雅子 (masako) wrote in platform_934,

  1. What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why? True to life, I see myself struggling with money in the wizarding world. I don't imagine I would take a job for the promise of security or financial reimbursement. I'm not afraid to take risks, and so I see myself doing something adventurous: traveling the world and experiencing magic in different cultures, and then writing about it. Who doesn't want to go to Romania to watch dragons being tamed? Or swim alongside mermaids? I would be the one bringing those experiences to paper for you to read about. Perhaps I would even seek out a way for people to submerse themselves in the experience beyond even reading about it. Something like a journalism pensieve. I imagine Wizarding Cinema is something like a more terrifyingly realistic 3D experience.

    If I were to pick a more practical job, I would probably be employed by a branch of the Ministry of Magic specifically dealing with International Wizardry. I think I would enjoy being a part of a greater society of wizarding that extends across the globe, working to keep Muggles unaware of the wizarding world. I think I would enjoy traveling from country to country as some sort of ambassador so that we could agree on international rules and regulations.

  2. You have to venture deep into the Forbidden Forest one night. Pick one Harry Potter character other than Hagrid and one object (muggle or magical), besides your wand, that you'd want with you. If I couldn't have Hagrid, I think I would have to go with Rolf Scamander. Nothing against his wife, Luna, but I think I would feel safer with him, and being the grandson of the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I feel he must have extensive knowledge of the forrest and its inhabitants imparted onto him since birth.

    Besides my wand, I suppose I would bring an invisibility cloak. I hope that's not a boring answer, but what better way to navigate through the Forbidden Forest than unnoticed? I'm not sure the purpose of this venture in the first place, but I feel that if Rolf and I were able to travel quickly and unnoticed, we could tend to our business in the forrest with relative ease and then back out again without stirring too much of a fuss.

  3. If you had the opportunity to live forever, but your family and friends did not, what would you choose? And if you did choose to live forever, what would you do with eternity? I don't even have to think about this, I would certainly not chose to live forever. Having read Tuck, Everlasting as a child, I have always had this sense of dread about the very idea of immortality. Not to mention, having to watch your entire circle of family and friends grow old and die around you would be incredibly depressing. There might be a period of relief knowing that I won't get sick and die, won't have to physically suffer in the same way that others have, but that is little comfort in the long run. I watched my grandmother live to 88 years old. Both of her sisters died several years before her, and her friends died long before she got to the point where her health deteriorated enough that she had no idea what was going on. In those years between the death of her relations and when she was suffering from dementia, I saw the loneliest woman. Sure, she loved her only son and her grandchildren… but that is only three in a whole neighborhood, a whole city, a whole state. She would stand in her living room and watch neighbors, and then she would try to talk about their stories as if she knew them. "So and So got a package in the mail today, what do you think it was?" I don't think I could stand to live like that, having lost everyone I loved and trying to connect with a generation that couldn't know me as a generation of my peers could.

  4. If you could travel back in time to one point, when and where would you go? Why? I find this question rather difficult to answer. Would going back in time alter the course of history? If that is the case, I have no idea where I would go if I were forced to chose one place. I am the sort of person who tries not to regret the past, because it teaches us to learn from our mistakes and molds us into the people we need to be. If I were simply to observe, I'd chose a day where I was extremely happy, just to relive the experience. If it was to be a point in history, I've always had a fascination with the "Old West," and just about any place in that time of history would have me tickled pink. You know, to play The Oregon Trail, but for real.

  5. What HP character do you identify with most and why? Regulus Black. I rarely identify with main characters in stories, but rather ones with holes in their history. I had a fascination with Regulus when I first heard bout him in Order of the Phoenix. Up until that point, I had suffered from a girlish crush on Sirius. But there was something about the injured siblingship that always intrigued me when it came to the Black boys. Here was Regulus, the younger sibling, who probably looked up to his older brother as a child. And then, Sirius goes to Hogwarts, and their sibling bond is torn. Sirius meets new friends, joins the rival house of Gryffindor, and has a falling out with his family. What did Regulus experience during all of that? At such a young and impressionable age, I always saw him as feeling abandoned. His brother chose new friends over their sibling bond. Regulus is now trapped, between chasing after his brother and the security of a family he knows won't abandon him as long as he always pleases them. I myself, do not have quite the same sort of sibling drama, but I have found myself caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to relationships. I struggled with bullying in school, and there was a time where I felt my friends had abandoned me in order to protect their own relationships. I was faced with trying to change myself to fit in with my friends, or trying to stay true to myself and suffering alone. It was the mere possibility of this that caused me to feel a great deal of companionship and relation to Regulus.

