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Many fanworks set during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire feature or focus on the Yule Ball, as it is the ideal venue for exploring character relationships, particularly those between characters from different wizarding schools. Characters might pursue a romantic relationship by asking the object of their affection to the ball, or else meet and dance with them while at the ball.
Yule Balls are also a fannish event in which fans, often at an academic institution, will stage a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball. Attendees typically wear dress robes, Hogwarts robes or other formalwear and take part in Harry Potter-themed activities, which can range from Sortings to Triwizard Tournament "competitions" to performances from Wizard Rock bands. They are typically organised by student-run Harry Potter or Quidditch societies.
Fannish Yule Balls
- The Best Dance by Blossomwitch. Sometimes you show up to the ball with the wrong date; sometimes you don't realize who you're happiest with until everyone else is gone and you find yourself alone for a moment thinking, this is it. At the Yule Ball, Hermione and Ginny experience such a moment. Implied femslash.
- These ‘wizards’ love ‘Harry Potter’ so much, they attend a real-life Yule Ball, Genny Glassman, The Daily Dot. Published December 27, 2019 (Accessed December 26, 2020).
- Honors Congress: Yule Ball, University of Central Florida. Accessed December 26, 2020.