A variety of public speaking formats, many or all of which see regular use in Real Life, in which the speaker engages in obvious manipulation and use of Weasel Words while addressing an audience. This comes in a variety of major flavours and sub-flavours: Type 1, The Umbridge: What the speaker says is essentially true but phrased on a way that is intended to mislead and sugar-coat what they are actually saying. Be prepared to listen to them a couple of times and wade through a lot of Weasel Words before you get to what they really mean.
- Umbridge: "The Ministry of Magic has always considered the education of young witches and wizards to be of a vital importance. Although each headmaster has brought something new to this... historic school, progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged. Let us preserve what must be preserved, perfect what can be perfected and prune practices that ought to be... prohibited!"
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- Harry Potter is, of course, riddled with this kind of thing in the later books, as the quote from Umbridge suggests.
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