  6. What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised? Another difficult question! This is really hard to figure out how to put into words. The thing that I desire above all else is to simply feel happy in such a way that I am free of my burdens. Right now, the biggest struggle in my life is my debt. So, to put that literally, I think I would see myself as being financially stable, able to purchase gifts for myself and friends without worrying about not being able to feed myself or pay bills. My phone would be in my hand, not ringing from debt collectors. I would be smiling, I would be surrounded by friends and family, and I would not be torn in two directions.

  7. Do you believe that moral actions should be judged by the intentions behind them, or by the consequences they create? This is the sort of question cannot be accurately answered with one blanketed statement. Each circumstance could probably be judged individually and still be a difficult choice. One's intentions might be good, but the consequences terrible. On the other hand, the intentions may be selfish (or 'bad'), but the consequences not so dire. Personally, I think it is impossible to answer this question when it is such a broad topic. But in the end, I think, the general judgement lies in the consequences. The consequences affect a greater number of people than the person with intent, so I suppose that is the best way to pass judgement. However, this is a speculative answer and I'm not even sure it is what I believe.

  8. What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now? It's funny. When I was a kid, I just wanted to be famous. I think I wanted to be an actor or something like that, I don't even remember. I got into theater at a young age because of this. My mother and father always drilled it into my head that this was an impractical choice, so I went through phases where I wanted to join the military, be a police officer, or some sort of law official… but I don't think I ever truly wanted to do any of those things. I went to school for English, and I'm not sure why I found that to be practical. After graduation, I couldn't find work, and went back to grad school for the one thing I always wanted to do: filmmaking. So, now I am a filmmaker. I am massively in debt, and I am struggling. But I am doing what I want to do, and I feel good about the work I do. The only thing that could be more ideal about my job is that it would be more consistent, and I would get paid more!

  9. If you were able to invent one spell, potion, or charm, what would it do, what would you use it for or how would you use it, and what would you call it? Perhaps a cruel one, it would have to be a potion. I feel as a charm or spell it would be unfair. This potion would be some that forces an unsuspecting witch or wizard to feel something incredibly unpleasant. For instance, if a friend had betrayed me, causing a lot of emotional pain and sorrow, I could use this potion to force him to feel what he had caused me to feel. It would be a rather difficult potion to make, and one that could only truly take effect if tended to with a certain amount of care and dedication from the potion maker. It would probably require something personal from the maker as well, such as a drop of blood. Otherwise, how would the potion know what to make the recipient feel? Deriving from the Latin, "adfectus" meaning 'emotion,' and 'cogita' which means reflect, the syrum would be called "Adfecogita." But I'm no Latin expert, so I'm sure the name could use some revising!

  10. If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into? And what does it turn into when you throw the counter-spell, Riddikulus? My boggart would be someone I really care about with his or her back to me. No matter how hard I try to reach out to this person, they refuse to face me or be involved with me. When I cast Riddikulus, it turns into a giant rubber ducky.

  11. What do you look for in a friend? Consistency is probably the number one thing I look for in a friend. I need someone that can be there for me as much as I am there for them. And I need to know that when I do need them, they will be there. It kills me when my friends give me some sort of BS reason why they can't be there when I need them to be. You have to fully commit to being a friend, not just when it is convenient for you.

  12. What trait most annoys you about other people? Inconsistency. I think I pretty much covered that in my last answer. But the other trait that annoys me most is arrogance. There is nothing more unappealing than someone who self-promotes constantly and cannot back it up. It is one thing to be talented and know it, but I have run into one too many people (especially in my line of work) that has no idea what they are doing, and constantly tries to convince others that they do by complimenting their own work, and fishing for compliments.

  13. What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    I am very forgiving. I have a tendency to bend over backwards for people that don't deserve it. This is perhaps both a good and bad trait to have. It is a wonderful thing, because I am very willing to forgive people and go the extra mile to help them get to where they need to be, even if that person has hurt me severely in the past. It can be a bad trait, though, because it lends to getting taken advantage of.

