The third chapter in the Harry Potter movies is screening this weekend, and the Pacific Symphony will be playing John Williams‘ iconic score live, on stage, under the screen. You can see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in this unique and magical manner on October 6 & 7 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.

Hermione Ron Harry Azkaban

Need a reminder about the plot? Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grintand Hermione (Emma Watsonare teenagers in their third year at Hogwarts, where they face escaped prisoner Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). They meet Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts and Harry and Ron begin Divination. This is the one where Hermione uses the Time-Turner and they can legally visit Hogsmeade, except Harry because he doesn’t have permission.  This is also the one that introduces the Dementors and that Harry isn’t completely alone in the world.

Harry Hermione Ron Snape Azkaban

I got to attend the Symphony’s rehearsal with conductor Justin Freer, co-founder of CineConcerts, the Producer of this event. My photographer for the day, David Colon, and I were given the freedom to watch from anywhere we liked in the massive auditorium, and we also got to see the action from back stage. It was extremely cool, even without having the movie playing. 

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Leona Laurie