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Selection Day Part 1

Drama series. Mildred Hubble's world changes when she learns about selection day at Cackle's Academy.


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-'South Wales, the Channel Islands,

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'central and southern England

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'will have a mixture of sunshine and showers...'

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-Mildred?

-Mum.

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-Are you OK?

-Yes.

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No.

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I thought I saw...

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What?

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Nothing.

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Sorry.

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Were you making me breakfast in bed?

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You've been on lates all week.

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I thought it would be a nice surprise.

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Come here.

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That's a lovely thought.

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But you don't have to worry about me, you know.

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I'm fine.

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Ooh, now that's good.

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It's not really.

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No. I like it.

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You paint what you see.

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That's what makes it interesting.

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Right. I'd better get...

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-No, no. I'll do it.

-Thanks.

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Look out!

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Sorry!

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Sorry. I lost my glasses.

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Couldn't see where I was going.

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You were...

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flying on a broomstick!

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I know. I passed my broomstick proficiency test first time.

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Are you a witch?

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I hope so. As long as I can make it to the entrance exam in time.

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Entrance exam?

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For Miss Cackle's Academy.

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Academy. Like, a school, for witches?

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Well, of course. I'll never get there without my glasses.

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You haven't seen them, have you?

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No, but we can find them.

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If they fell off just before you landed, they can't be far.

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We just have to keep looking.

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Hi, Jake!

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Good boy!

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What have you got there?

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Oh, my glasses.

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Sorry.

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My parents paid for extra flying lessons to help me get in.

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I've let everyone down.

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No, you haven't. I'll help you.

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-I promise.

-Mildred...

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Are you all right, love?

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Er...yeah, yes.

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It's just her glasses are broken.

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Whose?

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Hers?

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Eh...my mum's glasses got broken.

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I'm just off to buy her some new ones.

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See you later.

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What's going on? Why couldn't she see you?

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It's just the broomstick.

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It's got protective spells to shield me from non-magical people.

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-What?

-I'm not magical.

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But you can see me?

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I know.

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Who are you?

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I'm just...Mildred.

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Mildred Hubble. Hi.

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Maud Spellbody.

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Well met, sister.

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Is that a witch thing?

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Yep, I've been practising.

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Oh, well. I can try again next year.

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Nope!

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You're going to get in this year.

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But I can't fly without my glasses.

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You can if I help you.

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You mean you'll come with me?

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Of course. Just let me text my mum.

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Then you can show me how to fly this thing.

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Oh!

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Go! Go!

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Go!

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Hop!

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Go, go, go!

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Yes, we did it!

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Woohoo!

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-Look!

-Wait, wait, wait!

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-What?

-I can't see a thing, which way are we going?

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Left!

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Left, left, I said left!

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-We are going left!

-Oh, OK, right, go right!

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THEY SCREAM

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We're going to die!

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Here they come, the future of witchcraft.

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The new term starts in six weeks,

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and THESE are our potential first formers.

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I've got a good feeling about this year.

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You said that last year.

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The craft is in decline.

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Not while I'm headmistress.

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What's up with you, HB?

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You look like you lost a cream cake and found a carrot.

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This school needs strong witches,

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not little girls who want to play at magic.

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We were all little girls once, Hecate.

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-Even me.

-If you say so.

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Um, excuse me, Miss Hardbroom.

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Lucinda has problems with allergies and can't do potions.

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Who do I speak to about that?

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Somebody from another school, perhaps?

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Health and safety is very important.

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We can provide anti-allergy spells.

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I truly despair for the future.

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They'll learn.

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We all did.

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Well, maybe there is some hope.

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Good stick control.

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Perfect dismount.

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That's my sister, Ethel.

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Ethel Hallow.

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-Ethie!

-Esme!

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Well met, Ethel.

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Ethel, this is...

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I know.

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Well met, Miss Cackle. Miss Hardbroom.

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-Well met.

-Two Hallows in one school.

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You have a lot to live up to.

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-I'll do my best.

-Of course you will.

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But there's no need to be intimidated.

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No-one expects you to be as clever as Esmeralda.

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-Miss Cackle...

-Don't be modest.

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Esmeralda is the finest student this academy has ever had.

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If you're even half as crafty as your sister...

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Look out, incoming!

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THEY SCREAM

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Sorry!

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-Maud!

-Where are you, Mildred?

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I can't see a thing!

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I'll save you!

