Creative Essay: Listening to Film
Due: Wednesday, 10/15
Harry Potter: Hedwig’s Theme and it transforms through different scenes
The arrival of Harry as a baby: The Theme first starts out slowly and has a sort of ominous drone in the background with what sounds to me as a keyboard or piano playing over-top of that deep ominous drone with sweeping wind instruments. The theme of the music at the very beginning seems to imply a mysterious feeling. The violin plays a fast melody at times with the keyboard sound followed by an orchestra growing louder and louder before coming to an abrupt stop. Gives me the overwhelming sense that many mysteries are to come.
Letters from Hogwarts: The keyboard/piano is now playing the same music from Harry as a ...view middle of the document...
Then the music starts transforming with a short break from the main theme with a low sound of horn instruments and a violin, giving me the feeling a change is to come. It transformed into an orchestra of voices in an eerie tone in minor that continues to get louder along with the violin and a deep horn playing the original theme that was on the keyboard in prior scenes. This is when he first sees the castle! The music in major in the prior scene was a tremendously happy theme for Harry and is now a darker theme upon his arrival signaling many dark times are to come.
The Escape from the Dursleys: This is one of my favorite transformations of the theme in Harry Potter. This music really tells me what is happening during his escape from the Dursleys. The music starts off with the original theme from the keyboard (all by itself) that becomes much louder with background instruments of a violin that now has the keyboard a little lower and more powerful, very quickly giving me the feeling something big is coming. Then it slows down and becomes quieter with a violin followed by that same ominous drone from the beginning with the very loud pitched keyboard to let you know a crucial scene for Harry is closing in. Then very quickly that same music sounding like sweeping wind instruments arises with bells in the background signifying the act of the escape from the dreaded Dursleys. This scene ends with what seems to be a coda. I thought the music would end but a light horn in major starts playing (nothing like the theme) to let you know Harry has successfully escaped.
I truly never picked up on how the theme follows the different scenes in parts of the first movie. It captures the emotions of not simply the character but the entire scene as well filling you with different sensations as the movie goes along.