In most blockbuster movies – and in the Potterverse especially – it’s the music that completes the magic.
The first official track from the score to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has been released (which you can listen to, below), and it has the rousing orchestral sweep you expect, transitioning from ominous to playfully adventurous tones.
The debut cue is simply called “Main Titles”, which likely means this is the music you’ll hear for the first 3 minutes of the film. There’s the “Hedwig’s Theme” tease off the top that likely underscores the WB logo, and then the shift into original music (probably paired with an impressive title sequence) showcases the various tones we’re likely to get along the way.
Composer James Newton Howard is new to the franchise, but it’s a choice that has made me particularly excited about this prequel. Some of his career best work comes from the 1990s, where his compositions would vastly improve the movies they fueled (Waterworld, The Postman, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Dinosaur), all defined by thrilling “John Williams-esque” adventure themes. Of course, he has plenty of experience with the supernatural and creepy, too, namely his contributions to the early career hot streak of M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs). More recently, Howard’s worked notably on The Dark Knight.
There will be two versions of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them album: Standard and Deluxe Editions. Standard will have 72 minutes worth of the movie’s score, and Deluxe will have over 100 minutes.
The soundtrack and the movie both drop worldwide on November 18, 2016.
(See complete track listings below…if you dare spoilers.)
Deluxe: Official Soundtrack – Disc 1
1. Main Titles – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
2. There Are Witches Among Us / The Bank / The Niffler
3. Tina Takes Newt In / Macusa Headquarters
4. Pie or Strudel / Escaping Queenie and Tina’s Place
5. Credence Hands Out Leaflets
6. Inside The Case
7. The Erumpent
8. In The Cells
9. Tina and Newt Trial / Let’s Get The Good Stuff Out / You’re One of Us Now / Swooping Evil
10. Gnarlak Negotiations
11. The Demiguise and The Occamy
12. A Close Friend
13. The Obscurus / Rooftop Chase
14. He’s Listening To You Tina
15. Relieve Him of His Wand / Newt Releases The Thunderbird / Jacob’s Farewell
16. Newt Says Goodbye to Tina / Jacob’s Bakery
17. End Titles – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Deluxe: Bonus – Disc 2
1. A Man and His Beasts
2. Soup and Leaflets
4. The Demiguise and The Lollipop
5. I’m Not Your Ma
6. Blind Pig performed by Emmi
7. Newt Talks To Credence
8. End Titles Pt.2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
9. Kowalski Rag