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<li><b>What HP character do you identify with most and why?</b>
I believe I identify most with Neville Longbottom. When I was first introduced to him in the books, I honestly thought, “Why is he a Gryffindor? Why not Hufflepuff?” My question was answered even in “Sorceror’s Stone,” smwhen he stood up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they were sneaking out. I see a similarity in myself. Most of the time I’m a bit timid and shy to speak up whenever I feel that something is not right or just, but if it’s something I’m truly passionate about, I will stand up and make my voice heard, no matter what the consequences might be. I also identify with Neville in the sense that I have a bit of a need to bolster my self-confidence a bit. Like Neville, I need to believe in myself more, to not be afraid to make mistakes just as long as I learn from them.
<li><b>What one moment in the books was the most meaningful to you?</b>
Cedric Diggory’s death was undoubtedly the most meaningful. Here you have a young man who wanted nothing more than to do his best in not only the Triwizard Tournament, but in school and life in general, and what happens? He’s murdered by Wormtail on Voldemort’s orders simply because he was an innocent bystander who was caught in the graveyard with Harry, Voldemort’s intended victim. The whole scene was incredibly disturbing, but I believe it was necessary in the sense that it forced Harry to truly face the evil that ran rampant in the wizarding world. It forced him to grow up, if you will.
<li><b>What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?</b>
I just lost my dad back in December, so I would see him in the mirror. He’d be the first person I’d see. I would also see myself surrounded by more books than I could possibly count, and more dogs than I could possibly count, as I really am quite the dog person. I really wouldn’t see myself with a husband and children, because that’s not really the direction I want my life to go in. Instead, I would simply see myself in a cozy little house somewhere near the beach, content to spend my days volunteering for different organizations and giving of myself in other ways that don’t require marriage.
<li><b>If you were to become headmaster at Hogwarts, what is one thing you would change about the school or how it operates? </b>
I would let first-years have their own broomsticks. I find the whole rule about not allowing this to be a rather unfair and outdated one. Seriously, if very young witches and wizards can have their own toy brooms, why in the world would you not allow 11-year-olds to have their own broomsticks? They would become used to their own brooms much quicker than the school’s old brooms, some of which are probably difficult to fly on. I just find that not allowing first-years to have their own broomsticks is ridiculous, and if I became headmaster at Hogwarts, that’s the first rule that would go by the wayside.
<li><b>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?</b>
I would invent a spell which would allow me to speed read through any chapters I might have to read in my books, and do it with perfect comprehension of the subject matter. It would therefore allow me to do any assigned essays much faster than I would do otherwise, thus enabling me to finish my homework in a day or two and allowing me more time to nap in the common room or do whatever else I wanted to do. This spell would be called “Lectio celeritas” or “Speed Reading”.
<li><b>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.</b>
Ii would want to have one of the Weasley twins with me simply because he’d be able to find the humor in walking through the Forbidden Forest (not to mention the fact that he’s probably already been in the forest before, engaged in some sort of mischief). As far as the object I’d want to take with me, it would have to be a portable Muggle stereo/CD player which is blasting a bit of heavy metal music at top volume. The music would allow me to ignore the fact that I’m walking through a forest filled with such creatures as werewolves and giant spiders. Fred or George Weasley plus music? That would be good enough for me to successfully go inside the Forbidden Forest.
<li><b>What was your ideal job as a child? What is your ideal job now? Do you think it would be the same in the Wizarding World?</b>
My ideal job when I was a child was being a rock star. I’d always admired the glamour and glitz and fame surrounding them, and I dreamed of having a bit of that for myself. Now that I’m older, however, I’m not too keen on the being famous part of life. I’m not really a people person, so anything in the retail industry is pretty much out. My ideal job now would be one in which I could work alone, such as being a medical transcriptionist. I’m not sure what they would have in the wizarding world that corresponds to medical transcription, but to be honest, anything having to do with being on the administrative side of medicine would be ideal for me. I’m sure St. Mungo’s has some sort of clerical position there.
<li><b>What kinds of decisions are the most difficult for you to make?</b>
Decisions involving the health and well-being of my loved ones are the hardest for me to make, especially if I have to make them alone. For example, I’m not sure if I would be able to decide to take any of my family off of life support if something happened to them. My belief system is a very pro-iife belief system, and to be forced to cause the death of a loved one even if they specifically stated that I should do it in case they didn’t recover in a specified amount of time is almost impossible for me to think about, much less actually do.
<li><b>If you had the opportunity to live forever, under what conditions would you accept? And if you did choose to live forever, what would you do with eternity?</b>
I would choose to live forever on the condition that I not have to witness my family and friends dying off during the years. I would also accept the choice to be immortal under the condition that I not fall in love with anyone. I’ve been hurt before, and I’ve already sworn to myself that that was not going to happen again. As far as what I’d do with eternity, I’d travel around the world for a while, then come back home and settle down in a comfortable house near a beach with lots of dogs (and perhaps a cat, depending on my mood). I’d pretty much mind my own business for the rest of eternity;
<li><b>What is one thing you would never want said about you?</b>
I would never want it said that I never stood up for what I truly and passionately believe in. At first it might seem like I’m lukewarm about different causes, but believe me, whenever something raises my ire, I’m a completely different person. I’m in no way violent, but I do tend to shout angrily whenever I feel like I’m not being heard by someone else. I’m extremely opinionated, and I have no qualms about sharing my opinions with other people, even if they sometimes don’t want to hear them.
