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Re: Harry Potter is a surperior score
• Posted by: Helena   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, May 23, 2003, at 8:14 p.m.
• IP Address: toronto-hse-ppp3826778.sympatico.ca
• In Response to: Re: Harry Potter is a surperior score (Geoff Morrow)

> I too am another fan of both Harry Potter and LOTR. It was torn between
> both of these soundtracks last year. They were both so great! But since
> The Lord of the Rings was such a smash at the box office, it was bound to
> win something. The Lord of the Rings score has some powerful and
> emotionally gripping themes. When you listen to the soundtrack, you're
> taken back to middle earth. People love this kind of music, and I do as
> well, but not all of the time. This is where Harry Potter comes in. I've
> always been a huge John Williams fan, so I naturally wanted to see the
> movie right away. After seeing about the first few minutes of the movie, I
> knew that it was a hit with me. I absolutely loved everything about it!
> Both Harry Potter and LOTR had incredible, unforgetable scores, and I'll
> love them both forever. Was Harry Potter better than Lord of the Rings? Or
> is it the other way around? Who can say? I'm glad Howard Shore won an
> academy award. John Williams already has a few of his own. Very few
> composers recieve that high honor. It really doesn't matter anyhow! John
> Williams is still writing great music and will win another one within the
> next couple of years.

I agree the Harry Potter and LOTR both have great scores, but the difference between them is that, while the HP film music has one or two excellent themes, the Lord of The Rings is superior in the sense that it has at least five or six. The orchestrations were equally good for both, but again I emphasize that what makes LOTR magnificent and HP just good are the recurring themes throughout the scores. When you listen to the Fellowship soundtrack, you realize that each tune has its own character, and the genius behind them is that whenever you hear an individual theme (take, for example the Lothlorien or Fellowship themes) you are reminded instantly of the characters/locations they represent. The themes are suited so well for the intended characters/locations that you cannot help being blown away by the sheer brilliance (not to mention scale) of the Fellowship score. I'm not saying HP doesn't do this too, I'm simply stating that this time aroung Howard Shore did a superior job.




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