Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Theme

One of the most revered parts of the Harry Potter franchise is the iconic theme that John Williams composed, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The tune is actually known as “Hedwig’s Theme,” but if anyone hears it, they’ll immediately call it the theme to Harry Potter. Even after John Williams stopped composing music for the franchise following Prisoner of Azkaban, the theme was in integral part of every score that followed. Now it lives on, albeit briefly, in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them theme that has been released online.

The score starts off with the signature notes of “Hedwig’s Theme,” almost as a musical prologue to welcome us back into the wizarding world, and then composer James Newton Howard takes a turn into a more epic sound, followed by some rather ominous tones and some rather urgent notes. It’s not clear if the first part of the main titles following the familiar Harry Potter tune will be the prominent piece of music that runs throughout like “Hedwig’s Theme,” or if it might be the latter, light portion of the track that has a presence in the rest of the score, but we’ll find out soon enough.

The soundtrack will be getting this awesome vinyl picture disc release, available for pre-order now:

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Vinyl Soundtrack

If you’re curious about the rest of the soundtrack, the entire tracklist has been revealed, but beware that some of the track titles have potential spoilers for the movie, so proceed at your own risk:

1. Main Titles – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2:54)
2. There Are Witches Among Us / The Bank / The Niffler (6:53)
3. Tina Takes Newt In / Macusa Headquarters (1:56)
4. Pie or Strudel / Escaping Queenie and Tina’s Place (3:05)
5. Credence Hands Out Leaflets (2:03)
6. Inside the Case (9:08)
7. The Erumpent (3:28)
8. In the Cells (2:10)
9. Tina and Newt Trial / Let’s Get the Good Stuff Out / You’re One of Us Now / Swooping Evil (7:59)
10. Gnarlak Negotiations (2:57)
11. The Demiguise and the Occamy (4:06)
12. A Close Friend (1:51)
13. The Obscurus / Rooftop Chase (3:48)
14. He’s Listening To You Tina (2:05)
15. Relieve Him of His Wand / Newt Releases the Thunderbird / Jacob’s Farewell (12:33)
16. Newt Says Goodbye to Tina / Jacob’s Bakery (3:26)
17. End Titles – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2:21)
18. A Man and His Beasts (Bonus Track) (8:31)
19. Soup and Leaflets (Bonus Track) (2:19)
20. Billywig (Bonus Track) (1:31)
21. The Demiguise and the Lollipop (Bonus Track) (0:58)
22. I’m Not Your Ma (Bonus Track) (2:04)
23. Blind Pig (Bonus Track) (1:29)
24. Newt Talks To Credence (Bonus Track) (2:13)
25. End Titles Pt.2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Bonus Track) (1:22)
26. Kowalski Rag (Bonus Track) (5:12)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack will be available on November 4. while the movie arrives a couple weeks later on November 18.

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