From Harry Potter to Just Add Magic, kids absolutely love all things magical. And The Bureau of Magical Things is no different. The show hails from Australia and originally aired on Nickelodeon. It follows teenager Kyra who is living quite a normal life until one evening when out for a run, she sees a floating magic book and touches it. That then fills her with magic.
But Kyra (Kimie Tsukakoshi) is no ordinary girl and we soon discover that the book was being fought over between a fairy and an elf, that Kyra couldn't see. Touching the book instantly gave her the magic of both, while still remaining mostly human. So now Kyra is a tri-ling, part-human, part-fairy, and part-elf. Coming to terms wither her new reality is difficult but Kyra discovers a whole of magic she knew nothing about. That world is controlled by the Department of Magical Intervention (DMI).
But the magic world is changing and someone wants to restore magic to its rightful place. Kyra must now try to unite humans, elves, and fairies in order to save them all. With the help of Professor Maxwell, elves Imogen and Darra and fairies Lily and Ruksy, the group uncover secrets in both the human and magic worlds that no one could have imagined.
The Bureau of Magical Things is everything you would expect from a magic show aimed at tweens. It has spells that go wrong, a magic bookstore, secrets to be revealed, near misses with humans finding out about magic as well as of the usual teen school drama. It's the kind of show that Just Add Magic fans should love. And it's not too bad to watch with the kids if you're looking for good family tv.
With twenty episodes there's plenty to stuck into as Kyra and her friends navigate the world of magic. It's fun, light-hearted, and well-acted which makes it a great show for kids.