Followup: Nicholas Hooper Confirms He Will Not Score Deathly Hallows


Jul 16, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Several days ago we first told you Harry Potter producer David Heyman publicly stated the rumors were true and they were in talks with legendary composer John Williams about returning to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Quotage: “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.” Today, Film Score Monthly let us know they have an interview with Nicholas Hooper on his decision to step down from the Harry Potter films and his hope that indeed John Williams may return to the post. Nicholas Hooper, who scored back to back Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, tells the magazine the work was affecting his family life, saying “I actually decided I wouldn’t [return]. It impinged on my life and my family too
much to do it again. We managed to cope with two of them, and I just
felt it was time to hand it on…” The full interview with Nicholas Hooper can be found in the new issue of the magazine.

Thanks so much Tim!

73 Responses to Followup: Nicholas Hooper Confirms He Will Not Score Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: Man, I thought he was pretty good!Avatar ImageWeasleyBoy says: He did a really good job with HP5 and HP6, bringing new themes into the score. I wonder even why some of the tracks on the soundtrack are not in HP6. Hope Williams will be back, his HP3 score is brillant ! Let's hope he'll do new things (I want something else than Hedwige theme all along).Avatar Imagelolalu says: No disrespect intended, but really? Half the songs in HBP were from the last movie so it didn't really sound like he did that much with this one. Hopefully they can get a good replacement. Avatar Image3 Weasly Twin says: Don't get me wrong, I love John Williams, but I think that Hooper did a better job, especially considering that the movies get darker and darker. We'll just have to wait and see..... But I absolutly love the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack, it rocked! Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Extremely incorrect. Two tracks by Nicholas Hooper from HBP were in OOTP. That's it. The rest of the music was new.Avatar ImagePensievePerson says: I just cheered when I read this. Please come back Mr. Williams. I was very disappointed with the latest soundtrack for HBP. It is the worst one out of all 6 movies! I liked only a handful of songs and none were outstanding. Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: This is great news, I read the other story a few days ago but, I didnt want to get my hopes up too much. As a John Williams fan I *really* hope they do bring him back to score DH, that would be awesome :)Avatar ImagePensievePerson says: I just cheered when I read this. Please come back Mr. Williams. I was very disappointed with the latest soundtrack for HBP. It is the worst one out of all 6 movies! I liked only a handful of songs and none were outstanding. Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: Disaster!!! Hooper was the best of the lot. Williams is as subtle as an elephant in a china shop. What is he going to do with the King's Cross scene? Turn it into ET meets Indianna Jones with trumpets, kettle drums, and hit-you-over-the-head strings? He's too Hollywood, too loud, too in-your-face, and too sentimental. He's Steven Speilberg's right hand man. He has as much a British sensibility and subtlety as Superman on steroids. He almost ruined CoS and PoA, with the endless noise and gushiness of his score. It was like listening to hammers on a metal roof whilst trying to propose to the woman of your dreams (or something). Anybody, anybody, but Williams. If we can't have Hooper they should get a French composer. At least they know subtle and sophisticated. What a disaster. Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: As saddened as I am to hear that he is not returning, as I consider the soundtrack he created for the Half-Blood Prince to be the greatest yet, I accept his decision. His family is far more important than his career as a composer. He brings a subtlety and elegant emotional eloquence whose quiet ability to communicate meaning stands in great contrast to the more boisterous contributions of John Williams and will be missed.Avatar Imagelau399 says: Ok...I'm sooooo happy that he is not returning. I don't like his scoring...It lacks originality and it gets borring. I thought that Patrick Doyle was really good in Goblet of fire but Hooper did not do justice to HBPAvatar ImageMarryMeGinny says: I thought OotP was alright. He did much better with HBP, but I really do hope Williams will return for the 7th. He'll make it epic.Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: this is super duper news!!! Hooper was rubbish and i was devistated when i heard the new soundtrack, Williams back!! williams back!