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It's a cool morning in late October, just a few days before Halloween, when today's charms class begins. In honor of the upcoming holiday, the room is decorated with paper bats and jack-o-lanterns, and just for today students are allowed to wear costumes. Even the professor is getting in on the action with a costume of his own. As you walk into the room, you'll find Professor Marchand standing at the front of the room, leaning against the balckboard with one hand tucked behind his back. If you look closely, you'll notice he looks a little thinner and paler than usual. And are those dark circles under his eyes? Or is that just part of his costume?

And the professor's appearance isn't the only unusual thing. On the refreshment table at the back of the room is a container of hot apple cider for the students to enjoy, but today there are no snacks laid out! Why are there no snacks? Is this part of the lesson? Only time will tell.

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2 cups unpopped popcorn
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt

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Pour unpopped popcorn into one bowl. Pop corn using a heating charm (Calefacio).

In the other bowl, melt butter using a heating charm. While one partner is doing this, the other stirs in the sugar, molasses, and salt. Continue to heat by moving wand evenly over the entire surface of the mixture. This process should take about 5 minutes.

Pour mixture over corn, while stirring popcorn thoroughly. Butter hands lightly. Shape popcorn into 12 to 14 balls, and decorate with candy bits if desired.

Cool finished popcorn balls with a cooling charm (Frigidus), and enjoy!
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Oh. They'd have to be backing up their reasons for their choices? Jessa hadn't really been done studying her candy apples--despite being certain she was sure which had the magical properties and which didn't--but she supposed now would be as good a time as any to share what she had.

It was actually a little funny because Jessa had explained all this to a Natalie just a week ago and now it was the topic of the lesson. Were she a somewhat more similar in nature to either Abey or Derf, the young girl may have fancied herself a seer, but she knew better. It was just a rather clever coincidence.

Raising the one she suspected to be the duplicate, Jessa turned it around in her hand a few times. "This one's a product of magic, Professor. Biting into it, the texture and taste are of a poorer quality than the one I suspect to be real." It wasn't to say it tasted terrible but rather than while comparing, you would be able to tell the difference. "S'not quite as ...authentic tasting once you've had the real deal."
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The only thing that she didn't do was tasting the apples.
Well, who knew if both of those fruits were edible and safe to be consumed? So Ava thought it would be better if she did not eat them, or even had her tongue licked the coat.

As the time for apple examination was up, the Gryffindor did have some notes about the apples. "Professor, I think this apple is the one that made with magic." She said as she pointed to apple X. "The color is just brighter and has some kind of artificial scent." Although Ava wasn't really sure if magic could do that. With the scent, she meant.
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And then the Professor was moving on, talking more about Gamp's law and how magic cannot conjure food from nothing. Along with different things that could be done with food and he summoned one of her apples, the one she had mentally noted was the magicked one. As he was talking and demonstrating, she nodded in awe ... well despite his sickly appearance, at least it did not seem to affect his teaching. "Thank you," she whispered, when the apple was returned to her desk.

Which was made with magic? The perfect one, the one with the even coating, as her classmates already stated. But what if she wanted to play devil's advocate, to argue for the imperfectly perfect one as the magicked one? Everyone else seemed to be arguing the perfect one was, but what if it was all part of the ploy to trick them into believing something wrong.

"Professor, magic can be used for a variety of purposes, as you've just demonstrated, and while I do believe my classmates are correct in saying the one where the candy coating is perfectly smooth is the magicked one. However," she hesitated a moment. "Magic, as you demonstrated, is a wondrous thing, because in addition to making things look perfect, it could also mimic imperfections. Which means, the magicked one doesn't have to be the perfect one, because even the imperfect one is perfect in the way the smudges resemble ocean ripples. Or the air bubbles in their symmetrical form. Or well, the only way to know truly, I guess, which one was created using magic would be to perhaps use a revealing spell. We're not looking for human presence, but perhaps just revelio by itself might reveal evidence of magic? Or using prior incantato? But that's more on the wand that cast the magic, so I'm sure that it would inform one of which spell was used on which apple... but maybe, just maybe there's a charm similar to that?" Oops, had she spoken too much? He did say to provide evidence. And in playing devil's advocate, well, one need evidence.
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Fortunately Shay hadn't eaten all of her apples because the professor wanted opinions on which was which. Swallowing her most recent bite, she checked her notes and prepared to give her conclusions. Shay raised her hand and when called on, she made her case.

Holding the remnants of her apples up, Shay began to speak."I think this first apple is the one made by magic. There is no flat clump of candy coating on the bottom of this one. It doesn't look like it was dipped in the red coating and allowed to dry, like the other one. It's a little to perfect on the bottom. And this one doesn't exactly smell right. I can't explain it. It just doesn't smell jelly apple-ish enough.......oh and the color is a little too light." Shay was pretty sure about her choice. Now she just had to wait and see if she was right.
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Roopunzel just wanted to have a big old sing song right now instead of negotiating the properties of an apple. But Sir Pirate had given them instructions and Roo was on a warning already for his issues with the adults around school and how eager he was to voice them. Whoopsie. He gave both of the apples he was currently juggling another consideration for their bouncing ability. Actually...which apple was which again? Oh no! He'd juggled them into confusion and now he was going to have to re-identify them against his sketches. Laying them out on the frying pan, he compared them against the sketches and the notes made underneath each one about the scent and texture of each one.

And that was when he knocked one of his apples over on the table and got a glance at the bottom of one of the apples where the coating had folded against itself. Hmm....

Turning the other apple, he compared that part of it and it literally all came together for him. The one without the folding HAD to be magic. Right? This level of perfection couldn't just be organic, right? Oh, but Miss Skylar Diggory had given an incredible answer there which threw Rooney back into being confused. He messed around with the long hair draped over his legs as he considered her answer and his inability to come to such a perfect conclusion as that. Magic COULD create imperfections. If it had to be passable, then it had to at least give enough reasonable doubt, right? Why oh why. He gave no answer of his own, instead looked closely at his notes once more and both of the apples. Could any of the imperfections he had noticed be purposely put there?

