Bruce Springsteen Wrote a Song for ‘Harry Potter’ that was Never Used

"It was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself.”

By Alisha Jackson

Bruce Springsteen just revealed to BBC Radio 2 that he wrote a song for the Harry Potter films that was never used by the franchise.

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When asked why the producers of HP didn’t use his song, “I’ll Stand By You Always,” Springsteen laughed and said “You’ll have to ask them.” “It was pretty good,” he insisted. “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,” he explained, “but it was something that I thought would have fit lovely.”

Perhaps Harry Potter hadn’t come out in theaters yet when Springsteen wrote the song, but having music with lyrics would have been uncharacteristic of the films, too. As good as the song may have been, hearing the Boss in the halls of Hogwarts could have arguably distracted viewers from J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

It’s likely that Springsteen pitched the song on his own, without being asked to write it.

Regardless, we hope to hear the song one day! Watch Bruce’s interview below.


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