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Harry Potter-themed winter formal dance held off-campus for the first time

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The Yule Ball as depicted in one of the “Harry 
Potter” films serves as the formal’s inspiration.

The Yule Ball as depicted in one of the “Harry Potter” films serves as the formal’s inspiration.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

The Yule Ball as depicted in one of the “Harry Potter” films serves as the formal’s inspiration.

Gaby Tiu, Editor in Chief (Print)

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Shortly after each new year begins, the Winter Formal becomes the next big event that students look forward to. The dance will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City from 7:30 to 11:00pm, with doors closing at 8:45.  This is the first time in recent memory that the dance is being held off-campus.

This year’s theme is the “Yule Ball,” originating from the popular “Harry Potter” book and film franchise. This means decorations will include things, such as Hogwarts house-colored cupcakes, golden eggs,  and other familiar and magical sights for Harry Potter fans.

As the date approaches, NDB girls finalize their arrangements for dresses and dates, while as the event’s sponsors, CSF Board members finalize their preparations for the dance itself.

Board member and senior Julie Holley spoke about how she was excited for others to see all the “hard work and effort” CSF put into planning and decorating.

“[We] just wanna create an unforgettable dance,” she said, “and represent the theme, so everyone has a great time.”

When asked about what she was anticipating most for the dance, senior Shreya Chatterjee replied, “I’ve always been a big Harry Potter fan since I was a young child, and I’m super thrilled that my last formal at Notre Dame is going to be based off of one of my favorite book series.”

With contributions by Bella Lopez.

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