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SIX OF THE BEST takes on Fantastic Beasts and Pokemon

This week’s Six of the Best column is spoileriffic, so if you haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you shouldn’t read it. If you have, though… read on! Last week, my daughter and I collaborated on a Six … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… Harry Potter soundtracks

Since this Friday is Harry’s 35th birthday, I figured we could take a look at six of the best Harry Potter soundtracks. Because they’re pretty good. SIX OF THE BEST… Harry Potter soundtracks – The Nerdery Public

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SIX OF THE BEST… book series… serieses… whatever… to read while you wait for the next Song of Ice and Fire novel

Now that I’ve begun reading A Song of Ice and Fire, I’ve become quite aware that, at the speed I read, I’ll be done with all five existing books long before George R.R. Martin releases the sixth and seventh ones. … Continue reading

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Web Series Review: “Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later”

The Harry Potter phenomenon has spawned countless fan-created works of written fiction, musical awesomeness, and re-cut music videos. It has inspired thousands of people to be more awesome than they might otherwise have been. And that’s good. But now it’s … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 10 of 10: Conclusion

I think it’s really hard to do a soundtrack that completely misses the mark. I can’t remember a single one I’ve listened to that actually pulled that off. However, in re-listening to these eight soundtracks, I’ve come to the conclusion … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 9 of 10: Deathly Hallows 2

This soundtrack is more about cycles than themes, though — I counted at least three of them. I approve of that style of orchestration — giving the major climactic sequence of the film its own series of specific themes and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education” by Mark Walden

So far, I’ve given H.I.V.E. a lot of grief over its use of genre conventions, but I hope I’ve done it good-naturedly enough to keep you from being put off the book. I mean, it’s YA; it’s sort of YA’s … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 8 of 10: Deathly Hallows 1

Overall I was very pleased with Desplat’s soundtrack for the first half of Deathly Hallows. I was leery at first, but the studio really came through with a good choice for the film’s score, and I was quite looking forward … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 7 of 10: The Half-Blood Prince

Overall, I think the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack was by far the better of Hooper’s two outings into the Potterverse. While I didn’t like the film almost at all — I’d put Deathly Hallows 1 at the bottom of the list, … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 6 of 10: The Order of the Phoenix

Overall, I think Nicholas Hooper is a talented composer, and I found several tracks I was able to enjoy as singular pieces of music. However, I thought the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 5 of 10: The Goblet of Fire

Doyle’s strength with this soundtrack was to create a series of cues and themes — the “Family Guy” theme, the music and mood he used for the Voldemort sequences, the waltzes and love themes — that feels, for the first … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 4 of 10: The Prisoner of Azkaban

While the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack isn’t my overall favorite of the entire series, I definitely mark it as my favorite of the John Williams scores. I think it was Prisoner that really showed us how the music of Harry … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 3 of 10: The Chamber of Secrets

While Chamber is a darker film, as noted before, the soundtrack is still a bit too juvenile to really pass on the feeling of peril. Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 3 of 10: The Chamber … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: the Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective, Part 2 of 10: The Sorcerer’s Stone

From the article: Overall, I think that the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone soundtrack will forever live on in our hearts because it gave us “Hedwig’s Theme”. However, in terms of soundtracks, I’d say it’s only average. A new … Continue reading

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Music and Magic: The Harry Potter Soundtrack Retrospective — Part 1 of 10: Introduction

While listening to the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soundtrack, I thought that it might be time to take a look back at the adventure of Harry Potter’s cinematic journey by listening to the soundtracks independent of the films. I pitched … Continue reading

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