Wizards, Muggles, and Harry Potter fans alike will be gathering for the Harry Potter Club's second annual Yule Ball from 7 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the VU Multipurpose Room.

The Yule Ball is an event from the fourth book in the popular Harry Potter series. The Yule Ball occurs in the book during the traditional of the Tri-Wizard tournament.

The event will feature three wizard rock bands, including Slug Club, Colin and the Creevies and Library Lily and the Tales of the Bard. Chris Godwin, event coordinator, said wizard rock is an emerging genre of music.

“I think wizard rock is underground enough that we can showcase it so other Western students can appreciate it as much as we do,” Godwin said.

Wizard rock was started when the band Harry and the Potters was created in Norwood, Mass. Since then, spin-off bands have formed. Godwin said that although the book series may be complete and the movies are almost finished, wizard rock doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.

The event will also feature dancing, food, drinks, a costume contest and tarot card readings. Club member Brittany Goldsmith will be in character as Professor Trelawney and will be giving tarot card readings.

“She gave so many readings last year that her cards started giving bad readings,” Vickie Motter, an officer in the Harry Potter Club said.

Many club members will be dressed in character. Motter said attendees are encouraged to dress up. If not a costume, Carol Cordray, senior and club president, said this event is the perfect time to wear an old prom dress.

“Come as a wizard trying to dress as a Muggle, which means clash. Clash as much as you can,” Cordray said.

The costume contest will feature first, second and third place prizes. Godwin said at last year's Yule Ball, different characters donated prizes. For example, the Dursleys donated a pack of tissues for third prize. The first prize was a copy of the seventh Harry Potter book.

Godwin said the MPR will be decorated to look like the Great Hall in the books. Four separate long tables will be designated for each house and the room will be decorated in house colors.
“We're trying to mimic it, but obviously we can't because we're not magical,” Motter said.

The Harry Potter Club has shifted from being a primarily discussion-based group to an event-focused group now that the books have ended and the movies are coming to a close, Godwin said.

The club was formed in 2005 as a way for students to discuss and share their similar interests about the Harry Potter books and movies.

“A lot of people need that outlet of geekiness and [to] just to be a kid again,” Motter said.

The club does other events during the year, such as parties and a Muggle version of Quidditch. Cordray said the club is looking forward to arranging a game against the University of Washington Quidditch team.

Last year more than 60 people attended, and this year the club hopes for more to show up.

“It's really fun to bring together all the people who like the story, even if they haven't read all the books,” Cordray said.