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Get to know Western: Yule Ball Edition

More than 250 muggles gathered to celebrate their love of  the “Harry Potter” series at the annual Yule Ball,  hosted by the Harry Potter Club on Friday, Feb. 5.

The Yule Ball is a Harry Potter-themed dance put on by the club every year. The club does other events such as bake sales and a quarterly Tri-Wizard Tournament, but the Yule Ball is its most widely-known event. At the dance, there is a costume contest and a raffle. This year gave attendees the opportunity to win anything from hand-carved wooden wands to a 150 dollar gift card to Universal Studios Orlando to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

“We got money from [the Associated Students] this year, so we were able to afford better prizes and offer better accommodations for attendees,” said Katy Sharp, the president of Harry Potter Club. Sharp has gone to the Yule Ball three years in a row.

The ball had the typical things you’d find at a school dance including a disco ball, a photo booth and snacks, but the club members and ball attendees brought the magic and made it a unique experience with plenty of tributes to Harry Potter. Attendees dressed up in cloaks, Hogwarts school costumes, formal dresses and masks. The photo booth allowed attendees to get their pictures taken with props such as wands and even a life-sized photo of Robert Pattinson wearing a Hogwarts robe.

“You can just look around and see that everyone’s having a really fun time,” Sharp said. “It’s just fun to see all the people who love the club and love Harry Potter all being here.”

Hendricks
Cole Hendricks. He is not a Harry Potter Club member.

Q: Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

A:  Harry Potter because he’s cool and fun to read about.

Q: If you could be in a Hogwarts house, which would it be?

A:  Either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. I really like the bravery of Gryffindor but Ravenclaw is really cool because they’re smart.

Q: Which Harry Potter movie is your favorite?

A: “The Prisoner of Azkaban.” It’s just really dark and it sets the stage for the rest of the movies to be dark.

Q: Which “Harry Potter” book is your favorite?

A: I really like “The Half-Blood Prince. It was just really interesting to read all of the big plot points that happened there.

Hoirub
Brittany Hoirup is a junior and she is a former Harry Potter Club member.

Q: Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

A: Definitely Severus Snape. He’s the hero that everyone treated poorly in the beginning and died for everybody else. He was a double agent and did it all for love. I think that’s pretty heroic.

Q: If you could be in a Hogwarts house, which would it be?

A: I have been sorted into Gryffindor multiple times. Their characteristics are loyalty and bravery and I would definitely say that those words describe me.

Q: Which “Harry Potter” movie is your favorite?

A: I like “The Prisoner of Azkaban” because Harry finds a father figure. It’s really nice for him to have that.

Reynolds
Hanna Reynolds is a junior and a member of Harry Potter Club.

Q: Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

A: Nymphadora Tonks. I love how wacky she is and her awesome pink hair.

Q: Which “Harry Potter” movie is your favorite?

A: My favorite “Harry Potter” movie is “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” just because I like the different scenes. I like that it has some humor in it as well as a dark side.

Q: What was your favorite part of the Yule Ball?

A: I really like seeing all the costumes and going up there. [I like] getting a chance to see what other people are dressed up as and how creative people can be.

Todd
Breanna Todd is a junior and a Harry Potter Club member.

Q: Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

A: Luna Lovegood because she’s really herself and she doesn’t care if anybody else judges her. She’s just herself no matter what and she’s really sweet and gorgeous. She [also] has radish earrings.

Q: If you could be in a Hogwarts house, which would it be?

A: Ravenclaw because that is my house and Luna was in Ravenclaw.

Q: What was your favorite part of the Yule Ball?

A: I really liked swing club because I’m also in swing club and invited them. Both my clubs coming together has been a dream come true and I love all of them.

Riddle
Meghan Riddle is a freshman and a Harry Potter Club member.

Q: Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

A: Tonks. She’s awesome and badass and I love her.

Q: If you could be in a Hogwarts house, which would it be?

A: Hufflepuff, because I like loyalty and friendship.

Q:Which “Harry Potter” movie is your favorite?

A: “The Order of the Phoenix.” I like the book and the movie. I like Harry being sarcastic. I like Sirius Black and that’s the one where you see him most.

Q: What was your favorite part of the Yule Ball?

A: Socializing with people and dancing.

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