Bewitching, the Christmas ball of Harry Potter?
If you never received your Hogwarts admission letter because the owl got lost on the way, you can console yourself with Harry Potter: The Great Yule Ball. As sorcerer’s apprentices, the journalists of Subway went to do the Lumos on this event which is taking place in Montreal until the end of January.
The Harry Potter ball learned from the mistakes of the Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience, presented this spring and produced by the same company, Fever. This time, the event does not conclude in an hour by putting the public at the door as soon as the pleasure shows up. We have more than two hours to have a drink and dance in the magnificent decor of Salon 1861, a converted church in the southwest of the city.
The Goblet of Fire – which gave its name to the fourth part of the saga Harry Potter – sits enthroned on the dance floor, itself surrounded by Christmas trees and the signs of the four houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin). Sorcerers can therefore go and take photos under the banner that represents them the most. The experience has been vastly improved, as you don’t spend half the ball queuing for a selfieas was the case for fans of Bridgerton.
If the decor is absolutely magical, the performance component is not particularly bewitching. No acrobatics or musical performance, just a few dance steps by a handful of performers also responsible for the entertainment of the evening. More clownish than spectacular, this segment seems more like a pretext to bring the sequel, that is to say the dances of the public.
Because to take full advantage of Harry Potter: The Great Yule Ball, it is absolutely necessary to participate. You will be taught to waltz in a circle with the members of your house, you will be invited to parade to show off your beautiful clothes (a few people have been particularly involved, sporting ball gowns or witchcraft capes!) and you will be offered to let go of your crazy in a more or less choreographed dance.
It makes you wonder if the few people in charge of animation haven’t been recruited more to boost the sales of $11 beavertails, which are mentioned more often than Harry Potter himself. With cocktails at $14 and the Christmas market filled with items from the saga, the experience – whose entry price is between $65 and $125 – could cost you a few Galleons of gold that could remain in your Gringotts account.
Nevertheless, Harry Potter: The Great Yule Ball is a must for real fans who want to immerse themselves in this magical universe.