Roo leaned into his hand, pressing a thumb against his lips.... why did.... why did his thumb taste subtly like cinnamon and .. what was that? ... Cinnamon and sausage? He'd had a sausage sandwich for breakfast, but surely it wouldn't have left his thumb tasting sausagey this long afterwards. Which apple had he just been holding in this hand?!! Roopunzel was puzzled.
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Distracted and off were both accurate reasons to her lack of greeting today. Lucy blinked at Professor Marchand when he called her by name. Hello? .... Yes! Hello! "Good morning," she offered a small, sleepy smile.

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So, one apple was hand-made and one made with magic. Luce knew about Gamp's laws, and that one couldn't just magic apples out of thin air. She also knew that even in duplications, there were always slight discrepancies from the original. And, she thought that duplication was probably the method used to 'create' this apple.

She first took in the glossiness of the candy coating. Then, pressed a finger into it to feel the give and stickiness. She sucked at the candy that was pulled away as she thought about what her observations might mean. And then she began picking the candy coating off the apples - or trying to anyway - to see if the apples themselves underneath gave away any clues. Her last test was, of course, to taste. She took a small bite from each.


Before she drew any conclusions, though, Professor Marchand was speaking again.

She watched in awe as he flawlessly magicked all the apples. How he seamlessly transitioned from one non-verbal spell to the next. Sometimes, and usually in the most mundane ways, magic never failed to amaze her. And she was briefly caught up in the beauty of it all before she remembered that she had learning to do. And learning was especially important this year.

After regaining her focus, she tried once again to figure out which of the apples on her own desk were made from magic. Which was significantly easier now that it was demonstrated right before her eyes. She picked up the evenly coated one that matched the professor's up by the stem. "This one's magicked," she said. Funny how it was contrary to her originaly thinking that the magicked one would be the more flawed. But, it did make sense.
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Hey, that was him! HE WAS MR. BOTROS!

Abey smiled around at everyone at that point, because yes hello that was him that Marchand was talking about, and he'd said something that was smart and not completely wrong. What a good day.

They'd get to make their own candy apples? NICE. Especially since both of Abey's were currently looking a little worse for wear, and his desk was now littered with candy-coating shrapnel and an awful lot of glitter.

Ooh, okay, ooh, Abey had an answer for that. And he was bursting to say it, too, so that was what he did.

"I think THIS one is the magic one," he declared, holding up the apple in his right hand. "Because when I smashed them together, the other one's coating sort of shattered and smashed and went all weird where the coating was uneven and then bits of the good part fell off, but this one just cracked like a lightning bolt and it seems the same all around and also it's actually really mega smooth and theres no drips on the outside or anything so it looks like it was charmed to dry instantly after the coating was put on."

Did that make sense? Probably not.

Also, these things were sticky. Like, REALLY sticky actually. Abey had to put both apples down and try to lick the sweet, sugary stickiness off of his fingers, and risk ingesting all that glitter in the process.
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BEAMING at Professor Marchand for a few moments, because yes, she'd seen that impressed look and was currently reveling in it...Olivia carried on with adding notes on her findings. Apple A...was the one with the air bubbles, and it was her opinion that perfection wouldn't have allowed for those types of flaws... You know, like small indents, uneven candy coating, and air bubbles. Again, magic created a false sense of perfection. Bothersome in some situations but helpful in discerning the differences in this one. Soooo, if that was the assignment, Liv was sure she'd pass.

"Apple A," She gestured to the one with flaws. "...as some bubbling beneath the candied coating, that I might have missed had I not used a magnifying charm." Mhm, resourcefulness! "The dents were so small that I might've missed them had I just been staring at it normally, and furthermore, there are imperfections on the surface of the apple." You know, besides the air bubbles. "The coating is also a little wonky, where as Apple B is smooth and unblemished. Perfect even beneath the gaze of Oculo Focalis." No spidering, no bubbles, no problems.

"I feel like you could've tricked us, where we might've had a harder time in telling the difference." It was easy to pick the perfect apple. Humans weren't perfect creatures and made errors. It was nearly impossibly to achieve the paragon of what a candy apple was. "Also, with so much candy smell in this room, I couldn't tell any differences on that front." Artificial or not, it was a hard sell.

What would Olphaba say at a time like this..... "This was dreadfully boring..." For effect, she tossed in some witchy!cackling. (AHEM, JUST KIDDING, but in character, you know?)
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Derf was...having a bit too much fun drumming with both of his apples on his desk - of COURSE he was also taking great care in seeing how each felt when bouncing off the surface and switched them between both his hands so his dominant hand wouldn't...er...dominate in its opinion - so he was only half paying attention when the class moved on.

When he DID catch that they were talking about...things...he honestly couldn't remember which apple was which. Was THIS one A and this one B? A told B and be told C...no...not time to get distracted by songs and such he was singing to Picketta.

"This-s-s one," he proclaimed, thrusting one of the candy apples into the air. "Does-s-sn't make my arm vibrate as much after I whack my desk with it. Feels-s-s less-s-s s-solid. More s-s-spongy." He paused here, thinking about what the professor had just said about combining foods and such. "...does-s-s that mean this-s-s apple was made by combining .... uh.... sponge cake and s-s-something else?"
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Katy had candy on the top of her nose from her close scrutiny of the apples, although she hadn't realized it yet. She had dared to lick both apples, but ultimately, they really did seem to taste the same. That made sense, based on what the professor was saying. The ingredients between the two were exactly the same, but the construction was different. So flavor and scent wouldn't vary... right?

Distracted, Katy raised her apple before switching hands and raising the empty one instead. "Professor, I think it's this one?" She held up that other hand again. Throw your hands up, heeeeeey. "The application of the candy coating is totally smooth and even, which suggests it wasn't applied by hand."


It wasn't long after Gaston had finished speaking that he saw Miss Toussaint's hand go up. He listened to her answer and nodded approvingly. "Very good, Miss Toussaint," he said, "and you're correct. No even coating like that could be done by hand."

