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Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

SPELL­BIND­ING tale of witchcraft to give you the creeps on a Fri­day night. Based on the best­selling novel by Deb­o­rah Hark­ness, this is a fast-paced drama full of magic and mys­tery.

Teresa Palmer plays bril­liant his­to­rian Diana Bishop, who is head­ing off to give a lec­ture on alchemy at Ox­ford Univer­sity. All seems per­fectly nor­mal un­til her doc­u­ments start to blow away in the wind and she ‘ac­ci­den­tally on pur­pose’ mag­ics them safely back. Twist klaxon: she’s a closet witch.

Sud­denly this all feels very Harry Pot­ter. Plus we’re at the dream­ing spires of Ox­ford Univer­sity – as Hog­warts a set­ting as a film crew could pos­si­bly find.

Con­fid­ing in a witch friend about her ac­ci­den­tal pow­ers, Diana then ad­mits:

“I’m still not com­fort­able around magic, not af­ter what hap­pened to my par­ents.” And there’s the back story klaxon.

Later on there’s a scary in­ci­dent with a mag­i­cal book in the fa­mous Bodleian Li­brary, in­volv­ing dim­ming lights and pos­sessed pages. And watch out for a dis­turb­ing scene with two young men, a car and an aw­ful lot of blood.

Down­ton Abbey’s Matthew Goode plays Matthew Clair­mont, a vam­pire who is des­per­ate to get his hands on the book. And in thor­oughly Bri­tish style, the re­sult is three well-spo­ken vam­pires down the lo­cal boozer won­der­ing how to get hold of a dusty old book at the li­brary.

Lots of jumpy mo­ments make for tense view­ing, but with a premise based on witches and vam­pires, it’s also a lot of fun – if some­what deadly.

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