There’s just over a month to go until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in theaters, and on the heels of the latest trailer and a new story from J.K. Rowling about her wizarding world comes the official debut of the film’s main theme.
Pottermore debuted the first track from the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack on its website Friday — and fans can hear a bit of the Harry Potter films’ iconic “Hedwig’s Theme” (written by legendary composer John Williams) before being transported into the new song.
James Newton Howard (who has composed music for films like The Hunger Games franchise, The Dark Knight, and Snow White and the Huntsman) wrote the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them score in seven months, according to Pottermore. For the title theme, he sat at his piano and just played until the song came.
“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,” he told Pottermore. ‘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.”
The soundtrack will be available on Nov. 18 — the same day the film is released — and features 72 minutes of music, including songs with titles like “There are Witches Among Us,” “The Demiguise and The Occamy,” and “Newt Releases the Thunderbird.” A deluxe version, also being released on Nov. 18, is 100 minutes long and features 26 songs.
Take a listen to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them main theme below.