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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Music

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Nicholas Hooper

Nicholas Hooper has two Harry Potter scores under his belt: this one and the Order of the Phoenix. He seems to have mastered that whole spooky-scary, ominous sound that we've, heard across the whole series.

You know what we're talking about: heavy on the strings and drama.

And hey, fair enough, right? The plot is only getting more tense and dark, and Hooper's score definitely matches that whole mood step for step. The folks at the Grammy Awards seemed to agree, since the soundtrack was nominated for 2010's "Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media." Not too shabby.

We'd say that's even more impressive when we consider that action/adventure/suspense isn't exactly Hooper's normal gig. In fact, his resume is weighted heavily toward documentaries, which seem about as far from the Harry Potter universe as you could get.

He's also done lots of TV series and movies, with a heavy emphasis on the U.K.—which, you'll be shocked to learn, is where he's from (gasp). Like, well, basically all of HP's primary actors, the director, the get the drift.

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