How to Prepare for The Yule Ball (if you haven’t already)

Harry Potter fans rejoice! The 1st annual Yule Ball is upon us! This Saturday night in Potomac Lounge at 8 p.m.

to-the-ball

For those of you who aren’t Harry Potter fans and have NO IDEA what the Yule Ball is, here’s a short description:

“The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to — er — let our hair down.”

—Minerva McGonagall

OK, maybe you need a bit more of an explanation. Here’s one from the Harry Potter wiki page:

“The Yule Ball is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament. It is a formal dance held on Christmas night of a tournament year and is opened by the tournament champions and their partners in the Champions Waltz.”

It’s a ball! Harry Potter style! What more could you ask for?!

If you’re going (which I know you are), you need to get ready. Like right now! I bet you that you all did like Harry and Ron and waited till days before the ball to actually prepare! So here’s a list on how to get ready!

Find a Date

If you haven’t done this, you’re severely late! A date is isn’t essential, but it is preferred. I mean, it’s a ball! If you don’t have a special someone to go with, or someone you’re interested in, ask a friend. It’s not like this is prom or something.

date

OK…it MIGHT be like prom.

What to Wear

The ball is a semi-formal event.

Gentlemen: this means a shirt, tie (or bow tie), slacks, and shoes (NO sneakers). There’s nothing wrong with showing up in a full suit or tuxedo!

Ladies: this means a dress or gown. However, I won’t be the one to go into the specifics of the dress. Just be sure you are comfortable.

BTW, if you have a wizard robe…WEAR IT!

Here’s some inspiration!

yule-ball-hogwarts

Learn to Waltz

waltz

This. Is. Important. The Champions Waltz is a tradition. And it happens at the BEGINNING of the night. It would behoove you to practice your waltz either by yourself or with a friend. Or with a broom!

Now, you don’t have to look like this…

pick-her-up

…but you shouldn’t be shaking in your shoes like Harry before the waltz.

awkward-waltz

Have Fun!

That’s the whole point of the ball: to celebrate! Eat, have some butterbeer, make crafts, win prizes, DANCE!

You DO NOT want to look like this…

bored-at-yule-ball

Check out the clip from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire to get excited!

Enjoy the ball!

-Jared Swain

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