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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows - Part 2 by Alexandre Desplat (Review)

posted Jul 27, 2011, 7:10 PM by Kaya Savas

The Harry Potter franchise has brought us some amazing scores over the years and one cannot deny that John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme" will forever be branded with the franchise. However, the scores have evolved since John Williams left. Alexandre Desplat puts this story to bed with an intricate and emotionally complex score that is beautifully executed. Part 1's score was nothing spectacular, but it was still good. This time around we hit the ground running and Desplat doesn't let up till the end.

"Lily's Theme" opens the score and provides us with our grounding. Desplat's style here is rich, full-bodied and with a brass heavy approach the score carries lots of weight. A choir adds a grand scale to it. The music always has a sense of urgency and that fuels the energy. The intensity level is definitely high, but Desplat always has a layer of romanticism playing beneath it all. The first time it really comes out is in the track "Dragon Flight" where he also touches upon John Williams' theme slightly. The final act is superb as everything boils down to Harry's duel with Voldemort.

The end result for Potter fans is a great one as Desplat finishes this series off with flying colors. For Desplat the result must be rewarding to actually hear his music in the film since in The Tree Of Life that wasn't so much the case. It's been a wonderful journey to listen to this series musically even if I must admit I am not a fan. The music and storytelling was never able to reach such heights as other fantasy franchises, but it was still quite impressive. Desplat's efforts don't hold the uniqueness of John Williams, but this will still go down as one of the best of the franchise and the year.