Film sets we wish were open for Valentine’s Day
Lush gardens and lavish settings are all we’re asking for that one special evening with our partner.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour has offered Harry Potter fans the most beautiful and magical weekend for Valentine’s Day: The chance to romance your lover over dinner at the Hogwarts Great Hall set. The studio website goes on to describe the tour as ‘a bewitching banquet’ where you'll be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés (including a special Love Potion cocktail), before taking your seats on the authentic Great Hall set. After your three-course dinner, you will get the chance to see sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore's office, the Weasley kitchen at The Burrow and the Malfoy Manor dining table, before enjoying a drink on Platform 9 3/4. You can have a tankard of Butterbeer in the backlot café and wander up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley before arriving at the Hogwarts castle model for after-dinner tea, coffee and chocolates. The evening will conclude back at the Studio Tour lobby where you can collect your chosen wand.
Going by the kind of frenzy that Harry Potter movies and books have created over time, it comes as no wonder that the tour has already been sold out. The fans and lovers are over the moon, not just because they can spend time together but also at their favourite ‘magical’ haunt. And while we rue the fact of missing that train, here is a list of few other settings and places we wish we could go on a date with our partner…
The ‘Titanic’ Deck: Leonardo diCaprio’s proclamation of being ‘the king of the world’ has become kind of a legendary quote. While this was also the spot of the liner where Jack and Rose stood in that famous ‘Titanic’ pose. Now imagine you with your lover in that pose actually standing at the bow of the ship, muttering sweet nothings into each other’s ears and later going for dinner at the Titanic deck under the stars and surrounded by the blue sea. Did I just scream romantic? Yes, it is!
Red Room from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Goody-two-shoes couple please stay away. But what’s a love evening if there is no mischief? And when it comes to romance, being naughty only adds to the spark. Now we’re not asking you to actually do something there, but a table (or a bed maybe) surrounded by all the favourite paraphernalia of Mr Grey in the Red Room will be a very different way of celebrating this day. And you can chat about anything at the table, uncensored.
The waiting table from ‘You’ve Got a Mail’: While we’re talking about tables, what better way to have a quite dinner at a place which is actually meant to eat. Remember the small cosy restaurant where Kathleen waits for her mysterious mail-pal? And while Joe fails to show up, you can actually book a seat for two and enjoy a sumptuous dinner and a peaceful evening with your partner. How sweet no?
Shire village from ‘The Lord of the Ring’: This spot in our list actually exists. Though not exactly the way from the movie, still we say something is better than nothing. The Hobbiton town in New Zealand will be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places you can take your date for the Valentine’s Day. The lush dairy farming landscape around the Waikato town of Matamata was used to portray the peaceful Shire region of Middle-earth. It has since been rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit Trilogy, and remains as a permanent attraction. So set out to New Zealand.
‘Moulin Rouge’ set: The story maybe tragic, but the romance of Moulin Rouge would never fade away. The breathtaking and lavish sets of this Nicole Kidman-starrer would be the best place to hop around with your lover. Add few scores and you are ready to tap. The movie was based in the love city of Paris, which nowadays has become the most favourite haunt for all people madly in love. So head Paris, if only it is just the sets.
The ‘Smurfs’ town: What’s Valentine’s Day if we’re not a bit animated in love. The blue people of the ‘Smurfs’ movies are so adorable and cute. Now add a love setting to this cutesie little town and you’re in for a sweet evening. Won’t it be great if characters of the movies too were there to serve and entertain while you two spend a cute-cosy evening together? We say this one is for all the cuddly couples.
The community garden from ‘Notting Hill’: Remember those forbidden gardens trespassed by Julian Roberts while ‘whoopsidaisy’ Hugh Grant stares in astonishment? Why not you too sneak into such a forbidden garden and have packed meal with your partner? Throw in few sandwiches, a bottle of wine and cup cakes for simple dinner. The journey here would be more interesting than what we eat. And the adrenalin rush that comes from doing something which is not allowed is always a bonus for such outings.
‘Star Wars’ ships: Okay, you may not be a science fiction fan but no harm in dining at the geeky Millenium Falcon. Now we’re not saying that this idea is only for all the nerds and ‘Sheldons’ of the world. Anyone who likes a little bit of adventure and wants to push the envelope for that special evening can always try something new. Moreover, you can have recipes based on ‘the names of stars and galaxies. What say?