When the Harry Potter films were released between 2001 and 2011, fans flocked to theaters to see the magic unfold on the big screen. Now fans have another window into the wizarding world, an off-Broadway play called Puffs, and they can enjoy it from the comfort of their living rooms.
Puffs which also goes by its more lengthy full title Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic tells the story of the same fateful years at Hogwarts that we all know and love, but from a different perspective. The Hufflepuff perspective.
The acclaimed play tells the tale of three awkward Hufflepuffs (that’s the house where the wizard school sends its good-hearted slackers) as they traverse their rocky teenage years in the halls of Hogwarts. Their seven-year adventure includes the same magical elements that we all came to love through the Harry Potter films and books, but with a more lighthearted approach.
The comedy will be available for fans of the wonderful world of wizardry. Theatrical streaming service BroadwayHD will stream Puffs on Oct. 18. The play will be available on iTunes and Amazon on Nov. 22.
Puffs is still off-Broadway, however. This isn’t the first play to ever be accessible online while still playing live, according to the Verge, but it is the first to reach such a broad audience.
A number of plays, from Newsies to Shrek the Musical, have been filmed and released for a broader audience to enjoy. Puffs is likely to pave the way for more.
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