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|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|Film score by Nicholas Hooper|
|Released||10 July 2007|
|J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World soundtrack chronology|
|Movie Music UK|
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the soundtrack to the 2007 film of the same name, based on the book by J. K. Rowling. Nicholas Hooper composed the film's score, following John Williams, who scored the first three films, and Patrick Doyle, who did the fourth. Though new to the series, Hooper had worked with director David Yates before. The soundtrack was released 10 July 2007, the day before the film's release.
Hooper incorporated into the new score "Hedwig's Theme", the series' theme originally written by John Williams for the first film and heard in all the subsequent films. In March and April 2007, Hooper and the London Chamber Orchestra recorded nearly two hours of music at Abbey Road Studios in London. Two new main themes were made to reflect the new character Dolores Umbridge and Lord Voldemort's invasion of Harry's mind. A Japanese Taiko drum was used for a deeper sound in the percussion. The trailer features a track by X-Ray Dog, entitled Divine Crusade. Divine Crusade first appeared on the album K-9 Empire before being licensed to Order of the Phoenix.
Hooper said he reviewed the previous soundtracks of the Harry Potter films by John Williams, particularly the third soundtrack, but ultimately "decided that it was best if I moved into my own way of composing rather than trying to emulate John Williams, which is impossible."
The soundtrack was also released in a special edition, with a custom hinged box with Navy velveteen fabric. Inside the box is a 20-page booklet with a foil-embossed front cover.
Critical reaction to the score was fairly mixed compared to the previous scores in the series. Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks awarding the score three stars out of five, saying "...it fails to provide continuity within either its own confines or those of the franchise as a whole". Archie Watt of MovieCues said "This isn’t a bad score by any means, but there can be little argument that it is the weakest of all the Harry Potter scores to date".
The soundtrack debuted at number 43 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 16,000 copies in its first week and has since sold a total of 356,000 copies in U.S. and a million copies worldwide. The soundtrack also charted at five on the Top Soundtracks Chart.
The cues presented on the commercial release do not follow the order they are heard in the film. In the film, the cues are heard in the following order: 3, 4, 17, 15, 10, 13, 2, 16, 5, 8, 9, 14, 1, 11, 6, 12, 7, 18.
|Original track list|
|4.||"Dementors in the Underpass"||1:45|
|6.||"Hall of Prophecy"||4:27|
|8.||"The Room of Requirement"||6:09|
|10.||"A Journey to Hogwarts"||2:54|
|11.||"The Sirius Deception"||2:36|
|12.||"Death of Sirius"||3:58|
|13.||"Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning"||2:39|
|14.||"Darkness Takes Over"||2:58|
|15.||"The Ministry of Magic"||2:48|
|16.||"The Sacking of Trelawney"||2:15|
|17.||"Flight of the Order of the Phoenix"||1:34|
|18.||"Loved Ones and Leaving"||3:15|