Netflix’s charmless fantasy The School for Good and Evil teaches the object lesson that conjuring a phenomenon on par with Harry Potter isn’t as simple as scribbling on a cocktail napkin.

Best friends Sophie and Agatha are kidnapped and taken to the titular School for Good and Evil. After their fortunes are reversed, the duo try to figure out a way to return home.

Novelist Soman Chainani and writer-director Paul Feig – a man doing his darnedest to erase all memory that he once possessed the power to make us laugh

Sure, it’s a “Harry Potter” rip-off, but had Feig taken the time to let the film breathe, it might have stood on its own. Peter Debruge, top critic said

"Together, the young actors take this project beyond good and evil, into the realm of something real." Bob Strauss, top critic said

In the publishing game, this structuring absence did nothing to alienate the fandom and obstruct the source material’s path to franchisehood