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Nicholas Hooper on Scoring Half-Blood Prince

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Posted by: sue
July 24, 2009, 08:39 AM

Composer Nicholas Hooper has given another interview, this time to IFMagazine, where he speaks again about scoring the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Mr. Hooper speaks on bringing in some of the cues from his music for Order of the Phoenix as well as working with the now iconic "Hedwig's Theme"  for HBP. Quotage:

Although a lot of things seem logical after the event, I tend to write instinctively, allowing things to develop in their own way. It would be easy to say that I meant to use such and such a theme in a "brilliant stroke of genius.” But in fact a lot of what works comes out of trying things out first, and then discussing them later. A bit like throwing paint at the wall one day and coming in to have a look at it the next to see what shape it makes. The use of the Possession theme from HP V (where Voldemort possesses Harry) came back as an idea when Voldemort is first mentioned by the name of Tom Riddle in Dumbledore's speech at the start of the new term. It seemed to work there and gradually worked its way into the movie following Dumbledore's own involvement with Voldemort. This along with a new theme created the DNA for the whole score. Placing John Williams' themes became obvious as we went along. The beginning of the film has to have at least a hint of Hedwig's Theme (look out for the end of it in the brass just before the Death Eaters attack London). Later in the film, Hedwig's theme gave a sense of being back in a POTTER movie, so it was used on the train to Hogwarts and Harry's arrival at the Weasley's home. I also enjoyed using a bit of William's Quidditch theme in the Quidditch match to point up Ron's amazing goal saving.

Readers will recall of course, as first noted here on July 14, then several days later, Mr. Hooper will not be returning to provide the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as legendary John Williams is indeed in talks to return to the series and create the music for the final Harry Potter films. Nicholas Hooper says again:

"I have made the decision not to do the next two HARRY POTTER films. I’ll be handing the baton on to another composer. It has been a roller coaster ride, and, I feel, an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to have scored such great films and such a fantastic story."

Thanks so much Alex, and to IFMagazine!

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4452 Points

i really liked the score :). shame he isnt cuming back tho.

4452 Points

i really liked the score :). shame he isnt cuming back tho.

8876 Points

That’s just so cool … I thought it was only a rumor about John Williams coming back to score DH, like I knew Nicholas Hooper was going but, I didnt know there was more to it than that. How cool that John Williams is in talks to return to the HP movies … I sure hope that he does :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 24, 2009, 12:27 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

I think he did a great job to capture both movies with his music! I especially love the HBP soundtrack with all it’s themes like the Death Eaters Theme and Dumbledore’s Theme. I also think that the HBP soundtrack is better then OoTP even though they are both great! I’m kinda sad to see him go…..

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 24, 2009, 12:37 PM report to moderator
1275 Points

He did a really good job, like everyone else is saying…. >.>

Posted by Jesse~{ROAR}~ on July 24, 2009, 12:44 PM report to moderator
89 Points

I wish he come back. In this whole series the possession scene in OOTP is the only scene that got me teary bc the music wrench my heart. I really love his score especially in the cave scene in HBP. it’s so epic.

Posted by shellscotie on July 24, 2009, 12:46 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

He did a very good job…

Posted by Won_Two on July 24, 2009, 12:49 PM report to moderator
2661 Points

I liked the score on HBP, but I will be excited if John Williams returns.

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on July 24, 2009, 12:59 PM report to moderator
502 Points

I really enjoyed Hooper’s scores.
If Williams is back for Deathly Hallows though, I would be pleased.

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on July 24, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator
4024 Points

I didn’t mind the music for HBP but I thought it could have been better I was most looking forward to The Phoenix Lament (in a werid way!) but it was quite dissapointing.

But he was never awful and I was never really, really concious of the music which is the way it’s meant to be. However, really I want John Williams’ back for the last two films. His music was great especially the momentous Hedwig’s Theme I mean you have to have that if Hedwig dies right? :’( sob sob


5089 Points

I was glad about this. I didn’t like his style at all but I have to say that I do like the OOTP soundtrack but HBP was not impressive! it could have been better. The orchestration is weak and boring at times. Is not a cd that I would listen to because is not interesting to me.

Posted by laura399 {WBM} on July 24, 2009, 02:34 PM report to moderator
13757 Points

williams is better

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 24, 2009, 03:44 PM report to moderator
150 Points

Hooper, Hooper, Hooper… that is NOT a Quidditch theme. It’s just the Double Trouble theme reworked, and therefore it’s completely inappropriate for this film.

Posted by starlesswinter on July 24, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
3526 Points

the scor was fantastic, I really wish he was coming back :( I thought that it was one of the best scores ever on an HP film, he could’ve done alot with DH

Posted by DesQueJteVois on July 24, 2009, 05:23 PM report to moderator
95 Points

I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! :) Hooper… you went out with style. Kudos to you, my man. I’m so pumped about the opportunity to have John Williams coming back for the next 2 films! I think his best work is when he tries to write “dark” themes :) He’s great at “light” stuff (aka HP 1 and 2) but you look at his work in films like Munich and Memoirs of a Geisha :) and it’s simply amazing. Do it john!

Posted by drhawks on July 24, 2009, 05:53 PM report to moderator
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