Who Composed the Music for Harry Potter?

Many people are familiar with the Harry Potter franchise, but not everyone knows who composed the music for the films. The answer may surprise you!

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John Williams

John Williams is a composer who is best known for his work on film scores. He has composed the music for a number of well-known films, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and E.T.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953) is a Scottish film composer. He is a frequent collaborator with director Kenneth Branagh, and his work features in many films, such as Henry V (1989), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Gosford Park (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Brave (2012) and Murder on the Orient Express (2017). He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Nicholas Hooper

Nicholas Hooper is a British film composer who is best known for his work on the Harry Potter film series. He composed the music for five of the eight Harry Potter films, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

Jarvis Cocker

Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather, was played by the English musician and actor Jarvis Cocker. Cocker is best known as the lead singer of the band Pulp.

Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and later formed Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

John Powell

John Powell is a British composer who has worked on a wide variety of films, including the Harry Potter series, the Bourne series, and How to Train Your Dragon. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and his work on How to Train Your Dragon was awarded the Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production.

David Arnold

David Arnold (born 23 January 1962) is an English composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day and God’s Own Country. He has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.

Alexandre Desplat

The Harry Potter films are a British-American film series based on the eponymous novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). A spin-off prequel series that will consist of five films started with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

The music for the first six films was composed by John Williams, and Williams was nominated for three Academy Awards for his work on the series. The music for the seventh film was composed by Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper, while Alexandre Desplat composed the music for the eighth film.

Michael Giacchino

Composer Michael Giacchino is best known for his work on television and film scores, including Lost, Alias, and the Ratatouille soundtrack. Surprisingly, Giacchino’s only film credit prior to 2009 was The Incredibles. That all changed when he was hired to work on the score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. Abrams was so impressed with Giacchino’s work that he asked him to compose the music for his next project: Super 8.

Giacchino’s work on Super 8 led to him being tapped to score another highly anticipated summer blockbuster: Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds remake. And once again, Abrams called on Giacchino to provide the musical backdrop for his next directorial effort, Mission: Impossible III.

In 2009, Giacchino added two more big franchises to his resume when he composed the scores for both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. He also worked on two Disney films that year, Up and The Princess and the Frog.

Giacchino’s other credits include Lost, Alias, Ratatouille, speed Racer, letting go (Iron Man 3), Inside Out (2015), Zootopia (2016).

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is a German-born film composer and record producer. He has composed music for over 150 films, including award-winning soundtracks for The Lion King, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight. Hans Zimmer was the man behind the music of the Harry Potter films.

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