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Emmeline frantically scribbled notes about this magic law thing in her Charms notebook. She was sure that it would turn up on an exam, or at least sure that it was important to know these things. She watched with wide eyes as Professor Marchand went through the demonstrations that backed up what he said about duplicating things with magic, summoning things with magic, and all of magic's limits when it came to food. This was cool stuff! She particularly liked how he'd summoned an apple across the room; that would be such a useful spell. Raising her hand, she asked: "Professor sir, does that spell you did to make the apple go across the room work on creatures?" So that was off-topic, but it was very relevant to Emmeline's life. Nanny's pygmy puffs would never almost escape again!

She listened intently to the professor's question and raised her hand again: "I think the right one is the magic one because..." She glanced down at her notes, "because it's too perfect. And this one on the left here has an extra bump by the stem--" she pointed at the bump on the left apple -- "so I think it's more natural. Also, the left one doesn't have as much candy stuff ALL the way around the apple, see?" She pointed again to a spot where the candy stuff on the left apple wasn't as perfectly even as it was on the right side apple. She watched the professor eagerly, really hoping she was right. This was one of the few subjects she really cared about, so it would be a shame to be bad enough to fail this kind of exercise.



Miss Sparkes's hand was the next one Gaston saw. Her question was a bit unexpected, but it made him smile nonetheless. "Indeed it does, Miss Sparkes," he said. "It's called a Summoning Charm. If you like, I can teach it to you later." But for now, they needed to get back to the subject at hand. He nodded in reply to the girl's answer. "Right! Bumps and bruises will rarely appear on magicked food."

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He looked at the apples, smelled then, touch them, but did not eat them. He wasn't putting fruit in his body if he didn't have to. He wrote what he did have for thoughts on the differences and then waited until the professor spoke again.

Lifting his hand to answer though he really had no clue which was which he figured it was better to speak to this one than not. He needed in good with the ones that could get him further in life, the charms professor was one of those people. [b] "Sir I think the one on the left. It has a different structure to it. It looks a bit smaller which could be because of magic, whereas the real one is better proportioned.


Now this was an answer the professor hadn't been expecting, but he had to admit it made sense. "That's a very good theory, Mr. Blaze," he said, "but in most cases, the reverse is true. Magicked items will generally have better proportions than their natural counterparts. The spell helps disguise any flaws that might be there."

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Melbourne looked up at Professor Marchand and smiled up at the Charms Professor. Raising her hand Melbourne smiled up at Professor Marchand, ”Professor,” she spoke softly ”I believe that this one” she plucked her second apple off of her desk and rotated it in her fingers.

”the reason I believe this candy apple is created by magic is because of the fact that there are little to no airbubbles in the candy shell on the apple” she pointed out large air bubbles on the other apple, ”this is apple however has larger air bubbles indicative of the sugars heating at what could be an uneven temperature” she paused for a second and grinned at the Professor.

Mel wasn’t sure what the Professor was going to say…still, in her excitement she plucked the apple off of the desk and began to sniff it…could she eat it now?


Miss Sorin-Ward was the next to speak, and Gaston listen intently to her answer. He was impressed! "A very observant and logical conclusion, Miss Sorin-Ward," he said, smiling slightly. "Air bubbles are a telltale sign of a handmade apple."

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Ohh magic in cooking. The Curly Top grinned as he watched the Professor demonstrate some pretty impressive culinary skillz. Gotta learn some of those eh?

Now as for which apple was made of magic... errmmm he kinda half finished it already. Oops? But taste is one of the senses they can use to determine things right? Specially theyre talking about candy apples which is an automatic YUM "Uh Professor, I think its this one..." he lifted the half eaten apple by the stick end "... because by appearance and weight and scent it looks very much like a real candy apple. Maybe a little too perfect, cuz the other one had little nicks and imperfections. I also tried tapping too-- sounded like it had the same density...." whoever magic'd it done a real good job with the duplicating "..... so I guess the only thing left is a taste test and an is-it-filling test, because given Gamp's law I figured, duplicated food wouldnt be as filling or as tasty as the real deal, and this one, although sweet, tasted a little off, like something's missing about what one expects from a real apple."


Gaston nodded approvingly at Mr. Salander's answer. So it seemed he agreed with the others about the magicked apple being free of imperfections, but then he mentioned the apples tasting different. The compliment earned the Gryffindor prefect a smile from the professor. "Thank you, Mr. Salander," he replied. "And I'm impressed! Magicked foods do have s subtle difference in taste, but it's almost impossible to detect."

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Etta watched the professor with an impressed look on her face. All the magic that he just did.. was something she'd like to learn. Learning how to magic with regards to cooking would be a very interesting thing to know. Also.. moving on to the professor's question. She picked up the apple that was 'apple two' and held it up for the professor to see.

"I think this is the one that's made with magic, Professor. The skin is way too glossy and perfect so it can't be a handmade candy apple. Because the other one.. the other apple.. has a few dents in it. And an ordinary candy apple can't be made with this level of perfection, right? So I assume it's the magical one. Also.. I don't know if it's just me.. but there is a small difference in smell. This magical one doesn't give off the same fruity scent.. it's different somehow."

Okay, was that enough? Etta rather wished she'd explained it more clearly.. but oh, well. She set the apple down for a moment before picking it up again, really wanting to take a bite. She was hungry but eating in class would be rude so she set it down once again and waited for class to move on.


Gaston saw Miss Kramer's hand (and apple) go up next and called on the Hufflepuff prefect. Her answer was along the same lines of what others had said bu no less correct. "Excellent, Miss Kramer! You're correct," he said. "Differences in smell, like taste, are almost impossible to detect, but magicked items will sometimes have a weaker smell."

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Noelle watched all the people come into the classroom. Each were in costume. Okay, most were in costume. Everyone looked amazing. It was a little funny to see a duplicate Althea in the room.

Once the professor started speaking, Noelle's eyes stopped traveling. She focused on the professor and what he was saying. Also, he didn't look the best. It wasn't just his costume either. Noelle would check on that after class.

Taking her hat off and placing it off to the side, she examined her two apples. There were slight differences, like one was a little more round and glossy, not so many imperfections with the air bubbles from the candy. But how could you tell which was real and which wasn't?

Her eyes snapped back to the front as Marchand started showing off different charm techniques. Brilliant. Noelle took a few notes.

