Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The fifth installment in the Harry Potter film series marks the arrival of a fourth director, David Yates, and with him a third composer, his longtime collaborator Nicholas Hooper. The two have worked together previously on numerous television projects as well as the feature film The Girl in the Café. That history allowed for Hooper to be brought into the project much earlier than a composer usually is -- even before filming began, in fact. But both Yates and Hooper were coming into an established franchise that provided them only limited opportunities to put their own stamp on the material. For Yates, of course, the expectations of those who had seen the earlier films...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The fifth installment in the Harry Potter film series marks the arrival of a fourth director, David Yates, and with him a third composer, his longtime collaborator Nicholas Hooper. The two have worked together previously on numerous television projects as well as the feature film The Girl in the Café. That history allowed for Hooper to be brought into the project much earlier than a composer usually is -- even before filming began, in fact. But both Yates and Hooper were coming into an established franchise that provided them only limited opportunities to put their own stamp on the material. For Yates, of course, the expectations of those who had seen the earlier films and read the books by J.K. Rowling, as well as those of the executives at Warner Bros. Pictures, meant he had to toe the line as much as such predecessors as Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004]) and Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2005]), who had followed on from the original director, Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001], Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002]). For Hooper, it meant that he had to follow the pattern set by John Williams, who scored the first three films, and repeated by Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Indeed, the most striking melody here remains Williams' "Hedwig's Theme," which pops up here and there. So, despite his unusual access to the work in progress and lengthy schedule, Hooper has come up with a fairly conventional score mixing highly identifiable chase and suspense music, light adventure, and a touch of romance. It is by now a cliché to note that each successive Potter episode is "darker" than the one before it, as the arch-villain Voldemort (the most sinister and procrastinating bad guy since Darth Vader) draws ever nearer to taking over the wizarding world of the stories and eliminating the adolescent protagonist. And so Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just that bit darker than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In fact, it's even darker than it might have been, since the screenplay all but eviscerates some of the lighter moments in the book. But Hooper's music is not as threatening for the most part as might be expected, and is even fun in spots. It helps that the cues are not presented here in the order in which they appear in the film with, for example, the tension-filled "Hall of Prophecy," which should come near the end, slotted sixth, while the playful and repetitive "The Ministry of Magic," which has a Philip Glass-like feel and should come toward the beginning, pushed back to 15th place in the sequence. Likely both Yates and Hooper will move on after their experience with Harry Potter, to be replaced by others. They have neither embarrassed themselves nor done anything really spectacular in taking their turns in the series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624997313
  • Catalog Number: 148156
  • Sales rank: 10,147

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nicholas Hooper Primary Artist
London Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
RSVP Voices Choir, Chorus
Alastair King Conductor
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Additional Music
David Barron Executive Soundtrack Producer
Peter Cobbin Engineering
Richard Nelson Assistant Music Supervisor
David Yates Liner Notes, Executive Soundtrack Producer
Marcia Crayford Orchestra Leader
David Heyman Executive Soundtrack Producer
Nicholas Hooper Producer, Liner Notes
Lisa Margolis Business Consultant
Keith Zajic Business Consultant
Debi Streeter Administration
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Darrell Alexander Score Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    this soundtrack frikin rocks my socks off

    this is one of the best harry potter soundtracks its just as good as prisoner of azkaban and the first 2 cds and its also just as good as patrick doyles score which he scored the 4th harry potter installment of the harry potter movie series this cd is just as good as mushroomhead and slipknot check out those bands they also rock my world also

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was no John Williams, but it was very close

    I am a huge fan on John Williams and was very disappointed when he did not return to do the next films. But I was very happy that the music still followed his lead. As the story line darkens, the music gets deeper and more passionate. I thought the music was well done and very fitting and comanding in many of the scenes. While I prefer John to anyother that has worked on the Potter films, I was very impressed on the way that it turned out! A wonderful addtition to your Harry Potter soundtrack collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta love the new themes

    I felt that the music for OOTP was far better than the much recycled, mediocre themes that John Williams originaly composed. For a 7 movie series, it's best to change things up. The OOTP soundtrack is refreshing and new, with hints of the old theme hidden within.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So NOT John Williams

    The music was out of sequence from the movie and was missing tracks. I'm not sure why they did not keep John Williams as the composer for all the HP movies, this was a great dissapointment. NOT recommended for John Williams fans or fans of movie soundtracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    music for the weak hearted continues

    John Williams as the composer of such wonderful music. What else could be expected? As the movies develope the music becomes more emotional. Just as it should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great But Missing Something.

    This is an outstanding CD, but like the fourth soundtrack it seems to be missing a sort of magical touch that John Williams added into the first three albums. Great album I totally reccomend this to any Harry Potter maniac!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best harry potter score so far and the best harry potter fil as well

    buy this wonderful soundtrack you wont be sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The OOTP soundtrack moved me to tears, that's how beautiful and profound it is. Nicholas Hooper did a brilliant job incorporating strings, the flute, chilling vocals,and muted and distorted effects that makes this the most melodic and moving soundtrack as of yet. I REALLY hope Nicholas Hooper can compose the scores for HBP, and DH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    This soundtrack is among the best of HP, along with John William's OSTs of the first two movies! All the songs are beautiful, there's not one which is dull or tiring! Congrats to Nicholas Hooper, he did an amazing job! The only bad thing is that the order is not like the movie, but minor details!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I expected much better...

    Disappointing, to say the least. I should have known better than to buy it, after listening to the previews. I have the other four soundtracks and OOTP is nothing compared to them. Nice music, but where are the broad, haunting, sweeping themes that we have enjoyed from the other soundtracks? Please get John Williams back for the 6th and 7th soundtrack so we can tell its Harry Potter, not just some nice background music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is by far the best soundtrack out of them all. The music has a witty, yet dark feel to it. The music fits perfectly to what you would imagine the movie is like, such as Proffesor Umbridge's song sound exactly like I would imagine her. The composer did an amazing job and I hope you will compose the music for the next movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mixed UP

    I was disappointed with this latest soundtrack from Harry Potter, beginning with a scene that's almost at the end of the movie. The soundtrack isn't in order and it jumps around. While it adds some new and interesting themes, I don't feel it's as cohesive as the ones done by John Williams. The main HP theme is there but not prominent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This soundtrack has great music on it!

    This soundtrack has fabulous music on it! It is continually played on my iPod! My top three favorites are catchy, like "Professor Umbridge", "Another Story", and "Fireworks". Others are more serene and calming, like "The Kiss" and "Loved Ones and Leaving". This soundtrack is worth the price!

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