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Harry Potter: What Magic Sounds Like

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On the sound design of magic in Harry Potter. The first 500 to sign up using this like will get their first 2 months of Skillshare free: https://skl.sh/nerdwriter8 Support Nerdwriter videos: https://patreon.com/nerdwriter Subscribe: http://bit.ly/SubNerdwriter Watch the most popular Nerdwriter episodes: https://youtube.com/watch?v=_aFo_BV-UzI&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLx18HrK7lCOjRXZFpmrdkvV&index=1   Facebook: https://facebook.com/The-Nerdwriter-314141501931192/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheeNerdwriter Patreon: https://patreon.com/nerdwriter SOURCES http://www.filmsound.org/bibliography/sound-of-magic.htm https://www.mixonline.com/sfp/harry-potter-and-sorcerers-stone-369055 http://designingsound.org/2007/07/13/harry-potter-and-the-order-of-the-phoenix-exclusive-interview-with-sound-designer-andy-kennedy/ http://soundworkscollection.com/videos/hp7 http://filmsound.org/starwars/lasergunstory.htm MUSIC Blue Wednesday, "New Shoes" https://soundcloud.com/bluewednesday/new-shoes Watch More Nerdwriter: Latest Uploads: https://youtube.com/watch?v=gqlgf_q3nN4&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLxZ2RPuELOONAszjFfv5DvT Understanding Art: https://youtube.com/watch?v=cLJAXu5OD-c&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLwP5FuUIiVEy-ILMD23AN1v Essays About Art: https://youtube.com/watch?v=cLJAXu5OD-c&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLwv68sdgTCCK8F8OjhSjbMl Essays About Social Science: https://youtube.com/watch?v=hBweUnkfQ2E&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLz2pLNCT97EbZgwCgnTV_kR Popular Videos: https://youtube.com/watch?v=_aFo_BV-UzI&list=PLwg4AG1KkgLx18HrK7lCOjRXZFpmrdkvV   The Nerdwriter is a series of video essays about art, culture, politics, philosophy and more.
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Ding Wan (1 hour ago)
The spell sounds in 1 & 2 are more extending and physical, while the later ones are rather concise and magical, reminding me of Windranger's Powershot in Dota2.
Amanda Nield (6 days ago)
i kinda wish the killing curse had been just one word i think having Avada kadavra be the words to the death curse is too long and way too close to abracadabra which makes it sound corny and laughable I mean if you think about it if you were a wizard who heard the first word of that spell "Avada...!" suddenly get yelled out you would immediately know what was coming and attempt to defend yourself however if it had been just one word it would take less time meaning your opponent has less time to react and dodge thereby increasing your chance to hit them. if the sell had been something like Morte, Muerte or even Thanatos which are all words meaning "death" its short and sweet and gives a clearer understanding of the spells point where as Avada Kadavra is really just gibberish. i don't know but this is just my opinion.
Henning (8 days ago)
The Askarban sounds are amazing
Rhino in a suit (10 days ago)
*Garret Watts has entered the chat*
Lautaro Robin (10 days ago)
Do a video analyzing the remake of movie Suspiria by Luca guadagnino, a very interesting film.
IsaacOfTheRaine (13 days ago)
I liked the Prisoner of Azkaban sounds tbh
kayla ? (17 days ago)
im in love with the sounds from the prisoner of azkaban. its so mythical and cool sounding
dont.bother.people (17 days ago)
I half expected for a bunch of people making out to just appear on screen but I was wrong.
Solo Llyod (18 days ago)
Amazing 👌
IGitzDiz (19 days ago)
6:09 oAhHbRaKaDaBrA!!!
Albert warren (19 days ago)
Oh no! He called it sorcerers stone!
Grand Dimensioneer (23 days ago)
there was also a yoshi sound when draco spelled "serpentsortia"
unknown bomber (1 month ago)
It's pinned to my scrotum!!!
Fennec Besixdouze (1 month ago)
tl;dr: Like a bunch of bangs, and then a bunch of whooshy noises and stuff.
907john316 (1 month ago)
I treasure this video
Federico Olivares (1 month ago)
LOVED IT, Came in to hear that soft cuarón expelliarmus, and stayed for everything else
*Cyber .y (1 month ago)
The *SOUND* DONT MATTER
Banshee Boii (1 month ago)
Avarakadavra is like a rip off to Abracadabra 🙄
Ciaran Hughes (1 month ago)
Your voice is good for explenations
DankTheGank (1 month ago)
Your mom has sound effects.
Sheep326 (1 month ago)
It would be awesome if the spells made no sound and everyone just scream and laugh like Voldemort does.
Kelby Singhaus (1 month ago)
You did a really good job on showing your examples but not spoiling anything.
•__Gacha Koneko__• (1 month ago)
Did someone say “the sorcerers stone”? The SORCERER’S?! PHIL OS OPH ER
Marcos Santana (1 month ago)
!
kevin Castelo (1 month ago)
Pew pew
Shveta Naidoo (1 month ago)
Nerdwriter, you are a Godsend! wowwwwww!
