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Fun and Mystery Both Part of the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Soundtrack,
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audio CD)
I must admit that I am a HUGE John Williams fan. When the studio that brings us all the "Harry Potter" films announces that a different composer will score the latest Harry Potter film makes me nervous. John Williams has created a theme that will stick with Harry Potter fans forever, and it makes me wonder if anyone else can live up to the challenge.
I am very happy to say that Nicholas Hooper has delivered. His score for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is rich in melodic tones, and overflowing in diverse musical styles. I think of the very first track on the CD entitles "Fireworks," which is probably my favorite song on the soundtrack. Mr. Hooper used the traditional orchestra but also included a variety on percussion instraments and an electric guitar. It is a fun and light song that adds flavor to a series that is ever darkening. "Professor Umbridge" is a beautiful theme with a hint of poison about it. It was wonderfully scored and evokes the aura that is Umbridge. Eventually, you will get to "Death of Sirius," while poorly named, the song starts out slowly and mysteriously but builds into a fast and tense sequence that will make anyone long to see that part in the movie. My only wish is that it could have been longer. The track entitled "Ministery of Magic" is another wonderful song that is fun and magical. It gives off the sense that the characters are entering a new part of the magical world and that it is large and wonderful. "Flight of the Order of the Phoenix" is another fun and fast paced song that adds jollity to the dark soundtrack.
Overall, the score for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was wonderful and a delight to listen to. Nicholas Hooper has created a piece of work that will surley go down into Harry Potter history. I look forward to hearing his score for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."