For many years now, I’ve listened to the Harry Potter soundtracks whilst studying, writing essays, reading, whilst in the library etc. There’s just something about listening to the soundtrack of your favourite films whilst studying that really inspire and motivate you, particularly as the films are set in a school! I like to think that the Harry Potter soundtracks contributed to my exam success during my GCSE’s.
I’ve listened to the soundtracks so much that I like to think I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur; I definitely have my favourite ones and my not so favourite tracks.
But this post is going to be all about my favourite ones. So without further ado, here goes…
#7 Christmas at Hogwarts – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
There’s nothing that quite gets me into the Christmassy mood than Christmas at Hogwarts. Beautiful throughout and just completely nostalgic.
#6 Fawkes the Phoenix – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
This, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated songs of the whole series. My goosebumps don’t lie. The song is magical and shows John Williams at his best!
#5 Courtyard Apocalypse – Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Again, a perfect song. I can’t quite comprehend how 2 minutes (oh, how I wish the song were longer) completely encapsulates the whole range of emotions of the Battle of Hogwarts.
#4 Buckbeak’s Flight – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
I think I love this song mainly because I love the scene where it plays; the beautiful moment where Buckbeak’s talon dips into the Black Lake is stunning and perhaps one of the most memorable scenes of the whole series for me. This might just be the only scene that I preferred in the movies than the books (and that’s high praise indeed!)
#3 Harry’s Wondrous World – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Of course this had to feature on the list at some point! This song just is Harry Potter. There’s not enough words to describe the nostalgia and excitement that I feel when listening to this and stepping into Harry’s world. It takes me back to when I was a child and I can’t tell if I want to twirl around the room to the song because it makes me so happy, or sit in a corner and cry because it’s so bittersweet.
#2 Harry in Winter – Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
I very nearly put this piece first. This song plays during the scene where Harry asks Cho Chang to the Yule Ball. The song beautifully matches up with the surroundings of Hogwarts at winter during Harry’s 4th year; peaceful, tranquil yet also chilling.
#1 A Window to the Past – John Williams (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Honestly, I think this might be the most hauntingly beautiful piece of music I’ve ever heard. It plays whilst Lupin is talking to Harry about his parents. The flute playing in the beginning is the most nostalgic piece of music of the whole series; it’s pure genius and I genuinely feel like John Williams may be the best composer in the world. Ever. Hence why the majority of the songs on this list are his…
Choosing my top 7 was really hard. My notebook is full of crossings out and re-writing my options down; I think I changed my mind about 5 times before settling on the above 7 and in that particular order. Even as I write this now I’m considering swapping a couple around…
Please let me know what your favourite track(s) are from the Harry Potter soundtracks!