Parents' Guide to

The Bureau of Magical Things

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Aussie comedy series avoids scares in fun fantasy plot.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 6+

Lots of fun and entertainment, great writing and acting.

Very good for children and the younger audience, also for family viewing. Acting, visual effects, storyline are all on point. Diverse cast.
age 6+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This mild fantasy series is an easy watch for kids who aren't ready for actual scares and suspense yet. The Bureau of Magical Things raises the premise of magical forces beyond human awareness and has fun with the idea that there are beings and happenings that we can't see but that affect us anyway. It's imaginative and humorous with a likable central character in the well-meaning and sweet-natured Kyra, who is influenced in positive ways by her relationships with family and friends.

Some viewers may not love the contrary character of Imogen, whose grumpiness wears on the senses after a while. Presumably to offset her dourness, Lily is a hopeful, glass-is-half-full type who helps Kyra gain confidence in her new identity and with her surprising new powers. But as the stakes get higher for Kyra and her friends in both the magical and the human worlds, their differences matter less than what unites them, and they find inspiration in their shared objective.

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