Follow the Footsteps of Harry Potter

Everyone is familiar with the range of Harry Potter books turned into mega box office films, which entertained fans non-stop for an entire decade. Yet the fans still can’t get enough of the school of wizardry and thousands are keen to take the Harry Potter studio tours.

The range of films that kept fans entertained across ten years is based on the novels, of which the first was released in 2001 titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thousands counted the days until the release of the second film in 2002 titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The next film in the series was released two years later in 2004 and was titled

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Then only a year later it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit movie theatres across the globe in 2005, while the next instalment was only released in 2007, this time titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering fans 2hours and 34 minutes of action in 2009. The two latest Harry Potter releases include the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 screened in 2010 and 2011.

The four most fan-visited places in London


Rich with Harry Potter themed places and activities to unbridled the inner wizard in every visitor, while the official studio guided tour takes fans on a visit to potion making and mixing cocktail bars and wizard-themed hotel rooms.

If you are a keen fan of Potter, then you’ll find London a magical destination, the official Harry Potter tour started in 2012 and enables all visitors to step onto the sets used in some of the films when the Diagon Alley, Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest was used.

The whole experience part of the Potion Room is themed and structured like the alchemy class showed in the films, it’s like wizardry and every guest gets a magic wand and wears a cloak. The experience includes creating an edible and/or drinkable potion, which is served as part of a tray filled with savory items or a tray covered in sweet treats.

Hotel rooms referred to as Wizard Chambers, in London the Georgian House Hotel offers a few rooms inspired by the range of popular Harry Potter books. Booking one of the rooms provides stayers to enjoy a night at Hogwarts! Each of the themed rooms features cauldrons, stone walls, stained glass windows and artifacts to ensure the whole experience has a Harry Potter feel to it.

To ensure the experience is as real as it gets, you could go for a night cup at the Wizarding bar called the Cauldron, it’s the bar every fantasy book devotee dreams off, all guests have to dress up in the robes and then receives a cauldron and they get to experiment and mix their own drinks.

Best Ever Christmas Movies Perfect for The Holiday Season

If it was up to of us, Christmas would be an all-year-round thing, half of the year because it was nearing, the other half of the year because it’s just been. There is that place where the ground is always covered in snow, it is here where Christmas never ends, and you get to snack and watch one great film after the next, allowing you to fill up on Christmas cheer. So if you need a bit of feel good, here are the best holiday-themed films:

Love Actually


The star-studded ensemble romantic comedy of Richard Curtis combines nine interweaved tales examining the intricacies of an emotion that connects all: love. Among the line-up of interesting characters surveyed is Hugh Grant as David, the truly handsome recently elected British prime minister who falls for Martine McCutcheon, a junior staffer. Laura Linney is Sarah, whose life is problematic due to her devotion to her mentally ill brother and then there is Alan Rickman portraying Harry, a wedded man attracted to his gorgeous new secretary.

A Christmas Tale


Arnaud Desplechin the French auteur crafts a spellbinding, straggling portrait of the reconciliation and togetherness of a dysfunctional family. This drama is all about the reuniting of a family at Christmas, and it is also at this time they learn about the leukaemia of their grandmother played by Catherine Deneuve. Her request to the family is to see if anyone including grandchildren are eligible as bone marrow donors. It causes quite a bit of friction in the family, mainly between her son Henri played by Mathieu Amalric and her daughter played by Anne Consigny. With all the trauma and drama, it also recalls the traumatic loss the family suffered when they lost their brother Joseph.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a malevolent and dark stop-motion fable produced by Tim Burton. It is based on the journey of Jack Skellingting who travels from Halloween Town to the less frightening town of Christmas. Viewers get to follow the catastrophic adventure of Skellinton in Halloween Town, where the pumpkin king is bored by the repeated routine of giving people in the real world a freight. The warm spirits and bright colours of Christmas-Town gives Jack Skellington a new lease on life, he wants this awesome town under his control, and he starts plotting straight away, he even kidnaps Santa and steps into his role. But it takes only a short while before Jack realises that all his planning is of no use in the amazing town of Christmas.

Apart from the three movies discussed above, we also strongly suggest films such as Home Alone, where a young member of the family is left behind by mistake. Instead of being bored over the Christmas period he becomes the security system and the burglars simply don’t stand a chance against his brilliant mind and plans.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Released in the USA on the 9th of November 2018, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is directed by Fede Alvarez, while the story was written by David Lagercrantz and Stieg Larsson. While production companies include Pascal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Yellow Bird, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures.

