By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Dec 06, 2019 at 5:01 PM

What better way to ring in the weekend than with good chats over beer? But not just any beer – butterbeer! And not just any good chats, but chats about a truly magical weekend coming to the Turner Hall Ballroom next year.

On Jan. 17-18, all the enchantment, wonder and community of Hogwarts (with none of the "vengeful snake-faced sorcerer trying to murder a teenager") will apparate into Turner Hall Ballroom for the fourth annual Yule Ball, a celebration for Harry Potter fans no matter what house you belong to. The party will feature festive decorations, live music, tasty libations worthy of The Leaky Cauldron, a grand waltz, a vendor alley and several new inclusions – including readings from Professor Trelawney, a scavenger hunt and a "Dark Wizard Night." Plus you can do good while having a good time by donating socks to Dobby's sock drive. 

To learn more about this magical pair of evenings, I met up with Lynn Richter and Lisa Romella – co-owners of AwkwardNerd Events – to chat about Yule Ball, discuss why Harry Potter still inspires such fandom years after the original books and movies, and also accidentally smear some butterbeer cream all over my face. (Man, where's a Scourgify charm when you need it?)

So bust out finest formal attire (or at least finest cosplay) for the Yule Ball. For tickets, visit Turner Hall Ballroom's website – and for more info, check out AwkwardNerd Events' Facebook page

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.