Professor Grabiner is very obviously fanon Snape. On Virginia's route, Donald plays a prank on her for Valentine's Day by finding a marriage contract that she and Jacob made as kids and passing it around the school. Then Potsdam gets word of it and informs the two that the contract they made is enough to be considered a promise, and since the promises of witches and wizards are binding , they actually have to get married once they turn eighteen or they'll both lose their powers forever.
Snake and Toad Hall students in general tend in this direction. Particular examples include Big Steve, Suki, and Balthasar. Give Big Steve the bunny doll, and he names it "Mr. Hoppity" and is often seen talking to it.
And writes letters to Mary Sue in Mr. It's unclear whether this is due to a dissonant personality disorder on Big Steve's part or if there's more to Mr. Hoppity than meets the eye. With enough White Magic you can check whether or not there is any sort of spirit in the toy, and there doesn't seem to be, so it's probably just Big Steve.
And she adores him for it. Yet magical society is exceedingly totalitarian, its rules are enforced by Laser-Guided Amnesia , the students at Iris Academy have very few rights, and even then, the professors are not the ones who are the most dangerous to you.
If you don't at least take a look at all five magic types early on, you'll get detention or demerits. Also, not all dungeons can be solved by all kinds of magic, so someone who purely specializes in a single art is at risk of demerits. Dark Is Not Evil: However, as seen above, their students generally turn out to be harmless Cloudcuckoolanders - the dangerous students aren't so obvious. Black Magic, despite having a name full of negative connotations, deals mostly with enchanting magical items and is no more inherently evil than any other school.
The romance with Damien is a deconstruction of the plot where Love Redeems the Troubled, but Cute villain. Damien's read that romance novel, and he's not only manipulating Mary Sue in the classic romance-novel sense, but he's manipulating the player's expectations of how this story goes to get what he wants, and everything he does before the Wham Episode is in fact pure fakery.
If you don't romance him, he'll go after a freshman boy instead. On the other hand: Gender appears to be mostly irrelevant when it comes to romance here, with no one commenting if the heroine ends up in a romance with a girl, and several NPCs also involved in same-sex relationships that are, again, not treated as unusual.
When Jacob's "fathers" are mentioned in Virginia's path, it comes up very casually and might not even be noticeable if one doesn't pay attention to his exact wording as in, "my fathers" versus "our fathers".
Ellen's parents divorced when she was younger, and her father eventually stopped writing to her. Kyo is extremely possessive of Minnie and pulls a lot of manipulation on her when she tries to break up with him for it. They break up at least twice over the course of the story, but Minnie will end up going back to him if you don't intervene in some way. Potentially one of either when Damien shows his true colors, depending on player choice.
Earn Your Bad Ending: The divorce ending requires you to take a very specific series of actions, and is a downright horrific failure mode taking your life From Bad to Worse. Playfully lampshaded by Damien during the May Day ball. The protagonist is under the impression that his earlier promise not to harm her is still in effect - until he bites her. As he points out, the terms of the promise mean that it actually only protected her for the one day.
Fortunately, he doesn't actually intend to harm her and the bite was simply to mess with her From the perspective of magical society, the ending in which the protagonist loses her magic and escapes with Damien constitutes one. The truth of the situation is something much more complicated. When Potsdam finally gets around to The Talk , this is the topic.
Nobody blinks an eye at high schoolers having sex, but children are forbidden; fortunately, the use of green magic will easily prevent conception, and Potsdam can help if you don't have that level of skill yet. The game doesn't let you get past kissing with any of the available love interests. If you manage to acquire certain amounts of magic points before the events, some of Ms. Potsdam's lectures can be considered foreshadowing at least for Damien's path, and possibly a few others'.
One of the signs that Professor Grabiner is warming to the protagonist is that - at least when they're not around other people - he begins calling her by her first name, and gives her permission to call him something other than "sir. No Hanako Games title would be complete without this. In this case both Ellen and Virginia fulfill the role officially. The letters that Damien sends after things in his path go pear-shaped contain copious amounts of slightly unhinged groveling, promising anything you could possibly want from expensive presents all the way up to conquering the world for you if only you'll take him back.
Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The PC's name is chosen by the player with " Mary Sue " as the default. During the final exam, there are plenty of ways to cause your team to collapse from lack of trust usually due to your personal romantic affairs , but the most blatant way is if you tried to intercede for Damien after he tried to steal your soul.
They will issue a direct ultimatum: I Have This Friend Kyo talks about his problems with Minnie this way the first time he asks you about it in Gym Class. Virginia was born prematurely and has some health problems as a result.
William explains it to you when she gets sick about halfway through the year. Jerkass Has a Point: For all of Damien's flaws and problems, it's safer to listen to his warnings: Your first encounter with him in the gym, where he tells you to attend at least the first lecture of every class and not trust the professors?
You need a minimum of one point in every colour to avoid getting detention after the first two weeks, and a minimum of ten to avoid being kept behind for summer school. And Potsdam definitely isn't telling you everything. His suggestion to study blue magic during Initiation week? Successfully using blue magic which requires a total of thirty or more points in it will get a whopping ten merits in the first exam - more than you can get from any other option. His warning not to use Spirit Sight during the Dark Dance?
Doing so will make the spirits very angry, causing them to knock you out and temporarily blind you. Grabiner will also give you detention and take ten demerits from you - or twenty, if you asked him about the dance prior to attending it. Him telling you that you might be in danger in the Academy - that you could lose your mind, or your life, or worse? If you get expelled, you will "lose your mind" by being brainwashed.
As for your life and your soul, they are also in danger Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grabiner is an extremely caustic Deadpan Snarker with a tendency to rant at the heroine if she fails an exam He's actually quite gentlemanly when calm and talking with a person he respects. On his route, this is how his initial lack of respect for the protagonist manifests-he starts off viewing the protagonist as an idiot and tries to ignore her until he can cast the severance spell on the Magically Binding Contract.
As she shows a more caring and competent side to him, he warms up significantly. Used to enforce the masquerade and prevent anyone non-magical from finding out anything about magical society. Specifically, it's used on anyone who finds themselves kicked out of magical society, whether by expulsion, breaking a promise, or choice. A milder version is applied to the parents of Wildseeds to make them forget that their children are magical, but in some cases it hits harder than intended and the parents in question start to forget that they care about their children, which is what happens to Ellen's parents.
She eventually tells Potsdam to make her family forget about her completely. She says that if trying to steal your soul isn't technically on the books as an expulsion-worthy offense, she'll make it one.
However, used in one event to get out of a Magically Binding Contract. Virginia and Jacob promised to marry when they turn eighteen.
They did not promise to marry each other. Sometimes there is a time limit or an opponent of some kind, but for the most part, the only rule for the exams is "find the exit".
In one exam, Ellen uses her analytical skills to break through an illusion and find the exit, without even bothering with magic. Subverted in that she doesn't get any merits for it and Professor Grabiner basically equates it to cheating: You can do something similar in the exam with the exploding chest. If you have enough Strong, you will survive the explosion that happens when you open the chest and can then just take the key and exit the dungeon.
Like the above example, Potsdam isn't happy with you if you do this. Professor Grabiner's attitude turns out to have been shaped significantly by the tragic and gruesome death of Violet, a promising wildseed witch who he fell in love with while they were both students. The PC, on Damien's route. Everyone around her warns her away from him, but even after he betrays and nearly kills her, she'll keep forgiving him and coming back for more if you want to get his endings.
Unless you enlist Big Steve's help, you only have a 1 in chance of winning that bunny doll. Magic itself can be this as well. Each class in a type of magic raises that type by a random amount of points between 1 and 3, and you have a chance of failing that goes up with your stress level.
If you wait until the last minute to level up a type of magic that you need for an exam, you'll have to hope that you get lucky with the numbers. The sworn promise of a witch or wizard is completely binding, with dire consequences if broken. Ellen tries to experiment and it nearly gets her expelled. Of the extra-strength variety based on some of the comments. You have the option to send a romantic valentine to Professor Potsdam. If you do, she turns you down. Not because she's old enough to be your mother or because a relationship between a student and teacher would be wrong, but because she doesn't want students thinking they can buy scholastic merits.
She does seem genuinely flattered by the interest, though.