Russian Thugs, Kidnapping & World Disaster


Lisbeth Salander is recruited by Frans Balder, recently fired from the National Security Agency to steal FireWall, which is a computer program created to access all the codes of nuclear weapons around the globe. Yet the downloading of the program draws the attention from a National Security Agency agent, which traces the activity to Stockholm. It gets hugely interesting when more problems arise as a math whiz gets kidnap and the laptop Lisbeth used for the download gets taken by thugs from Russia. It is this race that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as Lisbeth needs to recover the codes and save the kidnapped boy in hope of preventing disaster.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Opening its debut weekend with a bit over $7.8 million, The Girl in the Spider’s Web by Sony, even with a $43 million production budget of less than half of that of 2011, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, it was a quite a poor result. Should it enjoys a miracle overseas and gain a 30/70 split of $24 million it would still only achieve a maximum of $80 around the globe. It might clearly be the end of the sequel line-up as the failure of the film highlights that it is not worthwhile even the lesser budget David Fincher spent on it.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In 2010 the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was sensational and made well over $100 million, the remake by Rooney Mara earned $242 globally in 2011, but still, it never meant that the movie audience was primed for more movies about Lisbeth Salander. Sony failed to learn two main lessons from its recent triumphs, they should have checked if anyone wanted more of Lisbeth Salander and at the same time looked at franchise-friendly films that draw the crowds.

Mega Hits Films by Sony: Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle & Venom

Bad reviews kill a movie and so does awkward trailers, especially when the reviews assure moviegoers that they won’t find what they loved in Venom in this film. Venom is a film that raked in $700 million around the world. Another major hit is Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle featuring stars such as Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, the plot of the film was reversed and tied with excellent reviews the film was appealing and reached $962 million worldwide while on a budget of $90 million. Should you be one of the few Lisbeth Salander fan’s, the bad news is that it is highly unlikely that more sequels will follow after The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

Peppermint Positions Garner Back into Action Hero Mode

After criminals slaughtered her family, a woman emerges from a coma and pledge to revenge their murders as well as the system enabling them. Peppermint gives Jennifer Garner a shot at playing the role of a John Wick / Taken type of role, its action at it best and shows how she becomes the punisher as circumstances force her to leave her law-abiding citizenship behind. It is yet another masterpiece from the director of District B-13, Taken, The Gunman and From Paris with Love.

Alias’ Sydney Bristow Double-Agent Becomes A Kill-Them-All Kind of Hero

It’s almost hard to believe that Garner got her big break as Sydney Bristow a double-agent on Alias, this was more than sixteen years ago. She has more acting experience than the likes of Liam Neeson, and Sean Penn had in their latest venture called Old Man out for a Kill. Yet what she keeps is the “bitter-sweetness” that undeniably made her a big star and now that she finally gets the opportunity to run solo and enjoy all the gunning action she impresses even more. It is indeed great to see a female in the lead in a they-killed-my-family scenario, and Garner is on a mission to kill them all.

How Audiences Remember Jennifer Garner

Alias basically was the dynamite TV series of the year 2001, a year that also saw several debuts including Smallville, law and Order: Criminal Intent, Scrubs and 24. Garner realised that the group that recruited her as a young female fresh out to college was not the CIA but a black-ops organisation and her father a double agent. First, the series was quite a bit overshadowed by 24, yet with the ups and down in the Lost series, Alias soon became a hot favourite.

Jennifer Garner Has Major Hollywood Star Qualities

You have to agree that Garner from the start was the perfect example of what you’d expect from a would-be Hollywood star, yet she got pushed to the back row once Hollywood stopped for a while focussing towards female-centric heroes. Daredevil ensured Ben Affleck thrived, while after Electra, Garner could almost-never recover, yet she did a terrific job in 13 Going on 30, and that was without picking a fight with anyone. She got cast aside after Elekta, which probably was one of the worst comic-hero films plus it was more boring than Batman or Catwomen.

Peppermint in Theatres this September

Directed by Pierre Morel, Peppermint a vigilante action movie featuring the revenge of a mother after her daughter and husband got killed by the cartel. Released in the US on the 7th of September if grossed over $26.1 million worldwide and everyone praised Garner’s performance. Apart from Garner, actors part of the cast includes John Gallagher, Pell James, Chris Johnson and Kyla Drew. Moviegoers refer to Peppermint as Death Wish on steroids while critics complemented Garner on her rare return to top form as her effortless charm is part of the film’s success.

The Happytime Murders Review

In the history of the friendly Muppet empire by Jim Henson, there’s always been a dark streak. This streak is not only exhibited within the Muppet franchise but is also showcased in movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. While fans treated these movies as family-friendly material, Jim Henson considered them as vehicles to portray stories in all genres. His son Brain is now unfettered by the Muppet name as he breathes life into The Happytime Murders movie as a fuzzy and fast R-rated romp.

