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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Soundtrack]

Nicholas HooperAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: New Line Records
  • ASIN: B0028EQMW6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The sixth installment in the film franchise. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same. The score features music by Nicholas Hooper, who took the reigns as composer during the last film, "Order Of The Phoenix".

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful August 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Nicholas Hooper's score for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is his best work to date. The score is as complex, and ultimately as moving, as the original novel. Hooper uses a different palate from the original John Williams score, which is appropriate for story and the film that it is meant to serve. The string work is particularly effective. Those who claim bitter disappointment simply haven't been paying attention. There is melancholy aplenty here, with unsettling dissonances that reflect the moods of the characters and the film. And the final tracks speak of grief and acceptance that evoke the end of the novel -in spite of the very different ending to the film. I left the local cineplex delighted with the film, and fully intending to buy the score (which I now have).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great background music for whatever you are doing! August 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is great. It has over 50 minutes of music and 26 song titles. It is annoying that the song names and samples are not listed on this amazon page. Here are the song titles for those that are interested.
Opening 2:54
In Noctem 2:01
The Story Begins 2:05
Ginny 1:31
Snape & the Unbreakable Vow 2:51
Wizard Wheezes 1:43
Dumbledore's Speech 1:32
Living Death 1:55
Into the Pensieve 1:46
The Book 1:44
Ron's Victory 1:45
Harry & Hermoine 2:53
School! 1:05
Malfoy's Mission 2:53
The Slug Party 2:11
Into the Rushes 2:33
Farewell Aragog 2:08
Dumbledore's Foreboding 1:19
Of Love & War 1:18
When Ginny Kissed Harry 2:38
Slughorn's Confession 3:33
Journey To the Cave 3:08
The Drink of Despair 2:44
Inferi In the Firestorm 1:53
The Killing of Dumbledore 3:35
Dumbledore's Farewell 2:22
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide variety of styles, listeners should be objective August 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you are only ever going to listen to "John Williams Soundtracks", you will be close-minded to a number of soundtracks that are very good for what they are supposed to be. Nicholas Hooper has had to struggle with the ominous shadow cast by Mr. Williams, and his soundtrack should be judged not by comparing said composers, but judging whether the soundtrack itself is good, and this soundtrack is very good, and stands on its own. It has a wide variety of styles, from acoustic guitar, to orchestral, to choral, to celtic, to folk, to big band, to jazz, while still incorporating the major themes consistent with the series of films it is meant to represent. I have to say, if you are going to compare, when compared to the "Chamber of Secrets" soundtrack by Williams, which only really has one theme - the Fawkes theme - stand out, the "Half-Blood Prince" soundtrack dances circles around it, with standout tracks such as "The Weasley Stomp", "The Slug Club," "In Noctem," "The Book", "School!," "When Ginny Kissed Harry", and "Slughorn's Confession", many more tunes have a melody that can get "stuck in your head." I find it much more memorable. There are a number of reviewers who automatically pan anyone who isn't John Williams; I suggest that fans of the films be objective and judge the music for themselves, and not automatically be swayed by naysayers.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Half-Blood Prince" a Full Bodied Score July 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can still remember hearing "Hedwig's Theme" for the first time. It was opening day of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" eight years ago, and when the music came up under the film's title card, I remember thinking "Thank goodness for John Williams." The soundtrack he composed for that film (and its first two sequels) was perfection. With what seemed like alchemical magic, he captured in music the essence of what JK Rowling had created in words: a mysterious, whimsical world that set our imaginations soaring and immediately captured our hearts. As much as the film looked like what I imagined Rowling's universe to look like, it sounded that way as well.

Williams opted not to score the fourth Harry Potter film, and things took a decided downturn. Patrick Doyle's work for "Goblin of Fire" was, in my opinion, all atmosphere, with very little melody to it; and what melody there was - "Neville's Waltz" for example - was simplistic and bland. Moreover, there was little about it that distinguished it as a "Harry Potter" score; the action music could have accompanied any number of fantasy films, and it lacked genuine wit.

The music (and much of the magic) returned to Hogwarts when Nicholas Hooper took over for the fifth film. Hooper's melodic score for "Order of the Phoenix" was exciting, suspenseful, heart rending, playful, magical; in short, everything the film itself turned out to be. Now Hooper's returned for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," and he's come up with an even better soundtrack than his previous effort. A brief overview:

The score starts strongly, with a variation of "Hedwig's Theme" that becomes darker and more dramatic as it progresses. (My guess is that it underscores the series of Muggle attacks with which the film opens.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunities July 15, 2009
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The music is good..of course..if you like soundtrack music...classical how can you not at least like it, this soundtrack is good music, but the potential that was missed here is HUGE!! I believe that the soundtrack and movie was one big missed opportunity for those involved. This was what I would call a underachiever soundtrack. There was so much potential in the story line of the half blood prince. The goofiness of Lavender Brown and Ron could there have not been a original theme/love song for Ginny and Harry. What about Dumbledores death...what about Faux and the music for his song after Dumbledores death. There was SO much that could have been done with this soundtrack that wasn't..sure it is good, but not what it could have or should have been. I also thought the soundtrack was much darker sounding that the film was...I thought the film was brighter and funnier than I thought it would be. Like I said..when I was watching the movie I don't even ever remember hearing any of the was more background than a partner bringing out the flavor and meaning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack
Love the music from the movies. I wanted to be able to enjoy it all the time and haven't been disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Bolin
5.0 out of 5 stars great music!
My son wanted this. He says he loves it. Haven't heard much of it myself, cause he plays it on a little personal size player, but he is enjoying it.
Published 1 month ago by Alyce Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and Fantasy Club
I'm starting a Harry Potter and fantasy club. I ordered this product to use in that club. The club is for children ages 5-17. The seller was excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J.C. BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sountrack
This soundtrack has beautiful pieces that are well made. I would recommend this soundtrack to anyone who loves Potter music!
Published 3 months ago by Shawna
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably my favorite HP soundtrack
Nicholas Hooper goes further/deeper/more poignant in Half Blood Prince. "In Noctem" sets the mood beautifully and, for me, communicates the tragedy of Draco, a boy who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Gates
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music
This soundtrack, and the Order of the Phoenix also by Nicholas Hooper, suffer in some people's minds from the lack of soaring theme music like on the first Harry Potter CD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ian g kress
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Hooper's Half Blood Prince
I am a huge Potter fan and just to hear the music on it's own is amazing. Congratulations Nick Hooper.
Published 8 months ago by R. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
All of the soundtrack music from the Harry Potter movies is great, but this one in particular has some really good music on it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by tonsadogs
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Hooper did a much better job scoring the Potter world in this film. Much better stuff in this score, wider range, better emotion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tavariel
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I liked the movies and have been a fan of soundtracks and decided I needed the last 3 Harry Potter movie soundtracks.
Published 11 months ago by Marshall L. Royse
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Anyone else think that they should bring back John Williams to compose...
Amen. That would be wonderful if he did. He's still the best composer out of all the Harry Potter movies, in my opinion.
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