Close your eyes and imagine being transported to the wizarding world — chances are, a variation of “Hedwig’s Theme” will start to play in your head.
A score can be a powerful component to a film. For me, I can’t think of Harry Potter without hearing “Hedwig’s Theme,” which was composed by the legendary John Williams for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That being said, it’s no surprise that the official theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them begins with a familiar tune.
The theme, from eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, starts with a few bars of “Hedwig’s Theme” before diving into the magic — and mania — of Fantastic Beasts. Have a listen:
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure my heart left my body at 2:24. Howard’s theme is bombastic and kinetic — and it implies that some serious shit is about to go down. Is it November yet?
“You hear the main theme song of the movie play when the main crew arrive at the MACUSA the first time and various other times,” Howard told Pottermore. “You hear this haunting kind of theme. If you had to say what is the theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for now and in the future, it would be that theme. I wrote it on my piano because I believe that if that kind of thing is going to be good, it should be done that simply.”
According to Pottermore, it took the composer seven months to score the film. The official soundtrack boasts 17 songs, including “There Are Witches Among Us,” “Credence Hands Out Leaflets,” “Gnarlak Negotiations,” and “Newt Releases the Thunderbird.” (The soundtrack is currently available for pre-order.)
Howard’s previous big-screen credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, Blood Diamond, and the Hunger Games trilogy. He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores for the first two installments of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.