In the dining hall, Ron receives a gift from home. They are dress robes. Ugly ones. What is the world?
Ahh, now we get it. McGonagall announces to Gryffindor that Hogwarts is hosting the Yule Ball at Christmas, and they are going to be expected to attend and dance.
Our main characters are not super thrilled.
Now we get kind of a montage of dance prep and dance anxiety among the students.
Back in their quarters, Neville gets to work practicing his dance moves. At least one student is looking forward to the dance.
Then, flashing forward a bit, Ron and Harry try to figure out how to ask a girl to go with them. Harry moans about the fact that the ladies travel in packs, which makes it hard to ask them out privately.
Meanwhile, Hagrid and Madame Maxime seem to be getting cozier, and Hermione is checking out Krum. Love (or one of its cousins) is definitely in the air.
Then, in Snape's class, Ron is still obsessing about the fact that they still don't have dates.
Ron ends up asking Hermione to go with him or Harry—and not in the most flattering way. Hermione huffily informs him that someone else has already asked her.
Harry finally gets Cho Chang, the girl he likes, alone and asks her to the dance. Unfortunately, she's already been asked by and accepted someone else. She seems pretty disappointed.
Back in the common room, Ron comes in all shell-shocked with a bunch of people leading him. He had asked Fleur to the dance. Apparently, it was pretty traumatizing.
Meanwhile, Harry sees the Patil twins walks by. He seems to get an idea.