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  • By the end of the play, everyone has the effects of the love potion removed - except Demetrius. Which means Demetrius goes the rest of his life never realizing that his "love" for Helena is just a fairy charm.
    • A few more recent productions recognize this problem and try to remedy it by saying that Demetrius does love Helena deep down; his attraction to Hermia was an interest in getting money and social status rather than any real affection, so Oberon's charm is more about making him remember that lost love rather than brainwashing him. Still, the implications are there.
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    • The 2016 Russell T. Davies film side-steps this by having Puck remove the enchantment from Demetrius in the final scene, after which he kisses Helena and is shown to love her anyway even without the potion.
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