Alright, Harry Potter fans, I’m going to tell you why you should see Puffs. Either the show in NYC or when it has a limited run in movie theaters in May 2018.
When I was in New York City recently, my husband and I went to see some shows. We saw Escape to Margaritaville (which was such a fun show and especially amusing when you’re seeing it with a row of insurance agents) and Jersey Boys (wow, the music was so impressive!).
But he went to go see a Yankees game on Monday night and I found myself needing something to do. While Monday tends to be a night off for most shows in New York City, there are some that you can see. Puffs was one of these and I was so excited because it was one that I really wanted to see but that I knew my husband wouldn’t care about.
Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic was absolutely hilarious. I don’t remember when I have laughed that much. And it wasn’t just the “Puffs’ Mead” I drank during the show.
We all know what seven years this is talking about, Potterheads read the books, saw the movies, know the story inside and out. But what were the “Puffs” doing during this time? That is what the show tells us.
The Puffs are hard-working and often underrated. They have a stretch goal of coming in third in the House Cup (“Third or Nothing!” is their rallying cry). This show claims to be “A Play For Anyone Who Has Never Been Destined To Save The World.” And I think that fits most of us. But Puffs flips things around here and we only see the “major” wizarding school characters in the background while the Puffs take center stage. Their stories are still worth telling. I’ve always claimed Ravenclaw as my house, but this almost made me change my mind.
I read some reviews before heading to see Puffs and many mentioned that you do not have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the show… but I actually beg to differ. There are so many funny moments that are only funny because you know what’s coming or you know what moment in the books/movies the characters are referring to. I’m glad my husband wasn’t with me for this one because he would have been lost, having only vague knowledge of the wizarding world.
While I really want to share some of the funniest moments with you… I’m the type of person who hates when the funniest lines get revealed in a movie’s preview and then they lose their impact while watching the movie, so I’ll keep to this same thought when it comes to a play.
But I will say that some of the humor is a bit dark at times and there’s definitely cussing (F words here and there… and a few right in a row). It’s recommended that you save this one for wizards 13 and up. I would take my 13 year old, even if a few moments would feel a little awkward. I’d hesitate with my almost 10 year old due to the language and some innuendos but I might consider it since he’s seen plenty of superhero action type movies where they say things just as bad (and at least there isn’t graphic violence like those movies have) and because he’s a Potter buff. If you happen to be able to see Puffs in NYC, there are weekend matinees that have been “lightly transfigured” so that they’re more appropriate for ages 8+.
For the movie: Puffs will be in movie theaters May 9th and May 12th. There’s a note that says to treat it as if it’s PG-13, so take that into consideration when deciding whether or not to take your kids. It is showing in a theater not all that far from me and I plan on going to see it with some fellow Potter fans. Click for info on the Puffs movie theater showings.
My non-disclaimer disclaimer: I saw Puffs and the other shows mentioned while on vacation. No media passes or compensation were involved. I left my blogger duties back in NC and just enjoyed being on vacation in NYC. I didn’t plan on writing about any of this, but I thought some of you might be interested in seeing Puffs, especially since it will be in movie theaters soon.