In the off-Broadway play "Puffs," about Hufflepuff students and their inconsequential role in the greater Harry Potter story arc, year 6 includes an extremely protracted scene that mystified me. I've read all the HP books repeatedly and seen all the movies, but I cannot figure out where this scene is coming from.

The scene involves Zachary Smith running quidditch team tryouts for House Hufflepuff, and mostly comes down to him doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything. It's like opening the floor to questions) with the other students. It's probably the longest scene in the play, and although it was funny on its own, I can't figure out what it's parodying or how it relates to the actual Harry Potter storyline.

Any insight there?

  • without access to the text of the scene, it will be extremely difficult to analyze – NKCampbell Aug 22 at 19:16
  • According to its shows page it was filmed and shown in cinemas at one point. So it might be available out there somewhere. – Jontia Aug 23 at 9:42
  • And the scripts is available for $10. – Jontia Aug 23 at 10:03
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    @Jontia It’s on Amazon Prime. – Alex Aug 23 at 20:09
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    How can I include the joke when I'm asking what the joke is? The joke is the entire scene... – temporary_user_name Sep 2 at 15:46

The whole scene is ad-lib.

Shot from play explaining scene is ad-lib

This image is from the version on Amazon, in which the Sports Try-out scene in year six is a condensed rendition of the 2008 rom-com, 27 Dresses. There are a couple of alternative versions of the same scene shown during the credits including a joke/bad Capoeira session, but there isn't an Ask Me Anything (AMA) version in the Amazon video.

So, while I still haven't seen the AMA version, given the nature of the scene it is unlikely to refer to anything specific with the Harry Potter stories it's just the cast having some fun.

Reminder: This is ad-lib

  • I'm confused... what does 27 dressess have to do with Puffs? – FuzzyBoots Sep 26 at 20:12
  • @FuzzyBoots Absolutely nothing. But the ad-lib scene in year six at the Sports tryouts is a condensed rendition of the film with Zach as the male lead. In the version on Amazon. – Jontia Sep 26 at 20:15
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    Ah. That makes more sense now. I misunderstood. Although now, I'm wondering about the Capoeira content... :-P – FuzzyBoots Sep 26 at 20:20
  • @FuzzyBoots I would really like to see the AMA version. – Jontia Sep 26 at 20:21
  • so...if I understand right, OP saw the play and there was an ad-lib section and OP is asking what some of the jokes in an ad-lib scene were? – NKCampbell Sep 26 at 20:30

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