Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Soundtrack) by Nicholas Hooper

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by Nicholas Hooper

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Soundtrack) by Nicholas Hooper

Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix
Composed by Nicholas Hooper
Warner Brothers Records (2007)

Rating: 8/10

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (soundtrack) by Nicholas Hooper

“Left behind (though certainly not forgotten) are the wonderous childhood flourishes of Williams’ score, and the ponderous beauty of Doyle’s turning-of-age music, and now a mature-but-no-less-magical score lifts and propels “Order of the Phoenix” through the viewers imaginations.”

Phoenix Rising
Review by Steve Townsley

(Apologies for spoilers herein, but…the seventh book has broken sales records in stores, already—who am I spoiling here?)

When I learned that Patrick Doyle was succeeding John Williams as composer for the phenomenal HARRY POTTER film-franchise, I was elated and relieved, for I knew that if Williams could not provide music for all the Potter-installments, then Doyle is more than worthy to pick up the wand…er--baton. So, when movie 5 was announced, and NICHOLAS HOOPER was proclaimed the new composer, I, probably like many, had the response, “Who??”

For the months preceding, I anticipated the forthcoming film (and score) very little. Not that I wasn’t intending to enjoy it in due time. I merely let my eagerness wane, so as not to over-exhaust myself with Pottermania to the saturation point. And not that I wasn’t curious as to the as-to-my-ears heretofore unheard NICHOLAS HOOPER turning in what was suspected to be a by-the-numbers derivative score, drawing naturally upon the instantly associative “Hedwig’s Theme”, and perhaps a quotation here and there of other established themes within the franchise.

Rather than that, though, something unexpectedly…well…magical happened. NICHOLAS HOOPER rose to the occasion, and provided a wholly wonderful and repeatedly enjoyable score for Harry’s 5th—and darkest—year yet. Left behind (though certainly not forgotten) are the wonderous childhood flourishes of Williams’ score, and the ponderous beauty of Doyle’s turning-of-age music, and now a mature-but-no-less-magical score lifts and propels “Order of the Phoenix” through the viewers imaginations.

“Fireworks”, a jubilant and ethnic romp opens the album as the Weasley twins embark upon their ultimate Hogwarts mischief, though the album wastes no time in moving directly to the saccharinely sweet, almost ballet-like romp for the conniving Professor Umbridge, Harry’s latest foil. The album is infused with charming and memorable surges of playful charm, such as “The Room of Requirements” (Track 7) that are never overbearing, and surprisingly catchy, hinting at notes from “Hedwig’s Theme” just ever-so-lightly. “Dumbledore’s Army”, another of the album’s Stand-out pieces builds into a proud melody (that appropriately suggests nothing militaristic or bombastic.)

Some of the darker moments in the score build with wonderful tension, often punctuated with choir vocals that signify the dark forces of Voldemort at work, on screen.

Curiously, one of the truly melancholy moments “The Sacking of Trelawney” (Track 16) is reserved for the end of the album, trumping what should really be the score’s emotional climax, “Death of Sirius” (Track 12). Likewise, what should be a powerful opener, “Flight of the Order of the Phoenix” is reserved for the penultimate track, when it should, chronologically, be placed towards the beginning…Which brings me to the album’s biggest criticism: Track placement. The music herein is wonderful, no question—But so randomly placed—there seems to be no method to the madness. The disc opens with a strong piece, and closes with the film’s final piece….but beyond that, it’s a mishmash of (good) music. You might do well to program the tracks in chronological order, allowing the tension to build and unfold, and resolve.

No word yet on who will score the upcoming “HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE", but if NICHOLAS HOOPER is attached, I’ll be pleased to look forward to what he brings to the story.

Rating: 8/10

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (soundtrack) by Nicholas Hooper

Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Fireworks 1:45  ****
2 Professor Umbridge 2:32  ***
3 Another Story 2:37  **
4 Dementors in the Underpass 1:43  **
5 Dumbledore's Army 2:40  ****
6 Hall of Prophecies 4:25  ***
7 Possession 3:18  **
8 Room of REquirements 6:07  ****
9 Kiss 1:56  ****
10 Journey to Hogwarts 2:52  ***
11 Sirius Deception 2:34  **
12 Death of Sirius 3:56  ***
13 Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning 2:38  **
14 Darkness Takes Over 2:57  **
15 Ministry of Magic 2:47  ***
16 Sacking of Trelawny 2:13  ***
17 Fight of the Order of the Phoenix 1:31  ****
18 Loved Ones and Leaving 3:15  ****
  Total Running Time (Approx) 52 minutes  

 

   

 

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