Composer John Williams One of the Last People to Be Awarded an Honorary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Most of us can probably agree that the Harry Potter films simply wouldn’t have been the same without John Williams’s magnificent, magical score. His music not only helped bring the films to life but also did a great job of drawing us into the wizarding world. It allowed us to feel the characters’ emotions as if we were right beside them, and even now, most of us can recall a specific scene when we hear a certain part of the score.

Williams has won 25 Grammys so far, and he’ll probably bag a few more, but recently, he was bestowed with an honor unlike anything else: He was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II shortly before her death, making him one of the last people who received this title from the queen. As we all know, not just anyone is honored in this way; only those who have made a major contribution to their field are awarded this title. Williams definitely ticks all the boxes. In addition to composing the score for the first three Harry Potter films, he composed the music for classic films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan. Williams recently teamed up with Steven Spielberg once again to compose the score for the latter’s memoir-film The Fabelmans.

There’s no doubt that Williams will continue to have an impact on the entertainment industry. Anyone want to place bets on how many Grammys he’ll win for his work on The Fabelmans? Let us know in the comments.


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Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.