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We talked to Puffs about the new Broadway show about a certain boy wizard

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Rebecca Fontana

The Off Broadway play Puffs tells the tale of a certain boy wizard—no, not that one. Years before the arrival of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this comedy by playwright Matt Cox reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the lesser-known, yellow-and-black–clad students at a certain school of magic. Cursed Child and its Gryffindor stars are much flashier than the characters in this adorable tale, which features jokes about Voldemort’s stand-up routine and Ron Weasley played by a mop. 

With the introduction of the new Broadway show about Harry Potter (its opening night was April 22), we wanted to ask the stars of Puffs what they think about their new neighbors.  

So how would a Hufflepuff respond to the Gryffindor-studded Cursed Child stealing the spotlight? "Good-naturedly!" laughs James Fouhey, who stars as Cedric Diggory. "We want to give a big ol' Puff hug to our much fancier friends," says Cox. 

"There’s enough love to go around, and we won’t be neglected," adds Fouhey, who tells us that he will happily go see the Lyric Theatre production. "I don’t think they’re going to have a names list at the door and be like, 'Hey, you, funnyman! Get outta here.'” 

Puffs did need some tweaks after the new play about witchcraft and wizardry arrived, though. "There were a few jokes that we were like, 'Ah, we don’t want to ruin the experience for any of these people,’” Cox says. 

"I had a bit of a spoilery line which used to be more fun when [Cursed Child] wasn’t right in town," Fouhey explains. "But in place of it, I got six different lines that I get to choose." So instead of ruining Cursed Child, Fouhey graciously rotates through jokes about Horcruxes or Voldemort's stand-up routine. Like a true Hufflepuff.

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