But that really did happen and now he's just hiding out because he thinks no one likes him. Where else would the mystery potions at the Apothecary come from? He has a secret lab and he's making potions under an alias so he can make lots of money.
Philosophy or physics to (preferably gifted) middle schoolers. I like that they are old enough to at least partially understand it and young enough that they would listen to me. And that they probably wouldn't pick a class about it for an easy way out because at least physics doesn't sound easy.