Category: Romance

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.

Set It Up

Set It Up

 

A 2018 romance/comedy of the Corporate world, two Personal Assistants (PAs) hatch a plan to set their bosses up so that they could gain free time for themselves. Being PAs to high-powered bosses, regularly entailed them having to work for horrendous ours and being prepared, one step ahead of their bosses at all times, which they never really were. They did learn the intimate likes and dislikes of their bosses however, and could predict their moves, which was how they were able to strategically concoct a plan to have them meet and date.

The movie portrays the reality of some members of society today. Women are so caught up in their job that they fail to form a tight bond with a partner who they consider to be good enough for them. Men on the other hand, are always seeking an opportunity to take revenge, treating women as though they are possessions for them to acquire and do not bother to take the time to understand their feelings. Having a PA to some corporate bosses means that they do not have to remember such insignificant details, or what they consider to be insignificant, which is really very significant to maintain their relationships.

Harper is the PA to a pioneering sports reporter, Kristen, and wishes that she could learn enough from her to write her own articles. Charlie is the PA of Rick, a nutty venture capitalist executive, and hopes to climb the corporate ladder to a cushy Analyst role in the company. Using their knowledge, the PAs get their bosses to meet in the most uncanny situations that force them to come together, and then send each of them gifts, making them believe that they both shared a mutual interest in each other. The two PAs enjoy their own life, Harper finally dating someone and Rick finally having enough time to spend with his girlfriend.

Kristen, a boss who walks her floor with a speaker phone, becomes very friendly and charming to deal with when things are going well with her love-life but soon returns to square one when things go awry. Rick however, two-times Kristen by secretly having an affair with his ex. Which literally makes no sense because he and Kristen decide to get married. Harper finds out tells her boss the truth, only to be fired and her boss refusing to budge. A couple years senior to Harper, Charlie discovers his human empathy a lot later than her, resulting in him finally standing up to his boss and quitting his job.

The story itself is very predictable, and it is not a movie that you would swoon over. From the course of events that unfolds, you can easily see that the PAs, Harper and Charlie, end up falling for each other. It does however, please the fans of this genre as they get their happy ending and familiar, yet enjoyable experience. This movie is a step in the revival of romance comedies that provide comfort food to its fans.

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding is a tale about true events, portrayed as a romantic comedy about an Muslim-Iraqi boy living in Australia. It starts off with Ali riding a tractor through a vineyard while being chased by the police, which is the basis of the story, why was Ali on the tractor. This movie reveals the situation of immigrants who went through war and poverty before they settled in Australia, where the children were either required to study well and become doctors, or, if not, they become taxi drivers. Needless to say, you may have to watch the movie a second time to grasp that it is a true story and not a make-believe comedy.

There are many elements in this story that are important and still happening today. The first element is the society. Ali was clearly loved by his community as was his father who was the cleric at the mosque. However, pressured by society, Ali lied about scoring high on his entrance exam for Medical University and even agreed to an arranged marriage, informally. The lie caused him to attend Medical University, unenrolled, for an entire year and the latter situation almost cost him his true love. Throughout the entire movie, Ali was not sure about anything, except the fact that he was in-love with an Egyptian-Lebanese-Australian girl named Dianne.

In Muslim culture, it was frowned upon to have females mingle with boys and most girls were denied a proper education because of this. Dianne was brilliant in her studies, scoring the highest percentile in their community on the Medical University entrance exam. Ali, who was admired by all and expected to do well, scored the lowest in the community. Ali influenced the father of Dianne to send her to University, promising that he would keep an eye on her. They became close and did not want their relationship to be wrong in the eyes of God so they performed a temporary marriage for a stipulated time, unbeknownst to their family. This is a common occurrence in the Muslim world even today.

Dianne however, did not know that Ali would be engaged to another and Ali, not wanting to hurt his parents, he did not come out and tell them no. He mentioned Dianne indirectly to his mother but when she refused to see things Ali’s way, he dropped the topic and continued with the two relationships. Ali’s father composed a comedy-play centered around Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq who caused them to flee the country. The group got invited to the United States (US) to perform but as soon as they landed, they were interrogated and deported back to Australia. Feeling downtrodden because his plan to live in the US and send for Dianne, had failed, was increased when he arrived home to find that his lie had been revealed.

In addition to Ali having to apologize to the community, his secret affair with Dianne was exposed. I would not give away the rest of the movie but it is a refreshing movie, not based upon the violence and war that is happening in the Muslim world today.