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Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix

film score

composed by Nicholas Hooper (and John Williams)

The Order of the Phoenix
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD)
Release Date: July 10, 2007

New Themes:

There are several new themes for this film. Williams' original "Hedwig's Theme" is heard as well.

Professor Umbridge theme:
The theme for Dolores Umbridge bounces and skips along in minor key, first with the strings coming down, then with french horns coming back up. The theme plays most notably as Umbridge, named High Inquisitor, toddles down the corridor of the school zapping students left and right into good behaviour.

Dumbledore's Army theme:
This theme starts quietly and builds. The feeling of the piece is hopeful and even a bit heroic, with an undercurrent that pulses with energy.

Fireworks:
This is probably my favourite music of the entire score. Once you've seen the film and cheered as Fred and George fly back and forth across the Great Hall to this music, you'll love it too. There is a traditional Scottish feel to this music, but halfway through an electric guitar wails and then you're flying headlong to the end with a squeal and a howl. Lovely stuff.

Track List:
1. Fireworks
2. Professor Umbridge
3. Another Story
4. Dementors in the Underpass
5. Dumbledore's Army
6. The Hall of Prophecies
7. Possession
8. The Room of Requirements
9. The Kiss
10. A Journey to Hogwarts
11. The Sirius Deception
12. Death of Sirius
13. Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning
14. Darkness Takes Over
15. The Ministry of Magic
16. The Sacking of Trelawny
17. Flight of the Order of the Phoenix
18. Loved Ones and Leaving

 

offsite link Track descriptions from Soundtrack.net

offsite link Official Soundtrack website

Press Release:

WARNER BROS. RECORDS TO RELEASE HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
ON JULY 10TH

Soundtrack to Fifth Installment of Blockbuster Harry Potter Film Franchise Scored by Award-Winning British Composer Nicholas Hooper
      
(June 14, 2007, Burbank, CA): Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — the score to the highly anticipated feature film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — will be released by Warner Bros. Records on Tuesday, July 10th, the day before the movie opens in theatres across the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, July 11th.

The fifth installment of the blockbuster fantasy adventure franchise has been scored by award-winning British composer Nicholas Hooper, who has enjoyed a long association with the film’s director, David Yates. Hooper and Yates have worked extensively together in television, as well as on the feature The Tichborne Claimant. Most recently, Hooper won the 2007 BAFTA TV Award for Best Original Music for his score for the telefilm Prime Suspect — The Final Act, starring Helen Mirren.  He was also nominated for a 2006 BAFTA TV Award for his score to the Yates-directed drama The Girl in the Café. Hooper follows in the footsteps of the previous Harry Potter composers: Patrick Doyle, who scored 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and John Williams, who composed the music for the first three Harry Potter films, which together were nominated for three Grammy Awards and two Oscars, and sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Based on the fifth book in the series of best-selling novels by British author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is a lie, putting Harry’s integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy), has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton). But Professor Umbridge’s “Ministry-approved” course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students, Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

“I saw the scoring of this Harry Potter film as a great opportunity to work with such important themes on a grand scale,” Hooper says. “David Yates and I started early, even before filming started, working on such themes as Ministry of Magic, Umbridge, and Voldemort. However, as we came closer to the final cut, the music developed beyond what we had first imagined, so there was that inevitable race against time. My process is one of discovery, rather than having a specific plan. This can be nerve-wracking, but it has its creative benefits.”

Hooper recorded nearly two hours of music at London’s fabled Abbey Road Studios, famous for its acoustics and ambience. His team included engineer Peter Cobbin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and conductor Alastair King (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) who conducted the Chamber Orchestra of London. “The team was the best around,” Hooper says. “We had a complete rapport and I always felt that they knew what we were trying to achieve.”

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters. Directed by David Yates, the film is produced by David Heyman and David Barron, with Lionel Wigram executive producing. The screenplay is by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.

Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company, will release the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on July 11th, 2007 in the United States and Canada. 

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For further information, please contact: cinemediapromo@yahoo.com or visit www.harrypottersoundtrack.com
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