Review: Harry Potter in Concert Makes You Relive the Magic Like Never Before

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – in Concert at Hollywood Bowl (Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – in Concert at Hollywood Bowl (Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging)

Experience cinema in a whole new way at the Hollywood Bowl with live orchestra scores to some of our favorite films. Following the smash success of The Little Mermaid and last year’s Back to the Future live events, we were able to listen to the magic of John Williams’ score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – in Concert.

Conducted by Justin Freer and joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, fans were treated to a magical night of the wondrous music of the film on Wednesday, July 6. Attendees donned their Hogwarts house colors as they filed into the bowl. Looking around, you could see clusters of red and gold for Gryffindor, silver and green for Slytherin, black and yellow for Hufflepuff and blue and bronze for Ravenclaw. Witches, wizards, young children and now older fans who grew up with the popular books and films created by J.K. Rowling sat in awe of the orchestration.

It was very much like listening to the music for the first time and getting those chills. The score broke through and somehow felt like a way to become more immersed in the feature being projected above. It also allowed for some great moments to seem as if we too were present in the film. When character themes introduced beloved actors like Alan Rickman and Richard Harris, there were cheers as well as tears. The excitement grew as the film went on following Harry, Ron and Hermione on their first year adventure.

Every moment was lived in and carried through the music. The Bowl became the Great Hall. At the end of the film, when all the house points were awarded, each house cheered for their own in person, and it was a feeling of belonging that no one there might soon forget.

Sabina Ibarra is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow her on Twitter: @Wicked_Phoenix
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