<li><b>Do you believe that moral actions should be judged by the intentions behind them, or by the consequences they create?</b>
I believe they should be judged by the consequences that they crreate. For me, you can have all of the best intentions in the world when you set out to do something, but if what you do ends up hurting other people, then all of your good intentions are for nothing. It won’t matter how many times you apologize for what you’ve done; the fact of the matter is, the damage is already done and it’s doubtful you’ll get a sympathetic ear from other people.
<li><b>What do you look for in a friend?</b>
I look for someone who will stick with me through thick and thin, no matter what happens. Loyalty is essential for a friendship, and if a friend is just going to turn his or her back on me whenever the going gets rough, then I neither want nor need them in my life. I also look for someone who has similar beliefs as mine for the most part, althugh I will gladly accept anyone who thinks differently from me if they show me that they’ve got other qualities such as honesty, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor.
Trustworthiness is a big thing I look for in a friend. If I don’t know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone can be trusted with any secrets I might have to share, then forget it. I’d sooner have no friends than have a friend who blabs everything I tell him or her to the entire world.
Hypocrisy. I cannot stand hypocrites. A true friend would never speak out of both sides of his or her mouth, telling me one thing and someone else a totally different thing. I need friends who mean what they say and say what they mean.
<li><b>What trait most annoys you about other people?</b>
Disrespect is the biggest trait that annoys me about other people. I’ve been seeing too much of it around lately—disrespect for authority, disrespect for other people’s property, and so on. Authority figures are around for a reason—to enforce rules or laws which keep people safe. If has always amazed me that people have the nerve to riot or protest the police, for example. The disrespect is based out of what I think is ignorance, and the sad part I find about the whole situation is that the people showing the most disrespect are the least educated on why the police do what they do. The most annoying part is that a lot of them don’t want to know why, and that is what really gets me. It’s the same with other people in authority.
Disrespect for other people’s property. One of the rules I’ve always lived by is that if something isn’t yours, don’t even look at it, much less touch it. If you want something, you save up enough money to buy it for yourself instead of stealing it. If you don’t like what someone has, again—you leave it alone. You don’t go around vandalizing property or looting or otherwise acting like complete fools.
<li><b>What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?</b>
1.) Self-insight: I’ve got a pretty good awareness of how and why I think the way I think and why I do what I do. On those occasions when it doesn’t come so quickly to me, I will spend time pondering a situation so as to figure out my motivation for doing something. I want to have as much self-knowledge as I possibly can.
2.) Persistence: If there's something that I really want, then I'm pretty determined to try to get it. For instance, I enjoy collecting little diecast cars. There are certain cars that are produced in low numbers, which in turn makes them harder to find than other cars. Ever since I started my collection, I've had a goal to try to find a few of the rare cars, and as it's turned out, I've been rather successful.
3.) Empathy: I have always tried to be there for my friends when they were going through rough times. Although I normally have no idea what sort of thing to say to them, I'm willing to be there to listen to them and give them a shoulder to cry on, if need be.
4.) Honesty: I couldn't tell a decent lie even if I wanted to. My conscience would eat at me until I told the truth about something, so I've pretty much decided to spare myself the nagging conscience and just come right out and tell the truth about a particular incident. Not having to remember a lie every time you tell it makes life a lot easier.
5.) Loyalty: I will always stand up for friends or defend causes I believe in. There's nothing more repugnant to me than someone who turns tail and runs away from whomever or whatever they once claimed to love. For me, if you stand for something once, you should be in it for the long haul, no matter what happens.
<li><b>What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?</b>
1.) Impatience: Patience has never been a strong point of mine, ever. If I make plans to do something, for example, I expect said plans to start and end on time. I don't like it when something delays those plans; I want to get somewhere at the time I planned to get there, and if I don't, I get extremely annoyed.
2.) Judgmental: I can be extremely judgmental of people at times. If I don't like their hairstyle or what they wear or how they talk, for instance, I'll usually have something not nice to say about them. They could be the nicest people in the world, but at that point, not knowing them, my mouth usually shoots off when it should just stay shut.
3.) Moody: My moods can change from one to the other rather quickly. One minute I can be the happiest person in the world, but one small, seemingly minor incident can turn me into the complete opposite. Just one small bit of change in anything will upset me, as I hate change with a passion. It drives those around me crazy sometimes.
4.) Whiny: This is perhaps one of my worst traits and one which I'm trying very hard to overcome. I hate not getting my way, and if and when I don't, I'll resort to very childish whining in order to have things go my way. I'm sad to say that I've done this in public, which has more than likely embarrassed my family and friends, as I'm supposed to be mature enough to just take things as they come and realize that I can't get my way all the time.
5.) Complaining: I don't think there's anything in the world that I haven't complained about. Sometimes I can overdo it completely, though. I'll complain about the state of the world, how hot it is outside, how loud people talk or laugh, and other minor things such as small rips or tears in a chair in a public place. I've been told more than once by my dad when he was alive that it gets very wearisome hearing all of my griping, and as I've gotten older, I've seen what he was talking about. I've gotten a bit better, but I still have my days where the complaints flow freely.
<li><b>Where did you find out about us?</b> I searched through the Harry Potter communities here on LJ.
<li><b>Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted?</b> Yes I do!