Easy Harry Potter Theme for Guitar - Tutorial and Tab for Beginners

A beginner guide - The Harry Potter theme (also known as Hedwig's theme tab by John Williams) for Guitar or Ukulele. This guide is a great-sounding basic version of the song for beginners and kids!


Jace Snel

3/12/20233 min read

Harry Potter Logo for Guitar tab blog
Harry Potter Logo for Guitar tab blog

Easy Harry Potter Theme for Guitar and Ukulele: A Beginner's Guide

Calling all Harry Potter enthusiasts! If you've ever dreamt of strumming the enchanting notes of the iconic theme song on your guitar or ukulele, your quest ends here. In this beginner's guide, we'll unravel the secrets behind mastering "Hedwig's Theme" by John Williams on either instrument. Tailored for novices and young learners, this simplified version of the Harry Potter guitar tab is your ticket to musical magic.

For many, the Harry Potter theme, also dubbed as Hedwig's Theme, evokes memories of the movie's captivating title scenes. Its mesmerizing melody is not only instantly recognizable but also a delight to play. What's even better? It's easily accessible to both guitarists and ukulele enthusiasts alike. In this guide, we'll focus on utilizing the four bottom strings of the guitar, simplifying the process by mirroring the GCEA tuning found on the ukulele.

Imagine the thrill of conjuring the very essence of Hogwarts through your instrument! With our step-by-step instructions and helpful tips, you'll be weaving spells with your chords in no time. Whether you're a budding musician or a devoted Potterhead seeking to add a magical touch to your repertoire, this guide is your gateway to musical enchantment. So, grab your wand—or rather, your guitar or ukulele—and let's embark on this musical adventure together!

How to play harry potter on guitar

To help you remember the song in the beginning, take note of the repeated sections. This song has a few, so pay attention to the underlined riffs in the tab below. If you're not familiar with reading tabs, there are many resources out there but I will likely also cover that in the future. Here is the beginning of the Harry Potter Guitar tab:

Harry Potter Guitar Tab
Harry Potter Guitar Tab

Here's the tab for the Harry Potter theme.

...Almost everyone loves Harry Potter!

One of the great things about this song is that most people know the melody in their heads fairly well, making it easier to learn the timings. Start by breaking down the song into sections, beginning with the top section. You can play it quietly and mellow or quite firmly, depending on your preference. A bonus is that it gets kids really excited to learn it!

Playing along with the song is also a great way to practice. This will help you with timing, memorizing the melody, and understanding the feel. The original version of the song from the first movie can be found on YouTube for reference.

For the guitar, we recommend using a pick to play this song, as it's an important skill to learn early on in your guitar practice. However, the more difficult version of the song is played with a combined pick/finger-picking style. This involves using your pick between your thumb and index finger and using the remaining fingers to pick the strings.

In summary, here are some steps to follow when learning the Harry Potter theme tab on your guitar or ukulele:

  1. Learning the tab for the song off by heart is a great way to help the song flow - paying attention to the repeated sections here helps!.

  2. Break the song down into smaller sections and practice each section until you're comfortable playing it.

  3. Play along with the song to help with timing and memorization.

  4. Use a pick for the guitar version and consider learning the combined pick/finger-picking style later on.

Now you know how to play Harry Potter on guitar or should I say learning a song like "Hedwig's Theme" is a great way to get excited about practicing your instrument. Committing songs to memory is also a fantastic way to improve your playing. So put some music on, grab your instrument, load up some harry potter tabs for guitar or ukulele, and get practicing!

But what if you've never played a guitar or ukulele before? Don't worry - we'll cover some basic tips and tricks to get you started.

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