So I'm afraid I've been thinking.
LeFou tells you, "A dangerous practice"
You tell LeFou, "I know."
What if . . . what if? I dropped Lockpick, despite it being necessary for my solo questing, and instead (drumroll) trained creature?
That sound you hear is a paradigm shifting without a clutch (apologies to Dogbert).
One problem -- I understand NONE of those spells. "So and so's boon, Pritzi's Honor, What Is That Rash, etc." It could take freakin' FOREVER to learn them all. Because I'd have to learn "other" spells as well, if for no other reason than to throw buffs on Mules.