The makers of the Harry Potter films were faced with a special question in sound design: how should the effects of the various spells sound like? How should Expecto Patronum, Avada Kedavra, Expelliarmus, Riddikulus or Accio sound like? And (how) do these sounds change in the course of the series of eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 20011?
These sounds of the spells are important, because in Harry Potter fights fought with magic often represent highlights of the plot - so the character of the sounds of this magic contributes significantly to the mood. In this film essay, The Nerdwriter traces the different ways and answers the sound designers found for the various Harry Potter films.
From the very beginning, only the director&s instructions as to how the magic should not sound were clear: modern, futuristic or electronic - magic wands should not sound like laser (swords) - magic should sound different than the effects from science fiction films.
A nice example: the battle of Dumbledore against Voldemort:
About the sound design in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
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