Nicholas Hooper, who composed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, decided not to return for Deathly Hallows due to family commitments and he thought a certain composer named John Williams should return to finish what he began.
At the beginning of the year Warner Bros. hired three time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat to compose Deathly Hallows: Part I, which began speculation that Williams may actually return for Part II. While the composer for the final Harry Potter film has not yet been confirmed, Desplat has been working all summer on Part I and now the score has been given an official release date.
According to distributor WaterTower Music (via SnitchSeeker) the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I score will be released on November 16th, which is three days before the opening of the film. Composer Conrad Pope who has been working with Desplat recently updated his Facebook with the following:
Just finished the first week with the LSO of recording Alexandre Desplat’s score to “HP7”. Harry Potter now occupies a new musical universe. For Lovegood AD has written a charming, “groovin’” theme. Dobby, too, is given a new “voice”. The emotional music reaches its climax in Ron’s speech in the “wilderness” where the poetry of AD conveys the emotion in a single chord’s voicing. Stay tuned.
Previously he wrote:
Working on Alexandre Desplat’s new score for the next “Potter”. Exciting, vigorous music! Harry flies, fights and conjures. All accompanied by the distinctive, definitely non-generic voice of Desplat. Those who love melodies, harmonies and emotions in their film scores should be pleased. Reminds one of the old days. Stay tuned.
No tracklist has been released yet, but I will update this post when it becomes available.
Alexandre Desplat has scored films such as The Golden Compass, The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Julie & Julia. I’m expecting good things from his Deathly Hallows score, and while having Desplat score Part II would keep continuity between both films, I want John Williams to return.