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"For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too."

Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is an Off Broadway comedy by Matt Cox that takes it's name from the Hufflepuff House of Harry Potter fame and tells the story of some of Harry's forgotten peers.

With an early run at the People’s Improv Theatre, the show has since moved to New World's Stages where it is currently playing.

Puffs the Play contains examples of:

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Much of the Narrator's dialogue is delivered this way.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Puffs. At one point Cedric reveals a list coming down from the ceiling of all of the curses they can expect thrown at them in their first days.
  • Catchphrase
    • "Hiiii!" - The Puffs
    • "We are not a threat, please be our friends." - The Puffs
    • "We're wizards!!!" - Leanne
    • "Oh. My. Wizard. God." - Megan. Doubles as a Shout-Out to A Very Potter Musical.
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  • Chekhov's Gag: Happens at least in the original/recorded version. During the summer before third year, Wayne mentions Free Willy in his letter to Megan and Oliver. Much later during the seventh year, part of Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" (the theme from Free Willy) plays right after Wayne yells, "Puffs Emergency Formation #10!" and the Puffs gather together to defeat a creature. Wayne's Patronus/"Expectation Animal", a killer whale, then appears in the background.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Oliver's math smarts come to use in the final battle, when he figures out the perfect angle to hit the Death Buddies.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Several characters qualify as this, but the most obvious examples are Leanne and Harry Potter himself.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • When asked how he would deal with a cockatrice, Cedric says he would use magic. When asked how he would deal with a veela, he says he would chat her up. Then use magic.
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    • Implied as the Puffs as a whole. Their dorms don't have the anti-mingling spells the other Houses have, allowing more freedom in interacting. Sally drags Wayne back to the girls dorm.
  • Crosscast Role: Harry Potter. Also Dumbledore during the first two years.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Leanne during the final battle. She breaks out the kung-fu and double wand style, and takes out an entire squad of Death Buddies.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Megan and Oliver named their son Wayne, after their fallen friend.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Megan has colored hair, black make-up, and is usually seen wearing darker clothing. She also proves herself to be an exceptionally talented witch.
  • Improv: Utilized several times throughout the show. The most prominent example of this is Puff sports captain Zach Smith going on a long and bizarre monologue before team tryouts.
    • The actor is allowed to say whatever he likes during this scene. Frequently, you can see other members of the cast onstage Corpsing to the monologue.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Megan's mother starts as a devoted follower of Voldemort, but she changes sides pretty quickly when she finds out that killing isn't as fun as she thought it would be.
  • Hero of Another Story: Mentioned in the climax; Harry may be the Hero, but Wayne is the hero of his own life.
  • Ironic Echo: Early on, the Puffs' goal is "Third or nothing!" regarding the House Cup. After Wayne's attempt at a Rousing Speech in the seventh year, it becomes "First or nothing!" regarding taking down more bad guys than the Braves or Smarts.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Done twice in a row by Voldemort in seventh year right after he demands via megaphone that Harry be turned over to him. First he says that he thinks his ultimatum went well and asks if anyone brought board games or snacks, but finds out the megaphone is still on. He again asks for Harry to be brought to him, then says, "Okay. The megaphone is now definitely off." It isn't, as he goes off on a tangent (the script gives nine options) before realizing the megaphone is still on.
  • Literal-Minded: A justified example occurs after Cedric offers to train Wayne during fourth year when the latter says they'll be like "a wizard Batman and Robin." Having no knowledge of muggle pop culture, Cedric asks, "Which half is the bat?"
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: The cast contains a total of eleven actors. The four actors who play the roles of Wayne, Oliver, Megan, and the Narrator generally stick to those roles (with a couple of small exceptions). One actor mainly focuses on playing Cedric for the first half, and then Voldemort in the second half. The other six actors play the rest of the roles, including the other Puffs, the professors, other students, the founders of Hogwarts, various fantastic beasts, death buddies, ghosts, and even a talking bathtub at one point.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Wayne was originally raised as a muggle by his uncle as a parallel to Harry's backstory.
  • Mythology Gag: the same actor plays Cedric and post resurrection Voldemort. As in to how Voldemort considered Cedric a backup if Harry hadn't gotten to the Portkey.
  • Narrator All Along: The Narrator, who has been on stage for much of the play, is revealed towards the end to actually be Megan and Oliver's son, who then heads off to school and is sorted.
  • Precision F-Strike: Oliver, after Bipi the House Elf dies.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Mockingly discussed by Wayne and Megan in seventh year. Only to be joined by Bipi the House Elf, their old friend who did not appear in the show up to that point. This is all a massive shot at the film adaptations, which had Dobby suddenly appear in the seventh movie after not being seen for four films.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Done during the battle in seventh year after the Puffs decide to stay and fight.
  • Take That!: The play takes multiple jabs at the movies:
    • In the third year, Oliver notes that the Headmaster suddenly looks different. No-one else notices or cares.
    • In the fifth year, there is a random aside that they no longer are required to wear robes.
    • From the third year onward, everyone keeps saying that J. Finch-Fletchley, who didn't appear in any of the movies after the second (aside from his name being on the "Dumbledore's Army" parchment in the fifth movie), is "imaginary".
  • Third-Person Person: J. Finch-Fletchley constantly refers to himself this way.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Instead of Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, the four houses are referred to as Puffs, Braves, Smarts, and Snakes respectively. Likewise, some characters only use one part of their names (Moody instead of Mad-eye Moody), while others are only referred to by their profession (Dumbledore is referred to as The Headmaster).
    • The Mirror of Erisednote  is shown to be named Rorrimdriewnote  instead.
    • Instead of "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry", the promotional material calls it the "H School of Magic and Magic", while the narrator says it is "a certain school of female spellcasting and male spellcasting".
    • Voldemort's Death Eaters are referred to as Death Buddies.
    • In the script, Wayne's Patronus is referred to as an "Expectation Animal".

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