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Quiz Harry Potter composer Alexandre Desplat

February 11th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

He's the man behind the music for some of Hollywood's biggest films - from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to The Twilight Saga: Half Moon.

Alexandre Desplat is a French film composer and has scored some of the most successful films in the past decade.

The Golden Globe winner and Academy and BAFTA nominated composer, Desplat has composed music for other films such as the "Queen," "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," and most recently "The Kings Speech."

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by one of the movie industry's most well-known composers.

Please leave your questions for Desplat below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

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  1. Univers Harry Potter .com

    Hi Mr Desplat ,

    It's the last score of an Harry Potter , did you feel some pressure ?

    Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be Epic, how is is to imagine themes differents for such movie ?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
  2. marcio santos

    Hello, Mr. Desplat,
    I'd like to say that I really liked of the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I and I'm so excited to hear what you're doing with the second part.
    I'd like to know how works the process of writing songs and how do you create the songs?

    I live in Brazil.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  3. Muaaz

    Hi MR. Desplat
    Can u tell why cant u guys realease deathly hallows Part 2 a litlle more more more sooon???

    February 11, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  4. Nikolay

    Rumor has it that you are going to work with John Williams and Enya in the final Harry Potter film. Is it true?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
  5. denis

    are the rumours true that Enya will feature on the Deathly Hallows part 2 soundtrack?

    February 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  6. Brian

    Hi Mr. Desplat,
    I am Brian from Ohio in the USA. I was wondering, are the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 soundtracks going to feel like "one" soundtrack, or will they each be their own thing? Thanks!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  7. Amelia

    Which pieces of your own are your favorite? Which other composers today do you admire?

    – USA, NY

    February 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  8. Stacey

    Greetings from Britain Mr Desplat!

    Do any composers from the past and present influence your work? Are there any films that you would've liked to work on, but couldn't?

    February 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  9. Tom

    Greetings, Mr. Desplat!

    As this is the final movie in epic eight-film series, will maestro John William's original identity motif, "Hedwig's Theme," be worked into your score in it's entirety to bring the musical journey full-circle?

    Keep up the fine work!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  10. Andy

    Mr. Desplat:

    Greetings from Washington, D.C. I have really enjoyed the Harry Potter music as compared to some other greats. Where did you find inspiration for the opening song that is featured at the beginning of each Harry Potter film? How did you know that it was the right one? Also, how do you compare yourself to Hans Zimmer? Have you ever had the pleasure of working with him? Also, which movie soundtracks are your favorite? Which movies do you wish that you could have composed the music to, but you were unable.

    Sincerely,
    Andy

    February 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  11. Leandro Gavilán

    Hello, Mr. Desplat.I'm from Argentina and a fan of the Harry Potter.The end of this series is going to be epic, will mark an era forever.A Harry Potter fans and I would like to ... do their job as much as they did in Part 1, frankly genial.Por way, is really going to do a song with lyrics along with Enya?

    February 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  12. Rickster

    Hey Mr.Desplat,

    What was the toughest score to do in Deathly Hallows part 1? Is part 2 soundtrack going to be close to it or have a differentfeeling? Thanks!!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  13. Ogg

    Will Deathly Hallows Part 2 be the toughest of any score you've ever been a part of?

    February 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  14. chadadada

    What kind of inspiration helped you to create the fabulous score for Deathly Hallows Part 1? Did scores for the previous films in the series affect your interpretation in any way?

    February 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  15. Adventurer

    Will Deathly Hallows Part 2 have a complete rendition of "Hedwig's Theme" and not just "hints?"

    February 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  16. Karen M. Henton

    Greetings from Tokyo, Japan Mr Desplat,

    Your scoring of Harry Potter 7 part one does indeed grow on one, everyone I know here loves what you've done. Will you be scoring the last film with John Williams or all on your own? And please tell us how your would like us to pronounce your name! (Listening, Andrew Sims?) Best of luck and long life to you!

    February 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  17. Dylan Bennett

    Hello from Oklahoma, Mr. Desplat.

    What do you find to be the funnest and the most difficult parts of composing?

    I'm a composer as well and am looking into film scoring in college. Any advice that you have?

    Do you think simple is better when it comes to composing? Or do you prefer more intricate compositions? Do you even have a preference?

    February 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  18. Jason

    I loved the repetition of some themes throughout the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 soundtrack, and how they cropped back up in different tracks. Do you plan on using some of these for the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 score as well, or will you create entirely new ones?

    February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  19. Kristin Clarke

    I loved the John Williams' soundtracks for the first few Harry Potter movies, and I'm sure you have had to walk a thin line composing enough references to them in the music of the most recent films to create continuity in the musical story as well as that of the movies. Has that been your greatest challenge with the last movie in particular–juxtaposing some of the earliest best-loved, most-recognized musical sequences into the action-packed, emotional conclusion of Deathly Hallows Part II? And please tell me there will be a smidge of "Hedwig's Theme" in there even though that wonderful character died in Part 1!

    February 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  20. William

    I am a huge fan of your work, the soundtracks to "The Queen" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" are among my favorite from the last decade. How is the change of tone in Part II of Deathly Hallows going to affect the composition, themes, style, etc. And are the reports of John Williams collaborating with you on Part II true? Thank you. God bless.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  21. Rickster

    Also will window to the past appear? Or any john williams theme?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  22. David Ferry Jr,

    I think you are a wonderful composer, and I am extremely excited to hear what you are doing for "The Tree of LIfe".
    Having said that, I was a little disappointed in "The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1", will the Pt. 2 score be a lot different? I'm hoping for a lot more out of the second half.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  23. Ramy

    TO MR ALEXANDE DESPLAT:
    First of all, i want to ask you how did it feel to be composing the last film of a phenomenon...?
    second of all, were you worried that you might get harsh comments on your work from a huge base of fans, and for not including a hedwig's theme in the movie....

    February 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  24. sarah de los santos

    Hi there! I'm writing from Texas, USA.
    Is there a particular scene or epic moment from part 2 of Deathly Hallows that you are excited to compose music?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  25. Nicole

    Are you scoring a special piece of music for Snape's pivotal death scene, and will it be included in the film's soundtrack?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  26. Steven Wriston

    Deathly Hallows score was great! You had some great themes. With this being the final part of the film are you going to utilize Hedwigs theme just a bit more, since that's what started the series, or are you going to stray away from using it?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  27. Marta

    Dear Mr. Desplat, My name is Marta and I write directly from Sicily, a beautiful island in southern Italy.
    I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, and how one can not but be? Right? Should I make him this question because if not I can not sleep at night (insomnia then risk until July 15):for the long-awaited (and believe me when I say that I do not think beyond) kiss between Ronald and Hermione, he thought of composing a tune? Have you already thought of the melody? This scene is important and people like me can not wait to see it expects an epic moment crowned with an equally epic reason that I'm sure she will be able to compose.
    So Mr. Desplat's all in his hands, face to settle the most beautiful melody that exists because it is really worth. I send a greeting and I make him my biggest compliments for the magnificent job he did with the first part of the film, the song "Obliviate" is a masterpiece.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  28. Isaias Garcia (Film Composer)

    Bonjour monsieur Desplat,

    Would you hire me as an assistant in the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Score?

    I myself have composed a full fan-made (18 compositions total) soundtrack based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Will you have a listen on my YouTube page? http://www.youtube.com/canargentinemusic

    This would mean the world to me.
    Mercy

    February 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  29. Tomas Ceyssens

    Hello mr Desplat, i live in Belgium and i just bought the limited edition soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. Is there also coming a limited edition for part 2?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  30. Zemmer

    Helo, Mr. Despalt.
    What do you think of your predesesors in the Harry Potter film series? was there someone you looked up to? was there someone you disliked his work?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  31. Gabriel Hopkins

    Hello Mr. Alexandre Desplat-

    How does it feel and what kind of pressure does it put on you knowing that your composing the music for the finale installment of the biggest movie series in the world, and that everyone around the world is goin to be listening to it?

    Thanks for all the hard work you're doing! I'm a huge fan of all your music.

    -Gabriel Hopkins – USA

    February 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  32. Rebecca

    Mr. Desplat,
    What inspired you to write the theme for The Lovegoods/Deathly Hallows?
    Rebecca
    Virgina, USA

    February 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  33. Issy marcantonio

    How do you come up with ideas when you compose your music???

    February 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  34. Ellis

    Mr. Desplat,

    As someone whose life's work is blend stories and music, you must think of literature differently than most. When reading for pleasure, do imagine melodies that you think fit the story? Do you ever listen to music while reading? If so, what do you listen to?

    Thank you so much for your wonderful music; you are among my favorite film composers.

    Ellis

    February 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Ellis

      I forgot to mention that I am from Texas.

      February 12, 2011 at 5:45 am | Reply
  35. The Who's Who ?

    Dear Mr. Desplat ,

    I thouroughly enjoy and admire your work ... with great glimpses of pure genius as in movies like : "Un Prophete" , "Fantastic Mr. Fox" , "Sur Mes Levres" , "Girl with a Pearl Earring" , "Birth" and many more.

    I have to ask you if you would consider scoring the upcoming film "The Hobbit" and if you would again collaborate with french filmmaker Jacques Audiard ?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  36. Liam

    Thoroughly enjoyed your work on Deathly Hallows Part 1. Can you tell us, will there be a Ron / Hermione Love Theme for the final installment?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  37. Conrad

    Mr. Desplat,

    What can you tell us about the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2?

    Chicago, IL

    February 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  38. Kyle

    Will you be reusing any of John William's music for the final film?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  39. Sheryl

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    This fellow Potter nut is writing from Canada and has a question for you.
    Are you a fan of the series too and did that help you decide whether if you wanted to compose the series? If you are a fan, what sort of pressure does that put on you, knowing there are millions of fans devoted to the series and the music is an extended part to the brilliance of the movies? Did you read the books to get more of a feel for the story or were the movies sufficient?

    Patiently awaiting everything Potter related,
    Sheryl Bennett.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  40. Morgane

    Bonjour Alexandre !

    So nice to see a compatriot working on HP. The soundtrack is beautiful and is one of my favorite of the series, mostly because of all the celtic elements that you included.
    What motivated this artistic choice and how did you mix it up with the orchestra and John William's themes ?
    Merci pour votre musique !

