This article analyses the use of music and sound at four distinct attractions related to the Harry Potter franchise. As extensions of a transmedial world derived in large part from the film series as well as the novels, each of these tour sites uses music and sound in distinct ways, drawing on or extending the musical worlds of the films, or creating worlds of their own. A close analysis of these musical worlds gives us a deeper understanding of the operation and function of the attractions, which are theorised as immersive or absorptive in different ways, and in which visitors are given differing levels of agency in directing their experience. Music is shown to draw variously on motivic memory and nostalgia, heightening or intensifying emotional connections and in each case enabling the imaginative inhabitation of a fantasy world.
|Number of pages
|InMedia The French Journal Of Media Studies
|Early online date
|15 Jan 2022
|Published - 1 Feb 2022