John Williams “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

Album Reviews | Mar 1st, 2005

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I’ve been a big fan of Harry Potter and the film scores since the movies came out. The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favorite books in the series, and hopefully we’ll be my favorite among the movies as well. As far the score is concern, I can already tell that this movie is getting more darker from the other films. Based on the score, the movie seems darker and and just different. It sounds more Celtic oriented, with whistles and Irish instruments. From listening to this score, I can also sense that Williams seemed to go back to his Empire Strikes Back days because some of the motifs and darkness to that comes out in this one. Plus there’s a song on here called “Double Trouble”, which I think might be a Shakespeare song or saying, or something like that. I don’t know but it sounds good. “Aunt Marge’s Waltz” pays a nice homage to Rossini’s “Thieving Magpie” because those notes from that are pretty much in that song. “Buckbeak’s Flight” starts off with some serious drumming and then goes into a nice string suite, and most likely the theme of the movie. For each movie, John Williams composed some truly masterful songs like for the first film, “Hedwig’s theme” which IS the Harry Potter theme, and then the second film was “Fawkes the Phoenix” song which I think is John Williams’ best songs he’s composed in a long time. This time it’s “Buckbeak’s Flight” that is the highlight of the Cd. Harry Potter & John Williams fans will want to go out and get this score.

Bottom Line: Another great Williams score!
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