I’ve always been a sucker for television shows whose original concepts were novels. Of course I still, in most cases, found the book to be much better. I recently found myself mulling through the latest Netflix offerings when I came across a magical gem. Magical in every sense of the word. Yes, I’m talking about The Worst Witch.

The Worst Witch is a British YA show based on the books by Jill Murphy. The story revolves around Miss Cackle’s Academy For Witches. This is a school for magic where we follow the misadventures of student witches Mildred Hubble and her friends Maud Spellbody and Enid Nightshade. 

Mildred’s clumsy personality leads her to disastrous situations. She is considered the worst student in the whole school, thus “The Worst Witch.” The benevolent headmistress, Miss Cackle, is generally understanding, however, Mildred’s form teacher Miss Hardbroom thinks she just isn’t trying. Mildred being half-mortal and half-witch finds herself struggling to maintain both lives. Also, it’s filmed on location at the beautiful Peckforton Castle.

I found I couldn’t resist the humor, the infectious joy of the stories, or that beautiful green British countryside. It continued to conjure up a cauldron of fun as I binge-watched all three seasons available. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it yourself!

I was surprised to learn that it is not the first incarnation of Mildred and her friends. Miss Cackle’s Academy was first initially brought to life in 1986 as a made for TV movie starring Fairuza Balk in the title role. Even more amazing is Tim Curry as a musical wizard. The concept was once again picked up as a series in 1998 starring Georgina Sherrington as Mildred and Kate Duchêne as Miss Hardbroom. This very successful incarnation lasted four seasons.

Stop by your favorite Bookmans location, and we would be happy to help you find Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch book series. If you’re looking for more adult witchy reads, we’ve definitely got those too. Of course, we’d also love to just talk with you about The Worst Witch TV series too!