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: williams is great for the EPIC soundtracks! i think it will be better than hooper for that--i liked hooper for OOtP buttt i am not 100% on the HBP soundtrack, good but not awesome :]Avatar ImageWeasleyBoy says: don't forget that the director is also an important part in the choice of the music, he works with the composer to find the mood of the movie. I like the subtilities of Hooper soundtrack but I want something more epic for the last movies. Listen to HP3 soundtrack it's really brillant quite different from the work Williams did with Columbus (too pushy !).Avatar ImageSpitFyre says: It would be awesome if John Williams composed Deathly Hallows! Nicholas Cooper did a good job with the others but it would be nice if John Williams took over for the last movies.Avatar ImageLauraBC says: To me, John Williams coming back would be the last piece to the puzzle. I think he was the first one to publicly acknowledge that he would find it lovely in returning for the final act. I couldn't be happier if it all works out in the end. :)Avatar ImageHarry89 says: I'm glad he's not doing it! John Williams is the best and it would be awesome if he closed out the series with Hedwig's Theme.Avatar Imagesianletley says: HP5 is my favourite musical score Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: Oh, get over yourselves, Williams bashers! You can't honestly say that a score like PoA is a hollywood score...Zimmer scores are hollywood scores, not Williams ones. "A Window to the Past", "Saving Buckbeak", "Secrets of the Castle"...none of them are over the top. I'm very glad that Hooper isn't scoring anymore. He has no gift for melody or emotion. All he does is underscore.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I like Hooper, but I'd really like it if Williams came back. We started with him, let's end with him.Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: Hooray, John Williams! Sorry, @Rotfang, I couldn't disagree more. If you only listen to Williams' blockbuster scores, you might say he is bombastic or overbearing at times, but listen to something like "Schindler's List" and see if you can still say that. Williams is a classical composer of the first order and capable of subtlety and complexity. If not Williams, bring back Doyle!Avatar ImageSarabi says: This makes me incredibly happy. Hooper's score never seemed to grab my attention when watching the films. The music always seemed so flat! I'd absolutely love it if they got John Williams back. Avatar Imagejain says: you all sound so happy he's coming back...if he can fit HP into his calendar! So, he's not overwhelmed by the thought!Avatar ImageAnalise says: YESSSSSSS!!!!! This totally made my day!!! I actually started cheering as well. I'm at work, by the way. Avatar ImageScarlette says: Hooper did indeed improve in HBP, but I still prefer John Williams. Wow, I was just thinking that my hope of Williams coming back for DH might come true this morning, and this popped up! Lol.Avatar Imagekrystledm says: We need Danny Elfman for 7 ;)Avatar ImageAnalise says: Oh, I just checked John William's imdb page and it looks as though he's already got TWO movies booked for 2011 (Lincoln and Interstellar). No wonder they're having a hard time trying to schedule Deathly Hallows Part II. It would be his third movie score just that year! We know he's got the genius. Let's hope he still has the energy. The man will be 79 then.Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: thank god. well thank you mr hooper. im glad your not trying to steal the movie for yourself. JOHN WILLIAM!! i am so excited now. hopefully he can make it. this movie will be freakin AMAZING with him.Avatar ImageLily_Phoenix says: I want Alexandre Desplat - he would be perfect. Hooper's music is great, but it gets boring when he does the same type of song over and over again. It was great for the two films he did, but for DH, I'd like something epic, but original and haunting. So I'd prefer Desplat over John Williams, actually.Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Oooh, fingers crossed! That would be amazing if John Williams was back! Goodness, the PoA soundtrack was almost definitely the best soundtrack HP has ever had.....I can just imagine how amazing DH would be if John Williams did the score :x *crosses fingers*Avatar Imagecghambright says: It's completely understandable for Hooper not to return. I mean it's got to be very tiring working on two huge movies back to back. But I hope that we get Williams back if we can't have Hooper. But it would suck if we got someone new entirely. I wonder if they would bring Patrick Doyle back if it didn't work out with Hooper and Williams?Avatar Imagedanaskeeter says: I hope the schedules work out. I love John Williams' work. Regarding Hooper's statement, I didn't realize that doing the music for a movie would be so all-consuming.Avatar Imagepotionmistress says: Can I just say that as I wandered out of the theater yesterday, I turned to my bf and said, "You know, I genuinely enjoyed some of Hooper's pieces from the last two movies, but I would really love it if we had one last taste of Williams. Just to round things out. I miss some of those phrases. Everything seems a bit empty without his music..." HAH. (Not that I don't like Hooper, I just absolutely love Williams' themes, esp. his work on Prisoner of Azkaban - so much contrast and color.)Avatar Imagetina_als_girl says: I wouldn't mind having Patrick Doyle back. I rather liked GoF's score. As for HBP... I was surprised when they used the Fireworks track from OOTP for the Wizarding Wheezes scene, 'cause isn't there a swing-type track on the HBP CD that was for WWW? So where was it in the movie?Avatar Imageminishiva says: Good. I actually think John Williams is better than Hooper, even though I also think he is great.