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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore
John Bell
Nicole Nevin
Brad Dechter

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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Warner Brothers/Sunset
(November 15th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're open to the idea of a bold new direction for the music of the Potter franchise, with stronger English sensibilities and harsher realities.

Avoid it... if no amount of beauty in Patrick Doyle's score can compensate for the nearly complete dismissal of John Williams' themes for the franchise.
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WRITTEN 11/18/05
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: (Patrick Doyle) This, the adaptation of the second longest book in the Harry Potter series through six entries, swiftly maneuvers through the events of the book in a mere two and a half hours, dropping some popular sub-plots to fit the story into one film. While the task of directing the films has changed hands several times since the movie franchise's debut four years ago, the films have maintained their continuity thanks to the nearly faithful screenplay adaptations of author J.K. Rowling's writing, a consistent cast aging at approximately the right pace for the films, and most notably, the music of John Williams. Nominated for Academy Awards for both The Sorcerer's Stone and The Prisoner of Azkaban, his three entries in the series received much of the same creative structural treatment that the maestro had used for continuity in his other trilogy works, including a strong presence of title themes and suite performances in every instance. With a busy 2005 schedule, it was known as far as a year in advance that The Prisoner of Azkaban would likely be his final Harry Potter score, and with considerable consternation, fans of the franchise were tortured with rumours that indie rocker Jarvis Cocker would be writing the score. Indeed, with source music becoming an ever-increasing element in the stories, Cocker would contribute as part of the "Weird Sisters" performances of songs in the film. But with English director Mike Newell taking the helm, it was a pleasant non-surprise that he would hire the classically-inclined Patrick Doyle to score Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The two had collaborated on Into the West in 1992 and Donnie Brasco in 1997, two very different and somewhat average works in Doyle's career, but both containing the light and dark sides of the orchestral writing that Doyle would be required to summon for this newest wizarding tale.

It's hard not to cheer for Doyle, having graced so many Kenneth Branagh projects with impressive underscores, and having beaten leukemia in 1997-1998 while writing fascinatingly enticing scores for two cinematic failures, Great Expectations and Quest for Camelot. His best known works in pop culture today could very well exist in the light comedy genre, where his scores for Bridget Jones' Diary, Blow Dry, and Calendar Girls have rarely seen the light of day, and his robust and beautiful orchestral works for Nouvelle France and Nanny McPhee continue to meander beneath the surface. Indeed, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is Doyle's first sure shot at reclaiming the Academy Award consideration that he garnered in the Branagh years of the mid-1990's, and he certainly makes the most of it. The scope of his Harry Potter musical interpretation is broad and magical, brutally highlighting the sinister aspects of the story while catching his breath in moments of tingling, sensitive string writing. Instrumentally, Doyle returns to a palette very similar to that of the little-known Quest for Camelot, with which Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire shares significant musical connections. Doyle has certainly made it known in select efforts throughout his career that he is not adverse to quick genre switches and unusual vocal usage within the same score, with the Great Expectations score running a marathon through several genres in just half an hour. Here, Doyle remains firmly rooted in his classicaly-inclined scores of Branagh fame, with the creativity shining through in the motifs he creates for the two visiting schools and the Tri-Wizard Tournament, as well as the Irish and Bulgarian influences for the dazzling Quidditch World Cup early in the picture. The latter is simply a spectacular piece, opening with an Irish Jig consisting of beating drums and a full string section, and leading to a base-string and brass ripped rhythm under forceful male chants.

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Symphonic magic
Vincent - July 2, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
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Complete Score
Drew C. - July 15, 2012, at 10:34 a.m.
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Patrick Doyle is underrated.   Expand >>
Richard Kleiner - July 14, 2011, at 11:43 p.m.
2 comments  (1169 views)
Newest: August 26, 2011, at 9:24 PeterK
Ah, the limp dishrag sound.....   Expand >>
Rebecca - January 27, 2011, at 4:17 p.m.
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Newest: August 26, 2011, at 9:42 Richard Kleiner
Question   Expand >>
Sarah - July 31, 2007, at 9:36 a.m.
2 comments  (1954 views)
Newest: August 26, 2011, at 9:25 PeterK
Horrible dismissal of a running franchise   Expand >>
Evil Hobbit - March 5, 2007, at 5:19 a.m.
5 comments  (3477 views)
Newest: October 5, 2008, at 12:06 Kevin Smith

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Total Time: 75:45
• 1. The Story Continues (1:31)
• 2. Frank Dies (2:12)
• 3. The Quidditch World Cup (1:52)
• 4. The Dark Mark (3:27)
• 5. Foreign Visitors Arrive (1:30)
• 6. The Goblet of Fire (3:23)
• 7. Rita Skeeter (1:42)
• 8. Sirius Fire (2:00)
• 9. Harry Sees Dragons (1:54)
• 10. Golden Egg (6:11)
• 11. Neville's Waltz (2:11)
• 12. Harry in Winter (2:56)
• 13. Potter Waltz (2:19)
• 14. Underwater Secrets (2:28)
• 15. The Black Lake (4:37)
• 16. Hogwarts' March (2:46)
• 17. The Maze (4:44)
• 18. Voldemort (9:39)
• 19. Death of Cedric (1:59)
• 20. Another Year Ends (2:21)
• 21. Hogwarts' Hymn (2:59)
• 22. Do the Hippogriff* (3:39)
• 23. This is the Night** (3:24)
• 24. Magic Works** (4:01)
* written by Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle, performed by Jarvis Cocker, Steve Mackey, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Steve Claydon, and Jason Buckle
** written by Jarvis Cocker, performed by Jarvis Cocker, Steve Mackey, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Steve Claydon, and Jason Buckle

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The insert includes a note about the score by director Mike Newell.
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