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-Have you ever met Mrs Hallow?

-Oh, I can assure you I have.

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And when, pray tell,

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was anyone thinking of telling me about this fire?

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Sybil, you're a Hallow, aren't you?

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Hallows aren't supposed to need...help.

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You've not heard the last of this, not by a long chalk!

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Next time I volunteer to be director, you have permission

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to hit me with your broom.

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There's still a few hours to go before Miss Cackle's show.

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We haven't even practised the final number yet!

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And now I've lost my song sheets.

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Has anyone seen my special folder?

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How am I supposed to do this when no-one listens to me?

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SHE WHISTLES LOUDLY

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It's a trick my mum taught me.

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OK, Gloria, you're up first.

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-What if Miss Cackle hates it?

-She'll love it.

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And if she doesn't, you've only gone and ruined her birthday.

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OK, let's take it from the top.

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THEY SCREAM

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Duck!

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She was the best act I had.

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Cheer up. I bet the first year rehearsals are going well.

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One, two, three...

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You didn't say go.

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That's because I was counting.

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Let's try again.

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One, two...

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Wait, do we go when you say three, or do we have to wait until...

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Just go!

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Whoops.

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Don't worry.

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I'll go and fetch it.

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Can't you do anything right?

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I'm sorry, Ethy.

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You will be when mother finds out.

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Don't you think she's got enough to worry about with Esme?

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I'm trying my best.

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You should be concentrating on your studies,

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not embarrassing yourself with this silly show.

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Happy Birthday, Agatha.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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I'm sorry to do this on your birthday,

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but I thought you'd want to see this.

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Crackles at Cackle's?

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Not the most imaginative headline.

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"Concerns have been raised

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"about falling standards at Cackle's Academy."

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Nonsense.

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Oh, dear.

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It would seem Mr Hallow was true to his word.

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Talk about two left feet! Ribbit!

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How are the girls getting on?

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I couldn't resist a little peek.

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"Urgent."

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Oh, really, Mrs Hallow...

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I expect every witch and her cat are sending birthday messages today.

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I wish that were the case.

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How did I do?

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-You were...

-Unforgettable.

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Thank you. I knew you'd love it.

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What am I going to do, Mil? It's a disaster.

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It would appear only Ethel deemed herself fit for class this morning.

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That's because she's not taking part, Miss Hardbroom.

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We just thought there wouldn't be any lessons today,

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what with it being Miss Cackle's birthday.

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Such frivolities are not part of the Cackle's Academy curriculum.

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-But, Miss Hardbroom...

-But nothing.

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The potions lab, this instant.

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I trust you've all been revising the transference spell.

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Perhaps you'd care to start us off with the first ingredient,

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Maud Spellbody?

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-Eh...

-She's been too busy working on her stupid show.

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Ethel.

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The first ingredient?

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Slither of bee sting, Miss Hardbroom.

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Thank you, Ethel.

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Well, don't just stand there...

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I'll sting HER in a minute.

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I'm going to have to resign as director.

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-Why would you do that?

-You saw what happened at rehearsal.

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-I'm not good enough.

-You just need to stop worrying, that's all.

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That's easy for you to say.

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You're not the one who's ruined Miss Cackle's special day.

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Poor Maud.

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I wish we could help her.

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-Maybe we can.

-How?

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She's got stage fright.

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My parents get that all the time.

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So we just need to find a spell that stops her getting so stressed?

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How about the Happiness Spell?

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What's that?

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It stops all your worries and makes you happy again.

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-So Maud will be able to focus on Miss Cackle's show!

-Exactly.

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You keep her distracted, I'll sort out the potion.

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This isn't going to go wrong, is it?

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When have I ever let you down?

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-You need to show the broom who's in charge.

-I'm trying.

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FLY BUZZES

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Sybil Hallow! Apologise this instant.

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Sorry, Miss Cackle!

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No harm done.

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Is everything OK, Miss Cackle?

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Is it ready?

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Just a dash more pond slime and the shell of a rotten egg.

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Miss Hardbroom, can I borrow you for a moment? It's Miss Cackle.

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I've just seen her...wandering around the grounds.

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She has a lot on her mind.

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It's just that she got a message on her maglet.

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Something tells me they weren't wishing her a happy birthday.

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Girls, I need to run an errand.

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Now's our chance!

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Catch those tears Remove all trace

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Take Maud to her happy place.

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DING!

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-Is it ready?

-I think so.

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I got you some dried nettles.

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Oh, we don't need those.

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-The potion's ready.

-It is?

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Why don't you try it?

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Everything will seem better, I promise.

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Where did she go?

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BABY GURGLES

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Look! What is it?

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Don't you see? It's Maud!

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-What's that noise?

-What noise?

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It sounds like a baby.

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SHE IMITATES BABY CRY

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Now look what you've done!

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You two are so weird.

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I take it you haven't spoken to Mrs Hallow?

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I'm not sure I can face her yet.

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I wonder if the time has come for me to pack up my broom and move on.

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It most certainly hasn't.

