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Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (NYC)

From 616 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

About the show

For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. More…

'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

Member Reviews (616)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful
Avg Score

Clever, Entertaining, Energetic, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you love Harry Potter. If not, you'll be lost. Very broad and hammy, but it works. Modest production values, but inventive staging.

Don't see it if you want depth. This is purely for fun; a clever send-up. Could use some trimming; it was almost two hours with no intermission.

Also Like Stoppard's R&G, Puffs tells the hero's story through minor charac... Read more Read less

Cute, Entertaining, Funny, Creative

See it if you must be familiar with Harry Potter lore to understand this very funny parody. Creative & fast paced.

Don't see it if if you didn't read or seen Harry Potter, this will make no sense to you.

Entertaining, Funny, Silly, Over the top

See it if You are a fan of Harry Potter and enjoy spoofy/satire shows. It's very over the top, silly and fun.

Don't see it if If you aren't a fan or haven't seen the Harry Potter films it would be pointless to see this as all the references and jokes would be lost

Ambitious, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if If your a Harry Potter fan. If you like to laugh.

Don't see it if If you don't know the Harry Potter books or if you know them and did not like either books or Movies.

Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if A quality Potter world spoof for sure. Very funny. non-stop.

Don't see it if If you don't know or like all things Potter... you won't get it.

Cute, Funny, Clever

See it if Great for Potter super-fans, who attended in abundance. Young-adult story. Good staging. Best scene was the soliloquy about throw pillows.

Don't see it if Despite having read all the books, I didn’t get all the jokes.

Silly, Busy, Funny, Imaginatively minimal, Indulgent

See it if you are mad about Harry! While he is not the star, his world is depicted by a large, talented and flexible cast with imaginative staging

Don't see it if you do not know the Harry Potter stories and characters. Quick and constant action means missing out if you are not knowledgable.

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, A little too long

See it if You love the Harry Potter series. You enjoy parodies. You want to see a well-known story told from a different angle.

Don't see it if You either don't like or haven't read/seen the Harry Potter series. You don't like parody.You want a tight parody:it could use some editing

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if If you like Harry Potter and cannot get to tickets to the see the Harry on Broadway.

Don't see it if Some parts are not for young kids.

Dizzying, Snarky, Imaginative, Silly, Ambitious

See it if You are a dedicated Potter fan who has read the entire oeuvre and or seen the movies. Slapstick and satire combine in this smart new play.

Don't see it if You aren’t familiar with Harry Potter. You will be lost in the quick moving dialogue often hard to understand because heavy accents are used

Clever, Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Funny

See it if You really love all things Harry Potter no matter what, & you've read all the books and seen all the movies, a lot of the jokes require it.

Don't see it if You want a great show. While occasionally very smart and funny, it tended to choose the easy joke which was boring and over played.

Clever, Hilarious, Great cast/staging/book, Homage to pottermania, Hogwartsian heaven

See it if love HarryPotter series, want 2 bask in your knowledgeable nerdiness, savor high energy antics, appreciate riffing on all that is Hogwarts

Don't see it if have intestinal dislike of Potterbilia, need high class humor, hate low tech riffs on corporate moviemaking, cannot suspend your disbelief

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Silly, Parody

See it if you like the Harry Potter books/movies and enjoy oddball parodies, you can look past some amateur elements in favor of well-timed comedy

Don't see it if you have no knowledge of Harry Potter or lived under a rock during the 90s-00s (lots of random pop culture references from that era)

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you have a cursory knowledge of the Harry Potter universe. A couple films’ worth (especially Goblet of Fire) should be enough to go on.

Don't see it if you hate silly humor, exuberant performances, and a room full of people having a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan. Unlike "Potted Potter" - this is truly a spoof of all the books. Clever and fun for JK Rowling fans.

Don't see it if don't have knowledge of the series. References both the films and the books. - otherwise it would just be a good but silly genre parody.

Also I saw this based on the Show-Score reviews and I'm very glad I did.... Read more Read less


See it if Better know your HP to get all the nerdy jokes and allusions! We all can't be winners — little victories for the rest of us.

Don't see it if Dorky HP jokes, low-fi effects, or parody humor aren't your thing. Light laughs, doesn't go deep.

Also Diversity: 2 people of color (Black male and Latina) out of cast of ~1... Read more Read less

Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Mildly entertaining play about the other students attending Hogwarts. Simple plot.Energetic cast.

Don't see it if You long for another excellent Harry Potter tale. Some actors had poor English accents and were inaudible at times.

Believe it when people say this is just for fans, Audience was really in tune with this show, Laughter erupted every minute, Super talented young cast, Evening shows are quite raunchy

See it if You are not just a casual Harry Potter fan but a very knowledgeable one.

Don't see it if You lack HP smarts.

Also I decided to take my daughter, age 28, to see the show because I heard... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Fast paced

See it if you are a real fan of Harry Potter & can get the inside jokes as told by members of one of the other wizard school groups cleverly executed

Don't see it if you are totally unfamiliar with the Harry Potter characters and story line.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Harry Potter in-jokes. You enjoy theatre with a DIY vibe.

Don't see it if You dislike "I'm in on the joke" laughter from the audience.

Hilarious, Clever, Fun, Must see for harry potter fans

See it if You love the Harry Potter franchise. A very clever alternative story to the book series you know and love. I smiled through the whole show!

Don't see it if You don't like or are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter books.

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you're a big (or little) Harry Potter fan

Don't see it if you don't know the difference between a Muggle and a Mudblood.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan and want to see a show full of inside jokes with an audience full of likeminded fans. The cast is amazing!

Don't see it if You've never seen a Harry Potter movie nor read the books. You'll be left out.

Clever, Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing, Funny

See it if You've read all the Harry Potter books multiple times and seen the film.

Don't see it if You're not a Harry Potter fan, think this is a musical, or don't like farce and satire.

Also It felt like a fun, off-off-Broadway amateurish production, but the jo... Read more Read less

Clever, Frenetic, Dizzying, Delightful, Funny

See it if you are a serious Harry Potter fan--the jokes come fast and furious. If you're not already familiar with that world, it won't make sense.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the HP books/films. Even having read the series twice, I missed stuff. If you are a purist--this pokes fun.

July 24th, 2017
" A funny and affectionate homage to J.K. Rowling’s world of wiz kids...Some of the jokes will be lost on those with no knowledge of the films or books. But even 'Potter' virgins will enjoy the show’s witty wordplay and well-executed physical comedy. At times, the pacing is so frenetic that jokes...
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October 20th, 2016
"'Puffs' zips through the highlights of all seven books...'Puffs' feels engineered specifically to delight 'Harry Potter' diehards, and for the most part it succeeds—not every joke lands, but it makes up for it any misses with its high level of reverence for the Potter-verse...Even if this ventur...
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October 21st, 2016
"Most of the time, it's a pure, and purely enjoyable, lark...Cox's treatment is dispensed with respect, admiration, and even love for the originals, which makes the jokes funnier and the production even more endearing...The cast is all pitched at just the right level of confused caffeination, and...
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October 4th, 2017
“How much you enjoy Matt Cox's ‘Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic’ may depend on how well you know the Harry Potter books and the movies that followed. This mild satire tells an alternate but parallel story of the famous wizarding school for the m...
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