"No, no, no! Come on, Ron, this isn't that difficult," Ginny said, exasperated.

"Maybe for you it isn't, you wrote the stupid thing. And maybe it wouldn't be so difficult for me if I didn't have to practice on my little sister!" He responded, obviously frazzled.

"I told you, Ron, Harry has detention with professor Snape tonight. And we need to work now or else you'll run out of time to complete the course before the Winter Ball. So, sorry if this is weird for you, but if you really want Hermione you're just going to have to suck it up." She said it with a tone of finality that made Ron turn back to the book they were studying. The page they were turned to read:

Chapter two: Making her notice you in a new light.

Now, this chapter may be a little out of your comfort zone, but don't let it scare you! This is a bold but necessary step in winning over the girl of your dreams. If you want her, you can't expect things to work out on their own. Sometimes, you need to figure out how to put some ideas in her head that wouldn't have been there otherwise. If never realizes you're trying to woo her, she can't reciprocate.

So, to begin: there is this thing called flirting. For some, it is a harmless activity to pursue with anyone and everyone (cough, Pavarti Patil, cough), but in your case, it is the key to sending the proper signals for the subject of your affection to pick up on.

It is important that you continue carefully and tactfully through this section, because if you are too hot or too cold at this point, it can do some serious damage you'll have to make up for later. For those of you unfamiliar with the art that is flirting, here are a few guidelines:

Word Choice. There is a difference between a "we should be great friends," conversation and a "we belong together," conversation, even if they are composed of the same ideas. There is a certain way in which you say things that you now must be aware of. Instead of saying, "You are really good at charms," say, "You never stop impressing me with your charms skills." And, while you're at it, add something funny—yet flattering—such as "No wonder you always have me charmed." As corny as it seems, if the root of the compliment is sincere, girls will love it. Use every chance you get to use your words to flirt.

Eye contact. When you are talking to a girl, look at her. In her eyes, please. Sometimes, a face can become so usual, so commonplace, you forget to stop and look at it. Catching—and holding—her gaze will cause her to break away from that habit, and start to look back. It is said that your eyes are the windows to your soul. If you let your soul do the talking, and not your mouth, you're a lot less likely to sound like an idiot. Also, looking into her eyes will make you seem more interested, attentive, and caring.

Physical contact. You need to put romantic thoughts in her head in inconspicuous ways. If you touch her hand the right way, she's going to imagine you holding it. If you brush her hair off her face, she'll picture you leaning in for a kiss. But be too obvious, and she'll be caught off guard, and go into panic mode. You have to remain unfazed, and move on with the situation like normal, so that she'll think the ideas were created in her own mind, instead of being planted there. Once she starts thinking about physical contact with you, she won't be able to stop. And the more she thinks about it, the more likely she is to notice her feelings for you.

Similary to number physical contact is emotional contact. Say things that will make her think of the possibility of having you as a boyfriend. Mention things you find romantic, point out how you might treat a girl one day, or talk about what is important to you in a relationship.

"So," said Ginny, "What's next. Oh, that's right, Physical Contact. This is an important one, Ron, so pay attention."

Ron's face greened a little, and he said, "Please, please, Ginny. How on earth can I reenact on—er—Hermione what I practiced on you. That's all I'll be able to think about! Don't make me do this."

Ginny sighed, but was internally relieved. She didn't want to flirt with Ron as much as he didn't want to flirt with her, but she promised she would help, and heaven knows he needed the practice. She jumped a little when the door to the common room slammed shut as Dean Thomas walked in. A smile dawned on her face, and she turned to Ron and said, "Alright. Fine. I'll show you an example. You might want to take notes."

She stood up and walked slowly to Dean. Her back was to Ron when she reached Dean, and the look on confusion on his face changed to understanding when she muttered, "Play along. I'm teaching Ron a little something to help with his girl trouble." Dean knew all about Ron's feelings for Hermione, so his lips curled into a small smile when thinking about just how Ginny might be helping him.

"So, how are you, Dean?" She said, putting her hand on his shoulder. "How've you been?" She questioned, running her hand down his arm.

"Um…pretty good," he replied, "just came back from Care of Magical Creatures."

"Oh, really?" she looked interested. "I heard the sixth years worked with some of Hagrid's chickens today, something about feeding them to the thestrals?" He nodded, and then she took his hand in hers, "I also hear they pecked pretty hard. Did they get you at all?" She pushed up his sleeve, running her fingers over a couple of scars on his hand and forearm. Dean's face was a mix between curiosity, bemusement, and nothing short of arousal. Ginny put his hand down, thanked him quietly then walked back over to her brother and sat down.

"There. Did you have any questions?" She asked, smiling slyly.

"No. None at all. Can I go now?" He asked, already standing up.

"Fine," she said, "but remember, I'm doing this to help you! So practice! Preferably on you-know-who!" By this time he was halfway out of the common room door, waving his hand at her in acknowledgment.

When Ron reached the hallway he noticed Harry, his back turned to him.

"What's up, mate? What are you doing out here?" Ron questioned.

"Oh, n-n-nothing. I just got back from detention, that's all. Wanna go over some quiddich plays?" Harry responded, distracted.

"You know it," Ron replied, turning and walking down the corridor. Harry followed, shaking his head. He had only stepped into the common room for a moment, but it had been enough. How long had Ginny had feelings for Dean? For a moment he actually thought she was still interested in him. Ron slung his arm around Harry's shoulder, saying something about new keeping strategies, but Harry didn't hear him. He was busy thinking of something—anything-to get the image of Ginny holding Dean's hand in her own of his head.