    Morgane.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  41. Jordan

    Dear Mr. Desplat

    Will you be using the music featured during the finale of Chamber of Secrets for the prologue scene? As it is a fan favourite for the scene!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  42. Acia [aka Mango]

    Dear Mr. Desplat. My name is Acia, I am a big Harry Potter fan (obviously) from Russia.
    I would like to know if Enya, John Williams and/or Conrad Pope will take part in making the soundtrack for the final Harry Potter chapter "Deathly Hallows, II".
    Thank you for creating charming music for Harry Potter films.
    Acia.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  43. Anthony Deveny

    Mr. Desplat,

    Working on films of this size must demand more from you as a composer than smaller films like "The King's Speech" or "The Ghost Writer". In what ways have you been challenged? How have you grown and what have you learned about yourself as a composer over these films?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  44. Adam

    Hello Mr.Desplat,
    Now that you have established some amazing themes in Deathly Hallows Part 1, I was curious if you were planning on using Ron's Speech as part of the love theme for Ron and Hermione?
    Will Farewell Dobby have a bigger reprise as well?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  45. Rosina

    Hi, Mr. Desplat. I'm a big fan of Harry Potter and I'm from Argentina.
    I can not really believe that thebigger and beautiful saga
    fence world to end.
    My question is: How did you feel when he composed the soundtrack? An example: Farewell to Dobby

    Thanks!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  46. Ryan

    Mr. Desplat I LOVE the work you did for Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, however I am intrigued as to why you used "Hedwig's Theme" so frugally? Also will you be using it more in Part 2? Again thank you for the magnificent music you've created and can't wait to see what you do with Part 2!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  47. Lillevenn

    Hello Mr. Desplat!
    I'm writing from Colorado and I was just curious as to how you come up with the music for Harry Potter. Scoring is such an essential part of any film, and the right theme can make or break a particular scene. Is there a process you use, or some sort of method?
    Thanks for your time!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  48. Derrick Davis

    Loved your work on Deathly Hallows- Part 1, it fit the tone of the film very well. Part 2 is, of course, will be a lot more action-oriented and be more epic in tone. Will your score take the same lead and be a departure in ways from your score for Part 1? In doing so, will some more references made to John Williams stand out more? Thank you.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  49. Joe

    Mr. Desplat,

    I enjoyed your score for Deathly Hallows Part 1. I can not wait to see what you do for Part 2. How do you come up with the sound for the music? As in, if its fast pace or slow, those kind of things?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  50. Dylan

    Hello Mr Desplat,

    Do you have any control over what the scores for the movie trailers are like? Do you have a say in what it sounds like at all? Do you get to request certain themes? Thanks 🙂

    February 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  51. Jeannie

    What kind of music do you listen to?

    Thank you,
    Jeannie from Canada

    February 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  52. Andrew

    Hello Mr Desplat from the UK

    For the second part of Deathly Hallows will you continue to develop your themes from part one such as the ‘Death Eater’ identity and how difficult do you find it to get into the mind-set to compose music for the finale of such a huge series? Do you feel your music will compliment the scale and emotion of the film? What has been the most challenging aspect of joining this huge franchise?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  53. Luan K.

    /Mr. Desplat, what is your creative process is like?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  54. Leo

    How often Hedwig's theme will be implemented in Deathly Hallows Part 2 since it seemed to be sparse in Part 1?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  55. Hassan Wahid

    Hello, Mr Desplat.

    As a huge fan of both yourself and Harry Potter, I would love to know more about your Deathly Hallows Part 1 score. What was the most difficult scene to compose for, and what was the easiest?

    The strong themes and amazing orchestration throughout the score make it one of my all time favourites, and as a inspiring composer myself, I’ve found listening to your work a great help since you compose so technically well and always seem able to make your work sound so diverse. I’m dying to hear The Deathly Hallows Part 2 soundtrack, and wish you the best of luck on all your future projects.

    Sincerely,
    Hassan Wahid, South London.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  56. Mariam El Magrissy

    Hi Mr. Desplat! 🙂

    Just curious, when you're walking down the street to buy groceries, are you constantly stopped by people gasping "IT'S ALEXANDRE DESPLAT!"? What's that like?

    P.s. Definitely liked the Deathly Hallows music. 🙂

    P.p.s. Deathly Hallows music was way better than Twilight. I see you have your preferences too.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  57. Mariah Amin

    In case CNN sees this:
    Not sure where "Half Moon" came from, but it's "The Twilight Saga: NEW Moon."

    February 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  58. hivernoir

    Mr.Alexandre Desplat,

    I'm a huge fan of your work. I remember falling in love with your beautiful scores for 'Lust,Caution', 'The Painted Veil', 'Syriana' and 'The Queen' and I kept listening to your work every single year. This year you brought three magnificent scores to us: The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.

    So, I'd like to ask you, how will the score for Part II feel? We've heard that the final installment will be the definition of 'epic', so does this mean that the score will feel very grand and operatic as well? Will themes from Part I be also somehow featured or rearranged in Part II?

    Thank you in advance.

    John from Athens, Greece.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  59. Nick

    Mr. Desplat, in the final film, will you be using any of John William's music from the first film?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  60. Kiara Rubio

    Hello Gentleman Desplat. I am of Chile one great Fans of Harry Potter, good I saw for a few days you were composing the music of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2" and he said that maybe colocaria "Hedwing's Theme" to my to seem to be serious fantasticly because it is the End and this Topic serious touching to listen to it. But my question is The Composer John Williams y Enya they were taking part with you in the songs of the Movie? Thank you very much!:)

    February 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  61. KJ

    Mr. Desplat,
    Twilight and the Harry Potter have often been at war in the literary fiction world and there have been a lot of disputes between fans. From the opinion of a composer who has worked with both, which team are YOU on? Harry Potter or Twilight?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  62. Matt Vicars

    Greetings Mr. Desplat!

    I enjoyed your score of Deathly Hallows Part 1 very much! My question is will we hear more of Hedwig's Theme in Part 2 being it is the last HP movie and has become the song people associate the series with?
    Thank You very much!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  63. Ben

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    When writing a score, do you find it important to listen to music as inspiration, or do you attempt to be completely original and block yourself from any possible influences?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  64. Jason S.

    Is there any truth to the rumors that John Williams will be returning to help with some of the score for Deathly Hallows Part 2?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  65. Harry

    Hi, Mr Desplat!
    I hope and believe that you`ll make the best music for this film. But I just want to ask you to pay attentioin on "The Prince`s Tale" chapter, because this is the most sad part of a movie. And I want that the music make everyone cry while hearing it.
    All responsibility is on you now, Mr Desplat, so good luck!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  66. Grant Cameron

    Hi There,
    Do other musicals influence you on your work with Harry potter?

    And do you feel you have to do extra Time to work on the composing for the last film to make it very special and make sure to the viewers that it will be a last but an epic adventure?

    Thanks

    February 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  67. Kevin

    Mr. Desplat will you please include the full song of Hedwig's Theme in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 like in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Thank you. 🙂

    February 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  68. Jonna

    First of all, thanks for writing a fantastic soundtrack to DH1. I loved hearing a totally different 'voice' in the music – and you managed to get me almost to tears in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Also, the string work in The Ministry of Magic is absolutely brilliant!!!!!

    Could you tell something about the process of writing the score, how it came into being? Do all those melodies and instruments just pop up in your head or do you take a more 'theoretical' approach?

    If I'm correct, you used the harp quite some times. Usually the harp gets only a few arpeggios but now it's quite prominent throughout the soundtrack. Was this a conscious decision? (I'm a harpist and I'm interested in everything you'd like to tell about the role of the harp in the score!)

    Thanks!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  69. Grace

    Do you feel the need to create a triumphant and memorable end theme to bookend the series and provide contrast to John Williams's "Hedwig's theme?"

    February 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  70. Kathryn

    Why did u decide to become composer?
    Who is your favorite composer?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  71. Vladimir Méndez

    Como imaginas los sonidos de las melodías tan fantásticas como las que produces ?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  72. David

    Hi, Alexandre. About Deathly Hallows, I know that you're a fan of Harry Potter. How do you feel about making the score for the final film of a saga with millions of followers?

    And what are your favorite characters of the books and films? Thank you so much for the Part 1 score, it's my favorite non-Williams Potter score. And I know that your score for Part 2 is going to be amazing. You're an amazing composer

    February 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  73. Mike

    Hello Mr. Desplat!

    I'm writing from Tyler, Texas and I wanted to know during the scoring process, how much of the music is a collaborative effort between you and the director and are there any tracks that you have to fight for because you think they fit a particular scene well?
    Also, I noticed that most of the scores you do capture the atmosphere of the scenes very well and kind of ground the movie. Are these your favorite kinds of tracks or do you like the more grandeur and fantastical tracks that you sometimes compose?

    Thanks so much!

    Mike

    February 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  74. Angel

    Hello Mr.Desplat

    Do you believe that you will compose the best OST of Harry Potter, more than the others OST's of the saga?

    Thank you very much! MY BEST WISHES FOR YOU!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  75. Sarah

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I am a huge fan of your work. You are my absolute favorite film composer! When you are writing and creating? Is there a certain routine or process that you go through? Do the melodies and patterns come to you naturally, or do they come naturally to you? Thank you!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  76. Beck

    Mr. Desplat, your work is brilliant. You are consistently outstanding with your scores, always adding so much emotion to the scene. So much so that if my work gets published, and I can actually have the opportunity to make my stories into movies, you would be my first and frankly only choice for the composer. Having said that, Hallows part one is easily my favorite of the Potter soundtracks, even beating my previous favorite, Azkaban (My personal favorites being Sky Battle, Fireplaces, Godric's Hollow Graveyard, and Death Eaters). I was a bit bummed to hear John Williams would not be returning for part two, but since hearing your score for part one, I couldn't be more happy that you are returning instead, and I know it will be epic and beautiful. My question is this: Which was your favorite scene to score in part one, and which are you looking forward to in part two? The Deathly Hallows has been left in the best of hands, and for the first time since Williams had the job, I am looking forward to the score as much as the movie itself. Thank you.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  77. Liam

    Bonjour Mr. Desplat

    The score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 was just excellent! I was wondering what your favourite piece from part 1 is and will their be some of John Williams pieces that he had composed for HP for instance 'Hedwig's Theme'?

    I have enjoyed your pieces they have really caught the magic.

    – Wellington, New Zealand

    February 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  78. Einor2345

    Howdy 🙂
    You have worked on both the Harry Potter and Twilight films, and there is fierce competition between the two to be the most popular young adult fantasy series. Which do you prefer?

    February 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  79. Kathy Grajales

    Hola, Señor Deplat.
    Me encantan sus composiciones, tengo varias bandas sonoras que usted ha hecho, pero de mis favoritas cuento las de: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox y, por supuesto, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Sinceramente espero con ansias su retorno en Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.
    ¿Es verdad que habrá una canción con la participación de Enia? Espero que así sea ya que la idea me ha emocionado bastante.
    Lo felicito por el éxito y el gran talento que tiene.
    ¿Cómo es que se decidió por ser compositor, qué es lo que le inspira o cómo logra hacer composiciones tan maravillosas?
    Con mis mejores deseos, Kathy Grajales.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  80. Johann Martin Weasley

    Bonjour, Monsieur Desplat.
    J'espère que vous êtes bien. Je suis de la Colombie. Et je suis fasciné pour ses "soundtracks" de "Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort (Partie 1)", "L'Étrange Histoire de Benjamin Button", "À la croisée des mondes : La Boussole d'or" et "Le Discours d'un roi". J'aime Harry Potter Series et je me demande quel style de musique vous utiliserez dans la seconde partie du septième film. La musique sera plus intense? plus dramatique? plus émouvant?

    Je vous remercie de votre attention.
    Merci
    Johann Martin

    February 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  81. Alex

    Hi Mr Desplat,

    I'm a big fan from Spain, and the soundtrack of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the best of all the films. Is it true that Enya is going to sing a song of the last soundtrack of Harry Potter?
    Thanks, and please, do great musics for the battle of hogwarts, because they're going to be very important in the serial of Harry Potter.
    I think you have to be the winner of the Oscars to the best soundtrack.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  82. Victoria Sorrentino

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I really enjoy listening to the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Soundtrack (Sky Battle is a personal favorite; the Trumpet work was amazing). I'm brought to tears everytime I listen to it. I've always loved the series and believe you have added an amazing touch to it.
    It truly will be a sad day when recording for Part II is over.

    My question for you is, how long did it take you to compose the score for Part II and how long do you think it will take to record ? Will the dark feel be the main theme or does it get darker ?

    Thank You So Much,
    Victoria =).

