Reports: John Williams Will Compose Score for “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″


Sep 14, 2010

Posted by Mel

Our friends at Potterish have gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. Brazil that composer John Williams, who wrote the music for the first three Harry Potter films, will return to score the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ will be scored by Alexandre Desplat.
Update: While this is indeed exciting news, we still await final conformation on this information from WB. Stay close to Leaky for the latest!

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ will be in theatres November 19th, and “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ will come out on July 15th, 2011.

161 Responses to Reports: John Williams Will Compose Score for “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″

Avatar Imageleigia says: If that is true, then that would be great news. Yay!Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: oh yes! those are my favorite scores :DAvatar ImageLemonFaerie says: Hooray! I've been keeping my fingers crossed that he would come back, I just wish he was doing both parts so they'd be more unified, but I will be happy with this!Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: Wow,how awesome is that,i'm really glad he'll be back for the very lastAvatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: That's great.Avatar ImageSilvery Doe says: I really liked the music in azkaban. It balanced out the weirdness of the shrunken heads! Hope this is true.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: This is good news, though I like Nicholas Hooper (OotP and HBP) the *very* best.Avatar Imageblackhair says: That's fantastic. And i loved Nicholas Hooper's OOTP and HBP compostionAvatar Imagetjerriam says: YES at last...I like the music...Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: AAAH!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GENIUS!!!Avatar Imagemew5645 says: sweeT ! Love his music!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Good choice.Avatar Imageemmy1 says: That's awesome! The music was so much better in the first films!!! =DAvatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: Wow! Just about the best news we could hear! Great decision by JW and WB!!!Avatar Imagewiltabone says: YESSS !!!!Avatar ImageLeper says: Fantastic news!Avatar ImageLillylove says: Very appropriate to begin and end with the master of epic movie scores.Avatar ImageSusmita singh says: Yes!!! But i wanted him to do both the parts.Avatar ImageTonks1 says: Great News! It is fitting that he would compose the final film. For continunity I would have liked him to do Part 1 also. I have Hedwig'sTheme on my cell phone along with Windows into the Pastl. His scores are the only ones that I listen to and know exactly where in the movies they were played. Thank You John Williams!!!!!!Avatar ImagePetra says: YES, YES!!! I'm soo hoping this is true...Avatar Imagemystiqueminx says: this news made my dayAvatar Imagerizzijl says: very great news! almost too great to believe... :) Avatar ImageRosie016 says: I feel happy John Williams is composing for HP again, but a little worried that DH part1 and part2 will not mesh as well with the different composers. That being said, I still think both movies will be awesome, and still very excited!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Thats great. I really liked his musicAvatar Imagerettophantom says: Is it weird that this news is making me cry? I have been wishing he would come back for years. Nicholas Hooper was great and I'm glad he spent that time with us, but there's no one like John Williams. The score for POA was way too underrated, it was a marvel of musical genius. John Williams is coming back. This is too much for me. Oh man I can't stop crying.Avatar Imageginnyshiel says: I was just listening the music from PoA and said to my husband that I wondered that he didn't got an Oscar for it. I loved it, but HBP music was great as well.Avatar ImageJPHufflepuff says: HOORAY! Hopefully JW will at least work a little with Desplat to make the two scores mesh well together.Avatar ImagePrincess Leia says: Fantastic news!Avatar ImageSlytherin Princess101 says: WOOHOO!!!My prayers have been heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: WIN KITTY!!!!! Although it seems really weird that DH is being scored by two different people...but JOHN WILLIAMS YAY!!!Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: Just as I feared. Luckily I just bought some ear defenders as some builders have moved in next door ... This is a totally retrograde step by Yates and Heyman, and a total loss of nerve. The final film's soundtrack will be non-stop Hollywood-esk-Spielbergian-OTT drivel. Sad. I will be wearing earplugs to Part II of course but nothing will stop me going and nothing will stop Part II from overtaking PS/SS to become the highest grossing film of the series. Ironically. Though I'll be amazed if Part I does better than HBP-OotP. Surely Twilight's Breaking Dawn Part I will do better? That'd be hilarious. Williams is a perfect Hollywood-score regurgitator-replicator, theme-park-muzak-maker, who made one single, admittedly BRILLIANT, contribution to the series and that of course is Hedwig's Theme. Apart from that he is all bluster and noise when action scenes are called for, he starts loud and just gets LOUDER. That's really all that this amounts to, a sop to Hollywood and the money-men. Yates and Heyman have chosen to lose the battle with Warner's and the marketing-men but they can still try and restrain Williams's unfailing ability to drown out the acting, the special effects, the other sound effects, and even the images on the screen when there is any action. And, as Part II is almost entirely action, let's see just how far Yates will allow all his work to be brushed aside under a welter of tsunami-like timpani and horns and a banzai-like barrage of a 1,000 demented strings. If Williams is as subtle as an elephant with dysentery, how can Yates not understand his work will get drowned out by Williams's sonic-BOOM-score? So sad, because he is unquestionably the best director the series has had, just as Hooper was easily the best composer. Luckily, in the UK, superb French-made wax earplugs will apparently be made available to all over-30s at the cinema door for Part II, courtesy of the British National Health Service's Preventable Ear Damage Dept. The bill will allegedly