Alexandre Desplat to write the music for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I
The music of Harry Potter has left an indelible mark in both cinema and popular culture, and it's all because of one man: John Williams. The original themes that he shaped over the course of the first three movies became the musical framework that has held the series together. After HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, there was plenty of speculation floating around that Williams would make a triumphant return to wrap up the series in style, but it looks like that won't be the case.
Instead, it looks like Alexandre Desplat will be taking over for Nicholas Hooper, who composed the music for the last two movies. What began as a rumor has now been "confirmed by Desplat's agent" through the Potter website Mugglenet. The confirmation, though, does appear to be for the first part, so some are still hopeful that Williams will return for the final part.
Personally, I think there's no hope for another John Williams score. Warner Brothers is not making two more Potter movies, they're making one long one and releasing it in two parts. Having a different composer with a different style come in halfway through would break the flow of the movies.
Thankfully, Alexandre Desplat is a terrific composer. His scores for THE QUEEN and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON earned him Oscar nominations, and his work on FANTASTIC MR. FOX resulted in one of my favorite soundtracks of last year.