Now, which apple was made from magic. Noelle looked back at the apples that the professor has just conjured, cut, etc. She glanced back down. Then she listened to others answers. They were saying that the apple without the dents and imperfections seemed to be the one made out of magic. But in Noelle's mind, that just didn't make sense. She glanced at the apples again.

Noelle picked up each apple and sniffed them. Did magic have a smell?? One did smell slightly ...sweeter than the other. Magic was sweet right? Noelle lifted the sweeter smelling one up higher. Was this it?


Miss Summers was being awfully quiet. Oh well, no matter! Gaston glanced in the prefect's direction and saw her looking at and sniffing her apples. Maybe she just needed more time to finish her examination. Then he saw her raise one f=of her apples slightly higher and took that to mean it was the one she thought was made with magic.

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Before attempting to answer the question that Professor Marchand had posed to the class, Olivia glanced at her notes, looking at the points she had taken to support her answer. She thought that the first apple was the one made with magic based on a few reasons that her classmates had mentioned. Perfect combination of tart, sweet, and sour. She paused when Ace suggested that the taste of the apple was missing something. Huh. She hadn't realized that before because she was more focused on how well the tastes blended together but he was right. She took another bite of her apple. There was something missing indeed.... but what? She did notice that the every time she bit into the apple, it always tasted as fresh as the first bite but that could have been her imagination too. Hmmm..

She lifted up apple one into the air and raised her hand. When called on, she offered her thoughts. "Professor, I think apple one is made with magic. Apple one is consistently smooth, too smooth to the point compared to apple two. Apple one is also very flavorsome. I noticed that it was a well-balanced combination between sour and sweet and crisp and soft. It's the perfect apple in a sense that it is able to encompass all four qualities."


Miss Holden was the next to offer an answer, and Gaston listened carefully, nodding every so often. At first he thought she was going to just repeat what had been said about the magic apple being smoother and more perfect, but then she brought up the combination of flavors. "Interesting observation, Miss Holden!" he said, giving the girl a small smile. "An even balance flavors is a good indication of magic."

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Oh. They'd have to be backing up their reasons for their choices? Jessa hadn't really been done studying her candy apples--despite being certain she was sure which had the magical properties and which didn't--but she supposed now would be as good a time as any to share what she had.

It was actually a little funny because Jessa had explained all this to a Natalie just a week ago and now it was the topic of the lesson. Were she a somewhat more similar in nature to either Abey or Derf, the young girl may have fancied herself a seer, but she knew better. It was just a rather clever coincidence.

Raising the one she suspected to be the duplicate, Jessa turned it around in her hand a few times. "This one's a product of magic, Professor. Biting into it, the texture and taste are of a poorer quality than the one I suspect to be real." It wasn't to say it tasted terrible but rather than while comparing, you would be able to tell the difference. "S'not quite as ...authentic tasting once you've had the real deal."


Now here was a unique answer! Most people seemed to think the magicked apple had a better taste, but Miss Cambridge had the opposite thought. "Very good, Miss Cambridge," the professor said, nodding slightly. "Interesting conclusion. Usually the magicked food is thought to have a better quality of taste and texture, but magic can sometimes create a more artificial flavor."

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The only thing that she didn't do was tasting the apples.
Well, who knew if both of those fruits were edible and safe to be consumed? So Ava thought it would be better if she did not eat them, or even had her tongue licked the coat.

As the time for apple examination was up, the Gryffindor did have some notes about the apples. "Professor, I think this apple is the one that made with magic." She said as she pointed to apple X. "The color is just brighter and has some kind of artificial scent." Although Ava wasn't really sure if magic could do that. With the scent, she meant.


Next to speak was Miss Burton. The professor nodded approvingly in reply to her answer, It sounded like she and Miss Cambridge were thinking along the same lines in terms of the magic apples seeming more artificial. "Excellent, Miss Burton," he said. "In addition to artificial flavor, magicked food can also have an artificial smell or color."

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And then the Professor was moving on, talking more about Gamp's law and how magic cannot conjure food from nothing. Along with different things that could be done with food and he summoned one of her apples, the one she had mentally noted was the magicked one. As he was talking and demonstrating, she nodded in awe ... well despite his sickly appearance, at least it did not seem to affect his teaching. "Thank you," she whispered, when the apple was returned to her desk.

Which was made with magic? The perfect one, the one with the even coating, as her classmates already stated. But what if she wanted to play devil's advocate, to argue for the imperfectly perfect one as the magicked one? Everyone else seemed to be arguing the perfect one was, but what if it was all part of the ploy to trick them into believing something wrong.

"Professor, magic can be used for a variety of purposes, as you've just demonstrated, and while I do believe my classmates are correct in saying the one where the candy coating is perfectly smooth is the magicked one. However," she hesitated a moment. "Magic, as you demonstrated, is a wondrous thing, because in addition to making things look perfect, it could also mimic imperfections. Which means, the magicked one doesn't have to be the perfect one, because even the imperfect one is perfect in the way the smudges resemble ocean ripples. Or the air bubbles in their symmetrical form. Or well, the only way to know truly, I guess, which one was created using magic would be to perhaps use a revealing spell. We're not looking for human presence, but perhaps just revelio by itself might reveal evidence of magic? Or using prior incantato? But that's more on the wand that cast the magic, so I'm sure that it would inform one of which spell was used on which apple... but maybe, just maybe there's a charm similar to that?" Oops, had she spoken too much? He did say to provide evidence. And in playing devil's advocate, well, one need evidence.


Gaston wasn't sure how Miss Diggory would react to him summoning her apple, but he was glad she didn't' seem annoyed by it. Really, he'd just picked one at random. The professor's eyes widened slightly at the girl's answer; this was the most outside-the-box response he'd heard yet! "I'm impressed, Miss Diggory. Five points to Slytherin for your astute answer!" he said with a smile. "It's fairly common to use magic to create imperfections in foods. It makes it harder to distinguish between its natural counterpart, though in this case, the imperfections were caused by nature instead of magic." He didn't want to make it too difficult for the students to find the magicked apple! He nodded slightly as she went on. "Revelio on its own could be used to return a magicked item to its original state, but depending upon the spell used could be messy. While useful on a food that has been duplicated or transfigured, food created by magically combining existing ingredients would separate into its individual components, like so..."