be passed on to Yates and Heyman. Very appropriate, and a small price to pay for kowtowing to Hollywood. Avatar ImageScarStruck says: OH THANK YOUUUUUU!! OMG *fist pump* YES!!!Avatar Imagejillians642 says: I have some similar concerns to rotfang. I must admit, I'm not an avid movie-goer but even I can tell when Williams is involved. His distinctive style, unfortunately, isn't always appropriate for the movie and often becomes just "John Williams". That said, I don't plan to take earplugs. I'm just going to go, hope for the best, and probably cry like a baby at least twice, regardless of what the background music is doing.Avatar Imagejillians642 says: Oh, and I think everyone should watch this: . You'll never hear John Williams the same again---but it'll be for the better (or for even better, if you're already a die-hard fan).Avatar ImageJessSnape says: I LOVE John Williams!! He has composed the music for some of the best films ever made (HP and STAR WARS!!) I am glad to hear that he is coming back!!Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: Fantastic!!! I look forward to hearing the music!Avatar ImageDrome says: YESSSS!!!!Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: @jillians642 - Oh, THANK YOU re - lm*ao ... Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: dude john wrote the best ones woooAvatar ImageDirk Cresswell says: THAT'S THE GREATEST NEWS that I ever have read since "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". Welcome back to Harry Potter, Mr. John Towner Williams ! He compose the most fascinating, manifold and intoxicating scores!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I was soo happy when i read this this morning. I LOVED his scores.. :) i just cant waitAvatar ImageThatJordanEdwards says: While I understand rotfang's sentiments, I must say that I am thrilled by this announcement. I feel that Mr. Williams' grandiose, orchestral style fits Harry's world perfectly. When you listen to his scores for films like E.T., Jurassic Park and even bits of Star Wars, it is clear that Williams is a master at adding a sense of mystery and magic to what can be very dark subject matter. He does, indeed have a very definite (some say, repetitive) style but I believe that Williams knows how to perfectly adapt that style to suit the style of the film. His work for A.I. was not bombastic or frantic but sweet and innocent and his score for Prisoner of Azkaban is, in my mind, one of his best. Most of all, I like the idea of Williams "bookending" the film series, musically. I think that he will masterfully weave the themes he created for the first three films (hopefully not excluding the wonderful work by his successors) into a tapestry of sound that will compliment the final film beautifully. Is it 2011 yet? Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: YESSSSSS!!! Even though I liked "When Ginny Kissed Harry" and "Harry and Hermione," I loved "A Window To The Past," "Harry's Wonderous World," and "Fawkes the Phoenix"!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!Avatar Imagepigmypuffa says: this is fantastic news!!! finally we'll get musical perfection like in PoA. =)Avatar ImageFastbak says: I hope it's true POA was great and it would be nice continuity. You know what's cool? We know they're going to have the scene in DH pt II where Ron and Hermione go into the Chamber of Secrets. It would be cool if Williams reprises the same music as when they opened the entrance in the bathroom in the second movie! I loved that musical cue.Avatar ImageMJedi says: Finally! John Williams returns to Harry Potter! The perfect way to end the series. His music for Harry Potter is THE definitive soundtrack, and it is fitting that he should be involved in the end.Avatar ImageJoeWorthy says: Fantastic news! I love the way they really are bringing everyone back!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: YIPPEE! I was so hoping he'd come back (or at least if Patrick Doyle didn't). It's so fitting that he should finish what he began, rather like the 2 posters that mugglenet put together: from the first film, "the magic begins" and from the last "it all ends here." I know he'll do an extra special score.Avatar Imagehewy says: Best news ever!!!!! The music from the first three are my most favorite. Do like the "Harry in Winter" from the 4th film even though the version I have ends rather oddly. Hooray for John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: @rotfang, gee, got a little carried away there, didn't you? and, just curious, but if you wear earplugs for DH2, how will you hear any of the dialogue? Oh, right, you think JW's music will drown it all out anyway.Avatar Image2tal says: This feels right! Williams set the tone in the first and will do well in conclusion, I think! I've been re-reading all the books again. It isn't going to be easy to wait for the second part but I am so glad the book is in two films.Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: WOW this is great news!!! I loved the Music from Movie 1,2, & 3!!! It will be AWESOME to have it for the last MovieAvatar ImageCDR says: Cool!!!!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Excellent!! Although, I do like the work of Nicholas Hooper as well.Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: That's GREAT!!! :-)Avatar ImageeiVega says: YAY! What a great way for the series to come around full circle to a grand finale! Little things like music add so much to achieving that emotional closure for us.Avatar ImageHunterGoddess says: Wonderful news!!! Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: Way cool.Avatar Imagedrhawks says: :) I am unbelievably excited! This is going to make the final movie all the more sweet :) BRING IT ON!!!!!Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Rotfang has no imagination.Avatar Imagetroyalg says: It's really great that Jon Williams is coming back, but it seems odd for continuity reasons. You'd think that whomever composed DH.1 would also compose DH.2. Just sayin'.Avatar Imagemardie186 says: I am delighted to have John Williams returning to finish out the Potter series. His movie scores are the most memorable and I have many of his soundtracks from many of the films he has scored. Star Wars and Harry Potter are two of my faves, but he has done so many memorable scores. I have also had the privilege of seeing him perform/conduct live twice. He is an amazing talent! My only regret is that he didn't score all 8 Potter films...but at least he will have done half of them.Avatar Imagez999993 says: I liked Nicholas Hooper w/ HBP best, but John Williams knows the classic Harry Potter music. He'll be good for the last movie. He's a professional, he should know how to bring all the previous music together into the last film.Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: Great! Really great!Avatar Imagejain says: disappointed!Avatar ImageLonewolf_ says: That's amazing news!:DAvatar ImageSlyBones says: I think the only score from the movies that really stuck for me was the one from HBP. There were a couple that I LOVED and really stood out. Like when Ginny kissed Harry. Or when Harry was comforting Hermione aobout Lavender and Ron's first kiss. Avatar Imagenot2old4HP says: YES!!!!! I'm so psyched that he will come back to bring things full circle. I love John Williams' scores and now am assured I will get a wonderful soundtrack to go with the movie!Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: That's awesome! He'll be perfect! What a magnificent ending DH2 is going to be to the film series.Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: So fitting that he should return for the final HP movie.Avatar Imagemkm says: Rotfang (and anyone else who agrees with him/her) you need to listen to "Schindler's List". John Williams writes the music that is appropriate for the story, period. PoA was the best score of the series so far. Hearing this news just absolutely made my day/week/month!Avatar ImageJasonAnder says: Too bad its false. Alexander Desplat is doing Part 2. Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Thats amazing, yeah!!Avatar ImageJPHufflepuff says: According to people on HarryPotterForum and IMDB, Occlumencia confirmed with WB that Williams is NOT returning, its Desplat. My stomache just dropped. I'm so disappointed, especially so after getting my hopes so high and actually hearing that JW was returning.Avatar ImageNatalie says: I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!! I LOVE THIS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! I hostly gasped when I read this title! :D :D :D :D :DAvatar ImageLucida says: I'm really happy about this, we'll have the best music for the finale. : )Avatar Imageemilykirstyn says: this makes me soooo excited!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Seems fitting - started it now ends itAvatar ImageCarinaPotter says: HOORAY!!!!!!Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: ...Wait, I'm seeing conflicting reports... I'm not sure now, actually, if this is true... :-/ I really hope it is, though.Avatar Imageksddancer says: Amazing!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagerush2112 says: Best news ever! I've been waiting for John Williams to return since PoA. I can't add much to your excellent words of excitement at the news! It seems that 99% of you agree so far. (Well, there is that ONE nutter who simply spews outlandish and unfounded hyperbole--but that was fairly predictable.)Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: SWEETNESS! I loved that music!!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: I went on IMDB and didn't see any reference to who the composer would be, so I think there's still hope!Avatar Imageharrypotter1991 says: I love John Williams' music scores! This is great news!Avatar ImageAsria says: Great news!Avatar ImageEeyore says: I liked John Williams until I realized that I couldn't tell the difference between some of his scores for very different movies. All of his stuff tends to sound the same, and in many instances, the music becomes the most prominent part of a scene. It should be in the background, adding suspense or sweetness or whatever. But Williams' scores are just about him. I much preferred Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper and had hoped that one of them would do the last two movies. I don't know much about the work by the composer for DH Part 1. So no comment there. I know a lot of people are excited by John Williams coming back, but I'm not one of them.Avatar Imageizziewitch says: I think potterish has negated that email they said they got from WB Brazil--according to my rather poor translation of what's on the site!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: YES!! Wish he was doing Part 1 too, but I'll still take it him doing Part 2.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! I was waiting for this to happen!! Avatar Imageliv-wa says: *FISTPUMP* This excites me. A LOT.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Ugh phooey! Hooper's been my favourite so far. Though I'd love it, truely love it, if in the 19 years later scene Williams keeps the theme from the end of PS and COS as the train pulls away leaving Harry, Ron and Hermione. I ADORE that theme and would love it if they rounded of the series like that. I remember way back when I was 13 and not wanting to leave the cinema, as Harry didn't want to leave Hogwarts. That theme always strikes a chord with me, please redo the motif Mr Williams, I'd love you for it!Avatar ImageTheGleek77 says: Yes! I'm so happy!Avatar ImageTheGleek77 says: Yes! I'm so happy about thatAvatar ImageTheGleek77 says: Yes! I'm so happy about thatAvatar ImageCanadianGryffindor_96 says: I thought the music for the first 3 films were brilliant! Some of the best! I listen to them constantly!! :DAvatar ImageIstari says: All I can say is Yay!!!!!!! One of the first albums I ever owned was the Jaws soundtrack (yes the original in1975) and I'm thrilled that he will be back for the final HP soundtrack! There were a few good songs added to the originals (Fireworks being one of my favs), but John Williams' contributions were great for the series - Hedwigs Theme - ahhh! Welcome back Mr. Williams!Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: WIZARD GOD YES!!!!!!! I was having the worst day EVER! AND NOW IT"S AWESOME!!!!Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: what's really sad tho...sorry to double reading all these, "yay for harry potter" comments... WHERE ARE YOU NERDGITHERS???? AM I THE ONLY ONE JUMPING UP AND DOWN IN MY SEAT????Avatar says: Oh goody - although I only have the soundtrack from the 5th (Hooper) I really really enjoy Williams' music... This will be an EPIC movie for sure!Avatar ImageSybilT says: Hooray! John Williams is the greatest!Avatar Imagekleigh629 says: I"m just sorry that Williams won't be doing the music for Part 1!!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: hurray! I love the music from the first three films. DH part two is going to be epic!