Latest Review – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: In Concert (Manchester Arena)


The Harry Potter Film Concert Series

Manchester Arena

Tuesday 16th May, 2017

Given that is now 16-years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first arrived in cinemas, it is very surprising that an In Concert venture has not already been undertaken, though given the success of other similar film concert presentations it was perhaps only natural that one would come along at some point.

Screened in high definition on a giant 40-foot screen, this was exactly the kind of presentation Potter fans have been longing for, and with a full-scale symphony orchestra performing every note and nuance of John Williams’ unforgettable score live, it proved quite the magical occasion.

Taking his position at the Conductor’s podium, Timothy Henty was quick to establish the night as a vibrant, interactive celebration as opposed to a more traditional, orchestral concert, encouraging the crowd of adoring Potter maniacs to cheer and boo to their hearts’ content whenever the various heroes and villains appeared on screen.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, Williams’ majestic compositions sounded as enchanting and moving as ever, with the haunting orchestral swells and atmospheric ring of the celeste only adding further depth and meaning to one of the most memorable and celebrated film scores of the century to date.

Unsurprisingly, there was a prominent sense of nostalgia about the event, but also a hint of sadness too, with the appearances of the now sadly deceased Richard Griffiths, Alan Rickman and John Hurt meeting with particularly warm reception.

Removing the music and effects track from the video did render some of the sound effects a little less dynamic than usual, but that is picking holes in an otherwise exceptional event.

The promoters have just announced they will be returning later in the year with Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets™, the second chapter in the 8-film saga, and given the quality of this first concert, it promises to be another unmissable affair.

Running Time: 2 hours and 50-minutes (approx.) (including one 20-minute interval)

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