American wizards had their flaws, but suffering from a lack of self-confidence with regard to witches was not one of them. Salem wizards did not pine; they acted, and Severus had decided to take a page from their book.
"I grow weary of studying the text, Professor Granger," he told her, after a pleasantly constrictive evening of research. "I should like to put some of these rituals into practice."
"Wh—which ones, Pro—er, Severus?"
"Whichever ones best suit you, Hermione."
Flushing, she hoarsely instructed, "Turn to p—page one hundred sixty-nine."
"Ah, a naughty page, indeed. How very gratifying."