Sean Eisley (1 month ago)
Shakespeare used iambic parameter, and harry potter used voice-melding whooshes
kroglodyte (1 month ago)
fuck now i have to rewatch the whole series
MAN LOOK AT ALL THE DEATHPACITO SPELLS
LizMarie Diaz (1 month ago)
BUT IT IS MAGIC.
fnaf is great #foxy (1 month ago)
Wow 😂
Jared (1 month ago)
You should have ended on the pun.
Red fox killer 123 (1 month ago)
Wait.... SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDOR?!?!
PlayerOblivion (1 month ago)
Deh.
Taku I. (1 month ago)
I love this video! It is intriguing that just pure sound effect design play a big role in how people feel and makes the fight seen very powerful. I just watched your another video about harry potter and both of the videos inspired me to look into filming more seriously.
Jen Matichuk (1 month ago)
Insanely good video. I loved it so much. Well done.
Ondřej (1 month ago)
I wish Alfonso Cuaron would have directed all Harry Potter films. I think it could be way better franchise.
This was a great video!! Freaking loved it
Ryan Nikko Baang (1 month ago)
Watching nerdwriter makes me feel like I know everything about films.
punkrockchewbacca (1 month ago)
I love this video! I watched it a while ago but just rediscovered it while preparing for an exam I'm taking in two days lol. I'm taking an elective about film and music / sound design will be a big part of our exam so this will be a great help!
Brythonic (1 month ago)
Excellent video
Brythonic (1 month ago)
Magic sounds like the cumshots of Elves
Since you hava two vídeos un which Alfonso Cuaron is mentioned, could you examine his film "Roma".
Itsmad toast (1 month ago)
0:39 expliarmus
T3.O1F5 (1 month ago)
Sorry but philosophers stone sounds a lot better
Ryan Piscitelli (1 month ago)
I love your videos man. I'd love to buy you a beer sometime.
Fu'ad Lawal (1 month ago)
"What does magic sound like?" It sounds like Evan. Evan Puschak.
Ana Maris (1 month ago)
While I feel every video you make impresses me with a new perspective and i'm truly grateful for the quality of depth you immerse yourself in each topic, i'd appreciate you more if you'd use your channel to also introduce your audience to quality not so popular pieces of art. The ones that have the true focus of educating the public and we seem to be consistently attracted to entertainment for the sake of entertainment. It would be a silly quote : "With great power comes great responsibility" but somehow very few people in entertainment take this idea seriously or address it. Productions like "Different kinds of rain" , "Kidding", "Black mirror" shock with amazing storytelling and many layers of depth. I can imagine you have many interests and an endless list of topics to cover, however, you've got our attention. How will you use this power? Is it just informative or are you actually trying to make an impact? Are you trying to ignite a change in how we perceive filmmaking? Are you trying to Inspire new filmmakers to educate the masses? Inspire them to be bold. Inspire them to use the time we dedicate to them in a meaningful way. Maybe you're not aware of this but out of 800K views at least 10 of them are aspiring filmmakers, maybe one will steal 2 hours of our time in a meaningful way.
Bernardo Lozano (1 month ago)
Great video keep going
Arthur Saey (1 month ago)
the sound of water in Dumbledore's fight was the best magical sound in all of Harry Potter
odd burger 10th fry (2 months ago)
that was not ice it was just a curse to make you stop moving
Obviously (2 months ago)
How does magic sound like? *EEEEAAAAHHH* -Voldemort
da404lewzer (2 months ago)
"dont want anything electric like blasters" lol they literally were made by hitting telephone pole stabilizers with a metal tool. just made me laugh, sorry lol
Z (2 months ago)
What is sorcerers stone? It’s philosophers stone, JK said she hated the name sorcerers stone so I feel like you should use philosophers
Veramele (2 months ago)
This was fantastic
Charados_fiend (2 months ago)
*philosophers stone
YEETUS THY FETUS ! (1 month ago)
Charados_fiend that’s the U.K version lol
Charados_fiend (2 months ago)
*philosophers stone
Talobsta (2 months ago)
THE POTTER PILL
Marino Sabijan (2 months ago)
Good job dude
Doctor straing Strange (2 months ago)
VOLDEMORT: AVADA KEDAVRA! ME:... VOLDEMORT:AVADA KEDAVRA! VOLDEMORT:AVADA KEDAVRA! ME: YO, STOP MURDERING PEOPLE
jontywbridge (2 months ago)
seeing the goblet of fire duel straight after the deathly hallows duel shows just how different spells look in the films too
Brandon Banks (2 months ago)
I thought I would hear the actual sound effects, not some nerd talking. *Dislike*
Martijn Alserda (2 months ago)
Even more reasons why the third Harry Potter movie had something particularly special.