He aimed his wand at the duplicated apple on his desk. "Revelio." It vanished. Then he cast the same spell on the banana, and it turned back into an apple. Finally he turned his wand to the candy apple he'd made by combining ingredients. The candy melted away, leaving just a plain apple and red candy goo covering his desk. Then he turned back to Miss Diggory. "But you're on the right track; there is a charm that reveals magic itself without affecting the object. May I?" He pointed his wand at her apple again. "Revelio incantatem." An orange glow appeared around the magicked apple.

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Fortunately Shay hadn't eaten all of her apples because the professor wanted opinions on which was which. Swallowing her most recent bite, she checked her notes and prepared to give her conclusions. Shay raised her hand and when called on, she made her case.

Holding the remnants of her apples up, Shay began to speak."I think this first apple is the one made by magic. There is no flat clump of candy coating on the bottom of this one. It doesn't look like it was dipped in the red coating and allowed to dry, like the other one. It's a little to perfect on the bottom. And this one doesn't exactly smell right. I can't explain it. It just doesn't smell jelly apple-ish enough.......oh and the color is a little too light." Shay was pretty sure about her choice. Now she just had to wait and see if she was right.


And here was another student who'd picked up on the magicked apple's unnaturally perfect appearance, and... Blink, blink. It didn't smell right? That caught the professor slightly off guard, and for a moment, he wondered if someone had tampered with the apples. It started to make more sense the more Miss Morrison explained her points, though. He nodded. "Very good, Miss Morrison," he said. "So you've noticed a difference in smell too."

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Roopunzel just wanted to have a big old sing song right now instead of negotiating the properties of an apple. But Sir Pirate had given them instructions and Roo was on a warning already for his issues with the adults around school and how eager he was to voice them. Whoopsie. He gave both of the apples he was currently juggling another consideration for their bouncing ability. Actually...which apple was which again? Oh no! He'd juggled them into confusion and now he was going to have to re-identify them against his sketches. Laying them out on the frying pan, he compared them against the sketches and the notes made underneath each one about the scent and texture of each one.

And that was when he knocked one of his apples over on the table and got a glance at the bottom of one of the apples where the coating had folded against itself. Hmm....

Turning the other apple, he compared that part of it and it literally all came together for him. The one without the folding HAD to be magic. Right? This level of perfection couldn't just be organic, right? Oh, but Miss Skylar Diggory had given an incredible answer there which threw Rooney back into being confused. He messed around with the long hair draped over his legs as he considered her answer and his inability to come to such a perfect conclusion as that. Magic COULD create imperfections. If it had to be passable, then it had to at least give enough reasonable doubt, right? Why oh why. He gave no answer of his own, instead looked closely at his notes once more and both of the apples. Could any of the imperfections he had noticed be purposely put there?

Roo leaned into his hand, pressing a thumb against his lips.... why did.... why did his thumb taste subtly like cinnamon and .. what was that? ... Cinnamon and sausage? He'd had a sausage sandwich for breakfast, but surely it wouldn't have left his thumb tasting sausagey this long afterwards. Which apple had he just been holding in this hand?!! Roopunzel was puzzled.


Another quiet student. Gaston watched as Mr. Bronwyn - or should he say Princess Rapunzel - stopped juggling the apples and examined them rather intently. Was it just him or did the head boy-turned-princess look a bit confused? Had he really made the magicked candy apples that hard to spot?

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Distracted and off were both accurate reasons to her lack of greeting today. Lucy blinked at Professor Marchand when he called her by name. Hello? .... Yes! Hello! "Good morning," she offered a small, sleepy smile.

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So, one apple was hand-made and one made with magic. Luce knew about Gamp's laws, and that one couldn't just magic apples out of thin air. She also knew that even in duplications, there were always slight discrepancies from the original. And, she thought that duplication was probably the method used to 'create' this apple.

She first took in the glossiness of the candy coating. Then, pressed a finger into it to feel the give and stickiness. She sucked at the candy that was pulled away as she thought about what her observations might mean. And then she began picking the candy coating off the apples - or trying to anyway - to see if the apples themselves underneath gave away any clues. Her last test was, of course, to taste. She took a small bite from each.


Before she drew any conclusions, though, Professor Marchand was speaking again.

She watched in awe as he flawlessly magicked all the apples. How he seamlessly transitioned from one non-verbal spell to the next. Sometimes, and usually in the most mundane ways, magic never failed to amaze her. And she was briefly caught up in the beauty of it all before she remembered that she had learning to do. And learning was especially important this year.

After regaining her focus, she tried once again to figure out which of the apples on her own desk were made from magic. Which was significantly easier now that it was demonstrated right before her eyes. She picked up the evenly coated one that matched the professor's up by the stem. "This one's magicked," she said. Funny how it was contrary to her originaly thinking that the magicked one would be the more flawed. But, it did make sense.


Gaston listened to Miss Potts's answer, patiently waiting for her to provide observations to support her point. He was a little surprised when none came, but maybe the girl just forgot. Or was having trouble wording her ideas. "Very good, Miss Potts," he replied with an encouraging smile. "Any particular reason why you think so?" he gently prompted.

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Hey, that was him! HE WAS MR. BOTROS!

Abey smiled around at everyone at that point, because yes hello that was him that Marchand was talking about, and he'd said something that was smart and not completely wrong. What a good day.

They'd get to make their own candy apples? NICE. Especially since both of Abey's were currently looking a little worse for wear, and his desk was now littered with candy-coating shrapnel and an awful lot of glitter.

Ooh, okay, ooh, Abey had an answer for that. And he was bursting to say it, too, so that was what he did.

"I think THIS one is the magic one," he declared, holding up the apple in his right hand. "Because when I smashed them together, the other one's coating sort of shattered and smashed and went all weird where the coating was uneven and then bits of the good part fell off, but this one just cracked like a lightning bolt and it seems the same all around and also it's actually really mega smooth and theres no drips on the outside or anything so it looks like it was charmed to dry instantly after the coating was put on."

Did that make sense? Probably not.

Also, these things were sticky. Like, REALLY sticky actually. Abey had to put both apples down and try to lick the sweet, sugary stickiness off of his fingers, and risk ingesting all that glitter in the process.