The Happytime Murders Story


In a world where human and puppet live side by side, Bill Barretta (Phil Philipps) is a former disgraced cop who makes a living as a private eye. By taking a case that seems like a simplistic ransom play, he soon finds himself in the middle of a murder string which is connected to the Happytime Gang children’s television show. It’s going to take tough fluff to solve this case along with discipline to reunite with his former estranged partner to successfully crack the mystery behind The Happytime Murders.

While The Happytime Murders story is actually rather basic, writers Dee Austin Robertson and Todd Berger, fortunately, remembered to include a story. So while fans will enjoy a simplistic mystery plot, with several personal beats that stem from the detective noir genre, its structure is basic enough that it doesn’t break down under its true purpose. This purpose is essentially a skeletal story where loads of puppet gags hang from and when its time for jokes to fly, the film allows them to play out in full force. Furthermore, there are loads of gags, in true Muppet fashion, that parody everything from Basic Instinct to cop dramas which pay homage to every influence with a tongue planted in the cheek of this puppet-loving movie.

A Fresh Dose of Unexpected Things

There’s plenty of unexpected things that you wouldn’t expect from the puppets in The Happytime Murders. However, for those that followed the post-Muppet career of director Brain Henson will know that it is his bread and butter. Even though the movie is rather raunchy, certainly earning the R-rating, it never gives the impression that its just throwing in content for the sake of mischief without a purpose. All the jokes work perfectly in the move as they create a world where muppets are far more human than ever before. It’s also refreshing that the movie is only an hour and 30 minutes in length which allows a vicious pace of story and gags to blur past in quite an entertaining manner without getting repetitive or stale.

The most impressive thing about The Happytime Murders is certainly the way in which it commits to the premise through the human cast performances and on the page. Melissa McCarthy is basically game for anything which further sells the extreme behaviour which is coupled with felt creatures. Fans will instantly believe that a world between puppets and humans can actually work and that’s a true testament to the on-screen performances by the actors and the puppets that are always present.

Let The Corpses Tan Review

If it is a violent as hell, lightning quick ride that gets your adrenaline going and heart pumping then Let The Corpses Tan. Even with the work that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have done to blend their sensibilities with a more traditional way of storytelling, pulp cinema is still not for everyone.
Let The Corpses Tan

Living a life of leisure, art and nude sunbathing, is that of Luce, Max and Rhino, as that is how it is done in this remote hideaway on the exotic coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an idyllic portrait about to disrupted by a gang of criminals that stolen gold bars and now in return, hiding from the cops. Max’s wife is complicating things with her surprise rendezvous and unexpectedly the day turns into a blood-soaked, bullet-laden fight for survival.

Viewers get introduced first to the brutish Rhino and artistic Luce making art from handguns and paint, by now you should know that Let The Corpses Tan are the type of film that Rodriguez and Tarantino make. Soaked in colour and covered in hard dialogue regarding criminality and society, it’s the sort of film that punches you hard and the reason, “just because it can”. The Psychedelic visuals are tough on all the characters and its recycled music from the Ennio Morricone glory days that plays as just the right volumes of nudity and blood is added to give it the proper edge.

Visually Arresting and Tense Storytelling at its Best

Let The Corpses Tan is just over ninety minutes long and therefore tell the story in speedboat style as it stripping all its narratives down to the bone, much needed to keep things afloat. Visually arresting and tense storytelling makes up for what it might lack in cohesive narratives. Director/writer Bruno Forsani and Helene Cattet’s adaption of the French classic pulp novel is something you must see as they dedicate all their talents to make this film feel like you back in the European vault of several decades ago, it’s a film vault waiting to jump out onto an unexpected society. Keeping the characters straight do get a bit confusing as there is a lot of jumping back and forth, that might take some getting used to, so it doesn’t require long before you’d decide you’re in for this extraordinary ride or eager to run out and pass.

Christopher Robin Delivers an Oscar-Worthy Performance

Jim Cummings should certainly receive an Oscar nomination for his incredible work in the brand-new Christopher Robin movie. As both Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, the 65-year-old voice actor provided such an affable, rumpled, and sweet life to the thoughtful bear that it actually breaks your heart. The performance delivered by Jim Cummings understands something far more keenly than the film surrounding it. He manages to tap into the veins of melancholy and humour that is pitched at a perfect frequency which will speak to both adult and child alike. His portray of Pooh is an accidental philosopher and agreeable nuisance, offering nonsensical adages in a deliberate, friendly murmur ringed slightly with sadness. You actually want to gently yank Winnie the Pooh from the screen and take him home with you.

