Sophomores bring the Hogwarts Yule Ball to McNick

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the sophomore class will be hosting the second annual winter dance, which replaced the Sadie’s Dance last year. It will be held in the main gym from 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $8 (subject to change) and tickets will be on sale the week of Nov. 28.

The theme for this year’s dance is the Yule Ball, which is inspired by the ball found in the book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. The Yule Ball is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament, a tournament where students must face difficult tasks and challenges until one is named the Triwizard Champion.

It is a formal dance held on the evening of Yule, which is the Christmas celebration and pagan winter solstice and opens with the tournament champions and their partners dancing.

In the book, the Yule Ball is a very fancy and sophisticated dance, but for McNick’s Yule Ball, the dress code is casual dress and costumes are optional. Since the ball is not a date dance, freshmen are allowed to attend.

“If someone wants to dress up but has never seen Harry Potter, an idea is to wear a white shirt and tie with a black cloak,” sophomore winter dance committee member Scott Frenzel said.

“I am going to dress up as Bellatrix because I don’t think a lot of people will dress up as her, and I think it is fun to be a villain,” senior Gabi Camacho said.

Along with the Yule Ball, sophomores will be selling Owl Grams at lunch for 25 cents. With the purchase of an Owl Gram, students can send notes and candy to each other, and can opt to have their name entered in the Goblet of Fire. Fourteen students comprised of 6 seniors, 4 juniors, and 4 sophomores will be chosen from the Goblet of Fire as Triwizard contestants, thus being on Winter Dance’s “court.” From the court, one from each grade will be chosen as the Triwizard champion.

In Harry Potter, the four housescompete in various activities throughout the year. To get McNick in the “Harry Potter” mood, each grade will compete to be named the winning house, so the class who buys the most Owl Grams will be Gryffindor, then Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff, respectively, just as in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

On Friday, Nov. 18, the sophomore class will also be hosting a Harry Potter movie night in the cafeteria from 8-10:30 p.m. Admission will be $2, and the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be shown.

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