John Williams’s Work Voted in Top Ten of Best Scores of All Time

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Recently, Classic FM listeners voted for the top 100 best movie soundtrack of all time. Racking up the most movie soundtracks within the top ten of this list is John Williams, the musical genius behind "Harry Potter". Read More »

John Williams: Over 40 Years of Collaboration with Steven Spielberg

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John Williams is best known in the "Harry Potter" community for his work on the first three films. Find out more about Williams, his work, and his 40-year relationship with director Steven Spielberg here. Read More »

John Williams First Composer to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award


John Williams to be awarded film industry's highest honor. Read More »

John Williams discusses his past and present work


John Williams discusses how he creates new scores and how he uses the old scores in the creative process, including his work on the "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" series. Read More »

A behind the scenes look at Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”!


We've all been excitedly anticipating Sir Kenneth Branagh's (Professor Lockhart) live-action "Cinderella", starring "Downton" Abby star Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), and it's very nearly time for the film to be released. In the build up to the release next week, a number of behind the scenes photographs have been released. Read More »

Oscar Nominations, plus Oscar “Harry Potter” collection


A new "Harry Potter" collection has been released on the website,, highlighting some of the key moments from the history of the film series. Plus, the 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced. Read More »

Grammy nominees include “Potter” alumni

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The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced today and included prominent "Potter" alumni. Find out who! Read More »

Volunteers needed to dress up in “Potter” costumes for Music of John Williams concert

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Do you love to dress up as your favorite "Potter" characters? Do you live in the Pittsburgh area? Then the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra needs YOU! Read More »

John Williams will return to score new “Star Wars” film

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A lot of excitement was shed last week when the cast announcement was made for the upcoming "Star Wars" film, Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) being just one of the actors to join the team. Adding on to that fan excitement, it can now be confirmed that John Williams, composer of the rest of the "Star Wars" saga, and of course composer of the first three "Harry Potter" films, is set to return once more and work his magic (pardon the pun) on the new film's score. Read More »

John Williams to conduct benefit concert in Oregon

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John Williams, the legendary composer responsible for the iconic music in the "Potter" film series, is to conduct a benefit concert aptly titled "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies" in Portland, OR. Read More »

Tickets still available for John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

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John Williams, composer of the first three Harry Potter films, returns to the Hollywood Bowl on August 30 and 31. This year he will not only be conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in some of his greatest hits, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and hopefully Harry Potter, but actress Julie Andrews will be joining him for a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini. Read More »

John Williams and Steven Spielberg celebrate 40 years collaborating, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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The relationship that a film director has with the composer is a crucial one, as the composer is responsible for taking the director's vision and acting as a translator between the visual and auditory experiences. As such, certain directors and composers often work together, a notable example being director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. Read More »

What are John Williams greatest film scores?

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At the age of 81 and having composed scores for over 125 films, John Williams has become one of the most renowned composers of film music to date. This year's Academy Awards marked Williams' 48th nomination, and WhatCulture! has assembled a list of his 10 Greatest Film Scores. Read More »

Golden Globe nominations include some familiar names from “Harry Potter”

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Today the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Amid the nominees were a few recognizable names of both on-camera and behind-the-scenes members of the Harry Potter films. Read More »

Fan remixes John Williams’ original ‘Harry Potter’ score

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While Harry Potter fans everywhere tend to be split on how they like WB’s film adaptation compared to J.K. Rowling’s original book series, most Potterheads do agree that the music of the films is quite beautiful, especially John Williams’ contributions which are woven throughout the first three films. A testament to this fact, the most famous tune from the movies, “Hedwig’s Theme”, has become a standard, now played by concert bands all around the world. Today we’d like to feature a song and video produced by POGO, who took various sounds from the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie itself and produced an entirely new creation for your listening pleasure. Fans of the MuggleNet Alohomora! podcast may also recognize this as our theme song, and we’re incredibly grateful for his letting us use it! Stumble across a cool fan video online? Maybe you made one yourself? If you think it should be featured on MuggleNet, send an email to me at Read More »

“Harry Potter” composer John Williams to be honored by Education Through Music-Los Angeles

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Composer John Williams, known for his work on classic themes like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and of course, Harry Potter, is being honored this Sunday, November 4, at the 7th Annual Benefit Gala for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA). Read More »

“Potter” composer John Williams celebrates his 80th birthday at Tanglewood music festival


Last weekend, John Williams - the composer for the first three Harry Potter films - celebrated his 80th birthday at Tanglewood, one of the country's premiere summer music festivals and summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Read More »

John Williams to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2012 Classic BRIT Awards

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John Williams, the composer for the first three Harry Potter films, is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Classic BRIT Awards. Read More »

‘Harry Potter’ Composer John Williams turns 80 years old today

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John Williams, the composer of some of the most iconic cinematic themes, turns 80 years old today. A conductor and pianist, John has composed music to many of the most notable movies including: Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and of course, the Harry Potter theme. With just a few notes, most people can recognize the intro to Star Wars, Jaws or the Harry Potter theme song. His musical genius has been used in commercials and other forms of media as well. John Williams currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person with 47 and is second in most nominations in history behind only Walt Disney with 59. John has won an impressive five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and an amazing twenty Grammy awards. Thank you John for your contribution to our beloved boy wizard, and on behalf of the fans, we wish you a very Happy 80th Birthday. Read More »

“Deathly Hallows – Part 2” nominated for Best Score Soundtrack Grammy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has been nominated in the category of Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 2012 Grammy Awards. This puts the film up against some stiff competitors this year. Are you surprised by the nomination? Read More »