Marc Forster as Director

For the most part, Christopher Robin is a fantastic movie that shouldn’t be missed. It’s beautifully directed by none other than Marc Forster, which might seem strange at first until you recall that, in addition to successfully directing Machine Gun Preacher, World War Z, and James Bond, he also directed Finding Neverland. He brings a welcoming art to the Christopher Robin story, borrowing from Spike Jonze, Terrence Malick, Joe Wright, and Ewan McGregor to give the movie a whimsical, elegant glow. Pooh, along with his animal friends, are magnificently subtle features of animation that are textured so carefully that you’ll almost smell the woodsy, cosy mustiness of their fur.

Human Co-Stars

The human co-stars are quite charming too. There’s loads of talking at one stage to absolutely nothing when acting in a film like this one, but Ewan McGregor, certainly capable of such silliness and such stiffness, sells the re-awakening of Christopher Robin quite superbly. He strikes emotional and playful chords that will be accessible to children without adults thinking its cloying. Evelyn, the wife of Christopher, portrayed by Hayley Atwell, further brightens the film with her appearance. She is not featured a lot in the film, but once she appears, she is certainly noteworthy.

The Storyline in Christopher Robin

A sentimental pull is what the movie is all about. You might initially expect an August family movie that will win you over with a bittersweet tale of childhood and the need to grow up. This is present in the movie’s opening where a montage of Christopher’s life is portrayed, but as the movie continues, it starts to reduce itself to something based on not allowing work to get in the way of what truly matters in life. The script, written by Allison Schroeder, Tom McCarthy, and Alex Ross Perry, provides real wisdom about childhood and appreciating the moment you are in.
For a huge Disney movie in summer, the new Christopher Robin is splendidly restrained and quaint. Although it doesn’t follow its own advice by letting the lessons and themes develop more organically instead of guiding the film down a too-familiar family trope, it is undeniable that this is an outstanding movie that shouldn’t be missed.

The Darkest Minds

One of the most exciting science fictions thrillers in 2018 is, The Darkest Minds directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, based on the adult novel by Alexandra Bracken. Actors include Harry Dickinson, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie and Mandy Moore. Released by 20th Century Fox in the US on the 3rd of August, moviegoers got to enjoy the mysteriously powerful teens send to a detainment camp as they’re seen as a treat by the government. Ruby only 16 years old at the time escapes and joins others on the run. The teens combine their powers to fight against those on their tracks.

The Darkest Minds, Colour Code Those Needed to be Killed on Sight


IAAN is a mysterious pandemic that wiped out 90% of the nation’s children six years ago, the superpowers seen as a disease changes those who survived. Some ore telekinetic, other just really smart while some can manipulate electrical currents. Survivors with the superpower-disease are sorted by colour. The colour-coded children categories include least dangerous marked by green and blue, those uncontrollable are marked in red and orange and are to be killed on sight.

Should a kid fall into the green category his/her eyes turn green as soon as he/she is thinking of something smart, telekinetic children have the power to make all kinds of thing float in the air and their eyes then turn blue. The colour coding simplifies things and Ruby with orange eyes are marked since she has the ability to control the minds of others. Although she has managed to pass as a code green to qualify for the Green concentration camp.

Did Parents Just Hand Over Their Surviving Kids to Government in The Darkest Minds?

The outbreak and the reaction of the public to the IAAN pandemic is not part of the film, and when it comes to reasoning, it seems the government did not have a hard job capturing the surviving youngsters. One who does put up a fight is the US president who claims his son is cured. A kind doctor first freed Ruby, the doctor, Cate, played by Mandy Moore, turns out to be part of The Children’s League, which she describes as a safe-haven. This is a fact doubted by Ruby who decides to join three run-aways, which includes an electricity harnesser and a smart one.

The four dodge their tracers, and bounty hunters are out to clean up, for a while the film and those enjoying it, forget about the fact that Ruby can control other’s minds, while she also wiped out her own memories, accidentally. The only two ‘Oranges” get romantically involved, while the story offers a captivating view of adults that are fearful of their offspring and wanted them imprisoned or killed.

The Heroine in Possession of Extraordinary Powers Need to Decide which Team is Worth her Loyalty

Multiple resistance rise, leadership comes into question, and Ruby must decide, remain truthful to those who have helped her or joining a team where her superpowers can make a difference. The Darkest Mind film conveys a lot to the audience, it is smart, and there is no doubt that it attracted millions of followers.