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I'm coming! Hold on! Hold on!

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I'm getting tired!

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Help! Help!

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Some believe a true witch will always float in water.

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Of course, a sensible witch would try to stand up first.

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THEY LAUGH

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Sorry to disturb you.

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Girl...

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stop bothering your intellectual superiors, and get out.

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She just magicked us dry!

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Well met.

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Er...

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I am Miss Hardbroom, deputy headmistress.

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-And you are...?

-Maud Spellbody.

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Oh, yes. I remember your mother.

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Such a shame for her.

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It was my fault.

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And who...are YOU?

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Mildred. Mildred Hubble.

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You're not on my list.

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She was down for Pentangles,

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but Mum said this school was way better,

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so she should try here first.

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Well, I suppose we should give you a chance to redeem yourself,

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Mildred Hubble.

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-Why?

-Because you helped me.

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You should get on with the tour.

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Tour?

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Mildred, Maud, this is Miss Cackle.

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I'm over here.

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So sorry. I broke my glasses.

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Let me see.

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Thank you, Miss Cackle!

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Um...

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-Well met.

-Well met, Maud.

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Well met, Mildred.

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Er...

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Well met.

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Are you all right, my dear?

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SHE VOMITS

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-Disgusting.

-Leave her alone.

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She's travel sick.

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Pathetic.

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You've never been through a transference spell before,

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have you, dear?

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I'll tell you a secret. I did the same my first time.

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Here.

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Take this.

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-Is it magic?

-Better.

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It's sugar.

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I never go anywhere without a bag of lemon drops.

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Suck on that and you'll be fine next time.

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I'm not doing that...

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-again.

-It gets easier, doesn't it?

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OK, so I'm Esmeralda, I'm head of year three.

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I thought all the girls were on holiday?

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I was, but I volunteered to help out Cackle and HB.

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-What's HB?

-Miss Hardbroom, deputy head.

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You'll soon get to know all about her.

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Right, come on, this way.

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Bit of a maze round here, but you'll soon get used to it.

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The kitchen's in the basement,

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that's why the porridge is always so cold.

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Why don't they just make food by magic?

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A witch cannot live by magic alone.

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Witch's code, rule number 93, paragraph six, clause A.

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All right, Ethel.

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Magical food's got no nutritional value.

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It's a shame it tastes a lot better than the slop they serve here.

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I can't believe she doesn't know the basic rules.

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Didn't your mother teach you anything?

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Didn't your mother teach you not to be a bossy old toad?

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Right, let's get on with the tour.

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So, this is the potions lab.

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Are all these magic spells?

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What do they do?

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Oh, loads of stuff.

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The second years were making invisibility elixirs last term.

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Oh, let's see what they brewed up.

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Not enough slugs' eggs.

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Right!

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What's in there?

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-Oh, kitten room.

-Kittens?

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Cats are assigned in year one.

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You work together with your cat all the way through the school.

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We're not allowed pets in our flats.

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A cat is not a pet.

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It's a familiar. An ancient tool of the craft.

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Can we see the kittens?

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Maybe later, your exam starts in ten minutes in the great Hall.

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This way.

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-Come on, Mildred.

-I can't pass a witch exam, I'm not...

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Shh!

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Let's talk in here.

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Kittens!

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If you came here, you'd have a kitten of your own.

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I wish I could. But just wanting it doesn't make me a witch.

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You saw me on the broomstick, so you must have some magic in your family.

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I really haven't.

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I never knew magic existed until today.

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You lived your whole life without magic?

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Yes.

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Everyone does. Well, I thought they did.

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Well, you must have noticed something.

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I mean, you're naturally crafty.

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Didn't anything ever happen to you that you couldn't explain?

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-Maybe.

-You see?

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You should at least try the exam.

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Was that cushion empty when we came in?

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Did you shut the door?

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We've lost a kitten.

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OK, let's think about this.

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You're a kitten. Where would you go?

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-Where the food is.

-The kitchen.

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-That way.

-That way.

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Oi! No girls allowed in my kitchen.

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I'm sorry. We were just...

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Looking for a kitten.

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There he is!

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All right, you've got it. Now get out.

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Come on. Come on!

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Wow, Mildred. You're amazing with animals.

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-Miss Cackle.

-What are you girls doing in here?

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Well, you see...

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Agatha!

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Well met, sister.

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Well met, Agatha.

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To what do we owe this unexpected surprise?

