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Saturday, August 2 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches: Lessons from Ron's Wooing of Hermione

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On Ron's seventeenth birthday he received the book Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Ron was obviously impressed with the book; he gave a copy of it to Harry on Harry's 17th birthday five months later. This presentation speculates – humorously – about what Ron might have learned from the book by comparing his behavior before and after he read it. Ron seems to have learned such classic fail-safe charms as listening, complimenting, flirting, faithfulness, and being a shoulder to cry on. A book that can get those lessons through to a 17 year-old boy is "pure gold" indeed. If it worked for Ron, maybe it would work for some of us other clueless males as well.

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David Martin

David Martin is proud to be a Hufflepuff and has been involved with Harry Potter since 2004. He is a regular member of Potterdelphia; he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He is currently a semi-retired college teacher of computer science. And he wishes that Hermione had... Read More →

Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
W102 B