Alpha, an Awe-Inspiring Man, Meets Furry Friend Prehistoric Survivalist Epic

Film-critics calls it a beautifully filmed captivating adventure while Alpha conveys the tale of the survival of a young man accompanied by his best friend. Part adoration boy-meets-wolf, part wilderness survival and part American Museum of Natural exhibit comes to live, audiences get to enjoy an epic adventure involving a pre-historic hunter surviving via the powerful intelligence and instincts of his Canis lupus friend.

Wolves are loyal guardians with the ability to form firm emotional attachments, trust their instincts and as a spiritual animal, has balance, self-control and mostly goes out of their way to avoid attacks. Albert Hughes’ epic is devoted to overwhelming viewers with craggy cliffs, lush vistas, eye-popping auroras, endless snowy tundras and impossible green forests. Visuals simply can’t be described, and it’s a film well deserving of big-screen viewing, in actual fact, Alpha demands it.

Fearless, Spectacular, Companionship & A Young Man Leading by His Heart, Not His Spear

It is a film about the stranded hunter who needs to prove his manhood in the wilderness, told in a remarkable prehistoric eye-candy tale of survival kind of way. Almost like a Disney adventure, masterly fuelled by visual dazzle, enhanced by a gnarly consistency twisted from elements such as maggots, excrement and blood. It is an antiquated sceptical with no superhero, taking place many centuries into the past. Huge credit goes to the Hughes’ timing as he artful never hold any of the scenes for longer than necessary to provide potent moments depicted by the gnawing war of man against the elements of nature.

Kodi Smit-McPhee is seen in the role of Keda, the most inexperienced hunter in the tribe, which is also the son of the chief reminding of an unsympathetically friendly samurai called Tau played by Johannes Haukur Johannesson. Alpha is the wolf wounded and rescued by Keda, and he becomes refugeed from his wolf-pack. Keda earns his place in the food chain when he stares down his new-found animal’s hunger and consumes his own food first. A slow-growing bond forms between the young hunter and the wolf, they become tag-team hunters, and their emotional bond is the emotional core of the film.

Alpha, Captivating Entertainment Keeping Audiences Starved for Old-Fashion Films Created with New-Fashioned Finesse

In Alpha, Hughes proves he is the choreographer that does natural world breath-takingly, a director the world has been waiting for, yet the most memorable moment leaps into human evolution as his bravura image-timing takes conventional filming to exceptionally excitingly new heights.

Despite being tailor-made for the modern culture, it is completely alien to it, which is the reason why Alpha is no less than impressive in every way. Its formulaic tale beast historical accuracy and the film is a tonic in the modern age of pumped-up big-budget superhero films. It’s an inspiring tale that reminds movie-goers of the value of respecting nature, earning leadership through the willingness to learn and just how much we can still gain from studying the Palaeolithic era.

Escape to a Magical World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Wizardry and Witchcraft magically transport movie fans back to Hogwarts School, the place everyone knows has where Harry, Ron and Hermione were taught, just by viewing the exterior of the school during the trailers made fans ecstatic. The audience already knows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne, as the magizoologist was introduced in the first film as he travelled to America from England in 1926 to meet up with magical types and Muggles. It’s near the end that the dark wizard emerges as Gellert Grindelwald is taken into custody.

Harry Potter fans get yet another opportunity to dive back into the world of magic, and this time it’s the sequel to the 2016 box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moviegoers get to see Dumbledore at a much younger age in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a film which trailer was revealed during the 2018 Comin-Con. J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five Fantastic Beasts films in which the second introduces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

Albus Dumbledore’s Earlier Life

Albus Dumbledore is introduced at a much earlier stage of his life as he enlists Scamander to stop Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards in order to rule over the worlds non-magical beings. Jude Law is cast in the role of Dumbledore, while the film is set in 1927 and takes fans on a magical trip to Paris and England. While the original film made well over $234 million in 2016, its sequel is set to beat all records when it is released in November 2018.

J.K. Rowling revealed as far back as 2007 that she meant for Dumbledore to be gay, in a relationship with Grindelwald, yet in the sequel, the intense relationship more focusses on the young men falling in love with each other’s ideology and ideas. Dumbledore is far from what fans might expect, he is young and inspiring Hogwarts teacher, he is a rebel and a maverick and very witty, far from the elderly statesman he is in Harry Potter films.

Many scenes in the trailer got fans euphoric, yet one really stood out, and that is when the Ministry of Magic officials can be seen apparating, its most unusual as in the novels Granger keeps reminding others that disapparating and apparating is never allowed on the grounds of Hogwarts. Could the sequel reveal why such a rule was enforced in the first place or is there another reason for the appearances out of nowhere? Find out how the fat of one will or can change the future of all when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in Australia on the 15th of November and in the UK and US on the 16th of November 2018.