As if primary school and all its pressures aren’t difficult enough, imagine discovering you and your friends can cook up magic – literally. That’s exactly what happens to three charming girls in Saffron Falls, who get to conjure up all-things magic in Nickelodeon’s (305) enchanting new teen series Just Add Magic. This truly magical series is based on the book of the same name by Cindy Callaghan, and there’s a bumper 13 episodes in the first season, followed seamlessly by the 26-episode second season.


Following in the proud tradition of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Wizards of Waverly Place and even Harry Potter, Just Add Magic brings an original, well-made and magical story to watch daily after homework is done. The story all starts when Kelly (Olivia Sanabia) bakes with her Grandma Quinn, who’s somehow been ill and unable to talk lately (Pssst – a small little spoiler: Granny’s been cursed by an evil spell!).

But an innocent kitchen disaster leads Kelly and her best friends Darbie (Abby Donnelly) and Hannah (Aubrey Miller) to the attic where they find Kelly’s grandmother’s mysterious cookbook. The cookbook contains bewitching recipes, and not the sweet kind but rather the magic-making kind. The trio are, however, completely oblivious to the fact that for every magical spell they cast, there’s always some price to be paid.

The original trio has a secret

Why does it seem as if Grandma Quinn, Mama P (also cursed and unable to leave town) and Mrs Silvers (also cursed by not being able to publicly play the piano for 40 years) were besties when they were young? Were they the previous trio of teen witches whose friendship got destroyed by the book? Is the book helpful or… dangerous?

Between the ancient pages and recipes for “Hazelnut Healing Tart”, “Taurian thyme” and “Shut’em Up Shortcake” – all requiring unusual magical ingredients – many mysteries and personal histories are hidden, but not for long. The younger trio become unsuspecting heroes who are presented with challenges that they won’t be able to solve with their cellphones and FaceTime alone. The girls have to work together and trust their friendship, loyalty and honesty – with sprinkles of magic – to solve the otherworldly challenges in their own lives but also to get to the bottom of what really happened to Grandma Quinn and Saffron Falls.

Just Add Magic starts on Monday 16 March on Nickelodeon (305) at 18:30

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