    February 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  83. Sarah

    Hi Mr. Desplat,
    First I would like to say that i am a huge Harry Potter fan, and the music from Deathly Hallows part one was my favorite from all of the moves. I was wondering if there is a character in either of the Deathly Hallows movies who's scenes are your favorite to compose? Why is it fun to write music for their scenes? Thanks!
    – Sarah, age 14

    February 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  84. Topi

    Hi Mr.Desplat, I'm From Santiago, Chile.
    I want to know:
    1)Which is his inspiration to create music for Harry Potter?
    2)And to improve his idea to the music of Harry Potter's scene Did you read the book?

    Thank you for this opportunity, Chilean regards.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  85. Jordan

    Mr. Desplat,

    I was very moved by the piece that played during Dobby's funeral. While listening to a track called "Dobby" from the second Harry Potter film's soundtrack, I found that the two songs had a similar theme. Was this just a coincidence, or did you include any motifs from previous films into this one? Thank-you!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  86. Jordan

    Mr. Desplat,

    I was very moved by the piece that played during Dobby's funeral. While listening to a track called "Dobby" from the second Harry Potter film's soundtrack, I found that the two songs had a similar theme. Was this just a coincidence, or did you include any motifs from previous films into this one? Thank-you! – From the U.S.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  87. Julie

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    How do you begin planning your Harry Potter scores? What is the pre-production process like?

    February 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  88. Brad M.

    Hi, I have heard a story online about you and John Williams working on some of that final film's score together. Is this true?

    Also, I want to know if you are going to use some of John Williams scores. I was thinking the "leaving Hogwarts" song at the end of the first film would be in the last film. It is an emotional but extravagent song to end the film. John Williams started the film scores and should have a song of his to end it. Your score for part 1 was outstanding!!! I hope you make part 2 very extravagent, emotional, and some parts fast paced, such as the escape from Gringotts bank.

    Good luck and I hope you give an answer to these questions. I would greatly appreciate it.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  89. Tim

    In your opinion, what is the role of a film soundtrack?

    After composing for a number of films, do you find yourself reverting back to themes you have already composed? How do you distance a film score from others you have written?

    Will the classic, "Hedwig's Theme" return for the final film?

    Will elements or themes from the HP Part 1 score return, seeing as you are composing the music for 1 complete book?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  90. Tyler Foster

    Hi there Mr.Desplat,

    How does it feel to be the final composer for the Harry Potter? You did such an excellent job on Part 1, and I can't wait to hear what you've done for Part 2.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  91. Jeffrey Hawboldt

    Greetings from Canada, Monsieur!

    I'm a big fan of your work, but I must say, the music you've created for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is my favorite. My question is, which themes from Part 1 can we expect to hear in Part 2? I look forward to both the music, and the film for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2".

    February 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  92. Marco Jimenez

    Hola Sr Desplaten que se inspiro para componer los temas para las 2 partes de Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte.. Soy del Zulia-Venezuela..Saludos.. Suerte en las Proximas Premiaciones

    February 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  93. Alex P.

    Hello, Mr. D

    I am an organist in high school from Massachusetts.

    In the soundtrack for DH pt. 1, I noticed many similarities to the French composer, Maurice Duruflé. Did he, and any other composers influence the style of your music?

    And should HP fans expect anything special (such as something with Hedwig's Theme) for part 2?

    Thanks,
    Alex

    February 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  94. Caitlin

    Dear Mr. Desplat,
    I adore the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows soundtrack (the best so far in my opinion);
    How many times do you watch the film before you compose the music to it??

    Thank you! I'm Irish 🙂

    February 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  95. Eamon Hawke

    Hi Mr Desplat,

    I am from Sydney, Australia.

    I was wondering if the score for Deathly Hallows Part 2 would be similar to Part 1 or an entirely different score altogether, if so, in what ways will it be different?

    Also are the rumors true that John Williams and Enya will be assisting you in scoring the final film?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  96. Sonia

    Hi! I adore your music! When do you think up your music? Do you think about it while reading the books or the script?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  97. Armel

    First off, I'd like to thank you for your wonderful score for DH1. I loved it.

    My biggest question about DH2 is that there have been a lot of (exciting) rumors circulating about Enya being involved with the music. Can you confirm it?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  98. karno

    Mr. Desplat,
    I have read that you really loved Hedwig's Theme written by John Williams, but it was almost nonexistent in DH Part 1. I was wondering if we would be able to hear more of it in Part 2 (and possibly some variations on it as well).

    February 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  99. Hanna

    A Window to the Past is obviously an established, key theme relating to Harry and his parents and Part 2 will have a significant scene involving them. Will this theme make a reprisal?"

    February 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  100. Marcos

    Hi Mr desplast,
    Im a fan of harry potter, and one of those parts that i liked of this movies is the music they compose. wich was his inspiration to make that songs for the movie?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  101. Laura krystel

    Mr. Desplat,

    My greetings. I really enjoy your work.
    How is the process to create a piece for a movie?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  102. Nickie

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    Just wanted to say, that you score was amazing for Deathly Hallows Part I. But, are the rumors true that you are going to be working with John Williams on the final score?
    Also, are we going to be hearing the Hedwig's Theme a lot in this film? Are we going to here the final song, Leaving Hogwarts by John Williams for the ending? (that would be awesome, if true).

    Thank you!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  103. JZ

    Hello, Mr. Desplat,
    I'm Jarek from Łódź (Poland). What do you feel when receiving an award? What is your biggest dream? (except for a long sleep ;>) Would you like to be offered to play an episode (as an actor) in a film you are going to score later?
    Thank you for your music!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  104. Carolina Herrera Padilla

    Greetings, Mr. Desplat, you did a wonderful job in the Tourist, and Harry Potter was just as awesome! So, how did you feel when you found out you had been chosen to compose Deathly Hallows Part 1?
    Thanks and I'm sure Part 2 shall be just as good 😉
    Cheers,
    Carolina Herrera Padilla

    February 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  105. Joshua Kamin

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I am from Vancouver, Canada, and am curious as to how you intend to score the conclusion to Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Will you incorporate some of John Williams' themes from the first few movies in order to bring the saga full circle?

    Thanks!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  106. cristina

    hi mr Desplat . im from usa and i want to know what kind of music are you going to use for the ron and hermione kiss ( because is the most important part from all the movies) ?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  107. Kathryn

    Hi Mr Desplat

    I firstly wanted to congratulate you on creating such a wonderful score for Deathly Hallows Part 1. Some of my favourites included Obliviate, The Deathly Hallows, Dobby and Ministry of Magic.
    I am looking forward to part 2 and know your next score will be just as brilliant.

    The question I am really interested in knowing is which song was your favourite to compose and how it affected you listening to it being played in the film?

    Thanks
    Kathryn – Australia

    February 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  108. Rachel

    Mr. Desplat,
    First off, I wanted to say that the soundtrack for Deathly Hallows Part 1 has been my favorite so far in the series-I am really looking forward to part 2!
    My question for you is what inspires you the most when composing music for the Harry Potter movies?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  109. Brittannie Collins

    Hello Mr. Desplat!

    First off, thank you for taking the final installment of Harry Potter to the next level. I personally thought your score was fantastic and eloquently done.

    My question for you would have to be:

    What is your favorite part of composing? Is it that initial idea of a potential theme or melody? Or is it when it all finally comes together and you hear the orchestra play it for the first time? I know it's a lengthy process, but what part is the most exciting for you?

    Thank you for your time!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  110. Rocío Fernández

    Hello Mr. Desplat!

    What was your biggest inspiration for this soundtrack?
    and What is your favorite song from the soundtrack?

    Greetings from Venezuela!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  111. John Salandria

    Hello Mr Desplat,

    My name is John Salandria I am 17, and I have been listening to the soundtracks for Harry Potter since "Philosophers Sone", and each has been outstanding. But for me yours was just unbelievable your score changed everything. The way you took old themes and placed theme in when it was appropriate, like when you placed Hedwigs Theme in "Sky Battle" , "Pollyjuice Potion" and "The Will". People who want Hedwigs Theme in everything don't realize that when the music changes the characters world changes. They are no longer school children, they are at war, the music should reflect that, and that is exactly what you did. Coming into a franchise in the last films and making it your own with three other composers in the series before you is truly remarkable, I cant wait to hear what you will do for Part 2.

    For my question I wish to ask you how do you want to end such a long and outstanding series, musically? Do you want to go out with a bang or have the last notes be nice and gentle. As long as you write it Mr. Desplat either is fine with me, I have complete faith that you will bring both what is due to this franchises name and to your name for this final Harry Potter score.

    Best Wishes from your fan,
    John Salandria

    P.S. Some of my Favorite tracks from Part 1

    "Obliviate"
    Snape To Malfoy Manor"
    Pollyjuice Potion"
    "Sky Battle"
    "At The Burrow"
    "Death Eaters"
    "Ministry Of Magic"
    "Detonators"
    "The Locket"
    "Fireplaces Escape"
    "The Exodus"
    "Godrics Hollow Graveyard"
    "Hermiones Parents"
    "Lovegood"
    "The Deathly Hallows"
    "Captured and Tortured"
    "Rescuing Hermione"
    "The Elder Wand"
    "Voldemort"
    "Grimmauld Place"
    "Bellatrix"
    "My Love Is Always Here"

    I tried to refrain from listing the whole album, but I didn't do very well.

    Love Your Work Mr. Desplat Sincerely.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  112. Univers Harry Potter .com

    Like some other wanted ti know if rumors about John Williams collaboration and song by Enya are true, possible or totally false ?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  113. Alejandro Marron

    Greetings from all the way to Mexico city, Mr. Desplat.

    It's needless to say i am a huge Harry Potter fan, and i adored your score for part 1. It has to be said that i knew and loved most of your previous work, so i was more than thrilled to hear you were on board, and now i'm just jumping of happiness of your return to part 2.

    So here's the question: Having noted that you've read the books and seen the movies, then that must mean you are also a fan of Harry Potter, so how does this two scores rank on your personal and proffesional career? I'd also like to know your inspiration to some tracks, such as Godric's Hollow, Obliviation, Farewell to Dobby, and the iconic Snape to Malfoy Manor. Sorry for all the questions, and i'm glad you're finising this phenomenon.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  114. Christopher Castellini

    The dream of every artist is probably to work always on really "inspiring" projects, and to have a large "freedom" about music composition. But this is not always possible. Did you ever feel the risk of consider your art as something merely technical, and maybe be oblidged to find a compromise solution between what you would like to do and what you are asked to do?

    Thank you,
    Christopher Castellini,
    from the Italian "Harry Potter" Fan Club "www.harry-potter.it"

    February 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  115. James

    What is the starting process of making the music? Do you watch the movie scenes first and then figure it out in your head? Or do you think of themes first then try to fit it into the movie?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  116. Univers Harry Potter .com

    I'm from Seine Maritime in France sorry i forgot to tell

    February 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  117. Luan K.

    What is the creative process for a composer like?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  118. Taylore

    Hello, Mr. Desplat. My names Taylore, and i'm from Maryland's eastern shore. My question is this, when you're creating a score for a series such as Harry Potter do you feel a lot of pressure to contiune with the melody from previous films? Or do you want to completely reinvent the sound for Deathly Hallows? And as one last question where do you find the passion for your music? Thank you very much.
    Sincerely,
    Taylore

    February 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  119. Lissa

    Hello Mr. Desplat!

    I enjoyed your music very much in Deathly Hallows Part 1 and especially in The King's Speech. Your auditory emotions intensified every scene. "Snape to Malfoy Manor" gave me chills.

    My questions:
    Did you read any of the Harry Potter books prior to composing the music?

