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Hi, thanks for all your great work.
Regarding the “manipulating a peer” bit:
I’d say that Harry would not be manipulating Hermione in a way that she does not want or is oblivious about. The real-life analogy I thought of was recommending a movie or book to a friend.
You can communicate to your friend how you think that this book will be fun for him to read. But in order for it to be fully fun, you can’t just blurt out “and I know how you like twists, so it turns out this Vader bloke is the father of the outcast protagonist in the end. You’ll love it!”.
So while Brian is your peer, you still kept him in the dark about what is really going to happen in the novel, while still communicating to him that you intend for him to read it and think he will enjoy it. In this analogy, you enjoying the movie twist is the equivalent of Hermione getting the phoenix. Arguably one of those is a bit better, but I hope you get my general thought process.
So, Harry could still communicate his intention to her: “Okay, by not telling you any details, you can possibly gain a magical advantage going through the story. In my opinion, this will be in your interest as well. Are you willing to accept this?”
If Hermione trusts him, she can still accept and Harry did not deceive her (IMO).