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But when I think about everything that's happened this term.

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The fire, the Founding Stone going missing...

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-None of that was your fault.

-On the contrary.

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The girls are in my care.

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It's my JOB to protect them.

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Which you do.

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I'm not sure Mrs Hallow would agree with you.

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Still...

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Today's about celebrating everything that's special about Cackle's.

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You tell Maud I can't wait to see what they have in store.

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Why is Maud a baby!?

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Your spell must've taken her back to when she was happiest!

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So what do we do?

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We'll have to try and reverse it.

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Where are you girls going?

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Spell science, Miss Hardbroom.

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Not any more.

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The academic timetable is suspended for the rest of the day.

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But why?

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Because it's imperative that we show Miss Cackle just how much

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she means to the school.

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Now where is Maud Spellbody?

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The thing is...

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The transference spell! It only went and worked.

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She hasn't transferred back?

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She said something about sorting out some scenery.

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Then, can the rest of you please make your way

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to the Chanting Classroom to resume rehearsals?

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This is all my fault.

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I should never have made Maud take that potion.

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You cover for Maud, I'll fix this.

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It would seem we're still missing a director.

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Maud sent me in her place.

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She's still doing important backstage stuff.

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-Chickened out, more like.

-And you could do a better job?

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With my eyes closed.

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Very well, the job's yours.

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No, please - I'll fill in for her.

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I know the show like the back of my hand.

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It's time to put vanity to one side and concentrate on the task at hand.

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Miss Cackle's expecting a lot from today.

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And I for one am going to make sure we put on the best

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performance possible.

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I look forward to significant progress on my return.

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Don't take it to heart.

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Everyone knows Maud's not a natural leader.

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She's more of a...

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..hanger on.

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Now, if you don't mind,

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I've got a show to direct.

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Will you stop pinching me?!

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If HB finds you, we'll all get expelled.

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Here it is.

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Now all I need to do is find a reversal spell.

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SHE SCREAMS

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Maud!

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Now, you stay here while I clean up your mess.

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SHE HUMS, BABY GURGLES

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Surely not!

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What do we have here?

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Oh!

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Have we met before?

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You look awfully familiar.

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Let's get you some grasshoppers and milk, shall we?

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Maud?!

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It doesn't matter if you get it wrong.

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It's taking part that counts.

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I'm a Hallow.

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I have to be the best.

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Maybe if you just talked to Ethel...

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Ethel?

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She's in charge now.

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Mil... Why aren't you in rehearsals?

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Because Miss Hardbroom let Ethel take over.

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Where's Maud?

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Funny you'd mention that.

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The thing is...

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I might've lost her.

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I'm not in the mood for jokes.

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It wasn't my fault, I swear.

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Why can't you be responsible for once in your life?

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It's bad enough I turned Maud into a baby,

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now you've gone and lost her!

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-Where are you going?

-We need to split up and find her.

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Could you all take a copy of the revised line-up, please?

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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My number isn't on here.

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Or our broom dance.

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That's because you're not good enough.

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I was told I was unforgettable.

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I'm in charge now.

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I think what Ethel means is that more time is needed to

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nurture your individual talents.

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So we're going back to basics for the more traditional performance.

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Such as?

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The instrumentless orchestra.

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We'll be performing the Witches Concerto in D minor.

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-THEY GROAN

-You can moan all you like.

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This is my chance to impress Miss Cackle.

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And I won't let anyone spoil it.

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CAT MEOWS

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RINGING

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RINGING CONTINUES

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Gotcha!

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Maud!

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Finding spell...

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Baby...

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No more tricks, no more maybes Help me find our missing baby!

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200 baby frogs.

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About to make their way into the pond of life.

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It gets me quite emotional, actually.

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Alge!

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Miss Bat!

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-How can I be of assistance?

-It's a baby.

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What is?

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What's more, it has the look of a young Maud Spellbody.

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Where is she now?

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In the Potions Lab.

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Turns out she's not a fan of grasshoppers.

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Well, let me just help Enid and then we'll go and investigate.

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Yes!

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Felicity. You came in late again.

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My mother says I'm musically gifted.

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Then she needs to get her ears tested.

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Perhaps Gloria could take the triangle?

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Everything all right in here?

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Just a bit of fine tuning, Miss Hardbroom.

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-SLAMS FALL BOARD DOWN

-Very good.

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Ethel.

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Perhaps you need to work on motivating your team.

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They just need to be better, that's all.

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Once more from the top.

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-Where're you going?

-I quit.

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-Me too.

-And me.

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Sybil, what do you think you're doing?

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I don't want to embarrass you.

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Fine. We don't need you anyway!

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So where is this baby?

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Sleeping in that pram.

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Maud Spellbody, you say?

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She's the spitting image of her.

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Can't quite see it myself.

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It...it was Maud Spellbody.

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I recognised that glint in her eyes!

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I think you ought to have a little lie down, dear.

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How are rehearsals going?

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Ethel wouldn't know talent if it bit her on the arm.

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But there's still going to be a show, isn't there?

