Theater review: ‘Harry Potter’ parody makes muggles snort with laughter

Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2019 12:09 PM

MANILA – After three sold-out seasons in the Philippines, “Potted Potter” is back to make muggles – or ordinary humans – snort with laughter.

There are no magic spells or potions involved – just two actors and a delightfully funny show that condenses all seven “Harry Potter” books into 70 minutes. James Percy and Joseph Maudsley breeze through the story, leaving enough material for both fans and newcomers aged six to Dumbledore (read: very old).

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Created by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner in 2005, “Potted Potter” was first shown in Manila in 2012, and then returned in 2013 and 2014. 

Even if it’s on its fourth season, the show remains as fresh as ever, slithering – or should we say Slytherin – into people’s hearts.

What makes “Potted Potter” feel new each time is the actors’ ability to direct the narrative to relevant topics and inject pop culture elements. From Justin Bieber and the “Twilight” books in 2014, Wednesday night’s (March 20) show mentioned “Game of Thrones,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and even US President Donald Trump, to name a few.

Just like in previous editions, the interactive side of “Potted Potter” adds to the fun, with both actors and audiences not knowing where the show goes. 

There were plenty of moments when Percy and Maudsley were caught off-guard – such as melted cake ending up on the floor and a seemingly innocent audience member doing a body slam on one of the actors during a quidditch match – resulting in non-stop laughter.

Die-hard fans can relax as “Potted Potter” still treats the series with respect, all while giving the crowd a good laugh. The side-splitting hilarity easily deserves a rating of nine and three quarters, the same number of the magically concealed platform that leads students to Hogwarts. 

“Potted Potter” runs at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig until March 24. Tickets are available at TicketWorld.