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There is a play called Potted Potter which is a parody about all seven Harry Potter books.

What is the meaning of potted in this context?

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It means shortened or compressed. For example, potted history is a frequently used phrase that means a history that is abridged.

As the website you link to says:

All seven Harry Potter books in seventy hilarious minutes!

So [Harry] Potter has been potted.

Potted in this sense is recorded as chiefly British usage.

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Some dictionaries also gives the meaning 'intoxicated; drunk' which works figuratively for a comic parody. – Mitch May 16 '12 at 19:23


Literally, a method of cooking or preserving (in a pot), but often used to refer to a condensed form of e.g. a book.

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