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This fam­ily-friendly(ish) af­fair is an en­dear­ingly odd mash-up of a mildly Amer­i­can­ised Harry Pot­ter ad­ven­ture with any old Goose­bumps tale you can’t quite re­call. The house men­tioned in the ti­tle is pretty much a School of Witch­craft and War­lock­ery run by a kooky spell-caster named Jonathan (Jack Black). The only stu­dent is his 10-year-old or­phan nephew Lewis (Owen Vac­caro), and the only other teacher is neigh­bour and no-non­sense en­chantress Florence (Cate Blanchett). As for the clock in the walls, that’s been planted there as a para­nor­mal prank by the for­mer owner of the hap­pily haunted home, a de­ceased gent who may or may not be leav­ing the grave­yard to pay a sur­prise visit soon.

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