Fairy Godmother concludes the portal-making spell with a last "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!"
"Yes. My dad used to be under a curse. He refused to let an old lady stay at his castle and she turned out to be a fairy and turned him into a horrible furry monster."
"Both of my parents were under a curse too! They were turned into frogs for complicated non-fairy-related reasons."
"...Curses where I'm from don't... turn people into things. Mostly they change what you can do. Sometimes what you can feel or think. Mine does all three."
"That's not great! Do you know what you need to do to break it?"
Asher and Ben have a conversation via facial expressions.
Eventually Asher says, "There might be a way to break it but that should probably wait until I've finished Auradon 101. Second thing-- magic is illegal unless you have permission from Ben to use it. You're not a magic user so it's unlikely to come up, but it's one of the weird things about us."
Baffled face. "What??? How do you—? Maybe it's different here, but heartwrights do a lot of important stuff at home."
"Healing people, building things..."
"Building things was typically done by humans without magic even before magic was illegal. Humans in Auradon run on physics, so expert humans called 'doctors' can treat them with medicine even without magic."
"...'Run on physics'?"
"It's shorthand. Some things have a lot of innate regularities, so the same things happen every time you do them? Other things don't. Like-- a rock runs completely on physics, no matter what happens if you kick a rock with the same force in the same direction it will go the same way. Wonderland doesn't have any physics, which is why the Mad Hatter's Tea Party doesn't run out of table."
"...okay. I still think healers are probably better but maybe doctors are much better at fixing people than it sounds like."
"Third thing-- Ben, shoo, I'm going to admit to doing crimes--"
Ben grins and shoos.
"It is very important in Auradon that everyone believes you are only having sex inside a monogamous marriage with a person you love, who is of the opposite gender."
"I totally agree! --It's not as bad as it sounds like, you can get away with tons of shit because no one is even thinking about the possibility that you might."
"I... guess I will keep that in mind."
"Are you from a world that has the concept of 'consent'?"
"—I'm—not sure what you mean?"
"Great. So, uh, if people don't want you to kiss them or have sex with them, don't kiss them or have sex with them. If they do want you to kiss them or have sex with them but they say 'no, I don't want that,' don't kiss them or have sex with them. If you break this rule you will be blacklisted from every underground queer community except the one with Harry Hook in it."
(Tazalkyran will get a sense that "queer" is an odd term from Asher's particular dialect, perhaps because the main Auradonian language has no need for it at all.)
He seems to be trying to say something but having considerable trouble. He opens and closes his mouth and makes an assortment of confused frowns. Finally he gives up.