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: My favourites are hedwigs theme and Aunt Marge's waltz, brilliant music! :)Avatar Imagedaharja says: I just did a happy dance. John Williams is my favorite composer of all time. He really needs to win an Oscar for HP, not that he doesn't have plenty already. I'm so overjoyed!!!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: To whoever made this monumental decision, may I just say - Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!Avatar ImageMarcus175 says: I just can't believe it. I'm beyond elated! i did a little excited scream and a wriggle. I am SO pleased and i can't wait to hear it.Avatar ImageSilvery Doe says: Brilliant!Avatar Imagethemagicalme says: YES! I have been hoping that this would be the case!! John Williams is such a talented composer and is, and has been, perfect for the Harry Potter films!Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: @ silvery doe - I agree, the shrunken heads = major fail. That being said - HOLY COW THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!! I cannot wait to hear the music he designs to background while McGonagall shepherds he herd of desks to "Charge!"Avatar Imagesplinch says: awesome..Avatar ImageSindi says: i really hope its true! Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: That is would be great news for the score.Avatar ImageJoost says: The fact that 'rotfang' calls Hooper 'the best composer of the series' must mean he is deaf to begin with, even without the earplugs, so we can disregard anything else he says.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: My sentiments exactly Jordan Edwards I am just so looking forward to hearing John Williams' music. His is one of the best if not "The best" in music. I love hearing his music. I don't feel it drowns out parts of the HP film but in fact brings out the very essence of the book. I hope the rumor is true that he will be composing the music for HPDH pt II. I believe it would definitely enhance the movieAvatar Imagevandy says: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My reaction :@#$#@%%^@$Avatar ImagenoxiousCaitSith says: Thank God! the last few soundtracks have been pretty badAvatar ImagenoxiousCaitSith says: also in response to someone else. yeah some of john williams stuff is similar. a few star wars and harry potter scores have a few parts that sound alike. but that's not necessarily a bad thing. there are other famous composers whose work you could identify by hearing some of their other music. he has done a lot of other work too. the schindler's list score was amazing. Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Wow, Rotfang....didn't we have this conversation a few months ago, when the mere possibility of John Williams composing the Harry Potter finale made you blow a proverbial gasket? The whole anti-Hollywood tirade, the whole strange mess about John Williams being SO LOUD. I didn't quite understand your arguments then, and I guess I still don't now. How many films scored by Williams have you actually seen? I'm just curious because your arguments don't hold a lot of water, factually. The guy has proven in the past that he can do quiet, subtle scores, minimalist scores, as well as the big Hollywood blockbusters. Do you really believe the last film in the Potter series, with its massive battles (which will likely take up over half of the film's running time) should contain a score which features one lonely violin playing a depressing tune? This film will not be minimalist...the book itself was not minimalist, you know? As far as I can see, the vast majority of Potter fans posting on here love the idea of Williams returning. Yates would not "cave" to WB...WB has shown that they are willing to go the extra mile in pleasing J.K. Rowling, by taking risks on people like Yates and Hooper in the first place (with really only television experience being on their resumes), and bowing to Rowling's wishes to have only Brits cast in the roles (even Lord of the Rings didn't do that). Yates would be given his choice of composer, and he obviously wanted John Williams back on this last film. So give it a blessed rest already...yeesh...Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Sigh...I'm going to retract some of my statement above, after reading a few other Potter news sites...It looks like I got over-excited and overly-optimistic, because now I'm reading articles which state that the composer for the second Hallows movie is still unknown (it has NOT been confirmed to be Desplat, like some other posters on here have suggested...he's only confirmed for Part One). So I guess it's still a waiting far as I know, the only real reason Williams wouldn't do the score is because of a scheduling conflict, because in past interviews he has said he's totally up for it, the producers of the series have stated they were courting Williams to do it, and even Hooper seemed to indicated that he wanted the "master" (as he put it) to return to the series. So we'll see...Avatar ImageJoelle Granger says: YAYY!! I was hoping he would come back for the last one :)Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: How sad it is to be criticised for having a dissenting view. I thought people over the pond believed in democracy and debate, something about a Constitution et al? Apparently not. So let's get to it: Yes, I've seen almost all Williams's films. I often use them to catnap to in the afternoon. And, no, I'm not a 'deaf' 'nutter', at least not according to the house mice I regularly converse with over the great philosophical issues of the day. I have the fortune of having managed to survive roughly six decades of Hollywood-made dross, but, equally, I have had the good fortune of experiencing the brilliant wave of independent American films of the 1970s, the genius of the French 1950s and 1960s Nouvelle Vague, and the sublime Italian and Japanese films of the same period. They all had one thing in common: they stood on their own as masterpieces of cinema because they relied on plot, acting, brilliant writing, and superb directing to stimulate and enthral their audiences. They did not need a rubber shark, very loud sound systems, a 1,000 violinists on speed, horns attached to turbo-fans, and 100 demented drummers, to make their mark. Now I understand that may come as an extraordinary shock to some, dependent as they may have become to quadrophonic sound systems, and