The Good Witch's Wonder

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cassie's ongoing tale promotes responsibility, forgiveness.

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Educational Value

The story intends to entertain rather than to educate, but its messages encourage kindness, compassion, and empathy toward others. 

Positive Messages

The story promotes heartwarming messages about honesty, forgiveness, and friendship. A woman's confession of her past wrongs signals a new beginning for her and earns the respect of those around her. Cassie's special gifts often are referred to as magic, but viewers see that much of them reflect her intuitive compassion for others. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cassie always gives people the benefit of the doubt, even when their actions seem to warrant more judgment and less kindness. 

Violence & Scariness

Some tense moments follow a supporting character who's threatened by a shady figure from her past, who forces her to break the law at one point. In one scene, he chases her out of a store and down an alley. 

Sexy Stuff

Married partners kiss frequently, and a budding romance between teens yields some flirting and a kiss or two. 


The movie is part of a long-running franchise from Hallmark Channel and leads into a TV series featuring the same characters. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink champagne at a wedding. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Good Witch's Wonder is the seventh installment in Hallmark Channel's popular The Good Witch movie franchise. The story is wholesome and appropriate for any age, and it boasts positive messages about forging relationships, taking responsibility for your actions, and forgiving generously. A woman's shady past leads to a few tense moments, including one scene in which she's chased down an alley, but it's resolved fairly quickly and she learns a valuable lesson from her mistakes. Couples' expressions of affection are entirely appropriate for family viewing, and alcohol is visible only in champagne at a wedding celebration.

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What's the story?

THE GOOD WITCH'S WONDER opens with Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) anticipating big changes as she hands over the town's mayoral reins to her friend Martha Tinsdale (Catherine Disher) and prepares for her stepson's wedding to his fiancée, Tara (Ashley Leggat). But when the wedding date gets moved up, it causes tension that threatens Tara and Brandon's (Matthew Knight) happily-ever-after. Meanwhile, Cassie befriends the town's newcomer, Audrey (Rachel Wilson), and hires her to help in Cassie's store until Audrey's mysterious past comes back to haunt her and brings trouble for the town and Martha's first project as mayor. Despite her seemingly magical knack for solving problems for those around her, Cassie wonders if this recent turn of events is something she -- or anyone -- can actually fix. 

Is it any good?

Cassie's journey from a new business proprietor in Middleton to an established resident, wife, and mother has taken seven full-length movies to tell, but you won't hear fans complaining about her longevity. Each installment weaves an engrossing new story about the main characters as their lives evolve and new acquaintances come and go. The Good Witch's Wonder marks the notable debut of Cassie and Jake's young daughter, Grace, an insightful youngster with some special powers that often stump those around her, much like her mom's do.

It's difficult to find movies or series that bridge the sibling gap, let alone those that speak to both kids and parents. The Good Witch's Wonder probably won't appeal to the youngest kids, but those old enough to follow the storyline and glean some of its messages about honesty and forgiveness will find a lot to like in this heartwarming tale. As in the previous installments, the movie has fun with Cassie's mysterious powers, which are often explained as magic but more often than not relate to simple human intuition and empathy, giving families even more reason to like what the show has to say.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking responsibility for mistakes. Is it difficult to admit you've done wrong? What do you fear in doing so? How do you feel after you've made amends? 

  • Why is Cassie so beloved among her family and friends? What traits do you most admire in her? Do you think her special powers are magical, or can they be attributed to something else? How do you show others that you care?

  • Why do you think The Good Witch stories are popular with viewers? What lessons do they have for families? Are the characters entirely believable? Are they good role models?

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