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Director Jim Hetsinger sets this "Much Ado" in the Victorian 1840s, a nod to the Brontë sisters, Alexander Dumas, Charles Dickens and other authors of romances rife with misdirection. (Claire Martin)Inquisitr discusses the TV adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
But you must put the book aside and look at what Harness has woven together — a dark Gothic world where you might expect Heathcliff and Catherine to wander off the moors and into Hogwarts to have a wand-to-wand duel with Harry Potter.
That’s interesting but, at least in the first episode, the show lacks the dark oppression that pulls the reader into Wuthering Heights, and it’s also short on the wonder inherent in the magical school of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. But even though it doesn’t reach those heights, it does contain enough of both to be a charming magical spell that holds the promise of something even more engaging to come as the series goes on.