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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Soundtrack

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  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (Nov. 28 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005OWIU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 223 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue
2. The Arrival of Baby Harry
3. Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts
4. Diagon Alley and The Gringotts Vault
5. Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters and The Journey to Hogwarts
6. Entry into the Great Hall and The Banquet
7. Mr. Longbottom Flies
8. Hogwarts Forever! and The Moving Stairs
9. The Norwegian Ridgeback and A Change of Season
10. The Quidditch Match
11. Christmas at Hogwarts
12. The Invisibility Cloak and The Library Scene
13. Fluffy's Harp
14. In the Devil's Snare and The Flying Keys
15. The Chess Game
16. The Face of Voldemort
17. Leaving Hogwarts
18. Harry's Wondrous World
19. Hedwig's Theme

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The book that broke all publishing records - selling more than 97 million books in 115 countries in 40 languages - is now the year's most highly anticipated motion picture. Warner Sunset/Atlantic's ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE will feature the film's magical musical score, composed by the renowned John Williams. Best known for his unforgettable scores to such classic films as Jaws, Star Wars, Schindler's List, Superman, and the Indiana Jones trilogy, Williams has taken home a stunning array of awards, including 5 Oscars and 18 Grammys. Based on the first J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry meets several similarly-gifted friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary. Certified Gold by the RIAA. (11/01)


You needn't see the film of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to appreciate the wonder, magic, and fearful chills of J.K. Rowling's phenomenal bestseller in John Williams's outstanding score. Williams typically avoids the source material for the films he scores, but he reportedly derived great pleasure and inspiration from Rowling's first Harry Potter adventure, and created a perfect motif (fully expressed in "Hedwig's Theme") to dominate his score. It's first heard as a dreamy celesta waltz and embellished through myriad incarnations and moods, often with a sinister edge befitting the darker tones of Chris Columbus's direction. Evident are fantastical allusions to Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky (among others), and Williams's epic track is "Quidditch Match," a breathtaking frenzy to accompany the film's dazzling highlight. And while Williams occasionally flirts with self-plagiarism (with inevitable variants of his Hook and Star Wars themes), this is nevertheless a richly regal score that brilliantly evokes the mystery and magic of Harry Potter's world. --Jeff Shannon

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Format: Audio CD
Perhaps it's because I heard the soundtrack before I read the book or saw the movie, but I simply cannot imagine any other music being used for the Harry Potter world. While many film scores are well-composed and seem to complement their films well, this score seems to grow naturally out of the story itself, by way of the great John Williams.
One thing to keep in mind about the music, though, however great it is, is that it was composed to complement the movie and not necessarily as an independent listening experience. That said, the soundtrack does, in fact, make a great listening experience, though a few of the tracks do seem to go on for a while without a lot of direction. Williams seems to be big on providing a constant musical wallpaper--or perhaps Columbus requested this, and that means there is simply a LOT of music that went with this film, and much of it is simply atmospheric.
That said, the entire sountrack is worth buying for the trailer music, opening theme, and end titles alone. These pieces bring the main themes of the entire album together (including the excellent Hedwig theme) and integrate them into coherant stand-alone pieces. Also, even the "atmospheric" tracks provide an excellent ambience for exercising or jogging or just working around the house.
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I must admit I have not read a Harry Potter book to this date. I have seen both movies and enjoyed both of them a ton. The movies however would not be nearly as good if not for the score written by John Williams.
"Hedwigs Theme" is a great song and will be the song you will remember most from the movie. It's a beautiful song. I love how it starts off on the bells. It adds a feeling of unknown awe when it's played. It's also great when it's not played on the bells and is done by the orchestra. It's probaly Williams best song of this new century. Fans of his will be well pleased and I think this one alone makes it worth getting the soundtrack.
I liked "Hogwart Theme." The christmas song was also good. It's just a good mix and blend of music. Williams score accents the movie so well. It brings the world of Harry Potter to life so well.
This soundtrack is a must own. It's some of Williams best work he's ever done. It's right up there with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, and Jurrasic Park. His fans will love this album. Fans of Harry Potter will really like it. People that like classical music will also enjoy this one a lot.
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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a story all about magic, so it's obvious that the film needed a truly magical underore, and not everyone can deliver a magical score. Chris Columbus had worked with John Williams before on the first two "Home Alone" movies. and I think he made the right choice when asking him to score the first "Harry Potter" title.
This score is...amazing? Wonderful? Awe-inspiring? Take your pick of words, but none of them fit this stunning piece of work performed beautifully by the London Symphoney Orchastra. Magical is the only word for it.
It succeeds in many areas where the movie it was created for fails. Williams has created a score that is perfectly tuned to the changing moods of the book and movie. At times warm and inviting, while later eerie, dark, and forbidding; at times happy, at other times sad, and sometimes all out thrilling. The strong diversity of this score is most perfectly reflected in the beautiful meadly "Harry's Wonderous World." track two (and my favorite track) on the CD.
Furthermore, the strong use of motifs enhances the score and film, and the eerie Harry Potter theme is destined to earn its place among John Williams' most famous works, right up there next to the Star Wars Main Title Theme and the Flying Theme from E.T. This score is clearly the best of its year, and the MPAA is [bad] not to hae awarded it the Oscar for Best Score. It is in my mind. My only complaint about this release is that it is an abridgement, and hope that someday the complete score will be issued.
Of John William's score for "The Phantom Menace," George Lucas said "Every fan of Star Wars -- and of great music -- is in his [John Williams] debt." Changing "Star Wars" in the quote to Harry Potter, the same applies here.
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I am not a huge fan of Harry Potter, but I admit is a good, enjoyable film. And it's soundtrack is also as good, John Williams always comes forward with great scores, and even thought it has lots of copied themes from Hook and Star Wars, it still works. But Stitch from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is way off if he thinks this was the best soundtrack of 2001, because althought the score is quite good, it can never match the epic strenght and power of Howard Shore's The Lord of the Rings which did win the Oscar. Not only The Lord of the Rings story is far superior than the Harry Potter story, but the score of Lord of the Rings is also much more superior than the one of Harry Potter, and not just because the Lord of the Rings was a fresh and new score. None of the themes in Harry Potter even come close to any of the themes found in Lord of the Rings, every little tune in Potter is beaten by the Isengard March, or the Fellowship theme, or the Bridge of Khazad-Dum music, or the Lothlorien motiff, or the recent Rohan theme, etc. Harry Potter is in every way surpassed by Lord of the Rings, in story, performances, effects, sets, cinematogaphy, editing, and of coarse soundtrack. John Willams has done many more superior scores and I don't think Harry Potter is his best, or even close, and he will never be immediately identified with Harry Potter. John Williams will always be remembered by Star Wars( especially the Imperial March), Indiana Jones, Jaws, Schindler's List, or any other score in which he has worked.Read more ›
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