Netflix's Winx Saga: What's the best school on screen?

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image captionAlfea's got a look of Hogwarts - but with a lot less danger to your life

Let's face it - schools on telly always look more glamorous. The lessons seem more fun and the teachers a lot cooler.

Add in a bit of magic and it makes every other high school seem pretty dull.

Now term's started at the Alfea College for Fairies in the new series Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix.

So we asked the cast which fictional school out of all on screen, would they like to go to?

And - spoiler alert - they didn't all say Hogwarts.

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image captionAbigail Cowen plays a powerful fairy called Bloom - although in real life she's scared of everything

Firstly, here's a bit more about the Alfea College for Fairies.

If you're thinking little pastel dresses, flowers for hats and glitter sprinkled everywhere, think again.

This lot are badass warriors and they don't need a wand to use their magic - unlike, say, wizards.

Abigail Cowen plays Bloom, a fire fairy who was brought up in our world and then taken to the fairy world to study at Alfea.

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image captionAbigal Cowen has played a witch and a fairy - she was one of the Weird Sisters on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The actress also appeared in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a witch, studying at the Academy of Dark Arts.

"Listen, I would get scared on the set of Sabrina," she laughs.

"My character could handle anything, but not me."

Alfea, much like Hogwarts, comes under attack a lot. But that doesn't stop Abigail from choosing it as her favourite.

"I would go to Alfea and I would be a fairy over a witch because that would just scare me and I am a baby when it comes to stuff like that."

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image captionInside Alfea is pretty nice too

Next up is Danny Griffin who plays Bloom's love interest Sky, although he is already going out with a princess, so it's a bit awkward.

But he is showing no allegiance to Alfea.

"Can I bend the rules?" he politely asks.

"If so, I would like to go to Hogwarts but at the time when the wizard Grindelwald was around.

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image captionFor Danny it's definitely Hogwarts but back in the 1920s

And his reason is down to the outfits more than anything else.

"The costumes in that film are so fantastic," he says.

"I wish we could all dress like that nowadays. So I wouldn't want to go to present day Hogwarts, but 1920s Hogwarts? Hell yeah."

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image captionDanny is conflicted. He wants to go to Hogwarts but has always wanted to be an elf

However, he would give all that up in a heartbeat to be an elf.

"I want to be Legolas the elf. Lord of the Rings was my childhood, so always an elf."

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image captionMeet Stella, one third of the love triangle and also a fairy princess

Hannah van der Westhuysen plays Princess Stella but leans slightly more to the Wizarding World.

"I want to go the one Fleur Delacour goes to in Harry Potter," she tells us.

That would be the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in France. And it seems the uniform is a big pull here too.

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image captionHannah just wants to dress like Fleur Delacour

"They wear beautiful blue uniforms and they are all French and ridiculously attractive."

And as her friendship group from home call themselves the "coven£ she says she would have to be a witch over a fairy.

"Fairies are a little bit more niche and a little bit more magical but probably not as powerful."

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image captionTerra is an earth fairy so she can make trees and shrubs do all kinds of things

Eliot Salt who plays Terra isn't biting the hand that feeds her.

"This is a bit 'teacher's pet' of me, but I think I would go to Alfea," she says.

"I feel like with Hogwarts they are always under threat and I don't know if I could handle it."

Terra is quite the powerful fairy though - mess with her and she'll tie you to a wall with creeping ivy.

"I feel like with Alfea there is a reasonable amount of threat to keep it interesting, but maybe the school won't get attacked every year," she says.

"And as a witch I'd be worried about forgetting my wand or the spell. It's very academic being a witch, there's a lot to remember."

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image captionMusa and Aisha showing off Alfea's canteen food.

Elisha Applebaum plays Musa, a mind fairy.

She can hear everyone's thoughts and problems so spends a lot of time with her headphones on, blocking out the noise.

Which may explain why Alisha has chosen a non-magical fictional school.

"I would go to the one in Sex Education, I love it," she tells us.

"They have everything there - they have a swimming pool, they have a stage... It's great."

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image captionThe Sex Education school Moordale is a pretty cool one, but is that just because Maeve goes there?

Precious Mustapha plays Aisha, a water fairy. She's also a bit of a goody two-shoes - but every school needs one of those.

Here we have another vote for Hogwarts.

"I love the uniform and that would be the reason why I was there."

Hopefully the film series' costume department will read this and feel very pleased with themselves.

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image captionGood news if you are also a fan of the uniforms in Harry Potter as you can get your own

"They all look so cool, they have capes!"

And next, for the inevitable question: Which house would you be in?

"Slytherin. There is a lot going on there, a lot to get into with the characters."

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