    Was there a scene you found most difficult to compose for? If so, why? If not, why?

    Do you have a favorite score you wrote for the Harry Potter films?

    Is there a film you wish you could have scored?

    Thank you for your time.

    -Lissa

    February 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  120. Juan

    Hi Mr. Desplat.

    My name is Juan Manuel López and I from México.

    I know how to work in a wonderful project and is recognized as Harry Potter... ?

    And What is your inspiration to keep working and composing?

    Thanks!!! You are a one of the best composers in the world!

    February 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  121. Phoebe

    To get inspired while writing the score of the Deathly Hallows music, did you listen to the music from the other films or did you write it based solely on the emotion of the last two films?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  122. Dumi Spazzio

    Hellow, Mr. Desplat:
    Do you will use "Hedwig's Theme for Second part?
    Do Enya and John Williams colaborate with you in the second part?
    Did you see the film without music? Can you see if it is fantastic?

    Sincerely, Dumi.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  123. Guillaume

    Hi Mr desplat.
    I'd like to know if the soundtrack of part 2 is gonna be epic, in the style of the John Williams's score for Star Wars 3 (that i love!!)? It would be great... i rode in an interview from you, where you said that David Yates didn't want a symphony in the william's style... Is it true? Because i really always imagined the last score in the William's style...
    Thank you!

    February 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  124. Alex

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I was wondering: What, in your opinion, is your proudest achievement so far? I mean by what is your favorite score that you've made so far and why. Thanks.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  125. Alexandre

    Hi Mr Alexandre Desplat!

    I congratulate you on your Golden Globe and yours nominations for the BAFTA and Academy Award. I hope you will win at least one of them. I would like to thank you for representing France in movie soundtracks composition.

    I would like to know what is your favorite movie soundtrack composed by another composer?

    Marseille – France

    February 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  126. Anna

    M. Desplat,

    I love your scores, and I am eager to hear your next one.
    If you could have composed for one of the earlier Harry Potter films, which would you choose and why?
    Thanks!

    -USA, TN

    February 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  127. A. E. Soliz

    Dear Mr. Desplat,

    I admire you and I admire you music. It fits very well with situations and moments from the films.

    I write in a very important Blog of Harry Potter. My speciality is music and Film Scores.

    I would like to ask you if it is true the rumor about the participation of Enya and John Williams in The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 soundtrack. Are you composing with Enya the song for the "End Credits" called "Through the Darkness"? And will Maestro Williams colaborate for the Score?

    These rumors have been circulating on the web. It might be good these rumors to be cleared.

    Merci, Monsieur Desplat,

    A. E. Soliz (La Paz, Bolivia – South America)

    February 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  128. ines

    Hello Mr Desplat. Before asking you my question I wanted to say to you that you are a great(tall) man and a talented composer you get involved in your work you put all your heart there and I feel him(it) every time I reecoute one of your compositions. Here is my question it is you whom you are to propose for Harry Potter's compositon either we appealed to your talent for the composition?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  129. John

    Mr. Desplat, I really enjoyed all your Part 1 music. It was absolutely fantastic. About the Part 2 score, do you play on reprising any old themes such as Leaving Hogwarts for the epilogue track (a personal favorite of any fans) or Window to the Past...etc.

    Also, what in part 2 are you most looking forward to composing? What do you think will be the biggest challenge from part 2?

    Thanks

    February 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  130. Rgrbahi

    Bonjour, MR Desplat.
    Can you tell us all can you tell about your new project and maybe the most wanted you never did, the last Harry Potter? You'll work with John Williams? Will be there Hedwing's theme? And what are your nexts projects?
    I hope you'll win the Oscar for your excellent work in The King's Speach, and I hope that you'll win a lot of another awards (for Harry Potter 7 part two too)!
    All Harry Potter fans are waiting for Harry Potter's music end. And I'm waiting (if finally there will be the movie) that you will compose the soundtrack for the Tales of Beadle ... Did any producer talks to you to do it?
    Thank you for your answers!

    February 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  131. Alfonso

    Hello, Mr Desplat

    Is true the rumor that John Williams will participate in the composing of one of the tracks, and that Enya will participate in an original song for the movie??

    February 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  132. Mariott

    action, dark, sad, epic, nostalgic wich is the most significant theme that you will use in the movie?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  133. Nathan Butler

    Hey, my name's Nathan and I live in little North Carolina but I really want to be a film composer when I grow up and I was wondering if you can help me figure out how to get started even though I'm in high school. I'm a huge fan and your soundtrack for deathly hallows part 1 blew me away!

    February 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  134. Briann Gómez Ortiz

    Hello mr. Desplat

    Can you tell please: How did you realize that the music would be your life? I´d like to know also What was your first musical rapprochement and what is your first musical memory???

    Greetings from Chiapas, Mexico! 😀

    February 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  135. eduardo lara valle

    hello mr. desplat
    im a great fan of HARRY POTTER and i thank you for your music in harry potter it is so cool and amazin

    February 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  136. Katie

    Hello Mr. Desplat
    My name is Katie and I am 14 years old from Toronto. My question is in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Soundtrack what was the hardest song to write? and what was the easiest?

    Thanks,
    Katie xx

    February 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  137. Eric

    Greetings Mr. Desplat,

    I am a fan of your work and felt that your score to Deathly Hallows Part 1 was sensational and a fantastic change to the series scores. Hermione's Parents and The Obliviation are my personal favorites for the soundtrack.I am looking extremely forward to the score to part 2. my question to you is when you compose where do u get your inspiration to compose? and are there any composers you yourself reference too?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  138. Isaac

    Hello, Mr. Desplat I'm from The united states and have been a fan of harry potter and john williams most of my life. Do you plan to bring the music from all the movies together in you own style in the final part or are you going for a more original style? Also (this is more of a thought of my own that a question) have you concidered ending the last movie with music that harkens to "Leaving Hogwarts" from the soundtrack of the first potter film?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  139. alfredo

    Hello Mr. Desplat:

    It will be a special theme for the prince tale? Thank you.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  140. juan camilo usma sanchez

    Hi Mr Alexandre Desplat
    My name is Juan Camilo and I wonder if you think the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be better than the first, and why.

    Greetings from Medellin, Colombia

    February 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  141. Andrew

    Hello Mr Desplat.

    How are you incorporating Hedwig's Theme as an extremely important part of the score for part 2 of Deathly Hallows? Are you working with John Williams?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  142. Melanie

    how did you feel working with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows? how was you experience? ❤

    February 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  143. Kevin D.

    Greetings Mr. Desplat
    From Florida, U.S.A.
    Your work is amazing and greatly appreciated in these two concluding installments to the series. What musical advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a musical composer in the future?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  144. Aidan

    Hello Mr. Desplat, I'm a HUGE fan.

    My question would be, when you got the call to do Harry Potter was it an instant yes or did you have to think about it? Also was it David Yates that asked you or did the studio?

    Thanks.

    Aidan- Australia.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  145. Jake Rowe

    Hello, Mr. Desplat, before I ask you your question, I would just like to say that your soundtrack for Part 1 is superb and it fitted perfectly with the movie. I'm a massive Harry Potter fan and that was more than satisfying.

    Alright: How do you compare your scores to that of John Williams? Do you take inspiration from them?

    Anyways, all the best and I can't wait for Part 2.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:01 am | Reply
  146. Ryan

    Dear Alexandre Desplat,

    I was so moved and intrigued by your musical storytelling for Hallows part 1. You assisted in bringing out a side of the characters that we have not seen before. I was wondering if you have produced a "skeleton" for part 2. If so, how much of the sounds and concepts of the part 1 soundtrack will be brought into it?

    Best wishes with all future projects,
    Ryan

    February 12, 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply
  147. Laura

    Hello Mr Desplat,

    First of all I'd like to say well done on Deathly Hallows Part 1, I thought some of your compositions were really great and fitted in with the scenes perfectly. My question is, how do you set about creating a musical score? What's the process in the researching of the film?
    Many thanks!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:16 am | Reply
  148. David

    Greetings sir!

    I'm curious; how do you intend to incorporate your themes from Part 1 into the part 2 score?

    Examples include the Snape to Malfoy Manor theme, Obliviate, and Death Eater.

    Cheers from Canada!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:24 am | Reply
  149. Nicola

    Dear mr Desplat,

    Wow, i hope you're not overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of questions. The numbers are a result of this page being linked to a news article on Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet. Hence why nobody is asking you about anything except Harry Potter.

    I was wondering if you are finding Hallows part 2 more challenging than part 1. I always imagined part 1 being musically more suited with your other works; with part 2 being so "Epic and Operatic" how will you manage the musical demands of such a film.

    On i different note, i loved your soudtrack for The Kings Speech, it was so full of flair and emotion.
    Wish you well with future aspirations,
    Nicola from Australia.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  150. Sam

    Mr. Desplat,
    I have several questions, but first, I really enjoyed your score to the King's Speech, I probably would enjoy Deathly Hallows as well, but I wasn't focusing much on the music for Deathly Hallows, but it didn't distract and I know it augmented the emotion of the film, which means it did its job. Anyway, a couple questions, one has already been asked, I know, but who are your musical influences in your composition? I think that's one of the most entertaining parts of being a musician, finding other composer's influences on modern composers (i.e. Beethoven on Brahms). Another question: I'm a music educator and performer, and I was wondering what you feel the best way is to get students involved in composition, especially when it may not be the teacher's strong suit? I didn't know if you might have any ideas about that topic.
    I look forward to hearing your future compositions.
    Sincerely,
    Sam

    February 12, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  151. Luca Della Penna

    Hi there Monsieur Desplat! I was really hoping that you would use the "Leaving Hogwarts" theme by John Williams in the score for the Deathly Hallows movie. Could you please take that into consideration?

    Thanks, Luca.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:36 am | Reply
  152. Javier

    Hi Mr. Desplat

    First i want to congratulate you for the work of HP7P1, second i like to you compose together with mister Williams Because together are a great potence....

    I wolud like you teach me how to compose and conduct....qith Mr, Williams ofcourse

    Very thankfull

    Javier Andronico Madariaga Olivos (JAMO)
    Simon Gonzales 7707
    La Reina
    Santiago
    Chile

    February 12, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply
  153. Luca Della Penna

    Hi there Monsieur Desplat! I was really hoping that you would use the "Leaving Hogwarts" theme by John Williams in the score for the Deathly Hallows movie. Could you please take that into consideration?

    I'm from Canada, by the way.

    Sincerely, Luca.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:40 am | Reply
  154. Bianca

    Dear Mr Desplat,

    February 12, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
  155. Oz

    Mr. Desplat,

    How did you go about merging your own personal style and previous composers' styles from the other movies for Hallows?

    February 12, 2011 at 12:47 am | Reply
  156. Vanessa Vought

    Hello Mr. Desplat.,
    I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your work on Deathly Hallows Part 1. What was your favorite scene from Part 2 to compose?

    February 12, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  157. Ashley Nicole

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I was wondering...where does your inspiration come from? How do you know that a certain score is THE one for a scene? How do you begin to compose your music for each part of the Deathly Hallow movies?

    Thank you so much! You're doing an awesome job!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
  158. Bianca

    Dear Mr. Desplat,

    I'm Bianca from Iowa. Firstly, I would like to say how I love the new soundtrack! Amazing. Now to the questions. I have a few of them, but brace yourself.

    1. Will you end the last film with Hedwig's theme? Not sure if you are allowed to share this, but will Hedwig's Theme be at least in the film?

