It’s finally happened. After a decade long stronghold on the film industry, the glorious Harry Potter films have finally come to a close.
Last Friday marked the close of an eight-film saga, with the final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” breaking box-office records.
In the four days since it opened, the film has grossed $187.2 million, breaking the record previously held by “The Dark Knight” (which grossed $182.9 million in the same period).
The magical book series authored by J.K. Rowling captivated millions of readers of all ages. As such, this week’s Mixed Tape is dedicated to the fantastical series and all the incredible characters it has given us.
“Hedwig’s Theme” — Harry Potter Soundtrack
No music list dedicated to Harry Potter would be complete without the tinkling and sweeping orchestral notes of “Hedwig’s Theme.” The song has been used in the opening and closing credits for most of the films. There was nothing more chilling or exciting than sitting in a crowded theater and hearing the opening notes of “Hedwig’s Theme” that is accompanied by a stormy Warner Brothers logo. Cherish this moment while the film is still in theaters!
“The Wizard” — Black Sabbath
This band is so steeped in the occult, that it’s only fitting this song would be on a list about Harry Potter. The song is a straightforward rock number, with charming harmonica inserts and lyrics about a mystical wizard who makes people happy. In fact, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine the titular wizard as a young Albus Dumbledore.
“Do the Hippogriff” — The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters are a band that any self-respecting Potterhead should know. The fictional band in the book was made up of strange looking girls playing strange looking instruments. They’re huge in the wizarding world and as such, were scheduled to play at the Yule Ball at Hogwarts in the fourth book.
Though the idea was translated differently in the film, the end result is still quite magical. Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, along with Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead, wrote and performed the song, “Do the Hippogriff” (along with other original scores). One of the most memorable lyrics of the track is played against a backdrop of smiling magical creatures and says, “Spin around like a crazy elf/Dancin’ by himself/Boogie down like a unicorn/Don’t stop till the break of dawn.”
“Friends Never Say Goodbye” — Elton John
The title says it all. Though it’s the end of a great journey together, Harry Potter fans will never truly say goodbye. Thanks to J.K. Rowling’s masterful writing and deep understanding of youth, the world of Harry Potter and all its wonderful characters will be enjoyed by children, teens, and adults for years to come.
Like the song says, “But if I started over, I know I would choose/ The same joy, the same sadness each step of the way/ that fought me and taught me that friends never say/Never say goodbye.”
It goes without saying that the Harry Potter series has taught readers all over the world about the power of love and friendship. Even though it’s awful to say goodbye to the end of an era, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: ‘Tis better to have loved and read the Harry Potter series than never to have read it at all.