    I put others before myself. I suppose this goes hand in hand with the last trait, but I feel it deserves it's own place. There have been a number of times where I knew I needed to take care of myself, even if it was doing my own homework or making myself dinner, but put those needs aside to be there for a friend in need.

    I'm a fast, hands on learner. I've never really considered myself book smart. I struggled with classes and grades all throughout my time in school. In fact, after college graduation, I still felt entirely unprepared to jump into my field of study. But once on a set with my hands on a camera, I quickly adapted to my environment and took in a wealth of knowledge very quickly. This allowed for me to be promoted quickly, and lead to recommendations and more work!

    I like to hear both sides of a story before I make a decision. You'd be surprised how much this makes people angry that you won't simply take one side of a battle. I find that I like to know all of the facts and sides to a story. However, I'm not sure I can say this is for moral reasons. Sometimes I hear both sides so that I can make a selfish decision, or sometimes hearing both sides does not lead me to change my mind. I simply like to be well-informed.

    I am very meticulous about planning ahead. I love to make lists and know every detail and angle of a projects before I approach it. I can be very ambitious, so having a good plan of attack is crucial to my success sometimes. I don't like to be impulsive when it comes to certain things, like work.

  14. What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    I can be very emotionally driven, and that can get in the way of everything. For instance, I said that I like to plan ahead. If I get emotional about something, especially regarding someone I care about, all of that goes out the window. When I am upset about something I can be extremely impulsive, and that leads me to say or do a lot of things that I regret later. I'm sure this can be good on occasion, but more often than not, it leads me the wrong direction.

    I can be a real pessimist when it comes to myself. I try to see the good side of people all of the time, but when it comes to reflecting on myself, I think I tend to only see the bad. The past few months have been especially hard on me financially and emotionally, and lately I have just been feeling like there is no hope at all. Even though friends are constantly telling me to cheer up, and that things will get better, sometimes I just can't see the light.

    I am a very material person. Not a good trait for someone with money problems, either. This might be a way of tricking myself into believing that things will be okay, but I honestly don't think I could go without some of my material things. They give me a level of confidence that I feel I need to survive in the professional world. Likewise, I tend to spend money on other people. I love to surprise people with gifts. Sometimes I wonder if I am trying to buy their love and appreciation.

    I procrastinate a lot. My excuse is often that I "work better under pressure," but who doesn't? Sometimes I will plan things out, and then plan again, and again, and I won't actually start doing them until the very last minute. Fortunately, the planning leads things to get done efficiently in the end, but I know I could be avoiding a lot of unnecessary stress if I just started getting to work sooner.

    I can be manipulative. I don't even mean to be, but in retrospect, especially with romantic relationships, I can see that I've said or done things with the tendency to provoke a certain reaction. If I feel backed into a corner, I can usually find a way to manipulate myself out of it. This is not something I am proud of, but has turned out to be a skill essential to my ability to protect my (emotional) self.

    (Wow, that was all perhaps a bit too honest? I hope I haven't made anyone uncomfortable)

  15. Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: Courage is the ability to stand up for something, or take on something, against all odds. This can be odds others have placed against you, or personal odds of fear or feelings of defeat. Courage is the ability to break past those boundaries in order to accomplish what needs to be done.
    • Loyalty: Sticking with your beliefs, no matter what the cost. Even if it means losing friends, you will stand by the values that mean the most to you.
    • Intelligence: The ability to preserver. Intelligence is not always about grades or marks or being able to obtain knowledge through books or classes, but to apply what you have learned in the field, and to adapt lessons to new situations.
    • Ambition: Knowing what your boundaries are, and never accepting them as limits. The ability to push yourself further, even when you've exhausted your means. Never giving up, never losing hope, always raising the bar.

  16. Name: Andi
  17. Age: 26
  18. Where did you find out about us? I hear such wonderful things from propernice on my friends list!
  19. Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? As active as I can! As a filmmaker, it is tough to be active during production, but there area ALWAYS periods of down time and unemployment where I can come back and catch up as much s I possibly can!!

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  • oh hey *waves*

    What HP character do you identify with most and why? Luna Lovegood. She’s very quirky and out of place but it doesn’t bother her. I…

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    What HP character do you identify with most and why? Cho Chang. Cho was smart, pretty, and also kind of boy crazy. She and Cedric (other than…

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