You can find all you need to know on the music from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them here.
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The score is infused with 1920s-style music and familiar tunes such as “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films. For example, “Main Titles” starts off with a bit of “Hedwig’s Theme” before getting into the original score by Howard. Music in the trailers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also contained some of “Hedwig’s Theme.” James Newton Howard has said about the score and “Hedwig’s Theme,”
He [John Williams] wrote ‘Hedwig’s Theme,’ which I think is the one that most people probably identify with. The thing about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is that it’s in the wizarding world, but it’s not a ‘Harry Potter’ movie. It takes place 70 years before Harry comes into being, so while we tip our hat and acknowledge in a respectful and witty wink and a nod kind of way to ‘Hedwig’s Theme,’ the score is composed of all new material.
Emmi, a 29-year-old Australian singer-songwriter, provided the vocals for the score’s only song, which is called “Blind Pig.” “Blind Pig” was written by J.K. Rowling and Mario Grigorov. To read more about Emmi and “Blind Pig,” check out our article on her here.
You can purchase the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack here.
His career has spanned over 30 years, and he has composed music for over 120 films. Howard received Academy Award nominations for Defiance (2008), Michael Clayton (2007), The Village (2004), The Fugitive (1993), The Prince of Tides (1991), and My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). He has also received Academy Award nominations for original songs from the movies One Fine Day (1996) and Junior (1994). James Newton Howard won a Grammy in 2009 for The Dark Knight score (2008), which he co-wrote with Hans Zimmer. Howard has received Grammy nominations for music for the films One Fine Day (1996) and Blood Diamond (2006).
Howard’s career extends into television work. He composed the theme song for the popular and long-running NBC drama ER. He has won an Emmy for the theme to the TV show Gideon’s Crossing (2000-2001) and was nominated for Emmys for ER (1994-2009) and Men (1989).
In 2008, he was named Film Composer of the Year from World Soundtrack Award for his work on the scores to Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Michael Clayton (2007), and I Am Legend (2007).