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I'm writing a piece about the school,

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for the Which Witching Academy website.

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What are YOU doing in here?

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These two girls were missing.

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Miss Hardbroom wanted to disqualify you.

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I had to use a finding spell to track you down.

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And is that one of the school kittens?

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He escaped.

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He's back where he belongs.

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Now, get along to the exam room.

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I'll see you in my office.

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Finally.

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You go there.

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And you go there.

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Begin.

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Are you all right?

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I always hated exams, too.

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But here's a little tip.

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Don't think about what's not in the old cauldron...

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..think about what is.

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You mean, focus on what I CAN do?

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Take charge, Hecate.

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I need to speak to my sister.

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You want to write about my school for a website?

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20 things you didn't know about Cackle's Academy,

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number 9 will shock you, etc.

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It's been five years.

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And you suddenly turn up!

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On selection day, of all days.

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I know you do your best, but you can't do it alone.

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If we worked together...

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We tried that before, remember?

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I know we made mistakes.

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I made mistakes.

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But I've learned from them.

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I want to make it up to you.

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-How?

-Let me tell the witching world

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about the great work you're doing here.

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They'll realise that the future of the craft is in safe hands.

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-What do you need from me?

-Let me interview the girls.

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The teachers?

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You may speak to Miss Hardbroom.

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Well met, sister.

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BELL CHIMES

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Time's up, girls.

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Pens down.

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Is this some variety of joke?

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Miss Cackle said to focus on what I can do.

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Art's my best subject.

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I will give you 1%

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and that is only because you spelled your own name...

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correctly.

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LAUGHTER

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-Where are you going?

-Home.

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But the selection isn't over yet.

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There's still the practical test to come.

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Before we begin, Miss Hardbroom has the results of your written papers.

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Some of your papers were utterly abominable

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and those were the better ones.

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However, there was one chink of light in the howling void.

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A perfect 100%.

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Ethel Hallow, you have equalled the school record.

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-Equalled?

-Your sister also scored 100% in her written entrance exam.

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And went on to score 98% in the practical.

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Only 98?

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100%?

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That's amazing.

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Not for a Hallow. It's just normal.

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Candidates, choose your spells.

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Which do I do?

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Just pick an easy spell.

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Level one. You get more marks for the hard ones.

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All we need to do is pass.

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My hat! You're going for a level eight?

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Only because level nine aren't allowed.

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You will complete the entire transformation,

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including scales and internal combustion.

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Why become a dragon if you don't breathe fire?

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Basic levitation.

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If on flying you set your mind, then these ingredients you must find.

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Flower of common cat trap.

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Check.

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Dried mandrake root.

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Check. Sliver of bee's brain.

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Ugh...

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really?

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I've never been interviewed for a website before.

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It's nothing to worry about, Hecate.

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I'm not worried.

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Well, maybe you should be.

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The craft is in a state of hurly-burly.

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Fewer and fewer girls are inheriting magical abilities.

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It must be tough trying to keep standards up.

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You know it is.

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My sister is very well-intentioned.

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But perhaps if someone more forceful were in charge,

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it might be easier to fight the tide of dumbing down.

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Slowly add the unicorn's milk.

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Stir it till it's soft as silk.

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So, how's the brew going?

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It's supposed to turn blue.

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Did you add the pomfreys gathered at midnight?

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Breath of fire, hide of armour.

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Ethel, can I just...?

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Not now.

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Give me strength, give me glamour.

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Teeth of diamond,

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claw of steel,

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force my enemies to kneel.

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Let my bolts of flames be hurled and my power shall rule the world.

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She's amazing!

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Five minutes, girls.

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Mildred, did my potion work?

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I don't know. What was it supposed to do?

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Make me taller...

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Whoa!

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I think it worked.

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-Mine didn't.

-Mildred...

0:26:390:26:42

It... It worked!

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-I'm flying.

-We did it.

-We did it.

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All right, that's enough.

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Not a bad effort.

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-Good luck, Ethy.

-I won't need it.

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It's happening.

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I can feel it.

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Dragon fire in my belly.

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Dragon blood in my veins.

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I... I want to...

0:27:290:27:31

I need to...

0:27:310:27:32

SHE ROARS

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Drama series. Mildred Hubble's world changes when a witch crashes into her balcony. She visits Cackle's Academy where she is amazed by everything - the magic, the potions, and that every student gets their own cat.