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Knew this was coming...Avatar ImagePensievePerson says: Hey it could be like a cross between Star Wars and Schindler's list! Seriously. Avatar ImageSaskiaM says: This makes me so sad. John Williams is boring, and whoever decided to put those two tracks in instead of the other brilliant stuff Hooper wrote isn't all that intelligent. Of all the soundtracks I own, I listen to the first two movies the least... and the third is somewhat better, but still can't beat things like "Of Love and War" and "Flight of the Order of the Phoenix." It just... I'm so sad. :(Avatar Imagebeewell says: I guess we will all have to wait and see if John Williams can do it. Sorry about Nicholas Hooper but his family does come first. Whoever does it, I do hope that the soundtrack will be awesome and go with the scenes like it should.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I hope they do get John Williams back. Hes one of the best.Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: How totally wonderful that Williams might return for Deathly Hallows!!! I liked Hooper mostly, but Williams' music has a dark majesty that should underscore The Prince's Tale, and Harry's walk to meet Voldemort, Harry's death, and the final battle in the Great Hall perfectly! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: i really like Hooper, but i think i would prefer it if John Williams comes back for DH! that'd be so cool!Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: You actually LIKE "Of Love and War"? Ick...Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: The only credit I can give Hooper is for finally using a piano.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: I love John Williams, he does really good stuff, especially the PoA soundtrack. But the HP theme song, too, of course.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Even though a lot of people didn't like Hooper's style in OoTP and HBP, I must say that I like it! He brought a lot of tension when needed in certain scenes, along with some whimsical playing around parts. I love both soundtracks he did! I do like John Williams, but a lot of his music all sounds the same.... if you listen closely you can hear themes from his other movies interwined together, and to me, that's not much originality. Avatar Image.full.blood.prince. says: I really liked both of them, along with the composer of Goblet of Fire's music. I really kinda wished it would've been a collaborative thing, like all three or maybe just two of them working together on the music, that way it would've been like both composer's work and it would've been that much better. Oh, well, wishful thinking.Avatar ImageAnalise says: I dare anyone to listen to the scores of Star Wars and Memoirs of a Geisha and tell me how similar they are. John Williams is classically trained and has the chops to do *lots* of different styles. Sure the action films have similar feels, but each theme that he does perfectly encompasses the atmosphere of the film. Sorry I'm just a music composition student who's listened to a lot of his work and I'm kind of a geek about it. :PAvatar Imagethewandofdestiny says: i'm sad that hooper's not returning for 7, but I hope that Williams will come back.Avatar ImageNimbus-X says: Darn. I just hope John Williams doesn't come back for it. Don't get me wrong, he's a wonderful composer, and I love his stuff. I just don't think he does HP very well. Get Joel Goldsmith instead! He has his father's gift!Avatar Imagetina_als_girl says: I love Williams' work for the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, etc. But every time I listen to his score for HP, I keep seeing the Star Wars prequels in my head, especially Phantom Menace. HOWEVER... I *really* like(d) the PoA score. But look what it was like -- he actually branched out and did some new styles of music beyond just the predictable, Gustav Holst-inspired stuff. If he incorporates stuff from Doyle and Hooper as well as maintaining the variety of his PoA score, I would be okay with John Williams returning.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: I'm disappointed! I thought Hooper's sound was fresher and younger (and better suited the franchise). Avatar ImageJoost says: Hooper's music worked fine in the films, so he has done his job. Only the music on its own... well, it's mostly ****. Patrick Doyle should do 7 and John Williams 8 - so I can add another cd to the 100+ Williams soundtracks on my shelf! Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awww!! he was good!!Avatar ImageBookwormjules says: GOOD! He was awful with Order of the Phoenix. I haven't heard what he did with HBP. I want John Williams back. He's a musical genius, has amazing talent and did a fantastic job with POA hitting the dark mood perfectly. I know he'd be able to do the same with DH. He was great with the first two, as well, but Columbus vision of HP held him back. Bring back Williams WB!Avatar ImageHermione_Granger1987 says: I hope John Williams will return for the last one. I loved the score of all the movies so far but I prefer John Williams's music.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: I really hope Jonh Williams returns. I personally think he was the best composer for all the HP movies.Avatar ImageGTHunter says: I liked williamsAvatar ImageGTHunter says: I liked williamsAvatar Imageelaphantluv34 says: I think Hooper did a fabulous job with the OotP and HBP soundtracks, but I think that having Williams come back and compose is a gift from above!Avatar ImageDanielleD says: i want williams back!Avatar ImageDanielleD says: i want williams back!Avatar ImagePhylis says: I have like a lot of the ones Williams has done and I like the HBP soundtrack. Harry and Ginny's theme was beautiful to me. Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: even though the music was great it is always good to put family before the job cause you could always get another. Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Hmm, dunno how I feel about this to be honestAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I really enjoyed Hooper's work on the past two films -- sorry to see him go. But, I'm excited about Williams' coming back! He will do a fantastic job, I'm sure of it!Avatar Imagedrhawks says: YIPEEEAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: it would be cool to get john williams backAvatar ImageBordoisHouseElf says: Dear John Williams, Please -- Do not write the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you must do it, sir, please do not make the movie sound like a ridiculous version of Star Wars. There are no space ships or storm troopers in Harry Potter. Please do not write in blaring trumpets, insane-style flute runs and trills, or vastly repetitive brass undertones. Please do something different. Dear Nicholas Hooper, I own the soundtracks to Harry Potters 1, 5, and 6. Numbers 5 and 6 are by far the most impressive -- and not because the blaring trumpets of Number 1 are blowing me away and blasting out my sanity--nor because the flute trills and runs have caused me to leave the room, never to return to my stereo. I found your work to be creative to the nth degree--absolutely inspiring and original. (a few of the songs brought me nearly to tears) Some say that the scores of Half-Blood Prince lack melody or whatever jazz.... I disagree. I think that those people should try listening to the soundtrack a little more (I had to listen to it a few times before finding that I liked it). Love, Dawn Harry Potter 7 does not need extreme epic-shotintheface-magical-whimzy-trumpetblaring-silliness that 1-3 had. This movie is not going to be silly, and I don't think epic is a good word to describe it. It will be intense, for sure, but this isn't STAR WARZZZZ mmk? This movie is going to be -VERY VERY SAD- (over 20 characters die) and dark of course, as is reiterated countless times (though it's more true for each movie). Much of what Nicholas Hooper has written has been -subtle- but I think rightly so. The story called for subtle music. HBP couldn't have possibly visually lived up to a John Williams sound. It was a very plot-driven movie, with the actual details and secrets of the story being revealed. Less pewpew=less "epic" (less John Williams). With so little PewPew, how could it have been as musically-epic as so many people think it should have been? Again. John Williams--Please do not write the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. KthanksAvatar ImageBordoisHouseElf says: THERE IS NOTHING DARK ABOUT JOHN WILLIAMS. It is too full of blaring trumpets and silly FLUTESAvatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: I think John Williams is scoring for sure on DH!!! Squee! (Maybe)Avatar ImagecrosStitch says: Seriously???? Hooper's music is haunting and can easily stand-alone. When i watched HBP, i never thought of the music but knew something was different. Now, every time i hear Ginny & Harry's theme, it brings me shivers and Dumbledore's farewell can make me cry. John Williams is an icon and is king of the memorable theme but is that what the DH needs? His music is so bombastic, for a 2-1/2hr film, i always walk away exhausted with a headache. I'm sad to see you go Mr. Hooper:(

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