Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Big changes are afoot for everyone's favorite teenage wizard in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the series based on J. K. Rowling's mega-selling novels. In addition to a growing interest in the opposite sex, Harry is selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, which pits him against more experienced students from Hogwarts as well as two other rival schools. More ominous still are the signs that Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, is returning to power. There are big changes on the soundtrack, too. After providing the score for the first three Potter films, John Williams hands the reins to the able-bodied Patrick Doyle, who has ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Big changes are afoot for everyone's favorite teenage wizard in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the series based on J. K. Rowling's mega-selling novels. In addition to a growing interest in the opposite sex, Harry is selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, which pits him against more experienced students from Hogwarts as well as two other rival schools. More ominous still are the signs that Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, is returning to power. There are big changes on the soundtrack, too. After providing the score for the first three Potter films, John Williams hands the reins to the able-bodied Patrick Doyle, who has provided scores for such films as Donnie Brasco, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Sense and Sensibility. Doyle doesn't stray from the grand, occasionally whimsical style Williams established for the series, though he brings his own touch to the suspenseful "The Quiddich World Cup" and playful "Underwater Secrets." And his theme for Voldemort gives appropriate gravitas to such a malevolent villain. More surprising is the inclusion of three rock songs from Jarvis Cocker of the British band Pulp. Backed by members of Pulp and Radiohead the band appear in the film as the Wyrd Sisters, "Do the Hippogriff" and "This Is the Night" are catchy but genuinely weird rock songs, especially for a blockbuster film of this nature. "Magic Works," however, is a gorgeous ballad complete with sweeping strings that would make for the perfect last dance at any Hogwarts social function -- or any Harry Potter–themed party, for that matter.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer Patrick Doyle Sense and Sensibility, Carlito's Way, Gosford Park brought a new sound -- despite a couple of instances of previous composer John Williams' instantly recognizable "Hedwig's Theme" -- to the Harry Potter franchise with his colorful score for the popular series' fourth installment, The Goblet of Fire. Darker, bolder, and a little less magical, Doyle doesn't reach the dizzying heights achieved by Williams on 2004's Prisoner of Azkaban, but he has managed to create some new and exciting themes that integrate themselves seamlessly into the Potter universe. Scheming reporter "Rita Skeeter" is given a playful pizzicato motif that manages to mirror her unpleasant personality without offending the ears, the "Quidditch World Cup" bursts from the skies with brass-heavy British pride, and the newly de-cloaked villain, "Voldemort," rises from the ashes in a wash of screaming strings that would make even the bravest wizard squirm in dreadful anticipation. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who along with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway appeared in the film as a popular "non-muggle" rock band, contribute three tracks as the Weird Sisters -- Canadian folk group the Wyrd Sisters attempted to file an injunction against the film, but were denied by a Winnipeg judge. Sounding like a cross between Screaming Lord Sutch, the Damned, and Nick Cave, "Do the Hippogriff," "This Is the Night," and "Magic Works" aren't particularly memorable, but much like the Star Wars cantina band, they work their magic onscreen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624963127
  • Catalog Number: 49631
  • Sales rank: 14,660

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrick Doyle Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jarvis Cocker Track Performer
Jonny Greenwood Track Performer
Phil Selway Track Performer
James Shearman Conductor
Steve Claydon Track Performer
Steven Mackey Track Performer
Jason Buckle Track Performer
The Weird Sisters Track Performer
Stuart Cassells Bagpipes
Abigail Doyle Vocals
Steve Mackey Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer
Mae McKenna Vocal Coach
David Barron Executive Producer
Jarvis Cocker Composer
Rupert Coulson Engineering
Mike Hedges Producer, Audio Production
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Patrick Doyle Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Maggie Rodford Producer, Audio Production
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
David Heyman Executive Producer
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Nick Wollage Engineering
Andy Walter Mastering
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Composer
Matthieu Clouard Digital Editing
Jason Buckle Composer
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
Abigail Doyle Vocal Coach
Mike Newell Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Nick Woollage Engineering
Lucy Evans Assistant Music Supervisor
Andrew Walter Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another Great Soundtrack

    For those of you who haven't discovered the joy and beauty of the movie soundtrack, you can start here and become hooked! The Harry Potter soundtracks are amazing and the perfect study music if you're a student. You won't regret the purchase of any of these CDs!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry Potter