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I wouldn't count on it.

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Miss Drill, have you seen Miss Cackle?

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Not since this morning.

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Is something wrong, Mildred?

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It's Maud.

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She's a baby.

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We'll toughen her up!

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Tell her to come see me first thing.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Ah, Mildred.

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How can I be of assistance?

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It's Maud, Miss Cackle.

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Has something happened?

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She was doing so well...

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But then I had to go and spoil everything.

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In my experience, the only way to deal with a problem

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is not to run away from it.

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I'm sure whatever's happened, we can come up with a solution.

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No more pinching or pulling my hair.

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Or trying to clobber me with old broomsticks.

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Do you understand me?

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Please, Maud. I don't know how to do this.

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I've never had any brothers and sisters to look after.

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# Lullaby, say goodnight Go to bed now and take flight

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# Race the stars, grab the moon

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# Pleasant nights upon your broom. #

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And where is Maud now?

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Enid lost her.

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And what do we have here?

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-It's Maud, Miss Cackle.

-I can see that.

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I'd recognise that smile anywhere.

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We're really sorry, Miss Cackle.

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I'll think of an appropriate punishment another day.

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It'd be a shame for Maud to have to miss out after all her hard work.

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Welcome back, Maud.

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What happened?

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You got me into all kinds of trouble.

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Do you want to know what the most powerful spell of all is?

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Friendship.

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Because when you girls work together,

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you can achieve anything you put your minds to.

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Now, let's go and see all your hard work in action, shall we?

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This is it! Break a broom, girls.

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-Who's in charge of the show?

-Ethel.

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Oh, no.

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-Do something.

-It's too late.

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No, it's not.

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Miss Cackle said we can do anything as long as we work together.

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Where's Enid going?

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-To get your show back.

-How?

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You'll see. Come on.

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-I'm sorry we put a spell on you.

-That's all right.

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-Can someone give me a hand?

-I'm coming.

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But I don't know what to do.

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You just have to believe in yourself, that's all.

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Felicity, Gloria... You're on. Get changed.

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ORCHESTRA PLAYS OUT OF TUNE

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DING!

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Do you think you could still do your broomstick dance?

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Ethel says I'm not good enough.

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It doesn't matter if you get it wrong.

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-But I don't have my broom.

-Yes, you do.

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CHEERING, APPLAUSE

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CIRCUS MUSIC PLAYS

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MILD APPLAUSE

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-Welcome to Cackle's Academy, girls.

-LAUGHTER

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I was wondering if any of you have seen my plate of cream cakes?

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-WHISPERS:

-But don't tell HB!

-LAUGHTER

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-IMITATES HARDBROOM:

-Where's Mildred Hubble?

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Oh, what's she done now?

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She appears to have blown up my potions lab.

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Again.

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LAUGHTER

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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HB, Cackle.

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That's enough chattering from you two.

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Get on the floor and give me five press-ups.

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LAUGHTER, CHEERS, APPLAUSE

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# Proudly on our brooms we fly

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# Straight and true above the tree tops... #

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Why are you always so hard on yourself?

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Because I'm Ethel Hallow.

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# Cast our spells and charms with zest

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# Full of joy we mix our potions Working by each other's side

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# When our days at school are over

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# Let us think of them with pride. #

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APPLAUSE

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I want to thank you all for making my birthday so special.

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Seeing the effort you've all made today,

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has reminded me just how special you girls are.

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I think we're all guilty of running away from our problems

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from time to time.

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But when we work together as team, no problem is ever insurmountable.

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Because at the end of the day, what matters is friendship.

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And there are no greater friends than my girls at Cackle's.

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And I look forward to leading you for as long as I am able.

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Mildred Hubble...

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..it would seem you are quite the impressionist.

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It takes a brave girl to ridicule me on the stage.

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The thing is, Miss H...

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Well done.

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Right.

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I think it's time I talked to Mrs Hallow, don't you?

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Well met, your Greatness.

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-Well met, your Greatness.

-It's just a flying visit.

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I wanted to give you this in person.

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What is it?

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You have been summoned by the Magic Council

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for an emergency meeting,

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seeing as you neglected to respond to our esteemed

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Head of Education's messages.

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Mrs Hallow.

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There has been a serious complaint made about your conduct.

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I bid you good day, Miss Cackle.

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I'm not doing it.

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But Maud can't sleep!

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Please, Enid...

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For the last time!

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# Lullaby and goodnight

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# Go to bed now and take flight

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# Race the stars, grab the moon

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# Precious nights upon your broom. #

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Hey!

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Miss Cackle's position at the school is in jeopardy.

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You have lost any trust that you had, Miss Cackle.

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After today, she may no longer be our headmistress.

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A personality changing potion.

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Yes!

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Lessons should be fun.

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Are you sure you haven't been drinking

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witches brew, Miss Hardbroom?

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Maud is stressed out directing Miss Cackle's birthday show so Mildred and Enid try to help, but they accidentally turn her into a baby. Miss Cackle struggles with pressure from the Magic Council.


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