‘Fantastic Beasts’ comes with a fantastic soundtrack

Mandy Scheuer, Arts Editor

Have you ever read the small, red book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scammander?” Warner Bros (the producers from Harry Potter) and J. K. Rowling decided to split the book into six movies. As of today, there are only two movies out right now, and a third one in production. The first movie is titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The first song of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is named “Main Titles.” I know, that sounds not very creative, but as you listen to the soundtrack, you start to appreciate the song’s titles. I do not want to spoil anything about the movies, but there is a scene in the first movie where Newt, (the main character) and his friend Jacob Kowalski go into Newt’s case where he keeps all of his creatures. Around the 24-minute mark, the main theme song of the movie plays. It can be heard throughout all of the movie.

In the second movie, “Crimes of Grindelwald,” there’s a theme song for Newt Scammander and Tina Goldstein. Tina Goldstein is the life-long love life of Newt Scammander. You can hear their theme in the song titled “Pie or Strudel” from the first movie, and later during “Newt Says Goodbye to Tina/Jacob’s Bakery,” which is the song that plays right before the end credits.

Now the second movie, “Crimes of Grindelwald,” has some different themes, and is a bit darker. The first movie had a few dark moments, but not as many as in the second one. Without giving anything away, one such moment is when Newt Scammander is talking to Credence, who is a character with special abilities.

A dark moment in Crimes of Grindelwald is when Grindelwald, (who is the main villain in all six of the Fantastic Beasts movies), is trying to persuade the witches and wizards to join forces with him, and of course there are ones who dare to say no. Right then is when the music gets dark. You can hear that at the beginning of “Spread the Word,” and the scene doesn’t end until the song “Restoring Your Name.”

Let’s not forget that the famous “Hedwig’s Theme” is played right at the beginning of the first two movies. The original composer of “Hedwig’s Theme” was the famous John Williams. Williams was the original composer, but James Newton Howard (“Hunger Games” composer), had the rights to borrow “Hedwig’s Theme” and compose the two soundtracks. Just like in “Solo: A Star Wars Movie,” John Powell had the rights to borrow any Star Wars themes from John Williams, too.

I have always loved instrumental movie soundtracks. They are great for writing, whether it’s creatively, or academically.

My favorite composer is John Williams, who has composed all of these soundtracks: Star Wars, most of the Harry Potter ones, “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “ET: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Superman,” Home Alone One and Two, and “Catch Me If You Can.”

I also love the composer John Powell’s work. He composed all of the “How To Train Your Dragon” soundtracks and the “Solo: a Star Wars Story” soundtrack.

It’s really cool when you get goosebumps when listening to a song, and you recognize it from somewhere, but you don’t know until you listen to the song you found the same part of it, and go “Oh yeah! I remember listening to this earlier. I love it.”