams flair, and as they didn't have the same continuity in style as the first 3, they made those 2 movies, in some respect, lose that whole "Harry Potter" feel we got used to in the first films. That being said, John Williams is not only my favorite film composer, but one of my favorite all time composers in general, so I would be esctatic if he returned for the seventh film(s)!Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: @jazzoboe, I loved the GOF score and keep it on the rotation of discs in my car all the time! That said, I would love to see John Williams do this score -- it was simply meant to be (I saw the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries...heh heh). Hooper did a competent job on OOP, and I am eager to hear more of what he has done for HBP... but JOHN WILLIAMS PLEASE!!!Avatar Imagepeaceforall says: omg if john williams comes back for the last films, i'll scream of joy! he's AMAZING! especially in the prisoner of azkaban. WOW! that music is the best!!! i remember asking my dad if he had any music by john williams, cause i absolutely loved what i'd already heard! this would be sooo cool!Avatar Imagedtown says: i hate to admit it, but i guess john williams actually can write decent music. it's just that all of his scores sound very similar; i feel that it made the films stronger, having different composers... and i personally love doyle's goblet of fire score... i think it was perfect for that film. (i also think that was the best film, though, so i'm biased.) i have no idea why i'm commenting on an internet story all of a sudden.Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: Bringing John Williams back will be David Heyman's only potential serious mistake throughout the series (other than Dobby's non reappearance etc). Williams' scores are heavy-handed Hollywood at its worst, you feel as though you are being clubbed over the head by the soundtrack and it takes away from the acting, production design, and plot. His use of horns and drums is crude and intrusive, and he is utterly devoid of nuance and sophistication. Hedwig's theme is brilliant but it is a diamond in the rough. Please, please, please, David Heyman, leave well alone. Hooper is infinitely more sophisticated and nuanced he allows the scenes to breathe, and his use of instrumentation is infinitely better, more imaginative, modern, and wider than Williams's. And he gets on brilliantly with Yates. Why ruin a perfect fit? Bringing back Williams will also be a needless expense. And he will ruin the King's Cross scene, which requires the kind of subtlety and sophistication shown by Hooper at the end of HBP, not a bludger-like Williams Hollywoodesque assault. Don't ruin DH. Please think again. We want HP not ET. Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: YES! i want John back sooooooooooo bad. Bring Williams back!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: I really hope they do bring back John Williams. Personally I didnt like the GoF score at all (although I really like a lot of Patrick Doyle's scores, some of them like Nanny McPhee are so magical but, I felt the magic just wasnt there in GoF) and I wasnt overly keen on OoTP's score. I love what John Williams does, I was a fan of his music even before HP which is kind of weird in a way, the Jurassic Park score was the first soundtrack album I ever bought. So, I would disagree that John Williams cant do subtle, in my opinion he can be understating in his music to counterpoint a big dramatic scene. Just my two knuts ... But yeah I would so love for John Williams to come back, it would feel right (to me) to have him score the first and the last HP movies ... surely he can clear his schedule for HP?Avatar Imagesushita says: I'm kind of torn. While I love the John William's scores, and thinks that he could do really well with these darker movies, I do really love Nicholas Hooper's scores. Hooper's work has been really great, and I remember when I first heard "Room of Requirement" my heart just swelled with happiness, because it was so hopeful. I guess we'll have to see.Avatar ImageLilleby says: John Williams is THE ONLY man for this job!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: We need music that will live on for DH Part 2 at least, just as it did after PS/SS, beautifully transporting the audience into a magical world. We need John Williams to give us a rousing "triumph over evil" at the end of the film to send us out of the cinema smiling through our tears.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Awesome. I hope John Williams really does come back.Avatar ImageJessieRose says: I think it would be nice to have John williams back. He created Hedwig's Theme and it would add another layer to the last HP movie Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: PLASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. bring him back. if he does. i think i will... make WB brownies.