Harry Potter means the absolute world to me. I poured over every book and devoured every Pottermore post. I love the story of overcoming adversity, good triumphing over evil, and the bonds of friendship. The Puffs are cool too, I guess.
While the Puffs are relegated to the margins of Harry Potter history, they take center stage in Matt Cox’s delightful interpretation of our beloved time at Hogwarts. Here, the Puffs are the stars. For 90 minutes, we focus on the other students at the School of Magic and Magic. The play is broken down into 7 parts, with the narrator announcing the start of each year. My personal favorite was “Year Four: The Puffs and the Year They Mattered.” Hilarious.
The Puffs tangentially experience the drama of the books. They have no agency, and it is hilarious. I never once considered what the other students were doing while Harry, Ron, and Hermione were saving the wizarding world. The best example of this comes in Year 3. The students are all sent to the sleep in Great Hall, as the professors fear that a mass murdered has infiltrated the castle. When told of the new sleeping assignments, our Puff pals celebrate a “SLEEEPOVVEERR!!!!!!!!!!!”
I treasure any trip to the Harry Potter universe, and this was the first time that I’ve visited from a completely different perspective. I saw Puffs with a fellow Potterhead, and we absolutely loved it.
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