Mr. Botros's answer got a little chuckle from the professor. "A very unique observation, Mr. Botros," he said with a smile. He never would've thought to test the apples by smashing them together, but the boy had arrived at the correct conclusion nonetheless. "And you're right. A smooth, even coating is more often than not a sign of magic."

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BEAMING at Professor Marchand for a few moments, because yes, she'd seen that impressed look and was currently reveling in it...Olivia carried on with adding notes on her findings. Apple A...was the one with the air bubbles, and it was her opinion that perfection wouldn't have allowed for those types of flaws... You know, like small indents, uneven candy coating, and air bubbles. Again, magic created a false sense of perfection. Bothersome in some situations but helpful in discerning the differences in this one. Soooo, if that was the assignment, Liv was sure she'd pass.

"Apple A," She gestured to the one with flaws. "...as some bubbling beneath the candied coating, that I might have missed had I not used a magnifying charm." Mhm, resourcefulness! "The dents were so small that I might've missed them had I just been staring at it normally, and furthermore, there are imperfections on the surface of the apple." You know, besides the air bubbles. "The coating is also a little wonky, where as Apple B is smooth and unblemished. Perfect even beneath the gaze of Oculo Focalis." No spidering, no bubbles, no problems.

"I feel like you could've tricked us, where we might've had a harder time in telling the difference." It was easy to pick the perfect apple. Humans weren't perfect creatures and made errors. It was nearly impossibly to achieve the paragon of what a candy apple was. "Also, with so much candy smell in this room, I couldn't tell any differences on that front." Artificial or not, it was a hard sell.

What would Olphaba say at a time like this..... "This was dreadfully boring..." For effect, she tossed in some witchy!cackling. (AHEM, JUST KIDDING, but in character, you know?)


The witchy cackling did not escape Gaston's notice, but he let it slide. After all, it was Halloween... well, almost. The thing that caught him off guard was when Miss Phillips said she thought he could be tricking them. What was it with some of these kids assuming the worst of him? "I assure you there was no trickery involved, Miss Phillips," he said, but the smile he gave her was a little forced and the sad look in his eyes more pronounced. If anything, he'd tried to make it easier for them to guess!

He nodded in reply to her answer. She had a fair point about the smell, but what she said about the flawed apple was a little unexpected. "Excellent guess, Miss Phillips," he said. "Magic can create flaws, though unless a spell was used specifically to mimic said flaws - which was not the case here - the more perfect object will be the magicked one."

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Derf was...having a bit too much fun drumming with both of his apples on his desk - of COURSE he was also taking great care in seeing how each felt when bouncing off the surface and switched them between both his hands so his dominant hand wouldn't...er...dominate in its opinion - so he was only half paying attention when the class moved on.

When he DID catch that they were talking about...things...he honestly couldn't remember which apple was which. Was THIS one A and this one B? A told B and be told C...no...not time to get distracted by songs and such he was singing to Picketta.

"This-s-s one," he proclaimed, thrusting one of the candy apples into the air. "Does-s-sn't make my arm vibrate as much after I whack my desk with it. Feels-s-s less-s-s s-solid. More s-s-spongy." He paused here, thinking about what the professor had just said about combining foods and such. "...does-s-s that mean this-s-s apple was made by combining .... uh.... sponge cake and s-s-something else?"


Mr. Ashbury-Hawthorne was still drumming his apples on his desk. Gaston smiled a little; he didn't have the heart to tell him to stop. Then he saw one of the boy's apples go up and called on him. Talk about an outside-the-box answer! "Interesting theory, Mr. Ashbury-Hawthorne - and a creative testing method if I do say so myself!" he said. "That's a good point you made. Depending on the spell used, some magic can cause an object to feel less solid. This is most often the case when duplicating or transforming something." The bit about combining apples and sponge cake made him laugh a little. "I'm afraid it wasn't, though that's a very good idea!" He'd have to see if he could come up with an apple sponge cake recipe!

Once the students had finished giving their answers, Gaston turned to address the group again. "Excellent answers, all of you!" he said. "You came up with some clever and creative reasoning to back up your points, and most of you correctly identified the magicked apple. So how exactly does one tell food made by magic from food made by hand?" He flicked his wand at the blackboard, and the following words appeared:

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Appearance - magicked food will have an unnaturally perfect appearance (e.g. no bumps, air bubbles, etc.) unless caster uses spell to deliberately create flaws

Proportion - magicked food will appear more symmetrical than handmade

Texture - magicked food will appear smoother

Density - Certain spells (e.g. duplication charms, most forms of transfiguration) will cause magicked food to feel lighter than handmade

Smell/Taste - Differences are virtually undetectable, though some magicked food will have a more artificial smell/taste
Once he'd finished writing the differences the class had mentioned on the board, he gave his students a few moments to take notes before continuing, "Now, in a few minutes, we'll be using a few simple charms to create a Halloween treat, but first, why do you think it's important to learn to cook with magic? What spells do you think would be most useful in the kitchen?" He couldn't wait to hear the class's thoughts on this. Maybe some of them would be able to guess the charms he'd be teaching!

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Once she had finished copying down the notes on the differences between magicked and handmade food, Rula adjusted the beanie on her head - which was basically the extent of her costume for the class, other than the Hufflepuff scarf around her neck that she'd borrowed from Max. She had been pretty busy so far this term, so she'd sorta forgotten about Halloween costumes until the last minute, and once she'd found this random beanie in her trunk she bought probably years ago, it seemed good enough. And sure, real badgers didn't actually wear gold and black scarves, but it still got the point across, right?

Also it was another excuse to keep something else with her that reminded her of Max, so there was that too. Hehe.

Anyway, let's see...why was cooking with magic important? She raised her hand. "Because sometimes you might need to focus on a lot of things at once, like if you have a lot of children running around and you need to make sure they don't get hurt, but you also need to make lunch. You can use some spells to keep the meal going while also paying attention to them. Or also if you've just got a lot of stuff to cook. There's only so much you can do at once by hand, so it helps if you can do some of it with magic, while focusing on other food that's best made by hand." So overall, in her opinion, it really helped with multi-tasking, which was nice.
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Emmeline beamed when Professor Marchand said he would teach her the summoning charm later. That spell would come in quite handy if her cruppy tried to escape the nursery and she couldn't catch him in time.

