Harry Potter in the Park

Gary Oldman as Sirus Black

By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter

Palisadians—prepare your brooms! Pacific Palisades’ 14th annual Movies in the Park series will kick off Saturday, Aug. 5 with a viewing of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

The film is the third installment of the seven-part franchise and follows 13-year-old Harry Potter as he learns that a threatening figure named Sirius Black—played by Gary Oldman—has escaped from the dreaded Azkaban Prison with plans to kill the young wizard.

Highly praised for Alfonso Cuarón’s directorial choices, “Azkaban” marks the franchise’s transition away from childhood fantasy and into the darker world that it became known for.

Also known for bringing magic to muggles all around the globe, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon and Rupert Grint.

Running through the entire month of August, MITP’s summer film series will show a family-friendly movie every Saturday night at Palisades Recreation Center’s “Field of Dreams.”

People are invited to bring beach chairs, picnic blankets and baskets for the big show, and are encouraged to arrive early with footballs, frisbees and any other gear that will get kids moving.

The show will begin at approximately 8 p.m. so be sure to claim your “seats” long before sundown.

Admission is free and Recreations and Parks will once again serve free hot dogs to hungry moviegoers.

MITP’s 14th season also includes “The Little Mermaid” (Aug. 12); “Grease” (Aug. 19); and the 1991 animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” (Aug. 26)