Most powerful spells according to Lord Voldy mcMortbutt : 1.) NYAAAH 2.) AAAARGH 3.) UUAAAAH 4.) SAAAAAH 5.) AAAVALAHHADAAVAAH 6.) YYYAAAAA 7.) NAAAAAAH 8.) WOOOOOH 9.) WAAAAAH 10.) * smiling in creepy *
Ben Tarr (4 days ago)
Shaggy It's emotion.
Ben Tarr (4 days ago)
Variklis It's emotion.
Ben Tarr (4 days ago)
ᏰĪᏝᏝ ՇÎρɧᏋƦ It's emotion.
Shaggy (21 days ago)
Haa haaa heaaa ha hea ha
Teutonic_Templars (2 months ago)
I'm new to the potter verse. I became addicted after visiting hogsmeade at Universal Studios hahaha Edit: I'm Hufflepuff btw
jaredavies (2 months ago)
Was anybody else getting emotional when he showed the succession of killing curse moments? Seeing all those beloved characters die all in a row legit made me cry.
jhwatson98 (2 months ago)
I think the hardest thing for the people who created the Harry Potter movies was to get what Harry was thinking in his mind
Se-bas (2 months ago)
This is just the type of video I like to watch. Thank you
Jack M (2 months ago)
click bait i thought this was about the score
Chuzbe (2 months ago)
good. very good.
Trygator (2 months ago)
"What Magic sounds like"... Voldemort: *AHHHH!*
SPIFFYDAGOAT (2 months ago)
I noticed askaban it sounded way different
YEETUS THY FETUS ! (1 month ago)
*azkaban
SPIFFYDAGOAT (2 months ago)
Proof magic is science just uhh
THE SHIRE FOREVER (2 months ago)
😂loved the end!Super interesting video!❤
Corbin Paul (2 months ago)
How was lumos done? (The cool hum)
Annihilate (2 months ago)
Watching this in 2019🥳😎
SLAP1FACE (2 months ago)
STONE, not ICE
Katrīna Feldmane (2 months ago)
I think I am going to re-watch all the movies specifically paying more attention to the sounds. Thank you for the great video!!!
Pride (2 months ago)
What is the font name wich used in this video? c:
Marquis Charlemagne (2 months ago)
I know, this is hard to match with your general type of content. You mostly comment or narrate, but especially in this one I'd wish, there were longer cuts between you talking and the sound effects, aswell as more generous cuts in general and not cuing them up one after another. Leave some space. And talk less. Let us listen, since we can't watch sounds.
myungskywalker (2 months ago)
For the first time I disagree with the nerdwriter. the movies were a complete disaster for anyone who was a fan of the books. daniel radcliffes casting was a blunder. voldemort looked more ridiculous than intimidating. the sound design was a complete failure, so was the art direction. j k rowling was a total sellout to let other people pollute and corrupt her creative vision like this. sad and disappointed.
υnιcorη (2 months ago)
*phoom phoom woosh phthwang phwahh bszzhhrrrtt*
Pat Riley (2 months ago)
Goddess and God thank you
Juanfra Ncisco (2 months ago)
Im loving it 😍
Siobhan Lin (2 months ago)
I do need to say ,although I m not really understand all the world,but I really love this Vedic, hope can see more and more vedio about Harry Potter and the magic world
khandwa style (2 months ago)
I love Alfonso Cuaron
후쟌 (2 months ago)
this is actually great
Awang Budiman (2 months ago)
Voldemort: "Abra kadabra!" *rabbits jumps out from the tip of his wand* Potter: wtf? Voldemort: "Shit! Avada Kedavra!" *rabbit dies instead of Potter* Potter: bruh
Cameron J (3 months ago)
2:31 The philosophers stone*
Tino Lorenz (3 months ago)
This Video is absolut AMAZING.
Hemant Gulia (3 months ago)
mind blowing!
Shadow Drade (3 months ago)
There is literally different stories different power
Andy Oliver (3 months ago)
"You've got to MEAN it, Harry."
Leonard Casiano (3 months ago)
I love the sounds they created over the years on the films, I'm a big sound and visual person so the evolution of the films has come a long way in terms of the styles they created. Thank you for making this Harry Potter sound video, it was an unexpected treat.👌🤓⚡❤
Proto kjax (3 months ago)
Anyone else get chills on that patronus charm?
Emma D (3 months ago)
Come on! Cedric, Sirius, and Dumbledore in a row? You're killing me.
Azov (3 months ago)
whos here from marshall mcgee?
Relore (3 months ago)
Azov that guy is becoming my favorite creator in so little times
Wolfy Kaname (3 months ago)
I'm disappointed that it doesn't sound like pew pew!
Gab Sah (3 months ago)
still am convinced alfonso's interpretation was a game changer to H P that took it up to an eleven , it brought me to that franchise to begin with and made me curious about the books which I loved!. David's interpretation drove me away from it again and he am so disappointed again and again.
Ryan Laing (3 months ago)
May I ask what type of mic you are using to record your voice?

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