What's it about?
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a comedic play about the infamous seven years at Hogwarts from the perspective of the "not chosen ones"- Hogwarts students in House Hufflepuff.
What'd I experience?
Okay. Small disclaimer: I'm a little bit of a half-assed Harry Potter fan.
I've only read the first three books of the series despite having the entire collection, but I have taken every single Harry Potter quiz that exists on the inter webs. I also have tremendous respect for J.K. Rowling and her ability to create this world that still lives on to this day.
So when I found out that there was a musical all about the best house at Hogwarts - House Hufflepuff - I knew I had to see it. I was a little bit apprehensive about seeing this show only because I haven't finished the series and have made it this far in life without dealing with spoilers. I really didn't want to get spoiled for anything, but I had to leave that fear at the door.
When I got there, I was so excited! The theatre was very intimate and knowing that I was in a room full of my fellow housemates made me feel amazing! I felt weirdly comfortable and at ease. In my seat, every few minutes, there was a voice that came over an intercom that spoke to the audience as if we were actual Hogwarts students. How freaking awesome is that?! For the next ninety minutes, I could live out my Hogwarts fantasies. For the entire duration of the show, there was a smile plastered on my face.
Sure, there were some moments that I couldn't laugh with everyone else because I didn't understand the joke or the context it was in. Sure, I did end up hearing about things that happened much later in the series that I haven't gotten to yet. But, despite all of that, I had an absolute blast! In fact, I left the theatre, got on the train and walked into my apartment still smiling. The show was so full of energy, life and laughter and everyone in the cast was around my age which was the first time I ever felt really at home in a theatre space. How often do we see "millennials" take up an entire cast and audience in professional theatre?
Since becoming part of House Hufflepuff this past year - my fate determined by the Sorting Hat on Pottermore - I have done all kinds of research to not feel like I got put into the worst house. When I found out that I was part of this house, I was kind of bummed at first. But the more I learned about the house and the kinds of people in it, I knew that it was perfect for me. This show really resonated with me because it showed that Hufflepuffs do fail. We fail ALOT. We're also sometimes really awkward, afraid of risk taking and may not be the best in the room or the hero at the end of the story. But we never stop trying, we're incredibly loyal and we're not afraid to be who we are. And it was such an incredible feeling to watch all of that on stage.
House Hufflepuff is usually considered the "joke" house that no one cares about. But, I think we're pretty freaking awesome. Like what other house has their own Off Broadway show?! As a fan of the series and someone who has been surrounded by Harry Potter for my entire life, it was an incredible experience. To be in a room full of like-minded people, in my age group who are all part of the Harry Potter era, I could not have asked for a better Sunday.