“You’re a wizard Harry.” With this sentence, millions of people got hooked forever to the boy who lived. The fantastic franchise tells the story of a young boy who survived the curse of death, simply because his parents gave their lives for him. A simple act of love saved his life.
How can an eight-movie franchise, a seven-books series, a simple yet powerful story become such a big influence to so many people? It might be the story, as some say, or the lovable characters, or simply the brilliant mind of the writer J.K. Rowling, that caused it all. To some of us it might also be the geniality of music, combined into the story.
In movies, music plays a crucial part in the storyline. It helps the viewers to be deeper connected to the characters and to what is happening, by playing right into people’s feelings. That is why movie scores are a very important part in movies.
In the Harry Potter franchise, the opening track became such a big hit, that it quickly became the franchises theme song. We’re talking of course about ‘Hedwig’s Theme’. The song does not include text, but that is not necessary at all. Whenever people hear the very first tunes playing, they know exactly what comes next and that is the beauty of a theme song. Many theme songs from movies have that and they are therefor an important part to the franchise.
What would movies be without music anyway? The scores in movies are there to give people a special feeling, as they are capable to give more value to the scenes that they host. Some of them are in a happy mood, while others are more with a dramatic influence. It’s what the scene tells you and you can feel the actor’s emotions through the songs.
It also appeared in the Harry Potter franchise, and hereby I’ll give you my top 5 list fo scores from Harry Potter movies, with a bit of information about the scenes themselves.
Number five: Double Trouble. (Harry Potter and Prisoner Of Azkaban.)
In the third movie when students arrive at Hogwarts, the student choir is singing this song to alert the other students that something is about to happen. This movie then also is a bit darker then the two predecessors, warning the viewers that the students are growing up and dark times are lying ahead.
Number four: Neville’s Waltz. (Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.)
The fourth movie is about the Triwizard Tournament. A competition held every four years between three competing schools: Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbattons. Because it is an international competition with, in this case four students competing: Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts, Fleur Delacour for Beauxbattons and Viktor Krum for Durmstrang, there’s a Yule Ball planned to which all students are invited for “a night of well mannered frivolity” as Professor McGonagall prefered to call it. This is Neville Longbottom’s time to shine.
Number three: Death of Cedric. (Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.)
In the same movie the tragic death of Cedric Diggory plays a huge part in the franchise. It marks the beginning of the dark times coming ahead. This song captures all the emotions that people feel when they lose a loved one.
Number Two: Loved Ones And Leaving. (Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix.)
The fifth movie captures the darkness taking over the power and the return as the rulers. While many of the students are at school, under the the reign of the ministry, some rebellious students want to stand up and fight against the evil that terrorizes them. It turns into a battle at the ministry itself, during which horrible things happen. This song then also perfectly reflects those incidents.
Number One: Dumbledore’s Farewell. (Harry Potter and The Half-blood Prince.)
When the final battle is at the merge of breaking through, another very brave man gives his life to save others. Throughout the entire series, Albus Dumbledore had been a great headmaster of the school. He stood for everything that Hogwarts was build for and protected the school, the students, and the teachers in every way possible. His loss meant a great deal to many of them and he will therefor never be forgotten.
Even tho the books are all written, the movies have been made, and the story has been told in many different languages, the franchise will never end. It’s a universe on it’s own that will go on for the rest of days, cause the story had a major impact on many people who will forever be potter-heads in their hearts.
Do you agree with this list? Let me know your top five and/ or opinions on mine. Let’s keep the Harry Potter universe expanding until eternity.