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Williams Talks HARRY POTTER Score

Composer talks about film's more theatrical music.

By Frank Kurtz     November 13, 2001
Source: USA Today


John Williams' eagerly anticipated HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE score
© 2001 Wea/Atlantic

Famed composer John Williams was the man who Chris Columbus and Warner Bros. wanted to do the score for HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, something he had already been familiar with.


While talking to USA Today, Williams, once again, noted how he initially became familiar with HARRY POTTER, saying, "In this case, because my kids were all reading the books, I read the first HARRY POTTER book. I never even imagined I would be writing a score for the film. I didn't even know they were planning to make a film when I was reading it."


Regarding how he approached the project, Williams speak sgenerally, saying, "So much of successful film scoring relies on a gratifying melodic identification for the characters. I try to draw on something that marries very well with what I'm seeing."


More specifically regarding HARRY POTTER, the composer says, "I wanted to capture the world of weightlessness and flight and sleight of hand and happy surprise. This caused the music to be a little more theatrical than most film scores would be. It sounds like music that you would hear in the theater rather than the film."


What was his favorite scene in the film? Williams reveals, "The first great mail delivery. It starts with one envelope and ends with a thousand envelopes on the living room floor. I just love that scene. I've never seen anything quite like it in a film."

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