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Potted Potter

Relive J.K. Rowling's seven magical books in this whirlwind 70-minute parody.
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2020
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Potted Potter

Relive J.K. Rowling's seven magical books in this whirlwind 70-minute parody.
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2020
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UPDATE: APRIL 1, 2020 — This event was originally scheduled to take place between May 19–31, but was rescheduled due to government restrictions related to COVID-19.

Reading all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in 70 minutes? Not even Dumbledore himself could conjure up that kind of magic. Seeing the entire saga play out on stage in the same amount of time, with room for a quidditch match too? Well, thanks to Potted Potter (the Unauthorised Harry Experience), that's another matter entirely.

If you don't have the time to reread your favourite novels, are looking for a quick refresher before the new Fantastic Beasts film hits cinemas in 2021 or would just like a brief wander through the entire story for the fun of it, then this comedic production has you covered.

The show was created by double Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner in 2005 — and has been touring ever since. In it, the two performers relive the wonder of the boy who lived and recreate the terror of He Who Must Not Be Named — and whiz through it faster than you can say "accio books!" (or almost that fast).

And, if you somehow still have no idea what all the Harry Potter fuss is about, consider this the ultimate primer. Of course, Potted Potter is a parody, so it comes with plenty of laughs when it returns to the Seymour Centre this October. Evening shows will run Tuesday to Saturday, with additional afternoon shows on Saturday and Sunday. Best to book in advance because the show's previous trips to Australia have sold out.

Images: Scott Joe. 

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