In the fourth book of the epic Harry Potter series, “The Goblet Of Fire,” the Yule Ball was an event that brought the different magic schools together for a night of dancing and socializing. The Harry Potter Club will host its own Yule Ball in attempt to bring some of the magic of the wizarding world to Western.

The Yule Ball will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. The dance is free for all attendees.

This event marks the fifth consecutive year that the Harry Potter Club has put on the Yule Ball.

“It’s one of the things we’re known for,” Harry Potter Club Vice President Maggie Grasseschi said. “It’s a really fun way to get people who don’t have time to come to the club but still enjoy Harry Potter to sort of enjoy it in a non-formal way.”

While the Yule Ball is primarily a dance, there are other components to the event. There will be free food consisting of cookies, candy, and drinks, backdrops for photo taking, Hogwarts house-themed tables and a costume contest for students wishing to show up in Harry Potter-themed attire. All costume contest participants will receive a chocolate frog and a chocolate frog card inspired by the books. The contestants who place in the top spots will receive gift cards of varying dollar denominations to Village Books in Fairhaven.

Yule Ball Coordinator Molly Bocian said that there is no dress code for the event aside from the optional costume contest.
“You can come in your prom dress or you can come in pajamas - we don’t care,” Bocain said. “We just want people to come hang out and enjoy the music.”

A student DJ will provide the music for the Yule Ball and will play a variety of popular hits, Grasseschi said.

Bocian said that the Harry Potter Club was able to put more into this year’s Yule Ball due to successful fundraising efforts early in the year and unspent funds left over from last year. She said that this allowed the club to purchase more food and decorations.

“It really is a lot of fun,” Grasseschi said. “A lot of people that attend the Yule Ball don’t even like Harry Potter, they just like to dance. It’s really a chance to have fun with your friends on the weekend, mess around, listen to great music and watch people make a fool of themselves on the dance floor.”