Going to wizarding school is hard, even when you’re not the Boy Everything Happens To. This is the premise of Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic, a hilariously heartfelt parody of the famous seven-book series focusing on the often forgotten house of Puff.
“The biggest thing that appealed to me is that pop culture has sort of deemed them to be the losers at the school, and myself not having been the coolest human being growing up, that seemed like the most interesting story to tell to give them their due,” says playwright (and sound designer) Matt Cox.
Cox grew up with the books like its characters, and found room for his own ideas in the throwaway lines about the house that wasn’t the Braves, Snakes or Smarts, as “Puffs” calls them.
“It’s still a very bit-y and silly play, so it was a matter of making the humor stand out,” he says of adapting the show from a improv theater to off-Broadway. “We found that it created something a little more unique whenever there was an emotional moment surrounding [a joke], and definitely in an off-Broadway setting that’s something we wanted to have.”