Pretty much every one of your favorite movies has great music in it. Whether that’s a perfectly composed score or expertly chosen song, music can make a movie. Today, we’re getting our first listen to the music from next month’s Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and it’s just as epic as we’d hoped.

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James Newton Howard did the score, which starts with the familiar John Williams Harry Potter tune called “Hegwig’s Theme”. It’s the basic “We’re in the world of Harry Potter” music. From there, though, the theme very much becomes its own thing. Give it a listen.

It’s difficult to fully judge the theme until we see how it’s utilized in the movie but, I have to say, it’s got a lot of potential. There are some soaring highs and mysterious lows. Plus the fact that it uses the Potter theme but isn’t beholden to it suggests the movie will stand on its own.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, both the soundtrack and the movie, are out November 18.

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