If you thought the Carolina Panthers lacked a certain magical spark during their Sunday night loss to the New Orleans Saints, you aren't alone.
Just don't go blaming Greg Hardy, a Panthers player who apparently picked up his unique blend of magic at Hogwarts. Yes, that Hogwarts (are there any others?), as in J.K Rowling's "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."
Hardy made the lighthearted claim during an intro of the Panthers' defensive line on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." While other players simply stated their names and their alma mater, Hardy introduced himself as "Kraken," an alumnus of "Hogwarts."
The stunt earned Hardy a briefly updated Wikipedia page Sunday night after enterprising fans apparently altered his college information:
So Greg Hardy DID go to Hogwarts! Love you, Wikipedia: pic.twitter.com/bBf8V5g45s
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 9, 2013
It's unclear if Hardy's "Kraken" is related to the giant squid that inhabits the lake near Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, or if it's just a serendipitous nickname stemming from his apparent love of fantastic sea creatures.
The Charlotte Observer reports Hardy's coined mythical nicknames for several of his teammates, including "Charles “The Loch Ness Monster” Johnson, Kawaan “Minotaur” Short, Star “Hydra” Lotulelei and Dwan “Phoenix” Edwards."
And for the record, Hardy officially is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi.
Watch Hardy's humorous Hogwarts hint, above.