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|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|
American box cover
|Soundtrack album by John Williams|
|Released||30 October 2001|
|Recorded||September 2001 at Air Lyndhurst|
|John Williams chronology|
|Wizarding World soundtrack chronology|
The soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States, India, and Pakistan) was released on 30 October 2001. The film's score was composed and conducted by John Williams. The soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Score at the 74th Academy Awards. The film introduces many character-specific themes (leitmotifs) that are used in at least one sequel as well, although most of the themes are only used again in Chamber of Secrets. These themes include two themes for Voldemort, two themes for Hogwarts, a Diagon Alley theme, a Quidditch theme, a flying theme, two friendship themes, and the main theme ("Hedwig's Theme"). This main theme can be found in all eight of the main Harry Potter films as well as the spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, although not usually in its unaltered state.
The soundtrack was certified gold in Canada (50,000 units) by the Canadian Recording Industry Association on 14 December 2001. It was also certified gold in Japan for 100,000 units by the RIAJ. In 2002, the soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Score at the 74th Academy Awards in which Williams took part in conducting the ceremony. However, Williams lost to Howard Shore's score of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The soundtrack was performed at Air Lyndhurst Studios and Abbey Road Studios in London. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 48 and also charted at No. 2 on the Top Soundtracks Chart. In UK, the album charted at number 19.
|2.||"Harry's Wondrous World"||5:21|
|3.||"The Arrival of Baby Harry"||4:25|
|4.||"Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts"||3:23|
|5.||"Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault"||4:06|
|6.||"Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters and the Journey to Hogwarts"||3:14|
|7.||"Entry into the Great Hall and the Banquet"||3:42|
|8.||"Mr. Longbottom Flies"||3:35|
|9.||"Hogwarts Forever! and the Moving Stairs"||3:47|
|10.||"The Norwegian Ridgeback and a Change of Season"||2:47|
|11.||"The Quidditch Match"||8:29|
|12.||"Christmas at Hogwarts"||2:56|
|13.||"The Invisibility Cloak and the Library Scene"||3:16|
|15.||"In the Devil's Snare and the Flying Keys"||2:21|
|16.||"The Chess Game"||3:49|
|17.||"The Face of Voldemort"||6:10|
A selection from the iconic "Hedwig's Theme" from the Harry Potter films
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"Hedwig's Theme" is the leitmotif for the film series. Often labelled as the series's main theme, it was first featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the track "Prologue". A concert arrangement of the same name is featured in the end credits. "Hedwig's Theme" has been interpolated throughout the rest of the Harry Potter film scores, including in those by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. It is also featured in the scores to the last four Harry Potter video games, all composed by James Hannigan. "Hedwig's Theme" has achieved significant pop culture status, being featured as ring tones, trailer music, and other forms of multimedia.
Track No. 10 concludes with "A Change of Season", although in the film, the season's change had occurred before the aforementioned Norwegian Ridgeback (Norbert) had hatched.
Track No. 18 is also featured during the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 as a tribute to Williams and the series' end.
To date, the full score has never been released, though a bootleg copy of the recording sessions of the film's score exists.