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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 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".

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening - Nicholas Hooper


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: New Line Records
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • ASIN: B0028EQMW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I will be using the song "When Harry Kissed Ginny" from this album to walk down the aisle to next month. Bought this album and honestly love all the songs on it. You can close your eyes and watch the movie happening in your head as you hear the music!
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I imagine a lot of people hoped that the very delightful and sort of upbeat themes that John Williams penned would continue, but anyone who has read the books knows the picture grows continually darker. So it is with the sound tracks of the movies. Nicholas Hooper does a wonderful job of conveying this darkness without overwhelming you with it. His music very nicely accompanies the mood of the film from beginning to end, and I like it enough to give it 5/5.
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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.

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.
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Nicholas Hooper has created a soundtrack that beautifully fits the tone of "Half-Blood Prince." As the top-rated reviewer said, this soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful...and it is. This soundtrack perfectly captures how perilous life in the Wizarding World is becoming. As "Half-Blood Prince" isn't as much of an action film as it is a lead-up to the epic finale which is "Deathly Hallows," the soundtrack perfectly fits this role by having the music be rather subtle and quiet and isn't overly rambunctious. "In Noctem" is so eerie and beautiful at the same time...it's truly a gem. "Dumbledore's Farewell" is a very gut-wrenching and amazing piece of music that beautifully captures the high emotions going on at that time of the movie.

So why 4 stars? I've been praising this soundtrack all this time...but unfortunately there are a few things that irked me:
-The entirety of "In Noctem" was not used in the movie. As I stated earlier, the song is just so eerily beautiful, and only snippets of it can be heard in the movie. It does appear, however, in the deleted scene that leads directly up to Dumbledore's death.
-"Weasly's Wizard Wheezes" was not used. This song does such a perfect job at capturing the craziness of the twins and their ideas, and it wasn't even included. The song they used instead for the scene in the movie simply wasn't as good.
-This is my biggest complaint for this soundtrack: the theme that plays immediately after Dumbledore is killed, the song that plays as he falls from the tower, the song that plays as Harry chases Snape and the Death Eaters throughout the castle, was not included. That theme is so perfect, so amazing...it perfectly creates a sense of emptiness, loss, and disbelief that Dumbledore is really dead all at the same time.
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