When reviewing a film score it is often difficult to distinguish the emotional subtleties between book, film and soundtrack. With all honesty, here the two are merged seamlessly. One aspect is but a facet of the other. All are intertwined, both in theme and spirit, and one cannot review this music without entertaining the themes of the literature and film upon which it is based.
In this album you feel the harrowing choices of Severus Snape, JK Rowling's tormented anti-hero, between the forces of good and evil. Every note is alive with his dual personal struggle...between hate and love, vengeance and protection of the innocent...all is paced at such a level that you cannot easily separate the two. But, in light of the character, I feel this exactly what the composer(s) strived to achieve based on the impression of the literature. Severus Snape was written as a character of many sides (some more apparent than the others)...sadistic, cruel, evil and at the same time honest, deeply loyal and beautiful...disfigured, depressed and damned by unfortunate circumstance. Harry Potter, usually the main focus of the obviously named 'Harry Potter' books, takes the backburner in this musical score and the confused feelings of Severus Snape combine into their own epic and captivating story.
This classical soundtrack varies wildly between a resentful/hateful undercurrent and a tragic melancholy...this perfectly reflects the weight of human choice when conflicted between justice and mercy and its portrayal is nothing short of masterful. Violins, choral symphonies...this film score covers it all.
This score literally covers it all...confusing and mesmerising as it is. 'Beautiful' may be an overused word but it is all I can conjure to adequately convey this music. Definitely worth downloading.