The story of the Boy Who Lived touched hearts and fired up imaginations all around the globe and just because Melbourne is about as far from the UK as you can get doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved with the Wizarding World!
In terms of theatre, while you might have missed out on Wizard Actors’ A Brief History of Magic, the off-broadway smash hit PUFFS is just to open at Alex Theatre in St Kilda.
We all know the story: orphaned boy, wizarding school, a ragtag team of brave heroes, a seemingly unstoppable evil. For 7 years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard school. This however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs who just happened to be there too.
Written by Matt Cox, PUFFS or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is an comedic exploration of what it’s like to not be the protagonist in one of the world’s most beloved stories. Beloved by audiences in New York and London, PUFFS has its Australian premiere on Thursday night, 31 May. Plus, while the evening shows are recommended for an audience of fifteen or older, the matinees on Saturdays and Sundays are totally family friends and sans-swearing. The season has also been extended until 8 July to accommodate demand, so get in quick! Tickets can be purchased via the Puffs website.
In November, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is continuing its ever-popular pop culture series by performing the music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The MSO will present a live score while audiences watch that ever-satisfying scene where Hermoine punches Draco. Tickets can be purchased via the MSO website.
While it’s not quite Melbourne (that event has been and gone) Sydney are about to get their own secret Wizard’s Brunch. It’s entertainment dining at it’s best – with magic!
There’s also the wizard-themed escape room at Trapt, where guests cast spells and search for the philospher’s stone as the clock ticks. With two Alchemy rooms, there’s fun for those brand new to escape rooms and those with a bit more experience. You can book the rooms via the Trapt website. The bar also serves a range of appropriately themed drinks (both alcoholic and not), including Flying Cauldron butterscotch beer, the blueberry and cardamom-flavoured Exhibito Noctis, and Potion of Fire spiced rum.
The Ascot Vale nerds and bakers at Mister Nice Guy’s BakeShop are always preparing delicious vegan food with amazing decorative flair. Off the back of their insanely successful Studio Ghibli-inspired day, Pop Culture-y have it on good authority that the bakery will soon be hosting a magic and wizards themed afternoon of cupcakes, milkshakes, and pretty much any baked good you can imagine. Give the Mister Nice Guy’s Facebook page a like to stay up to date on the details.
Oh and we should probably mention that that actual, officially licensed play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Melbourne in 2019. Check out the Cursed Child website for more details.