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I believe nothing - absolutely nothing, with the potential exception of the publication of another book in the Harry Potter saga- could bring as much joy to the fans as seeing John Williams contribute his fantastic talents to the closing acts of this franchise. I hope he does return!Avatar ImageBrad Ausrotas says: Nicholas Hooper is pretty great, I can't lie, BUT HOLY DAMN IT'S JOHN WILLIAMS.Avatar ImageBritski says: John Williams! Please come-back! I like Hoopers score, but let's face it, nothing is as epic as what Williams has produced. Avatar ImageWimsey says: Ugh! How many more times do we need to hear Williams rearrange Beethoven's 5th? I've been thoroughly sick of his music since Raiders.....Avatar Imagejain says: please say it ain't so!!!!!!!!! That is insulting to the other composers, who have come up with something original and in keeping with the Britishness of the films. All John Williams need do is mix up the running order of Star Wars. This is the worst news possible.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I think that would be a very good thing!Avatar ImageUntitled says: Oh, I hope they do get John Williams to score DH. Please let it happen! That would be so awesome!Avatar ImageEeyore says: John Williams is good, but all of his soundtracks sound so much the same. There are a few tracks, such as the Harry Lupin one on the bridge in POA, that stand out. Otherwise, they run together. I liked Patrick Doyle's score for GOF and listen to it often. And I love Nicholas Hooper's score for OP. The other day when they had the whole HBP soundtrack on-line, I listened to it and absolutely loved it. I can't wait to go buy it today. Now that we have two of his to compare, what I see is that he is able to bring out things unique to each movie, while Williams just seems to rearrange and repeat. I really wish they would just keep Hooper and let Williams move on. Avatar ImageHP_Flower says: I would love it if John Williams came back!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: That would be great to start and end with the same composer!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: PLEASE RETURN!Avatar Imagefireboltfire says: John Williams has to come back for the last films, I mean it you cant carry on a seaqual with a differnt person being the same character- unless they show that that person can morph into a differnt person entierly- well being Harry Potter and the wizarding world, anything is possible!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I <3 John Williams. He should clear up his schedule for HP! :]. -11hours-Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: That'd be great! Oh how I love symmetry, or at least near-symmetry..Avatar ImageCrazedMuggle says: I'm guessing that John Williams did the music for Philosopher's stone?Avatar Imagecghambright says: I actually prefer Nicholas Hooper, but if they can both work on it then that would be awesome. John Williams is the one who came up with the original scores so it would be AMAZING to have him finish it. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: :)Avatar ImageDanMcD674 says: I grew up on Williams' scores, but I feel that in the past 5-10 years he's dropped off his game. The Phantom Menace was his last great score, IMO. The score for Indiana Jones IV was particularly bad. The other day I watched HP1 and was amazed how heavy-handed the music is, but that's also a function of Chris Columbus' directing. While the individual pieces of Hooper's score for Phoenix (haven't seen HBP yet) are good, my problem with his work is the lack of thematic coherence. Other than Umbridge, nobody gets anything resembling a real theme, and even hers only appears twice. The music doesn't seem to have any connection to the characters. Williams also started doing this in later years, he wrote music more for scenes - the music for PoA is incredible, but it still feels mostly like a bunch of disconnected pieces rather than a whole. That's why I like Doyle's score for Goblet of Fire best. The themes he wrote for Harry and Voldemort were magnificent, and the whole score used leitmotif that resounded and gave the thing a feeling of completeness. The way he played the H and V themes against each other in 'Voldemort' is brilliant, and my favorite piece of music in the whole series. Whoever composes the last films, I'd like to see a return of those themes to the series. Although, with 3 different composers (4 if you count William Ross) having worked on the series already, lack of continuity is something we're just going to have to live with. Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: JOHN WILLIAMS FTW.Avatar Imagehpbruin says: Oh man, i hope this works out! As much as I loved Patrick Doyle's and Nicholas Hooper's scores, the classic Harry Potter themes that John Williams created need to be brought back and reworked for Deathly Hallows. He has such a talent for creating these epic pieces of music that really tell a story so it would be a fitting for him to come back and end the series in a grand, epic way.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: I'm sure if John Williams will comeback for the Final HP films, We will hear another unforgettable kind of Music Score... same as Hedwig's Theme and themes for other movies such E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's Lists, SuperMan theme, StarWars and many more. Each of these movies, we all know that haven't the same melody, hymn or tune,, They all different but created from the same person. JW comeback is a great honor and achievement to the Harry Potter series.