Yule Ball soars to new heights

Mischief Managed: Students gather at Quidditch club’s annual dance


Christopher Gittings/Observer

Ball attendees participated in activities like tea leaf reading, a quest and photo booth pictures

Late Saturday night, students showcased their bountiful love for Harry Potter at the Yule Ball, hosted by CWRUcio Quidditch. It took place in The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom C from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., and featured a wide variety of activities pertaining to the world of Harry Potter.

The event was atmospheric from the start, with the path into the ballroom laden with lights and the massive Tink television screen displaying “Harry Potter” movie trivia. The ballroom itself was adorned with decorations appropriately befitting the theme, including hanging candles, a butterbeer station, an owlery and a table dedicated to tea leaf readings. These activities were joined by the Wizarding Chess tables located outside the ballroom.

All of these events were intriguing, and the refreshments were also excellent. The butterbeer, a sweet concoction made from cream soda, marshmallow cream and butter and rum extracts, was definitely worth trying. There were also generous amounts of food in the form of hors d’oeuvres like dumplings and burger sliders. Under the wall decorations showcasing the four houses of Hogwarts, house cakes were showcased. Each house had a differently flavored cake: Gryffindor’s was red velvet, Ravenclaw had chocolate, Slytherin had pistachio, and Hufflepuff’s was a vanilla flavor.

The music was varied, and the DJ included everything from fast, throwback hip-hop and rap to peppy pop. Dancing was unusually fun in this setting, especially as a few songs, such as “Do the Hippogriff,” paid homage to the movie version of the Yule Ball from “Goblet of Fire.” Another major event was the interactive side quest regarding the traversal through the “Chamber of Secrets.” The side quest included appearances by Moaning Myrtle and the basilisk, adding an entertaining hour to the ball.

Overall, the event was well managed with a plethora of activities to do, including a fun spin on a photo booth with costumes and props. The catchy music was a welcome addition to the atmosphere, creating a great experience that will not be forgotten any time soon.

Event: CWRU Yule Ball 2016
Date: Jan. 30, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Rating: ★★★★★