Alexandre Desplat will compose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

While Alexandre Desplat was hired to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 no composer was confirmed for Part 2, and some fans were hoping that John Williams, who scored the first three movies, would return to finish the franchise off.

Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce the composer for Part 2, but the official Deathly Hallows website mentions on Desplat’s bio page that he “next starts work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise.”

A grand score from Williams would have been great, but Desplat (who recently won Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards and has been nominated for 3 Oscars) is a talented composer. Director David Yates described Part 1 as “a road film” where as Part 2 is a “big opera, a great big epic, with huge battles.” Desplat isn’t really known as an “epic” composer but a quick listen to some tracks from his score for The Golden Compass shows he is more than capable of providing epic tracks.

Having Desplat return will also provide some continuity with the music, which is ideal as Deathly Hallows is basically one giant film. The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 soundtrack isn’t released until November 16th, but it has already found its way onto Youtube.

We will obviously have to wait until November 19th to see how Alexandre Desplat’s score fits with the film, but what do Potter fans think about the composer returning for Part 2? Would you have liked Williams to score the final film?

  • guestq

    That’s great! Desplat’s amazing!

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  • Tommy

    Alexandre is great, I wouldn’t mind him scoring Part II.

  • Anon

    WHAT?! NOOO. I wanted John Williams back :( Desplat is ok, but Williams is the master of Harry Potter music.
    Desplat better use Hedwig’s theme somewhere, or me and many fans will be super p*ssed.

  • Jack

    I just hope Desplat incorporates lots of themes and reprises of themes from the previous films, for a grand finale…

  • Leo Olmos

    It is great for the film continuity, considering is one huge film split into 2 volumes.
    Ppl wanted Williams, but really Desplat is a great composer more centered in the drama than in the epicness, but just listen some of the samples in action escenes and it’s AMAZING! Thrilling!!!

  • Geoff

    Saw a pre-screening last night. Score was SUPERB, IMO. Hadn’t really thought to look up who had scored it as I was just imagining it would be the same disappointing type of choices that had let me seriously let me down in the last 2 films, but was so happy with it throughout the film and was notsurpised at all when I saw Desplat’s name at the end. Would’ve been happy with Mr. Williams doing the last one too but in terms of what I actually prefer in film music, I can’t think of anyone better suited than Desplat.

    And yes, Hedwig’s theme is in there, just a bit though….

  • Chris

    I want John Williams back!!!! Yesterday i´ve seen the deathly hallows and i´m very disappointed about the score… there´re a view parts which were done well… but in the last 3 movies Harry Potter lost lots of it´s past “magic” in my opinion. And that´s the reason why John Williams have to write the score for the last movie!
    Sorry for mistakes :P
    Greetings from Germany :o)

  • katie

    BRING WILLIAMS BACK!!!! He is the absolute master of film music and there is no better way to sum up the franchise than to have his brilliance behind them!!! imagine the final battle between Harry and Voldemort backed with something on the par of E.T., STAR WARS or SCHINDLER’S LIST!!!!

    Dont get me wrong, i LOVE Desplat!!! but (please dont take offence), Williams has always been the man for the job!!!

  • Annie

    John Williams would be perfect. He wrote the epic HP theme. He deserves to finish the great HP movies. I’ll be disappointed if there is no variations of theme song in final movie. Once again, WB please bring John Williams BACK!

  • Wyetta209

    Hahaha he Does Do part 2