    This is a really good soundtrack with many memorable songs, all of which flow nicely with each other. The only jarring note are the rock songs from the ball at the end of the CD. I like them, but not when I'm listening to classical. I made a copy of the CD without those and mostly listen to that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    First listen, I was very annoyed, but felt guilty for not enjoying it. I listned some more, and discovered that it wasn't to terrible. Harry in Winter and Hogwart's March are highlights. Nice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    I listened to the CD and thought, OMG!!! The Cd actually makes you want to be in the movie to feel the pain and sorrow, happiness and glee. That's what happened to me. I recommend you to buy the CD, even if you think you won't like the movie. Then you will want to see the movie!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Clearly Partick Doyle is not John Willianms. But Really? It was

    Clearly Partick Doyle is not John Willianms. But Really? It was time for a change! Williams did a great job creating the original Harry Potter Theme but his spin on the music was to giddy to continue into the part of the series where is started to get dark and veer away form simple children's books. His music for the Prisoner of Azkaban did not have the amount of aery darkness required and i id not feel the same chill in the movies that i got in Doyle's music. Doyle did a great job of helping the score grow with the series and the actors and he did an excellent job of keeping the original Harry Potter theme but in the mean time changing it up a bit so it wasn't the same Hedwig's Theme three times in a row.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Ignore the stupid songs at the end and this is one of the BEST!!

    Why they tacked those stupid songs written for the Yule Ball at the end I have no idea. That said, the actual score for this film is fantastic. Doyle created many different haunting and memorable themes for this film. I've heard the scores for the first 5 films and this is definately one of the best! I listen to this Goblet of Fire CD all the time - it's that good (minus the "rock" songs at the end).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    a new score by a differnt composer who did the music justice for harry potter #4

    patrick doyle was sent in to score the 4th potter film john williams could not return to do the 4th potter soundtrack due to conflicts of working on war of the worlds and another movie he scored with izak perlman and yo yo ma now this cd is very intresting the best part for this soundtrack which is my favorite part of this soundtrack is snapes theme remixed and tweaked up of course my favorite charecter is profesor snape in the books and films i gotta say patrick doyle made very beauitful music for harry potter and the goblet of fire buy this cd do not miss out on a great movie soundtrack like this one trust me youll enjoy it just as much as me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doyle way better than Williams

    Doyle's treatment of the score is far superior to Williams'. A must buy, the best of all the HP soundtracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great soundtrack to a great movie

    trust me this score is perfect buy this wonderful soundtrack you wont be sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not good enough

    it stunk i mean it was all right if you watch a movie for the movie and not just the theatrical elements like the actors and the score then you wouldn't be as generous as i was the other movie's scores were amazing some of the better i've ever heard and thats a lot from some one who watches a movie the second time just to hear the music but i did not like this one a lot of the music sounds the same you almost want to fall asleep from hearing the same tone over and over again but don't get me wrong some of it was good but they shouldd of stuck with John Williams he was way better than the new composer Patrick Doyle who aparently has absolutly no clue how to write music that gos with a movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Worth It!

    I was disapointed that John wasn't doing the score, but I think that Patrick did some awesome work. The music is growing up with the movies. I also thought that the opening music was really good and gave the movie a darker feel, the way it should be as the books go on and the characters grow and experience more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Weakest of the Four Soundtracks

    I was completely shocked that John Williams wasn't composing this film. So I had my hopes up that someone would create music that had the same Harry Potter-themed atmosphere that John skillfully created. When I heard that composer Patrick Doyle was composing the music, my first thought was who in the world was he? From there, I was just dying to here what music he composed for this fourth installment of the Harry Potter series. And when the first notes of "The Story Continues" reached my ears, I was totally disappointed. This soundtrack wasn't nearly as great as what John stamped on the first three. All that Doyle did was create background music, nothing more and nothing less. The music just didn't have a personality, it didn't heighten the adventurous scenes. With the first three installments, John used the music to its fullest, gave it a personality, and had it perfectly fit with the scene with the scene it was being played with. Though there were some tracks that I did enjoy (Quidditch World Cup and Hogwarts' Hymn), overall this was one disappointing soundtrack. If you thought about purchasing this soundtrack, try to avoid it unless you're a Patrick Doyle fan. As for me, I'll stick with the first three. As I said in the headline, the Goblet of Fire is definitely the weakest of the four soundtracks. But if you want really good Harry Potter music, go with the other three. I do hope that Johnny will return for the Order of the Phoenix. But in the meantime, we'll just have to wait and see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    appreciate it for what it is