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: I really hope this works out. I love all of the soundtracks; however, John Williams' have a certain continutity and flow that are unmatched. Not only would it be fabulous to bookend the series with the same composer, but it would also be a nice tribute to Hedwig to have her theme appear once more. Hooper also does a good job evoking an overall feeling. Doyle's I can picture each piece of the movie that corresponds to the music.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Oh, i forgot to mention John Williams great compositions for the Harry Potter films, from the opening scene until the flight of the Firebolt. All was indeed Great! Since When i first watched the HP5, i wish even on my dreams that John Williams will be back. Especially for the Deathly Hallows, that we all know is having the saddest and most intense scenes in the whole series, Everytime i hear the Schindler's List theme for example, i really felt the sadness, the persecution and pain on which the movie is all about. I wish John Williams will comeback to create another theme, just like what he did for the other Unforgettable Great movies like Schindler's List.Avatar Imageizziewitch says: really want John Williams to come back for DH; if not him, then Patrick Doyle (loved his GoF), but definitely NOT Hooper. His work is bland and for the most part boring. Williams would do a wonderful job for such a sweeping, dramatic, and emotional final 2 films.Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: I get really tired of "John Williams' music all sounds the same!" No, it doesn't. His ACTION music sounds very similar, true, but you cannot honestly argue that a track like "Secrets of the Castle" or "Saving Buckbeak" sounds anything like Star Wars or Indiana Jones. No way. These arguments come from people who only recognize scores in passing, I'm guessing. I listen to scores from all sorts of movies all the time, and you can definitely hear Williams switch styles from film to film, though of course there are films in which he is just recycling old material. The first to HP films are nothing new from him, but PoA is one of his best. The argument that "the best scores are the ones you don't notice" is so stupid. How can you like something if you don't even remember it? You're SUPPOSED to notice the music....Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: ..."the first TWO films", I meant to say.Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Ooooh, fingers crossed!Avatar Imagehereward says: As classic and distinctive as Hedwig's Theme is I prefer the soundtrack of Order of the Phoenix to that of the early films. Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: hooper has clearly improved for hbp, but how can you say no to john williams? he's the best. Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: Hooper doesn't know how to fill out an orchestra. Much like Michael Giacchino, his supposed-to-be "epic" sounds are never as full as they should be.Avatar ImageRumourBuster3000 says: Am I the only one that noticed Heyman said DH: Part Two? Hooper already signed for part one? Or someone else. Personally, I like Hooper's scores better. I love the SS and CoS scores, PoA has its moments, but I think Williams' stuff all starts to sound the same after a while. the HBP score is absolutely brilliant. Much, much better than OOTP's.Avatar ImageLupinAscending says: I wasn't a huge fan of Williams' first two scores: I found them a bit pedestrian and reminiscent of his earlier work. (Apart from Hedwig's theme, which I've always liked.) JW really ramped up his game for POA, though. I really liked that score; I attributed his much-improved performance to the much needed stylistic shot of adrenaline given by the arrival of Alfonso Curaon - which I know isn't a universally held opinion. I really enjoyed his playful flirtation with chamber music and quirkier orchestrations than the stately and often rather boring scores from SS and COS. I will welcome JW's return if he's as inspired in his choices as he was for his POA score.Avatar ImageKatie_ says: This would be amazing to end with the same composer that began the theme!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: That would be awesome! He's the best.Avatar ImageFereverto says: Deep in my heart is the fervent hope that John Williams will be back for the final films. There's something about his melodies that just touch me. I love his music.Avatar ImagePigmyPuffPie says: omg I hope he comes back!!! He's my favorite composer!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: i hope that's trueAvatar ImageAcanthusBillows says: I hope it works out. Williams' best work (and Prisoner of Azkaban was an example) is rich and on target in a way that is rarely approached these days. He has a remarkable ability to focus in like a laser on the core feeling of a scene while at the same time encompassing the surrounding context. His music is accessible and immediate, while also being complex enough to reward repeated listening. He has shown that he can bring the spirit of the books to life with grandeur, rich atmosphere, and an exacting, layered precision of expression that is unique. Williams is a truly great composer, and not only the films but the world will be the poorer for it if he does not do any more HP scores. Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: WISH HE WAS COMPOSING :(Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: WISH HE WAS COMPOSING :(

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