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The Worst Witch

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Slow-paced magic adventure for the pre-Potter set.

Movie G 1986 70 minutes
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This 1980s witch fable based on the popular young reader books by Jill Murphy is no Harry Potter, but harmless enough for a Halloween special.

While the special effects are laughably cheap and the musical numbers are atrocious, that's part of the charm of this DVD. Parents of a certain age will appreciate the kitschiness of Balk as an innocent witch, in her pre-crazy-goth-lady days, and will love Facts of Life den mother Charlotte Rae as both the sweet-as-pie Miss Cackle and as her inexplicably Southern-accented evil twin Agatha. These are milder scares for kids not ready for the magic of the Harry Potter world. But there are still some moments of cackling witchiness and exploding spells that aren't for the very young or sensitive.

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