Magic is always in the air at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. It may surprise hardcore Harry Potter fans how much of the film scores are present at the theme park. Upon the original opening release date of the Hogsmeade in 2010, 48 songs were said to be used. With the new Diagon Alley expansion in 2014, the variety and scale of songs has definitely grown. We may not be able to list every single one, but we hope to make the struggle of any Harry Potter fan trying to identify some of the songs a little bit easier.
If you're on vacation at the Florida theme park, take a moment to pause and listen to the music within the Harry Potter lands. Both theme park lands have an amazing collection of scores that will take you back to your most favorite scenes from the franchise. Ranked by the location and the frequency of the songs that are played, below is a guide of the top ten scores (and a few extras!) from the movies, and where you'll hear them in the theme parks. Click on the title links to hear the songs individually too - so you know exactly what to listen for!
(Please note: Until further analysis, unfortunately, the Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows Part 1 do not get a lot of air time in theme parks?!)
These songs are not popularly played throughout the Harry Potter landscape, mostly because they are pretty darn depressing. But we couldn't leave them out just because of their secluded location. Signifying some of the more emotional scenes from the series, in Knockturn Alley you'll hear a range of songs from Half Blood Prince such as "Snape and the Unbreakable Vow", "Harry and Hermione", "Malfoy's Mission", and "The Friends". And from Deathly Hallows Part 2, listen to your heart break over "The Prince's Tale".
So many moments from the films can be recreated on your vacation at Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Honestly, a first-stop priority is the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley. And, the song of choice played at this location: "Wizard Wheezes", the song heard in Half Blood Prince when Harry, Ron Hermione, and Ginny visit George and Fred's flourishing novelty shop. Of course!
When Ginny Kisses Harry
Sit close next to your loved ones and give them a big smooch just like Ginny and Harry in Half Blood Prince. Played in the Leaky Cauldron within Diagon Alley, this clip signifies the on-screen kiss shared between the two lovebirds as they try to hide the Half Blood Princes' book deep within the Room of Requirement.
If you have a park to park ticket at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you'll able to make unlimited trips between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. While reliving your magical experience, you'll be sure to catch "Double Trouble" from Prisoner of Azkaban at the Hogsmeade Station. This song is from the playful lyrical scene in which the Hogwarts frog choir perform in the Great Hall, and is scored by none other than John Williams - who gave us our number one pick(s)!
Strap on your dancing shoes and waltz with your cat like Argus Filch or party down like McConagall and Dumbledore to this classical hit: "Potter Waltz", wonderfully scored by composer Patrick Doyle. This notable song sets the elegant mood in Goblet of Fire before wizard wrock takes over. Potter Waltz can be heard throughout Hogsmeade, especially the Dragon Challenge queue.
The Slug Party
Some of us might have missed making the famous Slughorn shelf or invited to one of his exclusive parties. Maybe our owls just lost his invitation? Whatever the reason you'll definitely be able to "attend" now with the song "The Slug Party" from Half Blood Prince. It plays in Diagon Alley and The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.
Within Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron, celebrate the momentous victory George and Fred Weasley have when they disrupt High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge's torture sessions with a masterful display of fireworks in Order of the Phoenix. Don't be surprised if you also hear this version with some guitar in The Three Broomsticks within Hogsmeade. We have composer Nicholas Hooper to thank for this upbeat and jubilant anthem - as well as the grim and dire songs from Half Blood Prince.
Break out your tissues or handkerchiefs (for you more old-fashioned wizards and witches out there) for one of the more heartbreaking and yet uplifting songs of the whole theme park: "The Friends" from Half Blood Prince. Harry, Ron and Hermione gather on the astronomy tower. They agree to embark on their adventure to find the Horcruxes and watch Fawkes take one more flight into the sky. This one can be heard in The Three Broomsticks at Hogsmeade, The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley, and Knockturn Alley.
Didn't like "Professor Umbridge" in the Harry Potter series? There's no chance this will up her odds of becoming a less love-to-hate character. Let the numerous decrees and restrictions she placed upon Hogwarts students in Order of the Phoenix try not to upset you. Her attempt to gain power can be heard throughout Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron. Similar to its partner in crime, the number two song on this list, it's played with much more frequency than many others. Hence it's higher placement.
Rita Skeeter - Goblet of Fire
Oh, Rita Skeeter. As one of the more obscure, and widely non-favorite adaptations of J.K. Rowling's series, this little tune from Goblet of Fire is easy to catch if you know the scene. Journalist Rita Skeeter from the Daily Prophet drags poor Triwizard contender Harry Potter into a broom cupboard to besmirch his innocent name. The song plays most popularly in Modern London and Diagon Alley, over and over and over again.
Hedwig's Theme / Epilogue / Harry's Wondrous World
Feel the momentous feels! It's probably no surprise that the Harry Potter theme song is played throughout "his own park". "Hedwig's Theme" from all eight films, scored by John Williams, can be heard in almost every inch of the parks at one point in the day or another. You may be surprised though that it can be easily confused with the "Epilogue - 19 Years Later" and "Harry's Wondrous World".
Composer Alexandre Desplat for Deathly Hallows Part 2 used the beginning and ending of "Hedwig's Theme", and spliced it with a different middle sequence to capture a different mood to complete the All is Well journey Harry and his friends finally reached. The "Epilogue - 19 Years Later", very fittingly, can be heard as you embark on your own journey at Platform 9 3/4 Quarters onto the Hogwarts Express - both in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
As for "Harry's Wondrous World", also from Sorcerer's Stone and scored by John Williams, again has the same beginning sequence as Hedwig's Theme. However, about a minute or so into the song, it starts differentiating from the more popularly known tune. You can hear this one throughout Modern London, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade.