Off-Broadway NewsPuffs Playwright Reveals Plans for Two More Harry Potter ParodiesWriter Matt Cox reveals that the Potter-parody-verse will continue to expand for fans of witchcraft and wizardry.
August 30, 2017
A visit to Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a must for any fan of the Harry Potter realm—obsessive or simply familiar.
The show, currently enjoying an open-ended run at New World Stages after a successful staging Off-Off-Broadway at The People’s Improv Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Elektra Theatre, is a spoof of the seven Harry Potter books and the corresponding eight films but this time through the perspective of the always overlooked Hufflepuffs—or Puffs, as they’re referred to here.
Written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, the show is a hilarious romp with—though it sounds cliche—a heartfelt message. “Even if [the characters] are zany and wacky, there’s that underlying sense of heart that needs to come through,” Cox says. And, soon, Puffs and Potter-lovers will have even more material to chew on.
Cox recently told Playbill of two works to expand the Puffs universe, just as J.K. Rowling expanded hers. First comes 19 Years Later or There and Back Again: A Puffs Tale Parts 1 and 3. “It's like a version of the show [Puffs] but for Cursed Child,” says Cox. “So it’s our characters having to deal with the plot of the play in the West End that's coming to Broadway.” The alrelady sold-out show will be presented as a reading for fans of Puffs.
“Then there's another one that's called Dude, Where’s My Fantastic Beast, which is like the film script of a bunch of short films that takes place during that movie [Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them].” Details have yet to be announced for this reading, but an October date is expected to be announced soon.
Both works have already had a round of developmental readings.