    2. Do you get criticism from Potter fans for filming the last film?

    3. This isn't a question, but I just want to say I love all your work and I am so glad you will compose the last film. Thank you so much and can't wait until the last film!

    -Bianca

    February 12, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
  159. sharon

    hey Mr Desplat,

    Greetings from sunny southern california

    hi im sharon, loved the score you did in harry potter and the part 1 soundtrack. How did you feel working on the last two films of the harry potter series? Did you get any advice from John williams or from any of the past composers? who have worked in the harry potter series.
    Did you feel any pressure to fill big shoes from john williams who have started the whole series and you ending series?

    sincerely
    sharon

    February 12, 2011 at 12:56 am | Reply
  160. alice powers

    I'm a big fan of composed film music and also a HUGE fan of Harry Potter and am pleased that we have had such talented composers for ALL the films.
    When you are given the task of composing, where do you draw inspiration from? For example: Why do you chose the motifs you do for certain characters or theme for certain parts of the film?

    February 12, 2011 at 1:10 am | Reply
  161. Roberto García

    Mr Desplat:
    First place, let me tell you that you are one of the most outstanding film composers of our time. My name is Roberto Garcia, I live in Seville (Spain) and since I was born I grew up watching great movies, and little by little, I realized I wanted to be a film composer. I admire his musical work (especially "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and would like to help me on how to fulfill my dream. I have musical models but I do not know where to display them..
    PS: You deserve and will win the Oscar for "The King Speech"
    Thank you very much for listening, Roberto Garcia
    My email is "elipseinfinita@hotmail.com.

    February 12, 2011 at 1:23 am | Reply
  162. Margaret

    Hello Mr. Desplat, from the USA!
    Being a huge fan of both Harry Potter and music, I am a big fan of yours as well.
    I have tried composing in the past, and am interested to hear, where do you find the inspiration to score films and write your music? And how do you convey the feelings and environment of something so concrete as dialogue or something so emotional and discreet as a battle scene, a journey-type scene or a dream sequence? Finally, how do you incorporate your own style into music that's already been written by someone else, like Hedwig's Theme, without changing it too much?
    Thanks!

    February 12, 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply
  163. Alberto Acevedo Lacaud

    Hi Mr Desplat

    I'm really looking forward for listening to the new Potter material, is it gonna be diferent from part 1 soundtrack?
    I really don't compare you to anyone, i mean John started with a candy lovely for 1 and 2, kept on with medieval's epic 3rd part score,Doyle captured the darkness of 4,i liked Hopper's 5 but i loved what he did at 6,at 7 part 1 i was kinda nervous for listening to your music,not hearing hedwig's theme til it poped out at different parts of the movie, but when i heard Snape to Malfoy Manor, and kept on with Farewell to Dobby, and other songs i was excited really. I hope you put you best for part 2. And capture a great philosopher's-hallows....feeling.....
    Good luck you don't need it anyway

    Alberto
    from Mexico City 🙂

    February 12, 2011 at 1:36 am | Reply
  164. Dean Ferguson

    Hi Mr Desplats!

    Where did you find the inspiration to compose Deathly Hallows Part 1 and also Part 2? Is it after reading the books, after watching the movies or something else? Was it a different composing experience or did you proceed the same as any other movies?

    Thank you for your work, you are a wonderful composer and Part 1 score was a masterpiece to me! I'm sure Part 2 will be as good or even better 🙂

    P.S. What's better : HP or Twilight?

    February 12, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply
  165. Abby mandric

    What is your favorite song that you have composed?

    February 12, 2011 at 1:55 am | Reply
  166. Maddy

    What kind of music do YOU listen to in your spare time?
    Thank you!

    February 12, 2011 at 2:07 am | Reply
  167. Dan George

    First off, I just want to say that your music for Part 1 makes my ears fly to the heavens! You've made me appreciate symphonical music so much!
    I would love to know how you came up with the consistency of the particular wind instrument (sounded very much like a flute); that is what caught my attention the most.
    I also enjoyed how the music didn't need the film to get the emotion across; how do you accomplish such independent film scores?
    And lastly, how similar will the Part 1 score be to the Part 2 score; and how much influence will Hedwig's Theme have on Part 2 (I noticed that the Theme was played only once througout the film)?
    Thank you very much for your time?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:15 am | Reply
  168. Celia

    Mr Desplat,

    Your score for The King's Speech is absolutely beautiful. What was your inspiration for it?

    I really enjoyed your score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, what is your approach for the score of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, the last and final chapter of this beloved series?

    What composers have had the most influence on your own work?

    Celia, Birmingham, AL

    February 12, 2011 at 2:30 am | Reply
  169. Alexandra

    Hello Mr. Desplat,
    What would you consider to be the "Alexandre Desplat" sound? You're particular style of work?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:34 am | Reply
  170. Elizabeth

    Dear Mr Desplat:
    First of all I am proud to say that you are one of my favorite composers and I like most of your compositions.
    My question here is: how difficult is to do one of the most waited score's movies which is Harry Potter and the Deathyl Hallowspart 2? Was it the same pressure as Part 1? Why?
    Thanks!!!
    Love, ElizabethX

    February 12, 2011 at 2:34 am | Reply
  171. Sarah Wood

    How does it feel to have all of your work in Harry Potter compared to that of John Williams from the previous movies?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:35 am | Reply
  172. Josh Achens

    Mr. Desplat,
    Thank you for doing a great job with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt.1 I appreciate your work and cannot wait to hear your score for Deathly Hallows pt2.

    My question: This question might even be a request of sorts, but do you have plans to incorporate heavy use of the cello during the Severus Snape death scene? I'm not educated in the musical arts, but hearing a cello take over pieces is really beautiful and epic.

    Josh -in Virginia

    February 12, 2011 at 2:37 am | Reply
  173. Sergio

    Hellow Alexandre Desplat, you´re my favorite composed of music soundtrack, my cuestion is, the soundtrack of harry potter 7 Part 2 hedwig's theme will include the original form.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:40 am | Reply
  174. Valentina

    Why not create a waltz for Harry Potter 7 Part 2 as "Neville's Waltz" or "Potter's Waltz"?
    Valentina, from Argentina

    February 12, 2011 at 2:41 am | Reply
  175. maria victoria

    ¿que fue lo que te inspiro a componer la musica?

    ¿que tan dificil fue alcanzar tu sueño?

    ¿porque te gusta?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply
  176. Louisa

    Dear Mr.Desplat,

    First, I would like to commend you for the amazing soundtrack for the first part of Deathly Hallows. Going into my first viewing of the film, a lot for me was riding on the soundtrack. I can confidently say it was amazing, as usual with your works, especially with your latest in The Kings Speech.

    Which track from the first Deathly Hallows film commend was your favorite to work with?

    Is there a track that did not make it into the first film that you think would have made a good contribution?

    Of the pieces you are working on, or have done already for the second Deathly Hallows, and last Harry Potter film, is there one that you are particularly pleased with?

    And last, if you could have composed the soundtracks for one, and only one, of the Harry Potter films previous, which one would that be, and why?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:52 am | Reply
  177. Louisa

    Dear Mr.Desplat,

    First, I would like to commend you for the amazing soundtrack for the first part of Deathly Hallows. Going into my first viewing of the film, a lot for me was riding on the soundtrack. I can confidently say it was amazing, as usual with your works, especially with your latest in The Kings Speech.

    Which track from the first Deathly Hallows film commend was your favorite to work with?

    Is there a track that did not make it into the first film that you think would have made a good contribution?

    Of the pieces you are working on, or have done already for the second Deathly Hallows, and last Harry Potter film, is there one that you are particularly pleased with?

    And last, if you could have composed the soundtracks for one, and only one, of the Harry Potter films previous, which one would that be, and why?

    Louisa from Colorado

    February 12, 2011 at 2:54 am | Reply
  178. Maggie Simek

    Hello Mr. Desplat,
    My mother and I are big fans of your pieces. She loves the Deathly Hallows Part One soundtrack and cannot wait for part two. I personally really dig the Fantastic Mr. Fox soundtrack the most. Anyway some questions are: What are your future projects? What are some of your influences? What are your favorite scores composed by others? What emotion(s) most inspire your pieces?

    Thank you and we hope to hear more brilliant music from you in the future!

    Your friends from New Jersey,
    Maggie and Vicki

    February 12, 2011 at 3:00 am | Reply
  179. Deborah

    Hello,
    The more I listened to Hallows 1, the more I appreciate exactly how cleverly it was done. It tells the story without the film.
    What instruments will be featured in your next score?
    It was brilliant to use just snatches of Williams theme whenever you wanted to make a musical claim to the magical past and future, in Polyjuice as well as The Will, when the third bequeath was given .It is set up beautifully by the second, where you can almost see the question marks over the heads of the trio about what on earth it all might mean. So it must also be featured somehow in the last score?
    The vocals seemed to dignify something magical was underway. Will this give way, to a full blown choir at some point?

    February 12, 2011 at 3:13 am | Reply
  180. Jenny C

    Hi Mr. Desplat,
    I've been a huge fan of your work since Benjamin Button, great score! My favourite is Sunrise On Lake Pontchartrain. I also enjoy the love themes in your compositions, which is why i can't wait for the themes for harry/ginny, and ron/hermione!

    For the much anticipated final battle scene in Deathly Hallows, are you going to make one massive epic song since the scene will be around twenty to thirty minutes ( i hope..), or will you do various mini pieces?

    Will "Hedwig's theme" make an appearance in part two?

    From the compositions you have written, which movie score do you feel most proud of?

    Cheers!
    Jenny from Canada

    February 12, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
  181. Rachel (I LOVE HARRYPOTTER)

    Hi Mr.Alexandre Desplat! How did you come up with the BRILLIANT idea of the Harry Potter theme song 'Hedwig's Theme'? Something this brilliant must have taken SO MUCH EFFORT! I reeeeeeeeeally admire your work, seeing as I play piano and trumpet! I hope that you take time out of your probably rather busy life to read this(if you even do read this) and I'm sorry if I interrupt some important music writing! (YIKES!)
    From, Rachel,12 years old

    February 12, 2011 at 3:28 am | Reply
  182. Jaclyn

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    What was going through your mind as you worked on the score for Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2? How did you feel, knowing that you'd be writing the last few notes of an entire era? Did that affect your writing process? Thanks so much!

    February 12, 2011 at 3:28 am | Reply
  183. Erin M.

    Mr. Desplat,
    While you were composing the music for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", did you use certain instruments to show the mood of the scene? Did any parts of the movie inspire you to add certain dynamics or accents into the score for that scene?Thank you and keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,
    Erin M. of PA

    February 12, 2011 at 3:33 am | Reply
  184. Kaylie Moffitt

    Hey Mr. Desplat,
    I was wondering what your favorite song for this soundtrack is you favorite? And which song/movie soundtrack is your favorite throughout the entire Harry Potter series and why? Thanks!!!

    Kaylie

    February 12, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply
  185. Lissette Z.

    Mr. Desplat,

    I'm from Los Angeles Ca. and my question is:

    how do you prepare for/approach the daunting task of composing for such a hugely popular series knowing that the music is a big part of the franchise?

    February 12, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply
  186. Marco Jimenez

    Hello Mr. Desplat that was inspired to make the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.
    Thanks Regards .... I'm from Venezuela, Zulia..

    February 12, 2011 at 4:19 am | Reply
  187. Bailey

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    What was your inspiration for composing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1? How much time did you spend on each song, and were there any scenes in particular that you had difficulty writing the music for? I absolutely adore the soundtrack and I can't wait to hear your future work! Thank you!

