Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominee Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experiment, a parody of Jeff and Dan take on the ultimate challenge of condensing the seven Harry Potter books (and a real game of Quidditch) in seventy hilarious minutes.
We chat with the show’s co-writer and co-creator, Jefferson Turner.
What’s your favorite Harry Potter movie?
Definitely Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s so different from all the others, and has such a moody undertone. I also love Deathly Hallows Part II – the climactic battle is really exciting and ultimately satisfying.
Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
Mr. Weasley. It’s so beautiful that he’s puzzled and enchanted by Muggle inventions; it’s a wonderful device and so endearing.
What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing this production?
I hope for lots of laughs. Our main goal is to entertain and amuse. There is a lot of very serious and dignified theater, and all this is very important and blah, blah, blah. But we want everyone to walk out of the auditorium laughing and happier than walking in! Oh, and they’ll all be fully experienced Quidditch players by the time they step into the lobby too…
Have you ever been to Minneapolis? Any favorite places or places you hope to visit during your stay?
I do not have. And I’m ashamed to say that I know very little. However, as a Brit, every time I come to an American city, I want to find the best breakfast, the best coffee and the best (butter)beer. So I am TOTALLY open to any advice and suggestions please! Don’t make me end up in a Starbucks – even WE have them in Britain, and I know you can do better than that…!
Thanks Jefferson for your time!
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