Back to Charms. Lots of information appeared on the board, and Emmeline raced to write it all down in her notes. She was scared that it would vanish again before she got all of it, but fortunately the professor was asking another question.

The obvious answer in Emmeline's mind was because cooking the slow way is hard. That wasn't likely to impress Professor Marchand, though. The first year wasn't sure why someone wouldn't cook with magic, so this question was doubly confusing. Raising her hand, she said quietly: "Because magicked food tastes better? It can't go bad, can it?" Would the magicked apples rot? Regardless, that was still a lame answer in Emmeline's opinion, so if the professor ignored her answer, she wouldn't be disappointed. Why was it that all the lessons she wanted to do well in she could never impress the professors?
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Ohhhhh did that mean... he had exemplary taste buds? The Curly Top grinned back. Hey he'll take that as an accomplishment booyea!

And they actually will be making a treat! Oh now this is really getting him going. Now why is it important to learn to cooking with magic? "Multitasking." firm nod. "Also sometimes its easier or more efficient to perform certain tasks with magic like separating the yolk from the whites...." Which is a very useful magical culinary technique.
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James was quiet when the professor asked them a question at first, mainly because he was way too focused on observing and taste-test the apples. He distinguished the apples on the right and then, on the left. Hmm...he should know by simply waving his wand to reveal the fake one right? Good thing the professor told them the spell for it "Revelio Incantatem" as soon as he finished his observations. He thought maybe he should practice doing that spell with someone. James let his magic quill do the note taking before raising his hand to answer, "I agree, mostly to quicken the process and the preparation of the food. You don't have to wait ...for like an hour to bake some pastry." He found that incredibly amazing, he would never have to wait for a meal ever again. "I think chopping some vegetables using magic would be cool, or create a fire making spell "incendio" to cook."
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Melbourne listened to the spells and charms that her classmates were bringing up…they all had really good ideas now didn’t they? She thought to herself as she grinned up at Professor Marchand. Yes, of course she was pleased that she had had a good observation about the air bubbles…who wouldn’t be pleased by being at least partially right in a classroom discussion?

No one, or at least that was what she thought.

”Professor,” she spoke after raising her hand, ”I think like most of my classmates are saying that spells for multitasking and ways to quicken the cooking process may be important but they likely aren’t the be-all-end all of magical cooking,” her voice was confident and timid at the same time as if she were almost speaking from experience. ”as someone that loves to bake and cook I know that often for me at least cleaning up in the end can be an issue…so say using a cleaning charm on utensils and products used while cooking such as zesters, whisks, and other such cooking implements would speed up the process.” she paused for a moment before glancing over toward James…waiting for a pastry ”or something simple like what James mentioned about waiting – you could have cooling charms for baked goods and maybe resting charms for meats so that they are the perfect temperature and have the perfect level of” shudder ”moistness when they are served and consumed” yeah sure she had been talkative but was that really a problem?

It would probably only really bother Olphaba and Roopunzel…or something like that, still, the girl loved to bake. That was after all her go to method for thinking things through. Needless to say the Gryffindor girl was going to be baking quite a lot this term.
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She hadn’t spoken up when it came to the question of which apple had been the magic one. Stasya hadn’t seen the point when everyone pretty much was just saying the same thing. Instead, she’d contented herself with the knowledge that Professor Marchand had felt the need to show her that in fact the hook wasn’t anything but a costume prop. That he felt the need to make sure she knew that. Plus there had been the distraction of Derf drumming with his apples next to her, but she’d managed to keep herself from asking if that helped. It wasn’t something she’d thought of when it had come to testing her apples after all, and others had done similar things. Maybe she’d been wrong. Except she’d come up with the same answer.

“Well, we’re magic,” she pointed out, raising her hand. “Learning spells to help ourselves cook makes sense. We could cook multiple things at once by charming things like spoons and stuff to stir for us while we’re focused on something else.” Multitasking, like Ace and Mel and some others had said. She hadn’t thought the magic apple had tasted much better, but Emmeline had made a good point too. Maybe magic food did taste different. Because it was magic.
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Shay listened as her classmates gave there predictions on which apple was magically made and most of them were correct. She copied the information that the professor had written on the board. Surprisingly, smell was not one of the major ways to differentiate between magic and non magic food. Shay wondered if she had an extra sensitive sense of smell because she definitely noticed a difference. The funny thing was that the real apple had the artificial smell to her. The magic apple, not so much.

Anyway, it was time for another question and after giving it some thought, Shay raised her hand. "I think using magic in the kitchen would be a great timesaver, especially if you had to cook large amounts of food." As for what types of spells would be useful, Shay continued. "Some useful spells might be........Incendio, Aguamenti, maybe spells to stir or mix and spells to duplicate or make more of what you've got."
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Jessa took note of the spell the Professor had mentioned to Skylar, thinking it would certainly come in handy at some point later. A spell that revealed magic was the sort of thing she could get behind while doing her studies.

While she scribbled her little notes, Jessa was sure to pay keen attention to the Professor's next question. Something about cooking with magic? Why it was better?

"I guess because magic can be so precise if you get it right, there's less room for error....? And like Ace said, it helps with multi-tasking too. Kitchens can become super busy so it helps to have other hands around--even better when those extra hands are magic and less likely to mess things up in the recipe or during the actual cooking."

That was probably one of the reasons she'd ever cook with magic. Just seemed to make everything easier.

"Plus house elf food is amazing and I imagine it's been cooked with magic so there's another incentive right there." Jessa adored her father's cooking but there was just something about the way the elves did it.
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So magic did alter with the taste and scent. Hmmm...

Ava knew that there were some advantages by cooking with magic, it would be more efficient in time, less effort, and etc. But it would be... different, you know? The Gryffindor believed that preparing food in conventional way was more meaningful and could show how passionate the chef was when he/she prepared the cuisine. Yeah, she was being sentimental.

