The Graduate School of Theology was transformed into Â Hogwarts School of Theology over the weekend. Professors’ office name plates were exchanged for Harry Potter characters, while other rooms were labeled as different rooms mentioned in the Harry Potter series.
“It was all here when we came here Monday morning. We walked in and it was the Hogwarts School of Theology,” Karissa Herchenroeder, administrative coordinator, said. Herchenroeder was renamed a Prefect.
On the back of each name tag, there was a description of why a character was chosen for a specific professor.
“All the descriptions were very encouraging,” Herchenroeder said.
Carson Reed, Director of Doctorate Ministry program and assistant professor of practical theology, was renamed Nymphadora Tonks. Tonks was chosen to represent Reed because both share “an extremely friendly presence and a caring heart.”
“I thought it was a hoot. It showed great playfulness and imagination of our students and it was a great way to end the semester,” Reed said.
Professors and administrators within the Graduate School of Theology enjoyed the new names.
“Several people asked me if I was involved and I wish I could say I was,” Herchenroeder said.
The backs of the name tags simply identified the people responsible by stating “the Class of 2013 has harrypotterfied you!”
“I have some ideas of who did it, but nothing definite,” Reed said.
Rooms in the Graduate School of Theology that were renamed include the mail room renamed house elf quarters, the graduate recruiter office renamed the sorting hat, the men’s restroom renamed Moaning Myrtle and the women’s restroom renamed the Chamber of Secrets.