    February 12, 2011 at 4:30 am | Reply
  188. Miranda Valier Alegria

    How you is finish the song..i mean, when you say "this is exacty what i want for this music because represents the story of the movie?

    February 12, 2011 at 5:10 am | Reply
  189. Miranda Valier Alegria

    How you is finish the song..i mean, when you say "this is exacty what i want for this music because represents the story of the movie?

    Campeche, México

    February 12, 2011 at 5:11 am | Reply
  190. Miranda Valier Alegria

    How you know is finish the song..i mean, when you say "this is exactly what i want for this, because represents the story of the movie"?

    February 12, 2011 at 5:12 am | Reply
  191. Miranda Valier Alegria

    How you know is finish the song..i mean, when you say "this is exactly what i want for this, because represents the story of the movie"?

    Campeche, México

    February 12, 2011 at 5:13 am | Reply
  192. Victoria

    Do you get emotionally involved in your work when you compose for a film? If so, which movie score did you feel was most personal to you?

    February 12, 2011 at 5:31 am | Reply
  193. Victoria

    Do you get emotionally involved in your work when you compose for a film? If so, which movie score did you feel was most personal to you?

    From California.

    February 12, 2011 at 5:32 am | Reply
  194. Bunty

    My question is :
    When are you starting to work on Deathly Hallows Part One? Are there any new collaborators with you for the last Potter film?
    I would love to hear Yo Yo Ma and Lang Lang on a Potter film.

    February 12, 2011 at 5:59 am | Reply
  195. Jordan king

    Mr. Desplat,

    What was your favorite song in deathly hallows part 1?

    I am from Castro valley, CA, USA

    February 12, 2011 at 6:27 am | Reply
  196. Katryana ( pronouned Cat-Tree-Ah-Na)

    Hi Mr. Desplat!

    I'm a huge fan of your music; your one of my favorite composers. My questions is what inspires you to come up with the various themes for the movies? Do you just hear it in your head, or is there some other influence that helps you create the music?

    Thank you so much, and I can't wait to hear the final score. 🙂

    Katryana

    February 12, 2011 at 6:35 am | Reply
  197. Christine

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I have to say I quite enjoyed the Deathley Hallows- Part one soundtrack. I listen to it all the time and think it is wonderful music.

    My question for you is what made you decide to become a film composer? Were you always interested in film music growing up? Thank you!

    February 12, 2011 at 6:51 am | Reply
  198. Maria

    From Australia – When people criticise your music stuff, are you hurt? Or do you kind of take it in your stride, acknowledging that not everyone likes the same sort of thing?

    Also, (I realise this is a bit late) But was it difficult taking the job of composing for OoTP after Patrick Doyle had messed up so badly for GoF? (my opinion, of course... some people probably liked what he did, but I didn't like that direction...) Because obviously there had to have been some transition there, and you would have had to work with what he'd done as well. None of the films is complete without the rest in the series, so you must have had to work pretty hard there.

    Another thing – do you compare yourself to what the composers before you who worked on "Potter" did? Like, do you think "They did a better job than me," or "I did a better job then them," or what?

    And another question, Are you more recognised since your work on the Potter films, or is it about the same? Like, if people see you in the street do they go, "That's Desplatt!" or do they not even notice? And has it changed at all since the Potter films?

    Do you have difficulty composing for the different films? Like, you did the King's speech – I barely recognised your style there. So do you change your style for each different film, or what? Because you have a fairly recognisable style (or so I thought) I was surprised when I found out you'd done the King's Speech.

    Do you actually have opinions on the movies you work on, and the fandoms they represent? Like are you a fan of Potter, or what? And I notice it mentions you'd done something for the Twilight Saga (which I hadn't known...) so do you have opinions on those things? Do you think, "Stephanie meyer can't write and I can't believe the younger generation likes her?" (Or the other way round...) And, if so, does this opinion or perception you have of whatever fandom it is actually affect the way you go about composing for it?

    And I have millions of other questions, but I'd better stop there I think.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply
  199. Hayley

    Mr. Desplat,

    How do you create the music? When considering what to write, do you hear it in your head, or what other factors come into play?

    Thanks!
    Hayley

    February 12, 2011 at 7:05 am | Reply
  200. Lauren

    Greetings from Florida!

    I'm quite curious as to how you come up with such wonderful scores in your head. Where do you "go" in your mind when writing your pieces? Also, which other composers do you look up to?

    February 12, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
  201. Matthew Clayton

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    This is Matthew from Durham, N.C. (USA). Has there been any film projects where you wanted to score because of the story or subject matter? Also, what is your favorite genre to write film music for? Which is your least favorite or the most difficult genre for you?

    Regards,

    Matt C

    February 12, 2011 at 7:43 am | Reply
  202. Nicole

    Hi Mr Desplat,

    My name is Nicole. I'm 13 and from Singapore. I would like to ask you some questions. Which are your favourite works from the Harry Potter soundtrack? What are some of your favourite film soundtracks that you have worked on? What do you normally do when you are looking for inspiration? Have you always wanted to be a film composer when you were younger?

    February 12, 2011 at 8:18 am | Reply
  203. Eléonore

    Dear Mr Desplat,

    I'm french like you. I'm passionate about film music. Since you wrote the soundtrack for new moon, I am listening carefully. When a movie comes out in theaters, I look at who composed the soundtrack as soon as I see your name, I know that music will be perfect. I wish you the Oscar for best music.Like you, I think John Williams is a genius of film music. Thanks to him I'm interested in film music. When I heard the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and especially "The Oblivation" I knew you'd be perfect for the part 2. I ask nothing of you because I know that your work will be most beautiful. Maybe you could introduce "Hedwig's Theme" or "Leaving Hogwarts" at the end. Whatever you do, it's your choice.
    I do not ask you to answer me either. Just read this message with sincerity.
    With great respect.

    Eléonore.

    February 12, 2011 at 8:33 am | Reply
  204. Sherly

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I loved the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. When I watched the film, I really felt "in sync" with the music. Each track is beautiful and fitted with its respective scene. How different is the score for Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 from the latest one?

    Thanks.

    [Indonesia]

    February 12, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply
  205. Grégoire

    Hello, Monsieur Desplat !
    I love your work, all you do !
    The soundtrack of Harry Potter 7 part 1 was, no, is awesome !
    I saw your interview last week in which you talk about Hewig's theme.
    In Harry Potter 7 part 2, there's the epilogue : Hedwig's will be great here. What's your mind ?
    Will some themes of the first part be in the second part of the film, or will there be only new themes ?

    Thanks for all !

    Regards,

    Grégoire, from France

    February 12, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
  206. roonil_wazlib

    If David Yates had given you the opportunity, would you have employed Hedwig's Theme more often (in a Sky Battle like cue sort of genius) like you said in interview over about a year ago?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  207. Mickael

    Hello Mr.Desplat ,
    I come from France and I'm a huge of the saga Harry Potter.
    I would like to know if the song Hedwig theme will be resumed for this last movie ?
    Thank you ,
    Have a nice day! 😀

    February 12, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
  208. Romain

    Hello ! I'm from France.
    Are you inspired to previous original soundtracks for compose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2?

    Merci beaucoup !

    February 12, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  209. Ariel

    Hello Mr Desplat!
    The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most successful to this day.
    When you were asked to compose the final chapter in this amazing franchise – what was your first reaction?

    February 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  210. Paula

    Hi, Mr. Desplast!
    I´d like to know which song of the Harry Potter Part 1 Soundtracks was the most difficult to deal with and why? What concept (about Harry Potter characters or situations) did you like to work most and why?
    Thank you very much! I am a big fan!
    Paula Venturini from Argentina

    February 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  211. Esther Portyansky

    Dear Mr. Desplat,

    Thank you very much for your wonderful scores, and for contributing your talent to the Harry Potter films and so many others! Do you know what your next project will be?

    Sincerely,

    Esther, in New York City.

    February 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  212. Alexandra Grint

    "Bonjour" Mr Desplat,
    you recently composed the score of New Moon (Twilight Saga) which is another blockbuster waited by many people all around the world, was the approach of Harry Potter quite similar ?

    February 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  213. Ken

    Mr. Desplat,

    I'm a big fan of the work that both you and Nicholas Hooper have done for the Harry Potter series, but I also feel that a few of John Williams' themes, such as "Hedwig's Theme," have really come to embody the franchise. The last few films have made only limited use of these pieces... since this is the final chapter and will be tying things together once and for all, do you plan to make more frequent use of these themes in order to effectively "bookend" the series?

    – Ken from Connecticut, US

    February 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  214. Ruchira Mandal

    Hello Mr.Desplat- loved the music for DH1, do you think it will be possible to use bits of music from the earlier films in part2- you know, as a nice rounding off and closure?

    February 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  215. Emre

    Hello Mr.Desplat,

    Is there any composers you like?And who do you think is the most talented composer of 21.century,except you of course?
    I really like your scores.You worked on very good movies.And your Harry Potter-part one-score was good enough.But as you know,part 2 will be one of the most epic films of all time.And its soundtrack should be as apic as the movie,so do you feel some pressure?I mean you should do your best,and ı am sure you will.And can you please tell us how long part 2 will be?If you don't know,at least tell us how long you think soundtrack will be??? Thanks!

    February 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  216. Uvesh motiwala

    Will you be starting the last movie with the hedwigs theme like first six movies that means the opening scene when the name harry potter comes on screen plz do it

    February 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  217. Stephanie

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    The first question I have is where do you get the inspiration for the music you write? Another question I have is when you are asked to compose music for a film, where do you start?

    Thanks a lot and I cannot wait to hear the soundtrack to part 2!!

    February 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  218. Anil

    What was the most challenging thing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for you to score?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  219. Anil

    In my opinion you're one of the best film composers ever, will the soundtrack of harry potter part 1 sound similar to part 2?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  220. Richard Alexander

    Hi Mr Desplat,

    Congratulations on your oscar nomination for the King's Speech.

    Thematically, Deathly Hallows part 2 is a much more intense, fast paced fantasy adventure, can you talk about the process of facing practically a different film from the first one, and the necessity to create a more theme driven piece in the style of John Williams?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  221. Anil

    Which song in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is your favorite?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  222. Anil

    Will you have someone singing in the ending credits of Harry Potter 7 Part 2, for example like Howard Shore did with Annie Lennox in Lord of the Rings?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  223. Anil

    In which film was it harder to score, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or The Twilight Saga: New Moon?

    February 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  224. Ysatis

    "Bonjour" M. Alexandre Desplat ! (it's strange to be french, writting to a french, but in english.. Anyway)

    I'd like to know if you were going to put a passage of the score "Leaving Hogwarts" by John Williams in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I really think it's a kind of "end" of HP, every time I listen to it.
    Well, I don't think that will help a lot, and I know that I can't change anything, but it was only a suggestion.

    Keep your soulmusic, you're awesome !

    February 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  225. Duy Linh Nguyễn

    Great Greetings from Việt Nam Mr Desplat ,
    The first thing i want to say is : "Your works is BEAUTIFUL and thank you so much !"
    I am a big Harry Potter fan and i knew that you scored both HP7 and Eclipse. So i really want to know Which one do you prefer : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or Twilight saga : Eclipse ?
    Please be honest ! I'm dying to know your answer! thank you so much!
    You are the BEST !

    February 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  226. Hermione G.

    Mr. Desplat

    What was your inspiration for the music for Harry Potter? Also, which other composer's work do you admire the most?

    Hermione G.

