Imagine a tonic, drinking which you are forced to speak out the truth and only the truth and nothing but the truth ! Forget about all the holy books upon which one has to swear in some courts of the world ! Such a tonic exists in the Harry Potter world and it is called Veritaserum.
Usually the term coined by Rowling has some roots that add a lot of sense to the explanation. Veritas is supposed to be the Roman goddess of truth.
It is kind of the lie detector or the truth forcer of the wizarding world.
I am reminded of Jim Carrey s Liar Liar movie. He also has a kind of truth spell affecting him. I recall a scene where he holds a red pen aloft and tries to declare " this pen is blue" but his mouth fails to cooperate and declares the truth!
Honesty is a virtue or character trait that is instilled from a very young age. But hush-hush circumstances and scenarios are universal, I believe.
Imagine if we all were like Pinocchio. For every simple lie we utter ( oh yes we all do I am sure) our noses would react. It would have been impossible to wear masks, I reckon !
My dad was manager of a company and his work was predominantly in sales and he was pretty passionate about his work. Every time a salesman selling a vacuum cleaner or a hand blender would ring our bell for door to door sales he would give them coffee and some paternal advise . He would say " in this profession you must first learn to lie a bit. "
There is a Tamil movie song called Azhagu. It means beautiful. A little girl sings that falling leaves are as beautiful as the flowers and the scorching sun is as beautiful as the rain .
In the long there are lines
Punnagai Veesidum paarvaigal Azhagu
Parvaigal theerndhadhum mounangal azhagu
Nanmaikku sollidum poygalum azhagu
Beautiful are the looks that smile
Beautiful are the silences that follow these looks
Beautiful are the lies told for the good (reasons)