HPEF presents Infinitus 2010, a Harry Potter conference            TEXT  MENU

July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Following the Phoenix's Song: A Look at Music's Role in the Harry Potter Movies  

This discussion will go over the use of music in the films and how the music corresponds with the novels. We will go over briefly what a composer is, then some history on each of the composers for the Harry Potter films, John Williams, Patrick Doyle, and Nicholas Hooper.

We will explore the differences between all of the different versions of “Hedwig's Theme” (the ones from all the movies) and how they have changed with each composer's interpretation. From there we will explore why they have changed with each movie. The themes become darker and sinister with each film and we can discuss why this is so and how this corresponds to the themes presented in each of the books.

Also, I will bring in several excerpts from the novels, in order for us to see how they are affected (on the film) when music is incorporated into the scene. (Example: the Yule Ball Scene and Patrick Doyle's contrast of classical and modern music). We will touch upon how, and what about, music amplifies the emotions presented in the film (dynamics, rhythm, tempo, etc.). In the end, I will play a song from one of the films and have everyone interpret it for themselves and where it can fit into the series besides where it actually is in the films.

Currently a junior at High Point Regional High School in her hometown of Sussex, New Jersey, Lauren Millahn is 16 years old and lives with her family, Connie (mom), Charlie (dad, and Scott (brother). She has played the flute and sang for numerous regional groups. Lauren is currently third chair flute in her high school band. She also plays the piano and is taking Music Theory. She played piccolo in the high school marching band and has been in the ensemble for the spring musical for the past three years. She hopes to go to the University of Rochester and receive a dual degree in music and English. Lauren has been an avid fan of Harry Potter since she saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the theater.  She has collected 18 copies of the Harry Potter books and cannot wait to attend Infinitus and Universal with her mother!
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