Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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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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But the theme song is already written, and these movies require more subtle sounds and songs. Which they deliver.
Both are darker, less childlike songs, also as required by the increasing dark and depressing world of the Harry Potter series. It's no longer a child's world of school tests and jumping candy frogs. Evil has been released, and is winning.
Highlights here include Opening, a dark and foreboding introduction, In Noctum, with a haunting chorus, Into the Rushes, a prelude to battle with evil, and my favorite, the haunting Slughorn's Confession. A silly name, through accurate. It perfectly fits the mood of Slughorn's confession - sorrow, loss, and guilt.
My only complaint is that two pieces of music were left off that I was really looking forward to hearing. Missing is the tense music played when Harry, Ron and Hermione are pursuing Draco and his mom in Nocturn Alley. Also missing is the haunting music played just after Dumbledore is killed. Really!!!?
There was plenty of room on the CD capacity to have included them, and they did include plenty of musical pieces that were rather less memorable, so I don't get it. Minus one star from Gryffindor, I mean, this soundtrack.