"I think it's important because cooking with magic can save time for preparing the food, especially when you're in hurry or you're about to have a feast." She gave an opinion as her hand was up in the air. "Some spells that are useful in daily life can be used in the kitchen too, like summoning charm when you need to reach the utensils or severing charm to chop the ingredients." Right.


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Ooooooh. They were actually going to be cooking in class! How exciting. Etta knew next to nothing about food-related charms so to learn something entirely new was rather super exciting! She quickly noted down what was discussed before raising a hand to answer the professor's question.

"I think magic would help to manage different tasks at the same time, like the others mentioned. It would help with stirring, for example. Or it'll be a huge help and relief when you need to make large quantities of food in a short period of time. Basically.. magic makes cooking a hundred times easier."
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No, no. Rooney was not stumped by his apple issues. He was just overwhelmed with all of the information that he had brought together on his page and was realllllllllly thinking about sausage sandwiches now. Enough so that he had almost forgotten to keep his posture regal and was leaning right on over his desk like a slouching sloucher. Uh oh. He only straightened up when Professor Marchand started talking to them once again. Hmm.. Right. Softly, Roopunzel leaned his chin into his palm and listened to the answers given by his classmates. Good ideas, all of them. But he had his own theory..

"Efficiency, Sir. Anything to speed the process of cooking up, especially if it's multiple courses.. And maintaining heats and quality of food whilst the rest is being done. I've seen my Aunt cook a whole Christmas meal for the family in no time at ALL." He had been around seven at the time and performing a monologue for those in the house, but he was sure it had been no time at all. The books said it could be done, and so he assumed it could.
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A Halloween treat? Ooh boy! Olivia was looking forward to making a treat. What kind of Halloween treat would they be making though? That was the question she wanted an answer too. She was certain that they would find that out soon.

What would magic be useful for in regards to the preparation of food? Loads of things. Apart from multitasking, there were other applications too. Maintaining the heat of a mixture perfectly, cleaning (that was very important as Olivia hated doing the dishes- they were a necessary evil), and more. She raised her hand. "Magic can perhaps be used to ensure that liquids stay at the correct heat for longer. For example, if you finished creating a bolognese sauce for a pasta before the pasta started boiling, you would be able to perhaps cast a spell that could ensure that the dish retains its heat until you are ready to serve. As others have said, magic can also be used to multitask but it can also be used to clean dishes, pots, and pans very well. Perhaps it can clean them better than you can by hand." As Rooney had put it, magic made everything more efficient!
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Astute answer? Skylar beamed nonetheless, because even though in this situation the Professor hadn't been trying to trick them, at least she'd been vigilant in it being a possibility. Somewhere down the line, someone might be trying to poison her, and because she knew spells to detect it, well she could avoid the poisoned food. She nodded when he explained there was a spell that could be used, but not a simple revelio, yet revelio incantatem. Once he was done with his demonstration, she wrote the spell down, along with a 'glows orange around magicked object'. She would be practicing that later, if they didn't get to practice to it during the lesson. It would make her more trusting of Professor's foods they liked to hand out during classes, if nothing else.

Copying down the differences between magicked and handmade foods, she listened to her peers as they came up with useful spells in the kitchen. Halloween treats? Honestly, Skylar wasn't very interested in creating a Halloween treat, but more interested in learning and mastering the revealing spell. Yes, learning to cook with magic was a time-saver, for sure. Multi-tasking. She was always in awe when watching her mother and sister and grandma and anyone else older cook. "Cleanup, as Olivia said. Cleaning up the kitchen when you're done cooking can sometimes be an all-day chore, so the fact that it could be done with simple motions and incantations to make those chores easier..." Plus impressive too, if you were trying to impress someone. "But in terms of the actual cooking process, well, it could be used, like you did so with these candied apples, to make them flawless with the melting of the candy and the even coating."
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Okay, but look... As someone with a mother who enjoyed cooking and doing all those sorts of things in the kitchen, Olivia was confused why people SHOULD learn to cook with magic. Shouldn't that be the other way around? Liv would think that learning to cook WITHOUT magic would be the more important task. Seeing as things can often times go wrong with magic, and it was important to have a backup plan. But perhaps she was putting too much logic to these things.

Heh. Or perhaps not.

"Sir, I think it should be the complete opposite." Let her explain! "Sure, magic makes things more convenient...and it's practical for the House Elves to use magic since they cater to hundreds of students. The logic behind that is sound, but for day to day meals, when you've moved into your adult life, and are preparing food for your family, I'd like to think that doing so without magic would be more fulfilling." Olivia had prepared a meal for Rooney before, when she'd planned their Beauty and the Beast date. She'd practiced making those dishes for months on her own to get them just right. That was love. "For cleanup purposes, sure. Magic would be wonderful, but for the actual process of cooking... I think the muggle approach would simply be....for lack of a better word, better."

Liv wasn't meaning to be long-winded, but she'd gotten fixated on this topic, and when that happened, she had to make her opinion heard. Gryffindor problems. Truly. "I think the only instance I'd use magic would be for slicing fruits and vegetables. That is a very time consuming task."

After she'd finished speaking, the Gryffindor turned to regard some of her classmates. The way they talked about using magic to prepare food... It was easy to see they'd never actually cooked a meal before. Liv would often watch her mother move around their kitchen, so graceful and sure of herself, that it was a sight to behold. Cooking made her happy, and not to be disrespectful or anything, but the use of magic felt like cheating. It reduced the art to something cheap and easily imitated. It took away every ounce of skill. Anyone could use magic. "I think it's important to do things without magic, just as much as with, sir. We shouldn't whip out wands out for every little thing, too."

Okay, okay... She was finished.
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Yesssss! Unique observation. That was good, Abey thought. Um... maybe? Yes. Let's go with yes. He was right, at any right, and that was what mattered, really.

Oh, Merlin, though... already with the stuff on the board. Abey just went ahead and assumed that was all the stuff that Marchand had just covered, as he didn't really want to waste his LISTENING time by trying to READ. It just meant he got further and further behind, even if his memory for listening to things was actually appalling actually.

But... why was it important to learn to cook with magic? Um... well... uh...

... "Well... isn't that how all cooking is done pretty much?" Riiiiiight? People did everything with magic so why not food things too? It would have been weird if there WASN'T a magic specifically for cooking.

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