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Calling All Movie Buffs

With Avatar taking the #1 spot nation-wide, I decided that I must concede and go and see it.  I have refused for quite sometime now, but I am finally giving in.  I started researching a little bit about the movie –as far as I could tell, it didn’t have a plot—and was not only interesting in the avatars, but the beautiful backgrounds as well.  I found out that they were filmed in where else, New Zealand, home of the hobbits.  Something else I found out is, contrary to popular belief, New Zealand is not the only place movies can be filmed.  So here is a list of the highest grossing movies ever, and where each was filmed.

  1. Avatar— Wellington, New Zealand

James Cameron may be called conceited at times, but no one can say he hasn’t thought enough about this movie.  He used words of Moari, which he picked up years before filming even began in New Zealand.  These ancient words weren’t the only things New Zealand about Avatar: most of the battle scenes were filmed there.

2. Titanic (sorry study abroaders, to see these scenes you have to come home)

3. Lord of the Rings— Wellington, New Zealand

From the Shire where we first meet Frodo, to mountains of Mordor, the land of shadow.  There is no New Zealand; New Zealand is Middle Earth.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean—St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica, Bahamas

5. The Dark Knight—Hong Kong China, and numerous places around London “As Batman readies to jump off the roof of the 90 storey ifc (International Finance Centre), Hong Kong’s tallest building, he takes a deep breath—partly because he’s looking down at magnificent Victoria Harbour.”

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone –-Glen Nevis, Fort William, Highland, Scotland, UK (Quidditch scenes: background landscape) Have you ever dreamed of being a spectator at a Quidditch match? Exactly, who hasn’t? Well if you go to this location in Scotland you can be one step closer to that dream.  If you are Russian, you are in luck because according to this website they already have formed their national team!  Down side? No brooms, no flying snitch, and -15 degree temperatures.

If you are asking yourself: how do I get to Scotland to see this place?  I have another Harry Potter response for you: take the West Highland Railway Line.  AKA the Hogawarts Express.  This train is where all of those infamous shots of Harry looking out the window take place.

If you happen to be in England and a huge Potter fan, go to Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucestershire, England, and you may get a glimpse of Harry, Ron, and Hermoine at Hogwarts.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

10. Star Wars Phantom of the Menace—Royal Palace, Caserta, Campania, Italy (Naboo Royal Palace) After Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia, Natalie Portman took on the role of Queen Amidala, and if you ask me, she alone made this place famous for calling it home.  Not only can Natalie Portman boast that she ruled in this magnificent building, but also Tom Cruise proved that hijacking something in this building is impossible.

Happy hunting movie buffs!


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