    February 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  227. Felipe Navarro

    Hello Mr. Desplat. I want to know which song of the Harry Potter Soundtracks do you love more and Why? Thanks. I´m from Chile and I´m a big fan of Harry Potter and his music

    February 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  228. Camila Herrera

    Hola Mr. Desplat. Mis felicitaciones por las 7 nominaciones por su trabajo. Espero que gane especialmente el premio por Harry Potter. Siento que este final va a ser epico. Quisiera saber si van a poner "HEDWIG SONG" en Harry Potter y las Reliquias de La muerte Parte 2.
    Y si es real que Enya estaria trabajando con usted y con John Williams. Excelente su trabajo, siga asi, desde Argentina le mando un grato saludo.

    February 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  229. fer

    hello alexander from Spain, I am a great admirer of yours and harry potter. Congratulations on the soundtrack so nice of harry potter. My question is: Harry Potter or Twilight? and why? I would love to meet you and who ever write for me because I want to be an actor. thank you very much. kisses of fer

    February 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  230. Stephanie

    Mr. Desplat,

    You are clearly a versatile composer, able to compose smooth, ethereal pieces (such as "River Waltz" in "The Painted Veil"), lively, slightly offbeat-sounding pieces (such as "Bean's Secret Cider Cellar" in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Lord Faa, King of the Gyptains" from "The Golden Compass"), and everything in between! With which kinds of pieces do you find yourself become most emotionally entwined? And how do you feel when you first see a completed film with your music as its soundtrack?

    -Stephanie, a student and a fan, USA

    February 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  231. Noemi Caute Lorenzo

    Is it difficult to compose the main themes of films and depends on the movie he does, for example if it's magic, or mystery, etc?
    desde Mexico

    February 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  232. Terra

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    I noticed that the musical themes in "Obliviate" became central recurrances throughout the rest of the score. I constantly find myself thinking about and humming these hooks in the score. Will the new score include those same repeating lines or will there be new hooks completely?

    New York, USA

    February 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  233. Dean Ferguson

    Greeting Mr Desplats,

    I'm from Canada! I'm a french Canadian!

    My question is : Where did you find the inspiration for Part 1 soundtrack? Is it by reading the books, by watching the previous movies or was it the same writing experience as any other movie? If yes, what's your writing process?

    Thank you for the masterpiece that soundtrack was 🙂 I'm sure Part 2 will be even better!!

    February 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  234. Samuel Burkholder

    Mr Desplat,

    I have been a fan of the Harry Potter series since it's birth, and I know that you absolutely put your all into the films which you've scored.

    Do you feel that you have put every effort to make the final song, before the credits (specifically the Kings Cross scene in the Epilogue), as strong and powerful as many would expect it to be? And a mild rumor has it that you are doing a "remix" of the theme song for Harry Potter, Hedwig's Theme; is this true?

    Thanks for reading this,
    Samuel
    – Texas, USA

    February 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  235. Andy

    Hello Mr.Desplat

    First of all your score for Deathy Hallows Part 1 is truly inspirational. After hearing the score I felt the need to write my own music.

    My question is while composing and drawing inspiration for Deathly Hallows, did you feel it important to write the score (in the interest of continuity) like the way the John Williams wrote the first three scores? For example; using certain instruments or groups of instruments for certain characters or situations?

    Thanks again for the very entertaining score.

    February 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  236. Berni

    Hi, Mr. Desplat,
    I'm from Orlando, Florida, proud home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My question echos the comments of another person's question regarding the inclusion of Mr. John Williams' original Hedwig's Theme to bring the finale of this epic film series full circle. In truth, I was most disappointed that there was no semblence of this most recognizable theme upon the point in Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, when Hedwig gave her life for Harry. I hope that you will consider the impact this theme has for fans of the Potterverse as you continue to score the film. Thank you.

    February 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  237. Irma Biehler

    Hello,Mr.Desplat.

    What inspired the soundtrack of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 1?Thanks!!!

    Kiss from Madrid, Spain.

    February 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  238. Eamonn

    Dear Alexandre,

    Firstly, I loved your score for Harry Potter, and more recently The King's Speech. I'd love to compose music for films. I'm doing a music degree at university at the minute can you give me any advice on how to go about breaking into the industry?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  239. Raquel

    Hi Mr Desplat! How are you? Is the song "my love is always here" about Ron and Hermione or not?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  240. Nick

    At which moments during the films do you think to utilize John Williams' "Headwig's Theme"? Do you think it is a much needed piece of music for the movies?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  241. merissa

    How can music evoke a specific mood for a scene?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  242. Kevin

    Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I really liked the song oblivate in Harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 it really gave me the feeling of the mood. Thanks for all your work. 🙂

    February 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  243. merissa

    How does reading the books and knowing characters help to create the music for this movie?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  244. Colleen Kunkel

    Congratulations Mr. Desplat!

    You did a wonderful job with the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1! Was it difficult to capture some of the scenes in music? If so, which one(s)?

    Lots of love and appreciation from Toronto, Canada!

    February 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  245. Diego

    Bonjour M. Desplat!
    And Hello.
    I´m from México.
    You´ve said before that you have a lot of respect for two of the previous composers in the Harry Potter saga, and also great responsability to follow their work and add your musical creations to the saga. Since you only reffered to John Willians and Patrick Doyle I wanted to know if you feel the same admiration and liking for Nicholas Hooper and his work on the last two films, because I really liked his scores and think he made some incredible themes too, that should get a place in the conclusion of the saga.

    Being these the other three composers of the saga will you take some of the themes they created and incorporate them to your score? I know "Hedwig´s theme" is very important, but if some other themes were reused, like "Fawkes theme" from Chamber of Secrets, "A Window to the Past" from Prisoner of Azkaban, "Voldemort´s theme" from Goblet of Fire, "Flight of the Order" and Sirius and Harry`s music from Order of the Phoenix and the Deatheaters theme from Half – Blood Prince it would make a great connection between the films that allows to look at it as a complete work instead of separate.

    February 13, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  246. Michael

    Well, hello, Mr. Alexandre Desplat.
    I'm writing to you from Alaska in the USA. I've been a major fan of the Harry Potter series since childhood, so the questions I have to ask of you center around the series.

    First of all, John Williams composed many of the iconic pieces that are now trademarks of the Harry Potter series and its soundtracks. In writing your scores for the final two installments, did you make an effort to incorporate many of his themes, or did you want to set a new tone for the end of the series by breaking away from Williams' compositions?

    Secondly, what did you use for inspiration for the tracks? Did you ever try to find elements in the series to base your music on?

    February 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Reply
  247. Lily Ann

    Mr. Desplat,

    Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times recently came out with a list of the top 10 composers. The only French composer on the list was Debussy, at number 5. Are there any other French composers you would have liked to see on the list? Any in particular that have inspired you?

    February 13, 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply
  248. Jeremy Sheer

    Mr. Desplat, Everyone is harping you about Harry Potter. This maybe the last film. The last epic score you composed was New Moon. How different will Harry Potter Part 2 be different from Part 1? will you have epic themes implemented into this film? Does John Williams have anything to do with this project?

    Thanks again! Love your Part 1 score! especially Snapes theme.

    February 13, 2011 at 3:27 am | Reply
  249. Icelander

    Greetings from Iceland!

    My question for mr. Desplat is: Other composers in the series have brought back themes from the earlier films beyond just the now 'Bond-like' (and almost required!) "Hedwig's theme", so – Are you allowed to use any theme(s) from the previous films as you'd see fit, would you consider using some of them if you could and then which & why?

    February 13, 2011 at 4:50 am | Reply
  250. Andrew Nieman

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I am writing to you from Wisconsin in the United States. I have been a big fan of your music since I heard your score for New Moon, which was the most beautiful music that I have ever heard. Since then, I have started to listen to scores for many movies, especially scores that you have maid.
    My questions is: when you are working with a movie, what is the process you have for creating the music? I'm guessing that you actually see the scene in order to write the songs, but how do you think of putting the musical pieces together?

    I am a huge fan of your work Mr. Desplat, and I look forward to your future scores. Thank you,

    Andrew Nieman

    February 13, 2011 at 4:54 am | Reply
  251. Fredy J. C.

    Hello Mr. Alexandre Desplat I'm from Mexico and I'm a fan of Harry Potter would like to congratulate you on your work and also ask you which was what inspired him to make the music of the late films of Harry Potter? and What is your favorite song of the Harry Potter?

    February 13, 2011 at 5:12 am | Reply
  252. Kristina Shivel

    How did you go about creating the score for the final film in the Harry Potter series? As in, where were you getting your inspiration and how did you visualize the final outcome?

    February 13, 2011 at 5:40 am | Reply
  253. Katie S

    Hello. I so enjoyed your music in HP7.1 – thank you for incorporating Hedwig's Theme so beautifully – as well as The Queen and The King's Speech. I am also curious about the process of the score writing. How far in advance of recording and release do you receive the final product of the film? Thanks!

    February 13, 2011 at 5:54 am | Reply
  254. Scott

    I remember reading that you wanted to intergrate more of John Williams' themes in these movies. There are some great themes besides Hedwig's Theme, such as "A Window to the Past" which would be great for the forest walk to Voldermoldt. Will you try and intergrate some of these?

    February 13, 2011 at 6:00 am | Reply
  255. chris

    Hello Mr. Desplat

    As a musician and as a composition major at the university who loves film scores I wanted to ask you how you found just the right melodies and such harmonies to pull of such an epic soundtrack such as this movies. Yes other composers have done it but not quite like you. Also, while this song was only slightly heard in the movie but I wanted to ask if the Chorale piece My Love is always Here was added on or if it was just something you did extra for the movie or listener. Either Way it was such a great song.

    Curious about what awaits on the second soundtrack and if that whole Enya collaboration is true or not.

    Lansing, Mi

    February 13, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply
  256. anne-claire

    Hello Mr Desplat,
    I'm very proud of your work, you represent France so well, you're the best !

    What did you want the spectator to feel when you created Obliviate ? What has brought you to write such a magnificent song ? What did you feel at this moment of the movie ?

    Thank you so much for answering,
    stay as you are, you're perfect.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
  257. Francesco

    Hi Mr. Desplat,

    About the rumors going on, is John Williams going to be involved in your Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II score, as supposed by many people on the web? No official response has yet been released...

    Congratulations for your job with H.P. 7, and thank you!

    February 13, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply
  258. Mark

    Will "Reunion Of Friends" be used in the "Deathly Hallows Part 2" soundtrack in any way?

    February 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  259. Jasmine

    Hey Mr.Desplat,

    How did you get into film music and which film composers do you admire?

    Thanks!

    February 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  260. ...

    Dear Mr. Desplat,

    I'm Sabs writing from the United States. The score for Deathly Hallows Part 1 was phenomenal. I really enjoyed 'Obliviate' and 'Snape to Malfoy Manor'. What was thought process when you decided to write those two pieces of music? What was the inspiration? Also, are there any parts of Deathly Hallows Part 2 score that might include timeless Harry Potter classics such as 'Hedwig's Theme', 'Leaving Hogwarts', and 'A Window To The Past'? You're work is amazing.Thank you.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  261. Kaitlyn

    Dear Maestro Desplat,

    I am from the states, and have been a fan ever since I watched Benjamin Button and heard your marvelous score. My question for you is, what made you gravitate towards composing for movies? Also, what is your favorite instrument to feature? Is it the piano? Thank you for answering my questions and providing the cinema with delightful scores.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  262. Adwait

    Hello Mr. Desplat,

    I am from India. I loved the music of deathly hallows P1 ! Opening theme is awesome. Most of all, I admired your music of the action cues, they had a perfect tune.

