The theme was proposed by Caroline G. Cox '14 and Caroline M. McKay '14, a Crimson news comper. McKay said that they had the idea for the study break because of Annenberg’s likeness to the Great Hall of Hogwarts.
Their expectations were high as they hoped to rearrange and decorate Annenberg like the Great Hall and serve Harry Potter-inspired delicacies. Monetary and time constraints forced them to improvise, as they created makeshift wands out of twigs and dressed in Harry Potter-themed colors.
The Quidditch team, the Harvard Horntails, showed up sporting their Crimson jerseys and their Firebolt brooms. This brain break drew the attention of the Quidditch team, not just because of the theme, but because they are currently seeking new recruits.
Others who dressed up for the brain break broke out into mock wizard battles. Dobby, Snape, and other characters performed spells to disarm their opponents while maneuvering around muggles who were trying to escape their textbooks.
Photo by Jacob S. Beech/The Harvard Crimson.