The Worst Witch

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Spooky book-inspired series is mild and magical.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 21 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Witches live by codes of behavior. Friendship, loyalty, and community are themes. The pupils and teachers are strong and smart. Lessons about following the rules, being honest, and doing the right thing are common. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some characters are loyal, close friends, while others can be sneaky and hard to trust.

Violence & Scariness

Fantasy violence includes occasional broom crashes and exploding potions. No one gets hurt. 

Sexy Stuff

The series is part of The Worst Witch franchise that also includes books and movies. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Worst Witch is based on a popular kids' book series about a group of girls who attend a British boarding school for witches (remind you of anything?). It's mild and family friendly, but there's some sneaky and competitive behavior, and some of the girls get jealous of one another. But close friendships, loyalty, honesty, and being part of a community are central themes throughout the series. It presents strong, empowered female characters, too. It's not meant to be truly scary, but you can expect occasional broom crashes and mildly explosive mishaps that are fixed with little damage. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymegan s. August 16, 2020


I am a extreme conservative and I’ve never approved of a show more than this, it has heart, character, friendship, great role models and it’s super clean. There... Continue reading
Adult Written byPhazl1 June 4, 2020

Good clean fun for kids

To start this is not a Harry Potter rip off as the first “Worst Witch” novel was written in 1974 and was a really well known kids book for that time.

My kids... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWhoawowwoah March 1, 2019

It is amazingness!

To anyone who things it's just a copy of Harry Potter...
Your wrong. Everything that you think The worst witch is copying of Harry Potter. Well, Harry Pott... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRyfry85 August 13, 2018


I am a Harry Potter fanatic and I enjoyed the worst witch as much as I did Harry Potter!! All girls who enjoy Harry Potter must watch it. I was hooked by the fi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the popular British children's novels by Jill Murphy, THE WORST WITCH is a Netflix original series about a group of girls attending a magical boarding school. Mildred Hubble's (Bella Ramsey) life changes when Maud Spellbody (Meibh Campbell) accidentally crashes her broom into her flat on her way to the entrance exams at Cackle Academy. Mildred realizes that witches and magic really exist, but it's not until she helps Maud get to the school that she discovers that she has some magical abilities of her own. Under the tutelage of the school's headmistress, Miss Ada Cackle (Clare Higgins), deputy headmistress Hecate Hardbroom (Raquel Cassidy), and teachers like Miss Gullett (Kacey Ainsworth) and Miss Bat (Wendy Craig), Mildred, along with Maud, Enid (Tamara Smart),  Drusilla (Talulah Milligan), and Felicity (Dagney Rollins), learns spells and potions as the students develop their unique talents. They must also contend with their arrogant classmate Ethel (Jenny Richardson), the jealous younger sister of the academy's model student, Esmeralda (Miriam Peche), and with Miss Agatha Cackle, the headmistress's twin sister. There's never a dull moment, but together they keep the craft alive at a time when fewer girls are inheriting magical powers from their parents. 

Is it any good?

This fun and engaging series follows the adventures of a group of young girls attending a magical boarding school. The school lessons are challenging and often result in some humorous and colorful results. However, it's the girls' friendships and mischievous endeavors that are central to the show. The eccentric faculty also create some interesting drama. 

There are some modern twists to the series, and the pupils and their teachers are strong, smart, and vocal. It's also more quirky than scary, and lacks the intensity and digital sophistication that Harry Potter offers. This makes The Worst Witch a good option for younger kids. Fans of the books will enjoy the series, and it's a lively, family-friendly option for folks looking for some lighthearted magical adventures. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the girls who attend Cackle Academy in The Worst Witch. Why are Maud and Mildred so loyal to each other? Why are some students nicer than others? 

  • How does The Worst Witch TV series differ from the books they are adapted from? The movie? Why do you think some things were changed, while other things were left the same? 

  • How do the students at Cackle Academy exhibit curiosity? Why is this an important character strength

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