Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone at the Royal Albert Hall

The excitement was palpable for the Harry Potter Heads amongst us. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we took our seats, the lights dipped and we were introduced to the orchestra and the composer.

It’s a joy to see a film which has been enjoyed repeatedly throughout the years, disembodied to bring forward the craft and art which makes the movie so spectacular.

There were times when I lost myself in the the film, forgetting the full scale Orchestra was right before my eyes, and other times I was absorbed completely by the orchestra losing sight of the movie and the subtitles allowing the magic of the music to lose me in its magnitude.

The harpist took over the audiences hearts and stood out spectacularly as she plucked her way through the score. A noteworthy moment was the scene in which ‘Fluffy the three headed dog’ was being soothed to sleep by the harp and suddenly the harp stopped- the absence of play was truly striking.

Watching it all unfold at the Royal Albert hall was a breathtaking venue and allowed everyone in the round to have a great view from anywhere in the theatre, however I can’t help but feel that the closer you are to the stage, the greater the dramatic impact of the orchestra would be.

Dress up in your Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin regalia and lose yourself amongst other Harry Potter fans and allow yourself to be engrossed into the magnitude of the music.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore – “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

Words by Simran Samra.

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