screens as large as small countries, but actually you do not need silly overblown scores to make a good film. In fact the very use of an overblown score is a sure sign the film is also overblown bloated nonsense that has no substance. I repeat, the best part of Saving Private Ryan was the first 20 minutes or so in which not a single sound of music was used, and yet it is probably one of the most effective and devastating pieces of cinema, particularly about conflict, ever made (I say this as an ex-soldier). The assumption that music is necessary or required in battle scenes is patently false. So, look again, and try and understand that the view that Williams is neither necessary, nor desirable, is a perfectly valid one based upon perfectly valid reasoning. Williams's bloated overblown action-scores drown out the acting, the emotion, the sound effects, the substance and meaning of a scene, and, are also self-indulgent self-referencing coma-inducing self-obsessed and stupefyingly LOUD, so I prefer to be counted out of the williams love-fest. A simple test: compare the way the same Williams's quidditch score was used in PoA and HBP. Everything was toned DOWN. That's because Williams was not allowed to dictate the volume of the score, nor did he conduct it, or have anything to do with it, as far as I know. It worked in HBP, but it overwhelms the scene in PoA. The guy's a menace when it comes to action scenes and if he is not curbed, restrained, and told to put the film before his ego, he will ruin DH II by turning it into no more than another Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Raiders, Transformers, Spielbergian piece of Hollywood-odious pap. We have enough of it already, why drown the HP series in it? I can already hear Williams's schmaltzy ending to DH II along with the insane levels of horns, timpani, and strings, for every battle scene. So predictable, so loud, so boring. That is why I preferred Hooper and Doyle's HP scores. But, to be honest, the less music the better. That's also why a decent screenwriter would have been ideal, it would have meant less need for musical filler. When the dialogue sparkles, who needs music? Just watch those classic 1930s and 1940s Hollywood comedies and film-noire, huge reams of dialogue and no music. That's why it's so easy for me to resist joining the we-want-williams brigade. Avatar ImageNundu says: This is exciting. Although the other scores have been wonderful, they have built on the themes originally set by Williams. It's good to have the original back!Avatar Imagesonofravenclaw says: YUS!!!! :D what they should do for the endmusic is 'Leaving 'Hogwarts' from the first film. THAT IS THE MOST MOVING PIECE EVEER!!!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: This is wonderful new! JW has been the best composer for the HP movies. This means we'll have Hedwigs Theme back! =DAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Oh, I do hope that it's true. Williams is the only one whose compositions for the HP series have been at all memorable. I couldn't even tell you what the music for the last few films sounded like. I know that some people would argue that the hallmark of an effective movie theme is that you fail to notice it, but I disagree. I really miss the wonderful bombast of the great adventure movie themes of yesteryear, like 'The Third Man' or 'The Great Escape' or 'How the West Was Won' or 'Exodus' or 'Bridge on the River Kwai' or 'Born Free' or 'Dr. Zhivago.' As soon as you hear a few notes of one of those, the whole movie rushes back into your head. John Williams is about the only living film composer whose work has the same heft (and no, that doesn't necessarily imply volume). Anytime I hear 'Hedwig's Theme' (even on something as lame as a ringtone), my arm hair stands on end, and I love that efffect. If some people find it kitschy, too bad! Bring back John Williams!Avatar ImageXyra44 says: That would be awesome!Avatar Imagemoonysmusician says: YES, PLEASE!!!! John Williams, though derivative, is the only one who can give us the symphonic themes HP deserves!!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Yayy!!! I really really hope this is true. What's a better way to end the series, than with the composer that began it? Oh the awesomenessAvatar ImageAnnemarieke94 says: YEAHHHH!!!! My wish has come true! I liked him the best of all!Avatar ImageMrPlinkett says: I hope this is true!!! John Williams knows how to emotionally invest the audience. @ rotfang07 Harry Potter is a 'Hollywood' genre film. It's intended to be in the same category as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings. It's a franchise that deserves a trademark score, a score we can all remember. I bet you can't really whistle/hum a Doyle/Hooper/Desplat score. Can you really remember a motif? A memorable piece? Those composers are not truly "hollywood film" composers like Zimmer/Giacchino/Shore/Williams. They are only good for certain genres such as independent films. Having them score a film like Harry Potter results in a weak filler score that becomes quickly dull and lifeless. And when it comes to presenting a 'motif' they are inexperienced. For example, in the Half-Blood film Hooper re-introduces Hedwig's theme as "ginny's" theme. But the scene has little to do with Ginny and it's mainly a helicopter shot of the Hogwart's tower, it's random and serves no point. A composer like williams would re-introduce the chamber of secrets 'hero' theme when Ginny and Harry kiss. It anchors the audience emotionally to the first time these two characters met. Bringing their relationship full circle. What does Hopper do? You can't really remember the score when the two characters fall in love because it's filler, it's boring. Harry Potter needs that signature score that only John Williams can provide. I'm sorry but the majority of us disagree with you. Tell us all your film history knowledge but that does prove anything. We're not watching Citizen Kane or Casablanca here, this is a modern film in the same realm as The Lord of the Rings and Back to the future. Film franchises that work. Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: @MrPlinkett. You've proven my point. Couldn't have put it better myself. Thanks. Avatar Imagebecmajec says: my friend and i had been saying we hoped this would happen! fingers crossed that it's true. Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: Oh my god, this is AMAZING news! This is what I've been hoping for, to come full circle. Oh JOY! Avatar Imagerush2112 says: @MrPlinkett: Great arguments, even though rotfang tried to hijack your post. I think he ignored some of your arguments. I also think he totally missed the point. In a great book, the words must convey all of the story and emotion, as we all know as fans of J.K. Rowling. I love reading a good book. It lets me create the world in my own mind. But a movie is a completely different storytelling medium, yet just a valid. In a movie, the dialogue and the acting are not the only means of telling the story and engaging the audience. There are also the set, the environment, the lighting, the photography, the motion, the sound effects, the practical and visual effects, and yes, even the musical score. All are very carefully and intentionally crafted to bring the whole of the story and the emotion together, to invest and engage the audience. Each and every part are integral and crucial to the cinematic experience. Sure, you can turn off the music, but you would be getting something less than the intended experience, and you'd be missing some of the intended information being conveyed. @rotfang: By the way, I have a suggestion for you: If you want to enjoy the movies without the score, it may be possible if you have a surround sound system to tweak the volume levels on the surround speakers (or disconnect them). That way, you will only be getting the dialogue and main sound effects. To each, his own. And for all of you out there: I actually wear earplugs regularly when I am watching movies or watching my favorite band in concert. I also believe that movie theaters play the soundtrack too loudly. I have found EXCELLENT earplugs that decrease the volume without affecting the spectrum of the sound. You can get them online: Google "etymotic research". I do not use foam or wax earplugs because they cut out the high frequency part of the spectrum much more than the low. But the ER20 model earplugs simply "turn down the volume on the world". They are so awesome you can easily carry on a conversation with them in. I keep them with me at all times and use them when I'm running loud appliances, or out to eat in a loud restaurant, etc. Check them out--and save your ears! (Believe me, you DON'T want to ruin your hearing and have to endure tinnitus for the rest of your life--it is truly awful, and my biggest regret in life that I did not take care of my hearing when I was young.) @rotfang: And by the way, it is only your opinion that John Williams is "self-serving". It is quite plain to me, and many others who listen carefully, that John Williams ONLY strives to serve the story. I have quite a few CDs of his scores that I listen to without the movie, and I can feel the emotion being conveyed just by listening to the music. It is a joy to simply listen to his music. Also, I'm sorry for calling you a nutter. I tried to edit my post, to change it to "person", but this forum does not allow edits. (Or I haven't figured it out.) I can't wait for the spectacular score by The Master (did Hooper really say that?) John Williams in all it's motif-laden full-orchestral glory! But, I too will be wearing earplugs in the theater, to save what's left of my hearing.Avatar ImageWillowSauce says: Great news!!!!!! Im sooo happy! best music ever!Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: i love the harry potter music. it's awesome. love his music so glad he is returning for deathly hallows. :-))Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Hmm...I wasn't going to pop back on here and read the replies to my comments (not because I can't take criticism, but I guess I thought I'd had my say and that was enough for now). Rotfang, I would say that criticizing a dissenting point of view is one of the definitions of debate and democracy (telling someone they can't HAVE that point of view is something altogether different, and not in my view what's been going on here). It's pretty obvious from many of your statements that you're a sort of anti-mainstream person, whether it comes to music or films or whatever. To literally say that every film that has come out of Hollywood over a 60 year period is drivel, and the only watchable films are French and Italian independent films or the "dark realism" American films of the early 1970s is pretty narrow-minded. To lambast any film that has an operatic, overly-emotionally score would mean you think films like The Wizard of Oz, or Gone With The Wind, or Ben Hur, etc, aren't classics. I understand your point of view a bit better now, and I think I was somewhat on track believe in a minimalist approach to filmmaking. You prefer a score that is so unobtrusive as to be practically non-existent, like many independent films use (mostly because they have to work within a limited budget). However, for the life of me, I can't understand why you would expect such filmmaking from the Harry Potter film series. These are not, nor were they ever meant to be, some small philosophical films. These are Blockbusters, in every positive and negative connotation, as were most of Spielberg's films (which you seem to absolutely loathe, and you seem to make such an intense connection between Spielberg and Williams that it seems like you think Williams is some "agent" of Spielberg's, out to destroy every movie they touch). Warner Brothers is not some small, European-based film company...they paid a lot of money for the rights to these films, and poured even more money into the films themselves, so they are in no way, shape, or form going to take a minimalist approach, nor should they. The books are rousing adventure stories, and the films should be too. I also think you're a little misinformed on some points...Hooper didn't use Williams Qudditch theme in HBP, he created his own, and however loud or soft it's "pitched down" has nothing to do with the composer of a film, or the conductor of an orchestra playing film has to do with the sound technicians, Foley artists, editors, etc. You're totally within rights to have your opinions, but I just think you've hitched your horse to the wrong cart here. And that's all I have to say about that. Avatar ImageIssa says: that is awesome news. He will do a great job. the music in the first films was fantasticAvatar Imagerush2112 says: Does anybody speak Brazillian Portuguese? I ran the above "confirmation" link through and selected Portuguese (which is probably European Portuguese because there were plenty of errors) and it seems that the site is saying that "there is there is no official information". Which would put this back into the realm of rumor and hope for now. Keep your fingers crossed!Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: @critterfur; oh, I dunno, being told one is deaf, a nutter (apology accepted re rush2112), and to give it a rest already, doesn't sound like a willingness to debate, to read what was said, are to listen. And, on that point, re quidditch, here are the notes from Hooper's HBP cd: "Tracks 11 and 19 contain "Quidditch Match" written by John Williams." Here are only a handful of the films that Spielberg and Williams have collaborated on: Jaws, Raiders I, II, III, IV, Jurassic Park I, II, E.T., Schindler's, Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters etc etc etc ... so how can I NOT link the two? It's like they're joined at the hip. In Britain Spielberg and Williams are seen as representing the best and the worst of Hollywood. The worst because their films are aimed at a particular segment of the market, and are, for the most part, devoid of intelligence, and are far too often steroid-enhanced schmaltz on celluloid. The best because they supply good entertainment (there is, after all, a need for mindless drivel to keep the kids quiet especially in Britain), and jobs for the industry, particularly the British film industry, and for that everyone is eternally grateful. Food on the table and cash in the pocket are far more important than any passing contempt for the product on the screen. Spielberg was knighted by the British for a very good reason, he's employed thousands of Brits. My real point is irrefutable. Williams, if allowed free rein, IN ACTION SCENES, pushes aside the acting, the other sound effects, any subtle emotion, all nuance, to any given action scene. That is why the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan have gone down in cinematic history as possibly the most extraordinary made and have no music at all. And, as I said, the quidditch music in HBP, which Hooper himself says was written by Williams, sounds completely different to the PoA version precisely because restraint was imposed and the music was never louder than the crowd noises, or Ron's whoo-hoooing. In fact some were so taken in by the changes they did not even recognise it was Williams's score in HBP. Alfonso Cuaron may have been intimidated into having a ludicrously loud score in PoA for the Hippogriff flight with Harry, the Werewolf chase scene, and the quidditch match for example. And, Columbus is straight out of the Spielberg-Williams stable anyway so I can understand why he chose to be OTT and schmaltzy as well as derivative (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T.) during the Pixies, Spiders' chase, and quidditch scenes in CoS. But, it was noticeable that as soon as Columbus left, either as director or producer, the music became infinitely more nuanced, subtle, and sophisticated, relative to HP I to III. Twilight started as an indie film and has made much greater returns on the initial investment than Warners, and continues to do so. The 2nd Twilight film made over 14 times its initial budget, PoA made less than half that return on its budget. So I reject the idea that HP had to be a blockbuster because of Warners involvement. Nor do I accept the idea, which I find borderline loopy, that HP has to follow in the path of all those ghastly mindless blockbuster films listed above that are associated with Spielberg-Williams. The whole point is that HP is different. That is why I don't want Williams, except and unless his portions of schmaltz and OTTness are severely curtailed, which I believe he is congenitally incapable of doing, so Yates will have to have the courage to impose restraint. It's obvious Williams will do Part II otherwise why the secrecy(?), but Yates will pay a heavy price for using him as the acting, direction, sound effects, and more subtle emotions will all get swept away in the Williams wash. Avatar ImageIssa says: @JasonAnder: THey said early on the that Desplat was only coming onto to the first part of DH. They had discussed JW returning for part 2 at that time. Just because Desplat did part one doesn't make it true that he is doing part 2. It only makes sense for JW to end the movie when he did the first ones. Glad to get back to the "classic" Harry Potter scores.Avatar ImageIssa says: @rotfang: No offense but I think that music in action scenes enchances and not dtracts from the ambiance of what is happening. Saving private ryan may have had no music in that opening section but that doesn't mean it wouldn't have been possibly better with music. And the only reason that Twilight did well was because of the obsessed fan base not the neccessarily the music. I wouldn't know since i refuse to watch a movie based on a book that the author admits to be writer. JW made the theme of HP what it is and it is so engrained in the series that they still use the HP theme he did for all the movies same with his hedwigs theme. IMDB has it listed as giving him credit for those songs even after POA. I think you need to realize that all you are doing is argueing to argue. Get off the high horse and go watch the movies you like and not bash the composer of some of the greatest movie themes out there. Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman movies are some of the most enjoyed and watched movies that there are and part of that has to do with the music done by JW. Take music out of any one of those series and they wouldn't have done half a well. Music ties thing up and put a nice bow on it. Lack of music makes things boring in my opinion.Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: @Issa; Thank you for making many of my points for me. In so many ways I could not have made them better myself. As for what I actually wrote, a closer inspection might show I am not the least bit against music in films. The opposite in fact. I am only against Williams's unfailing ability to wipe out all other important components to an action scene for as long as his loud wailing abounds. On the other hand, I respect his ability to fill the role of master of easy-listening pop-like orchestrated music for cinema. He is really good at it. His tunes are instantly recognisable and frothy, like all good pop, insubstantial instantly disposable, and, great fun. Furthermore he occasionally has a moment of genuine brilliance, hence Hedwig's Theme. That said, despite accepting the truism that the only certain things in life are death and taxes, I AM certain of one thing: Saving Private Ryan's first 20+ minutes would not have been improved by any music. Even Williams's. Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: Whooooooooooooo!!! best classical composer of modern times hope its awesome!!!Avatar Imagerush2112 says: @rotfang: You have no idea what "pop" music is. If you want to find out, just Google "Billboard pop charts". You can even listen to the songs right on Billboard's website. There, you'll find a goldmine of insubstantial, instantly disposable, repetitive, mindless drivel for the masses created by people with little or not talent beyond one catchy beat and a few rhymes. Many don't know how to play any instrument--they create the beats electronically. And most don't even need to have a good singing voice anymore--they send their vocal tracks through AutoTune, or give up entirely and call it "rap". Unfortunately, American radio and the music industry (which are probably two heads of the same beast) have gone all "Bud-light" trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator since the early '90s. I wouldn't call it "pap" because that connotes "bland, but healthy" to me. I would call it "ear candy" or "ear junk-food"--meant to appeal to the senses, but lacking substance. Oooh, now who's the grumpy old man?! Sorry, but we *were* discussing music, and you did bring it up. OK, back to the point: You will find the same soulless ear candy on most of Billboard's charts: Pop/Hot 100/Radio Songs/Hip Hop/Dance. And those charts essentially *define* pop music in America (which is where John Williams does business). But John Williams shares none of the hallmarks of today's pop music, and you most certainly will not find John Williams on any of those charts. Therefore, John Williams does not create pop or pop-like music. Quod erat demonstrandum.Avatar Imagesony350 says: Although I like a lot of John Williams' work, I really think Nicholas Hooper has done a better job capturing the mood of the films. I wish it was Hooper coming back for the final film. :-(Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: @rush2112; Agree about certain types of pop giving some the impression that they've just been afflicted by a severe case of tinnitus (which I've suffered from in my time), but I was specific about Williams being more in the field of "pop-like orchestrated music for cinema", which isn't quite the same thing. If I had to compare him to pop it would be Paul McCartney post Beatles. Eminently listenable to but occasionally prone to excrescence. Avatar ImageForTheGreaterGood says: YESSSSSS, YESSSSSSSSS, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagerush2112 says: @rotfang07: Oh, I see what you are saying. Pop music in the '70s was *very* different than now. In my opinion it was much better because artists had to be creative and talented to get noticed, and real DJs (music fans) got to decide what we listened to on the radio. Anyway, thanks for sparring, it was fun! You and I will never agree on what is good music. Music is in the ear of the beholder. But it was fun. Until next time...Avatar ImageFifi says: Brilliant news! I clapped for joy when I read that!! :DAvatar Imagerotfang07 says: @rush2112; Pleasure's all mine. You'll soon be able to laugh your head off at my next weepy post, following Williams's official confirmation as Part II composer, as I bleat and howl at how the HP series has now been ruined, bla, bla, sob, sob, etc. etc. ... Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I think this is great news! I understand the few voices of concern, but I have total confidence in this choice, and (obviously) I can't wait to hear the results!Avatar Imageathena lupen says: thats wonderfull news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DAvatar Imagesony350 says: I do not understand why people are so excited about Williams coming back for the final film. Yes, he made a great score...Hedwig's Theme. John Williams is talented yes, but he can not do "Dark" music. Nicholas Hooper really captured the darkness of the films with his scores and he was also able to capture the humor without taking away from the acting scenes. Movie scores are there to help bring out the emotion in the films...John Williams can not do that. His scores are too brash and brassy. I have a strong suspicion that I am going to be disappointed with the final score. Williams can not do battle scenes, and that is what the whole second film is...fighting! Maybe he will learn something from Nicholas Hooper; keep it to strings and don't use too much brass! Avatar Imagemoglet says: Oh how I wish it had been possible to employ Howard Shaw for the final film, his scores for the LOTR films were just wonderful, and the music was so well fitted to the films, and the level was kept right for what was happening on screen, there was no sense of it ever overwhelming dialogue and emotional moments. John Williams scores can indeed overwhelm what is on screen, however he is capable of more subtlety and a composer should be working with the director for the overall effect to be what the director wants, surely that is what will happen, I look forward with interest to see what the combination of Yates and Williams produces. Avatar ImageChreechree says: Oh, I hope that this turns out to be true. I wish he were doing both parts, but it will be lovely to have him wrap up the series. Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImagePotter_Puella says: YES! And I thought part 2 couldn't be more EPIC.Avatar ImageIssa says: @Sony350: So you are saying that there are no "dark" parts in the star wars movies that JW scored? I may be misunderstanding or misremembering but I do believe that JW is capable of doing"dark" music. Maybe you have not heard some of his previous scores but I know that there were plenty of fight scenes in the other movies JW scored. Maybe you should remember that JW has done tons of action packed movies therefore he is capable of doing this music. @Moglet: I agree that the scores for the LOTR series was well done but I don't believe that Mr. Shaw would be able to do a proper send off for the HP series. He did all three films therefore he was able to do it all the same way and all the way he wanted but to come in at the end of the series would have been a wrong move. JW started off this series and I believe that it is only fitting for him to finish us off. I think he will do all HP fans proud.

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