    Q: Do you feel the Hallows P1 score is better than The King's Speech? (I do), and that Hallows P1 should have been nominated at the Academy?

    I was very disappointed to see TKS being nominated instead of Hallows P1.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  263. Kynan Voyeaud

    Hello Mr Desplat,
    i'm french and i really want to know what were the different step of the creation of the Harry Potter'soundtracks (read the books? speak with J.K Rowling?...)

    February 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  264. David

    Hello from Chicago, Mr. Desplat!

    Like everyone else, I am curious about the involvement of John Williams and Enya. Any truth to this?

    Also, I was wondering if you have seen a rough cut of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" yet. Do you have any early thoughts on the film, and do you know if you will continue your original themes from "Part 1"?

    Cheers! Love your music, you truly have a unique voice in the industry!

    February 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  265. Geoff

    Mr. Desplat,

    I have enjoyed your past work, especially in The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    I would call the score for DH Part 1 a rather subdued affair. Given the action content of DH Part 2, it wouldn't surprise me to hear a much more bombastic score. Which do like to compose more? Bombastic or subtle compositions?

    February 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  266. Kyle Steeno

    Writing from Denver, Colorado, I was curious how challenging it was to work in the core Harry Potter themes composed by John Williams into an original score. Could you address that? Thank you...big fan!

    February 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  267. Victoria

    Hello Mr. Desplat, I wanted to ask if you feel comfortable creating the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and please, could we not give a preview of its upcoming Harry Potter Banda Sonora.
    Finally, really going to do a song with lyrics along with Enya?
    Thank you very much, a pleasure
    Victoria, Argentina

    February 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  268. Kiara Rubin

    Mr. Desplat:
    I am a violinist and I was curious as how you come up with certain melodies in composing you pieces. Do they just pop in your head and you hear the whole orchestra or do you write out each part as you hear them separately? Do have any advice in composing orchestral music? I love your movie scores, especially Deathly Hallows Part one. I am looking forward to part two. Thanks

    February 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  269. Jack

    Hello maestro,

    How would you describe your interactions with director David Yates on your scores for the final Harry Potter films? What kind of director makes your job easiest? And how much time did you spend on your Harry Potter versus your scores for other movies?

    February 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  270. David Richmond

    Hello Mr.Desplat, congratz for the BAFTA but anyway here's my question:

    Will the soundtrack of DH:P2 feature "Window to the Past" from Prisoner of Azkaban and/or "Leaving Hogwarts" from Sorcerer's Stone?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply
  271. James Hill

    Hello Mr Desplat,

    I really enjoyed your score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

    My question is: Do you think having had several composers working on the Harry Potter films has been an advantage or disadvantage to the series?

    For my part, it has been interesting to hear what each composer has bought to the films, and for each film to have its own musical indentity is something I appreciate. On the other hand, I do find it a bit of a shame that there is a discontinuity in thematic material throughout the series.

    This means there are motifs that crop up all over the films which are wondferful but then do not reappear. For instance, Williams wrote the A Window to the Past theme, a motif for Harry's longing for the family he never knew. Then Doyle wrote the gorgeous Harry in Winter theme, expressing the widening in Harry's emotional world and relationships, and you have written the Obliviate theme, a really lovely theme that represents the loss of innocence of Harry, Ron and Hermione.

    These are all lovely themes which enrich the films, and which only the individual respective composers could have created. But it is, in my opinion, something of a shame that all these themes are not carried over and given develpoment.

    What is your feeling in this?

    thanks

    James

    February 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
  272. James Hill

    Sorry, I forgot to add, I am from London in UK

    James

    February 14, 2011 at 10:48 am | Reply
  273. Koey

    Mr. Desplat,

    I very much enjoyed the scoring to the first part of Deathly Hallows. As a cello student, I was especially excited to hear the cello solo during the scenes in which it was featured. I'd like to ask, how did you decide that a solo would be fitting? Did you have a particular musician to perform it in mind when you decided to write it?

    Thank you very much for your time and excellent work!

    Koey

    February 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  274. Keira

    Hi,

    If he could go back in time & do the score for any blockbuster film, which film would it be?

    Thanks!

    Keira
    NY

    February 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  275. Wilmer Alvarez

    Alexandre Desplat:

    Thanks for capturing the magc of Harry Potter and keeping the essence John Williams and Nicholas Hooper left. Your work has a very classic timely feeling( You transport us to any era). In New Moon you captured the romance and danger of the story. In Deathly Hallows you captured the adventure, the suspense, mystery, sadness, and practically every magical tone of the series. I salute you!!! Every movie and story is unique. Every composer imprints their signature in the score.

    In Deathly Hallows, what inspired you to compose the tracks of "Dobby's Death" and "Obliviate"?

    You added so much feeling to those scenes. I just can't describe it. How long did it took you to compse each one of them? How do you know what instruments are more appropiate to play in those scenes?

    Thank you. Keep up your brilliant work. And congrats on your Oscar Nominating for your score on The King's Speech!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  276. 19rowlingharry.a15

    Hello Mr. Desplat,
    I really liked the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. I would like to ask you some questions:
    – What is your favourite song oh the BSO of HP7.1?
    -Is it true you're going to work with John Williams and Enya?
    – Have you read any Harry Potter book or watched any film?
    Thank you, sir.
    Greets from Barcelona.
    🙂

    February 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  277. Wilmer Alvarez

    Alexandre Desplat:

    My na'me's Wilmer, from Puerto Rico.
    Thanks for capturing the magc of Harry Potter and keeping the essence John Williams and Nicholas Hooper left. Your work has a very classic timely feeling( You transport us to any era). In New Moon you captured the romance and danger of the story. In Deathly Hallows you captured the adventure, the suspense, mystery, sadness, and practically every magical tone of the series. I salute you!!! Every movie and story is unique. Every composer imprints their signature in the score.

    In Deathly Hallows, what inspired you to compose the tracks of "Dobby's Death" and "Obliviate"?

    You added so much feeling to those scenes. I just can't describe it. How long did it took you to compse each one of them? How do you know what instruments are more appropiate to play in those scenes?

    Thank you. Keep up your brilliant work. And congrats on your Oscar Nominating for your score on The King's Speech!!

    February 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  278. Emma Lucy

    Mr. Desplat,
    The timing in your work is impeccable. What is the hardest part in tailoring your compositions to fit a film? What is the most satisfying moment in the process of composition?

    February 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  279. Emma Lucy

    Mr. Desplat,
    The timing in your work is impeccable. What is the hardest part in tailoring your compositions to fit a film? What is the most satisfying moment in the process of composition?

    (writing from Sarajevo, Bosnia)

    February 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  280. Guðrún Matthildur Sigurbergsdóttir

    Dear Mr. Desplat,

    I really like your works, I recently watched The King´s Speech and the score is wonderful! I´m a big fan of music from the films and I would really like to be able to compose such piece for a film some day.

    but could you tell me what you need to be a great film composer?

    Greetings from Iceland,
    Guðrún

    February 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  281. arianna

    Mr Desplat,
    Do you feel much pressure scoring Harry Potter knowing that there's going to be a millions of fans out there waiting for the film? Also taking over frpm John Williams, do you think you'll be able to meet everyone's expectations?

    February 15, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
  282. mariangelica

    hello., I'm fans of harry potter and I want to know how the pair started to compose harryP movies ..
    I hope you answer my question ... TQM byeXD

    February 15, 2011 at 4:31 am | Reply
  283. karina

    Hello Mr.Desplat : ).
    You didn't use a lot of 'Hedwig's Theme' in last Harry Potter film soundtrack. I was really wondering why?

    Karina from Poland

    February 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  284. Melanie

    Greetings from New York City!
    Of all the films you have scored, which would you say was the most challenging? Most fun? Most rewarding? Most meaningful?

    To aspiring composers, what would you say is the first step in breaking into the film scoring industry (moving to a musical city? interning for composers?)

    Thank you!

    February 16, 2011 at 6:27 am | Reply
  285. scrltphnx

    Hello Mr. Desplat:

    Who or what inspired you to become a composer?

    Thank you!

    February 16, 2011 at 6:28 am | Reply
  286. Álvaro Palomo

    Hi, Mr. Desplat.
    My name is Álvaro, and I write you from Fuensalida, a town in Spain.
    How are you? I wish you'll be fine.

    My question is:
    Did you enjoy making the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2? Can you tell something about the soundtrack of the Deathly Hallows Part 2?

    Thank you.
    If you want, here you've got the web of my Harry Potter podcast: http://www.fuensapotterradio.tk

    See you!

    Álvaro Palomo

    February 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  287. Timothy

    Hello Mr Desplat:

    What were you feeling when you wrote "Obliviate"?

    I felt like it was one of the more moving pieces in the film franchise and really made the opening scene of Part 1 what it was. Congratulations on all your success.

    – Timothy, from Florida

    February 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  288. artemis

    Mr. Desplat,

    I have to say that the music in Part Two of the Deathly Hallows could make or break the whole thing, especially at the end. I noticed that you didn't use a lot of John Williams' original 'Hedwig's Theme' in Part One (loved it anyway), but I'm just wondering – at the very end, will you be writing something similar to what we heard in Sorcerer's Stone/Chamber of Secrets, since the story has really come full circle? Or will you write something completely new?

    Thank you ~ from Massachusetts

    February 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  289. Maureen

    What a truly amazing composer. This article went up today – it's a brilliant piece and shows why Alexandre should no doubt win the Oscar for his score driving "The King's Speech."
    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12940511

    February 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  290. Kristine

    I'd like to know how the process of composing music works, and how long it takes? And most of all, how do you come up with all this beautiful music? Does it just.... pop into your head?

    Love from Norway.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:43 am | Reply
  291. Sasha Anjeli

    Dear Mr. Alexandre Desplat,

    I want to express to you how incredible your compositions are, and that i am really moved by the Deathly Hallows score.
    With each piece created, they evoke emotions which allow me to imagine the most magical scenarios and hope.

    I was wondering which of your scores have been your most favourite to compose and why?

    Best Wishes and Thanks,

    Sasha

    (writing from Singapore)

    February 19, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply
  292. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Alexandre Desplat and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Alexandre Desplat on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve our world?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Alexandre Desplat’s replies.
    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    February 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  293. Seth

    Mr. Desplat,

    You got an acadamy award nomination for your work in "The King's Speech", though I think that your work in "Deathly Hallows–Part I" is more impressive. What's your opinion about that?

    Seth

    February 21, 2011 at 2:02 am | Reply
  294. Mark

    Help us protest against the Biya Regime. From Libya the next stop is Cameroon.He is the next dictator. Massive protest underway.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  295. Mark

    Help us protest against the Biya Regime. From Libya the next stop is Cameroon.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  296. Mirek Coutigny

    Mr. Desplat,

    I live in Belgium and study composition and the conservatory. I saw you also studied at the conservatory in Paris and had lessons of some great composers of 20th century music. How do you think this reflects on your daily job, the composing of soundtracks?

    February 23, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
  297. Heather

    Hello, Mr Desplat! I am a very big fan, and am wondering where do you begin when scoring a film and how do you come up with the melodies and themes for a movie? Do you immediatly "hear" the music when watching a film or a scene, or do you just try to write it.
    Also, what has been your favourite film to score, and what is a personal favoruite piece you have created? Are there any composers that you admire and look up to?
    I wish you luck with scoring Deathly Hallows part 2 and the Tree Of LIfe.
    Heather

    April 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply

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