Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Release information

John Williams


Compact Disc




25 May, 2004




Film score

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban original motion picture soundtrack was released on 25 May, 2004. The film's score was composed and conducted by John Williams, as was the score for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It introduced two major themes: "Window to the Past" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," although neither were used in any other films in the series. Other notable themes were the theme used to represent the Time-Turner and to represent Sirius Black's hunt for Harry. The soundtrack was performed at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The album was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Soundtrack.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Lumos! (Hedwig's Theme)" - 1:35
  2. "Aunt Marge's Waltz" - 2:13
  3. "The Knight Bus" - 2:49
  4. "Apparition on the Train" - 2:13
  5. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - 1:35
  6. "Buckbeak's Flight" - 2:07
  7. "A Window to the Past" - 3:53
  8. "The Whomping Willow and The Snowball Fight" - 2:20
  9. "Secrets of the Castle" - 4:35
  10. "The Portrait Gallery" - 1:58
  11. "Hagrid the Professor" - 2:23
  12. "Monster Books and Boggarts!" - 3:44
  13. "Quidditch, Third Year" - 2:19
  14. "Lupin's Transformation and Chasing Scabbers" - 2:59
  15. "The Patronus Light" - 1:10
  16. "The Werewolf Scene" - 4:24
  17. "Saving Buckbeak" - 6:37
  18. "Forward to Time Past" - 2:31
  19. "The Dementors Converge" - 3:10
  20. "Finale" - 3:24
  21. "Mischief Managed" - 12:06

Track detailsEdit

Double Trouble

Double Trouble was composed by John Williams during the production of the film as he felt to be a warm welcome back to Hogwarts. The song was sung by the London Oratory School Schola. The lyrics to this song are taken directly from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Forward to Time Past

The track is heard when Hermione and Harry use the time turner to go back in time. During the whole piece a ticking sound is heard, indicating that time is running out. Loads of flourishing strings over-lap the four note motif that the brass repeat rhythmically, and lastly the little bursts of woodwind throughout enforce the sensation of movement.

The Dementors Converge

This music is heard when Harry is attempting to save Sirius Black from the Dementors. The piece mainly consists of discordant, wavering strings at the beginning, but as it progresses, Williams weaves punctuating piccolos and long notes of brass that gradually build up the menacing tension. This rises to a climax where thunderous clusters of timpani and hair-raising choir are introduced only to die back down, followed by an atmospheric flutter from the harp. The strings then lead into another extremity which uses bits and pieces from John Williams' "The Patronus Light", interjected by harsh, grating brass. The music appears to die off again instantly, however the familiar sound of lush strings and celesta (so prominent in Williams' earlier scores for these films) subdue the tension afore.

Responses and RatingsEdit

The soundtrack for this album is the highest rated; rated the soundtrack 5/5 with Goblet of Fire and The Chamber of Secrets. On it is rated 4/5. rated it 4.5/5, also the highest Harry Potter album rated on the site.

See alsoEdit

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
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