Although it was probably my least favorite book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix was one of my favorite movies! That’s why when I found out that it was the next show in the Harry Potter Concert Series at NJPAC I knew we had to go! This was our second concert experience, and it was just as incredible as the first!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix in Concert at NJPAC was performed by the incredible New Jersey Symphony Orchestra which was led by conductor Joshua Gersen, Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic and Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony. The show was around 3 hours long consisting of 2 Acts and a short intermission. Before the show, Harry Potter fans of all ages enjoyed a fun FREE photo booth along with delicious themed food selections (for an additional fee). It was wonderful seeing so many fans come together to celebrate this iconic, and for many, life changing series.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix is the 5th book/movie in the series. The score, just like the movie, takes you on an emotional journey filled with suspense, excitement, tragedy and love. This movie truly delves into the emotional side of the relationship between Harry and his Godfather, Sirius Black. It also focuses on Harry’s transformation from a boy wizard to a soon to be hero. Each note of the score helps the audience understand Harry’s struggle to understand himself and the world around him.
Order of the Pheonix falls in line with the series as it becomes more intense and dark; however, there is also whimsy and fun in this movie as well. We also see everyone come together to fight against the Ministry that is trying to take over Hogwarts and take down Dumbledore. It is a wonderful example of what happens when friends and family stand together!
The music for Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix was written by Nicholas Hooper, a long time Harry Potter fan. In fact, it was Nicholas’ dream to one day compose the score for one of the films. He worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Director David Yates to create this masterpiece, and during the process, wrote around 14 hours of music. Each piece of music and every note serves an important purpose and is integral in creating a magical journey for Harry Potter fans. If you love music and want to learn more about the creative process, I highly recommend getting the program as it goes into great detail about the making of this breathtaking score.
Harry Potter in Concert is one of the most amazing Harry Potter events you will ever experience! I have seen the movies dozens of times but there is nothing like having the score played live giving a new appreciation for each scene. We cannot wait for the next show, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, on October 26, 2019. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit the NJPAC website.
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