I'm wondering if in Harry Potter the Yule Ball occurs every year, or if there was only one because of the Triwizard tournament?

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It's only part of the Triwizard Tournament.

‘Now Potter and Weasley have been kind enough to act their age,’ said Professor McGonagall, with an angry look at the pair of them as the head of Harry’s haddock drooped and fell silently to the floor – Ron’s parrot’s beak had severed it moments before – ‘I have something to say to you all.

‘The Yule Ball is approaching – a traditional part of the Triwizard Tournament and an opportunity for us to socialise with our foreign guests. Now, the ball will be open only to fourth-years and above – although you may invite a younger student if you wish –’

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, via Pottermore


It's only during the Triwizard tournament. If there were any other kind of annual ball they would most probably already have dress robes.

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    While technically correct, your answer could benefit from some quotes. As we say here, answers with quotes get the upvotes ;-)
    – Hans Olo
    Jun 19, 2018 at 18:46
  • ye ik i didnt have much time too
    – Niffler
    Jun 19, 2018 at 18:47
  • Ron and Harry don’t look like they would go to a annual ball unless they really really have to... Jun 19, 2018 at 19:55
  • they still wouldn't be that surprised and would probs have a pair of robes just in case Miss Weasley forced ron into one of them,
    – Niffler
    Jun 20, 2018 at 0:49
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    They wouldn’t have gone because they start 4th year in this book. Then not going is not evidence it did not happen.
    – Tim
    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:20

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