In showbiz unknown directors means generally unknown composers. Certainly, this was no exception. For the fifth year at Hogwards, WB had chosen a barely-known-movie composer to continue the magic of music along the saga. We then said hi to Nicholas. We all recall the magnificent score made by John Williams upon the first three Harry Potter’s movies – setting therefore an incredibly high standard for newcomers. As for the fourth movie, we said “farewell” to John and welcome a non neo-romanticist Patrick Doyle. He, however, managed like few to transform the deepest moments and turn points in that film, into charming but frightening spots along another year in the magical World.
Getting to the fifth measure
Nicholas Hooper is David Yates long-time composer. Hooper is a well-respected British composer but only known for his work at TV soundtracks. Furthermore, he won one BAFTA for the OST of “The Young Visiters” in 2004. Hooper was never given such a challenge before and questions among fans began. Would he be good enough? Would this project be too much for him?. The result: a colourful but skeptical palette of notes that has not entirely worked along with the film and moreover has not managed to understand the deepest and darkest movie up to date.
The full score was just above passing mark. Nicholas composed an incongruous score using non-thematical pieces with only a few stylish passages, all in around 50 minutes. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a mere score that has nothing to standout but only few seconds that are worth listening. Professor Umbridge, is a very suitable and easy-going theme played quickly and precise that reflects the characters momentum. Fireworks, on the other hand, is a very joyful and strong theme, excellently executed bringing some blushing-irish excitement to the screen. There are a few more high peaks in the music e.g. Dumbledore’s Army. This is the track I’ve enjoyed the most as is greatly and beautifully orchestrated with a soft and warm oboes and precise and intense strings building up the tempo.
The Dementors Underpass was no exception to the just-fine soundtrack. This track showed no coherence with the images as they were supposes to show life-threatening feeling and all I felt was some fear and uncertainty. “The Ministry of Magic” just two word: Les Miserables. On the other hand, “A Journey to Hogwarts” brought some light and beauty to the movie, as it had a nice instrumentation and soft and gentle chords.
Another Year Ends
Evidently, Harry Potter was to much to take for Nicholas Hooper who had ensemble a decent album but full of unclear passages. Not definition or identity showed this soundtrack which would have done some much great with other composers. With the exception of a couple, only two, track all the rest was boredom and unhappiness as, at least me, would have expected much more delivery.