I’m kind of ready for this whole Hogwarts thing to be over. But the really sad thing is that once it is, it’s going to be a very long time before we get any more Mahoutsuka no Yome anime – there just isn’t enough material. They could adapt the Majutsushi no Ao spinoff – which is excellent (certainly more interesting than this arc), but I see no evidence it’s massively popular. So basically, as far as The Ancient Magus’ Bride goes this is as good as it gets.
At least we got back to the main plot here, which did generate some interesting moments. The book seemed to make its move, attacking Chise directly as siphoning off a bunch of her magical power (which is a big gas tank). Then, all the sick kids in the infirmary suddenly felt refreshed and nobody would be attacked for the next month. Elias (remember him?) speculates that the book may in fact be controlling the user – or at the very least that the user isn’t strong enough to control it. And Chise opines that maybe the user doesn’t want to kill or permanently damage any of the victims.
Then for some reason there’s about 9 minutes of Chise and Elias picking tomatoes (off trees) and everybody eating them. I thought maybe something sinister was being hinted at there, but it looks like it was just a narrative cul-de-sac. After that it’s Philomela suffering time, with some strong hints that Veronica could be behind everything (though I don’t buy it). I do think Philomela is directly involved in the whole book thing somehow, whether she realizes it or not.