    No, it isn't John Williams, whos work I absolutely love. however, I have to disagree with the others. I believe the score goes well with the film. however, What I miss most about it not being John Williams is that he includes everything, every single note. it's all over a different sound, but give it a chance. the pieces are quite enjoyable. the only thing that upset me, was the original theme was altered...but I suppose that's Patrick Doyle making it his, even though it wasn't originally. I really don't know why they let someone else do the score, since John Williams created it. oh well. I liked it anyway, that's why I gave it 5 stars. Patrick Doyle does create good music. Much Ado About Nothing (one of my personal favorites), Sense and Sensibility, A Little Princess, loved all of those. so if you're up for some dramatic music with a good amount of minor chords, this CD is definitely worth buying. it makes driving more fun to say the least... and coming from someone who lives in LA, that's saying something...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doyle Isn't Williams (duh)...

    Doyle isn't John Williams, so get over it and give the man a chance! To use Williams' signature themes and motifs would be considered THEFT. I've had enough of the standard 'Hedwig's Theme' for the first three CDs and I agree that it was time for something different. I truly enjoyed the sweeping sounds and the crescendos and the full use of brass and percussion. The light sounds of the strings and woodwinds were key in making the music flow, and showed me just how good Doyle is. The soundtrack was different, airy and dark, and it fits the plot of the film perfectly. Patrick Doyle is very talented, and though I do like John Williams' work, even I had to admit it was time for a change. Besides: Williams declined to do the fourth film to work on other projects: namely Star Wars, so it was his call. As for the Yule Ball songs by Jarvis Cocker...I would've rathered the '80s prom songs we cringe to today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Williams Gone?

    I think that this is a Good Score, but it lacks the John Williams touch which the other three scores had. John Williams needs to return for hte fifth movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fire fizzled out for Goblet of Fire

    I completely disliked the score for this film. I knew that the composer was not John Williams but I thought, "What the hell" and gave it a try anyway. Patrick Doyle does not do justice to that which Williams worked so hard to achieve with these films. Instead of thinking about Harry Potter when you hear this CD, you end up thinking about batman, or something else more to that extent. You can tell Doyle made no effort whatsoever to keep the spirit of the original Harry Potter movies in his composing. I definitely do not reccommend anyone to buy this. Listen to it if you must at the library or somewhere else, but don't buy it, it's not worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nobody does it better

    This score needed the John Williams touch. Doyle did an OK job, but nobody can capture the mood like Williams. This score is just flat, lacks body and emotion that made the other Potter films soar.I just saw the film and the score by Doyle did nothing but add background noise, whereas Williams has a knack for applifying and intensifying what you see on the screen.When #5 film is made, here's hoping they get the Maestro Williams back on board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bring back john willams

    I think my title is self explanitory. I unfortunatly bought this soundtrack without looking to see if John Williams composed it. Who is this bloke Patrick Doyle. He needs to go back to college and learn how to create good music. Say no to doyle kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointment In 23 Tracks

    I researched this soundtrack first knowing they had chosen a different composer for some odd reason, and though I heard bad reviews of it, hearing the music in the trailers changed my mind. I should have listened to the reviews. Each track on this soundtrack sounds like the last, and it's just a horrid thought that JK Rowling supposedly approved Patrick Doyle. Perhaps he's good in other aspects of composing, but soundtracks are NOT one of them. But I will say this for him, he did a good job on #14 "Underwater Secrets" but that can HARDLY begin to make up for the rest of the shoddy work. Like the headline says, 'disappointment in 23 tracks'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Apples and Oranges

    Compared to the previous soundtracks, I found this one to just be different. The music is enjoyable, but it's just not what I've come to expect from Harry Potter soundtracks. Unfortunately I think that because of such a drastic change in musical styles, the continuity between the first three films and the fourth is lost (the music was pretty much the only thing holding them together, after switching directors yet again.) Although I loved Doyle's score for Sense and Sensibility and he is a brilliant composer, I just don't feel like his music fits with the precedent. Essentially the music is entertaining, however it is just too different from the themes and styles that harry potter-ites have come to love.

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