The call from my good friend Albus Dumbledore came in the middle of the night. The request, odd. It seemed that Sunday's rains had flooded Hogwarts and so, he asked, could Saint David's become that venerable school of wizardry--just for a day--while Hogwarts dried out.
I thought about it, and with the magical powers of our PA Officers and their crew of parent volunteers, our hearty maintenance department, and a team of incredibly creative faculty members at the ready, we knew it could be done and done beautifully. Dumbledore was so grateful that he offered to act as headmaster for a day, greeting all of our boys and assigning them, by a gifted tie, to one of Hogwarts-for-the-Day's four Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.
At the day's beginning, a delivery of The Daily Prophet brought news of the special activities, actions, and good deeds the boys could partake of to earn points for their House. When all was tallied the winning House, Ravenclaw, received the House Cup in a special school-wide announcement.
Unfortunately, the cup immediately vanished after the announcement and the boys of Ravenclaw were left with basking in the glory of victory, and the great feeling that comes from knowing all the good they had done.
What an amazing, creative way for Saint David's boys and families to celebrate the school's last year as a collection of townhouses. Appreciation to Linda MacKinnon, Elizabeth Villar, Susan Kissane, Kim Church, Heather Rhatigan, Densie Plunkett, dozens of parent volunteers, our Hogwarts maintenance crew, and the Hogwarts faculty crew who spent last night and today effecting this magnificent transfiguration of Saint David's into Hogwarts. What a magical day!
Tomorrow it's back to muggles at Saint David's; but rest assured, the magic never abates.
More photos from today can be viewed at: http://www.saintdavids.org/media/photo/detail/20171031-hogwarts