In this chapter, Gretchen Rubin offers a story about happiness in her career and how she came to be a writer. In the 30 Second Recap, Vanessa gives an actual recap, and Casper largely focuses on how cute Fred and Angelina are. Vanessa starts with a question about the difference between self-care and procrastination. Casper determines that Harry should have asked Dobby to the ball, which is an exciting potential plot point for the elf-human Romance novel that Vanessa mentioned last episode.
Vanessa and Casper explore the idea of the “happy medium” in terms of dating and opportunities. Casper brings up how Hermione’s teeth have been shrunk and wonders about how much physical appearance affects people’s happiness. Casper talks about his “Black Tie Christmas Carol Sing Along Party” which makes Casper feel as though he can die of happiness and that Vanessa hates. Vanessa is Jewish, doesn’t like dressing up, and doesn’t read music, but enjoys the party only because it makes Casper so happy. Similarly infectious is the joy Vanessa’s very cute dog, Rory, brings to people while they go on walks. Casper does a Scottish accent!
In Flora Legia, Vanessa and Casper explores relationships, dating, and how to best respond to being asked out. The takeaway is that you should usually say thank you when you are asked out and not be like Fleur in this instance.