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Bruce Springsteen secretly wrote a song for the ‘Harry Potter’ movies

We wish we knew what it sounded like.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 21, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 6:13 pm CDT

Bruce Sringsteen revealed in an interview this week that he wrote a song for the Harry Potter franchise, but the studio decided not to use it.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2, Springsteen said that the song was called “I’ll Stand By You Always.” He described it as “a pretty lovely song” with an appropriate tone for a children’s movie, saying, “It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself.”

As a quintessentially American rock star, Springsteen isn’t exactly the first person who comes to mind for a guest spot on a Harry Potter soundtrack. On the other hand, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 did feature a song by Nick Cave, the haunting “O’Children.”

Springsteen’s Harry Potter song was never released, but we imagine he’ll get a lot more requests for it now the truth is out.

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*First Published: Oct 21, 2016, 8:36 am CDT