Hedwig's Theme is a leitmotif composed by John Williams for the Harry Potter film series. Often labelled as the main theme of the film series, it was first featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the track "Prologue." A concert a of the same name is featured in the end credits. Hedwig's Theme has been interpolated throughout every Harry Potter film score, including those by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. It is also featured in the score to the Order of the Phoenix game composed by James Hannigan. Hedwig's Theme has achieved significant pop culture status, featuring in ring tones, trailer music and other forms of multimedia.
Behind the scenes
- In the film version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid can be heard playing the theme on his flute just before Harry, Ron, and Hermione question him about how he got Norbert's egg.
- In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the large bells at the top of the Clock Tower chime a few lines of the theme when Harry charms the small ones.
- In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Luna Lovegood can be heard humming the tune for a few seconds near the beginning of the game as Harry walks with her up the path to the Stone Circle.
- In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Ron Weasley plays this on a trumpet (though badly) to put Fluffy to sleep.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the original Hedwig's Theme, by John Williams, is playing during the scene in which the Hogwarts Express is taking Harry and his friends to Hogwarts.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailers, it plays a more powerful version of Hedwig´s Theme, which is a lot darker and mysterious.
- Used in the begining of the end credits of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.