With just over a month to go until we finally set eyes on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it seems as if Pottermore are churning out golden nuggets of information on the daily to get our excitement levels going through the roof. And it looks like all their efforts are paying off.
The very first track from the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack has just been revealed and although we've sampled parts of the tune already on the most recent trailer, hearing award-winning composer James Newton Howard's efforts in full is incredible to say the least.
Having said that though, considering the composer previously worked on epic projects such as The Sixth Sense, Signs, Pretty Woman, The Hunger Games series and The Dark Knight, we kind of knew we were always in for a treat. Check out the main title track in full below:
The Fantastic Beasts soundtrack will be available to purchase on November 18 and is expected to feature a whopping 72 minutes of dramatic tunes. And, even if that isn't enough, a further deluxe version will be over 100 minutes long, introducing 26 songs.
Apparently, the epic feat took over seven months to write, over which time Howard simply sat down at his piano and played it until they creeped up on him — in particular, this is how the main track and Newt Scamander's theme came into fruition. The composer also had this to say:
"You hear the main theme song of the movie play when the main crew arrive at the MACUSA the first time and various other times. You hear this haunting kind of theme. If you had to say what is the theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for now and in the future, it would be that theme. I wrote it on my piano because I believe that if that kind of thing is going to be good, it should be done that simply."
So, without further hesitation, check out the full Fantastic Beasts soundtrack below:
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Full Track List
- 1. Main Titles - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
- 2. There Are Witches Among Us / The Bank / The Niffler
- 3. Tina Takes Newt In / Macusa Headquarters
- 4. Pie or Strudel / Escaping Queenie and Tina’s Place
- 5. Credence Hands Out Leaflets
- 6. Inside The Case
- 7. The Erumpent
- 8. In The Cells
- 9. Tina and Newt Trial / Let’s Get The Good Stuff Out / You’re One of Us Now / Swooping Evil
- 10. Gnarlak Negotiations
- 11. The Demiguise and The Occamy
- 12. A Close Friend
- 13. The Obscurus / Rooftop Chase
- 14. He’s Listening To You Tina
- 15. Relieve Him of His Wand / Newt Releases The Thunderbird / Jacob’s Farewell
- 16. Newt Says Goodbye to Tina / Jacob’s Bakery
- 17. End Titles - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
The deluxe bonus disk will also add:
- 1. A Man and His Beasts
- 2. Soup and Leaflets
- 3. Billywig
- 4. The Demiguise and The Lollipop
- 5. I’m Not Your Ma
- 6. Blind Pig performed by Emmi
- 7. Newt Talks To Credence
- 8. End Titles Pt.2 - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
- 9. Kowalski Rag
Naturally, the above titles of the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack speak volumes about what we might expect from the storyline. Here's a breakdown of some spoilers worth talking about:
1. Credence Must Be Exceptionally Important
We already know that he's supposed to be one of the most important characters in Fantastic Beasts but the fact that he has two full tracks in his name on the soundtrack basically confirms it. Apart from Newt and Tina, he's the only wizard to receive more than one mention in the track titles.
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2. There's An Abundance Of Action Scenes
We better strap ourselves in tight because looking at the soundtrack, it appears that the movie will be jam-packed with action scenes — "Escaping Queenie and Tina's Place" and the "Rooftop Chase" point towards at least two.
3. Will Tina And Newt Get Saved By The Swooping Evil?
Track 9 sees Tina and Newt standing to trail in front of MACUSA. Yet, as the sequence ends with "Swooping Evil" after almost eight minutes of musical score, we can probably expect that the magical creature will somehow save the duo from their predicament.
4. The Obscurus
As we know that Newt Scamander goes on to write the hefty 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' textbook, the mention of "The Obscurus" in the soundtrack is particularly interesting. The first edition of the book is commissioned by publisher Mr Augustus Worme in 1918 in the name of none other than Obscurus Books.
So, the question is — although the Fantastic Beasts extravaganza will be receiving three instalments in total, could the first movie already be laying solid foundations for Newt's publishing journey in the future?
5. Jacob Kowalski's Dreams Of Being A Baker Come True
Before Jacob collides with Newt and is plucked from his simple "No-Maj" life and plunged headfirst into the problems of the wizarding world, he always dreamt of becoming a baker. One of the final tracks on the Fantastic Beasts album suggests that these aspirations might just come true — the second part of Track 16 clearly reads "Jacob's Bakery," suggesting Newt's buddy will probably be getting his happy ending.
Which other Fantastic Beasts spoilers can you spot?
Do you think the 'Fantastic Beasts' soundtrack will be better than the 'Harry Potter' one?