Potted Potter in Houston: “Camping & Death”

October 28, 2015

I’m not sure it’s a secret to anyone, but I have a bit of an obsession. In fact, obsessed might be a bit of an understatement. I started reading the Harry Potter books in 8th grade, a bit later than other kids but I feel like I was able to appreciate them a lot more. Since then, I have gone through six midnight movie showings, three midnight book release parties, two robes, numerous “unauthorized Harry Potter” books and hours upon hours of playing LEGO Harry Potter and watching “Potter Puppet Pals” on YouTube. Oh, and lots of crying over the deaths of my favorite characters (Damn you, Rowling!)

So when I heard about Potted Potter a few years ago, I was obviously all over it. I have friends who saw the play in Charlotte and just raved about it, so when I found out that it was coming to Houston, I had no choice: I absolutely had to be there. So Nick and I trekked down to Houston last night for opening night of Potted Potter. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the crowd: would it be young 20 and 30-somethings like ourselves, or tons and tons of kiddos? The answer: all of the above. I saw people at this show from “age six to Dumbledore” (something that the creators made up but I’m borrowing, because it’s true!) and all of them were so excited for the show.

Potted Potter Houston

As we walked into the theater, we were given scrolls instead of playbills. I immediately exclaimed, “My Hogwarts letter!” Now, if you’re a fan of the series, you would know that the Hogwarts letters come as a letter, not as a scroll, yet my excitement overtook me, incorrectly of course… (don’t tell the Harry Potter police that I made that mistake. I don’t want my Potterhead badge taken away.)

The first thing I noticed when we took our seats were two hoops of either side of the theater: one green and one red. We had been promised a live game of Quidditch, so I was quite excited to see these two hoops hovering above our heads. (After all, my home state IS the frequent home of the Quidditch Cup.)

As far as the actual show goes, I don’t want to give too much away because I want each and every one of you to see it. But, I will say that this show really is fun for everyone. Whether you’re six or sixty, Potter fan or not, you’ll love the quick wit and quotable moments (One of you shall LIIIIIVE! One of you shall DIE!) You don’t even have to know a lot about Harry Potter to enjoy the humor. As someone who usually goes to the theater to see epically long three hour musicals, it was nice departure to something simpler and shorter.

The two actors worked so well together. The jokes were fast (seriously, it’s like Gilmore Girls-style fast talking) and hilarious, and the guys were so charismatic. The props were used in a genius way, even though none of them had anything explicit to do with Harry Potter. My favorite was the orange wig used for Ron Weasley that resembled cheese puffs attached to a cap. And the dragon in book four? Well, you’ll just have to go see for yourself. (I hear no expense was spared to create him…)

So let’s wrap this up, shall we? Basically, if you love Harry Potter like me, you should go see Potted Potter. If you like comedy, you should go see Potted Potter. If you just like having a good time, you should go see it!

The show runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8 and tickets can be purchased on The Hobby Center’s website.

Disclaimer: I was given media tickets to this event, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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