What HP character do you identify with most and why? To be completely honest, I don't know. For years, my go-to answer was always Hermione Granger because I was always the straight-A, read-everything-in-sight, hand-in-the-air, know-it-all, pain-in-the-ass (but lovable!). Seriously, I won so many awards when I graduated high school, my cousin asked me why I didn't just stay up on the stage at the presentation ceremony. But as I've gotten older, I feel like I've gotten a little bit away from that mentality. Maybe it's just growing up, or maybe it's not being in a school environment, but I look at Hermione more as someone I used to be rather than someone I currently am.
Now, I probably most identify with Severus Snape (unfortunately). I've had some really bad things happen to me that have really rocked my world and changed what I thought my life was going to be (and should be), and, yeah, sometimes it leads to me acting like an a**hole, but deep down I'm really doing what I'm supposed to be doing- even if there's only one other person in the whole world who knows it.
What one moment in the books was the most meaningful to you? I'm in the middle of my nth re-read, and the moment Hagrid first tells Harry he's a wizard really hit me this time. I mean, this kid has had the worst life, and now there's a whole new world of possibilities opened up to him. Suddenly, he's not Harry Potter, the orphan who lives under the stairs. He's Harry Potter, a wizard, and he's going to go to a wizard school and learn magic! It's just what everyone wants, isn't it? A magical solution to their problems. Of course, that's not the way it works out for Harry, but in that moment, his possibilities are endless, and I can just feel the excitement and the want to get to the Wizarding World and learn absolutely everything there is to know!
And when Hagrid tells him he's famous, that's not a bad addition, either. A bit overwhelming, maybe, but not bad.
What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised? I would be successful, living comfortably in a house on the Lake, having overcome my health issues. I don't know if there would be a partner involved. As of now I've embraced Emma Watson's self-partnered idea, and the more I encounter other people I think that's the right call for me. There's definitely dogs, though.
If you were to become headmaster at Hogwarts, what is one thing you would change about the school or how it operates? Okay, here's the thing: absolutely nothing at Hogwarts sets students up for success after they leave. Apparently there's no higher magical education, and yet students are just flung out of Hogwarts and expected to get jobs with no specialized training. If I were Headmistress, I would institute some kind of overhaul of the system so that students were more ready to face the real world. For God's sake, Muggleborn students don't even know how to wash dishes magically or make dinner- can we get a Home Ec class up in here? And why are students who want to make Potions studying Divination? Why are students who want to work for the Ministry in some pencil-pushing department taking Care of Magical Creatures?
And believe me, I get it, some kids won't know what they want to do when they leave, but for those who do, there should be some sort of guidance. It has always bothered me that there's only a cursory meeting with the Head of House. Maybe Hogwarts needs a Guidance Counsellor.
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? I tried to be noble and high-minded about this, but I came up blank. Honestly, I'd create a weight-loss potion. I'd call it Murphy's Magical Fat Remover, and it would sell like gang busters because it would be tasteless and odorless, and you could put it in your other food. I'd be rolling in the Galleons.
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. First, do I have to go? Second, do I really need to go?
Okay, fine. I'll pick Harry to go with me because it seems like things just seem to work out for him. Plus, the centaurs know him (may not like him, but they know him). Also, he actually is a skilled wizard who could help me out. As for the object, I would take a specialty of one of my other fandoms, WWE: a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. Because spiders. I wouldn't want to get that close, but if I did encounter them, I would want them dead. (Also, I know those awful spiders are too big, but my brain was frozen, and the bat seemed as good as anything else)
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? When I was a kid, I wanted to be Jem, who, for you youngsters who don't know, is a cartoon rockstar. So, not entirely attainable. I did, however, follow music/theatre tracks all through my education and early adulthood before health issues forced me to stop. Unfortunately, right now, I can't hold any job because of my health, and it kills me. If I could have a job in the Wizarding World, I would love to break into the music scene there! I mean, so far we only know of Celestina Warbeck and The Weird Sisters. We need some more variety!
What kinds of decisions are the most difficult for you to make? Money decisions. Well, when it's my money. I have no problem asking other people to spend money. But seriously, I will think and overthink what to buy, how to make my money work, what to pay when... Money decisions are the worst.
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? I would accept if: -I stopped aging (and if we could actually turn back the clock a few years, that would be great) -I had unlimited money for the duration -There were never any weird questions/villagers with pitchforks
There would be so much to do with life! Think of all the learning you could do! All the books you could read! How many times you could go to Disney World! And maybe some time in eternity The Winds of Winter might be finished!
Honestly, I don't know that I would want to live forever. I would miss my family, of course, and things would probably start to get boring. Plus, I am religious, so I'm not afraid of death. What I am afraid of- terribly- is getting old. I do not want to age.
What is one thing you would never want said about you? That I haven't done anything with my life. That I peaked in high school. I was very successful early in my career before I got sick, and now I feel like a lump even though I can't help it. I even skipped my high school reunion even though I wanted to see my friends because I felt like I would just be telling the story of how I flamed out.
Do you believe that moral actions should be judged by the intentions behind them, or by the consequences they create? It depends on the situation. Look at car crashes. A drunk driver doesn't mean to kill another driver, but he made the choice to get in his car drunk and drive, so he should be judged by the consequence. A driver who slides on ice and crashes into another car and kills someone obviously didn't mean to kill anyone and should be judged less harshly.
What do you look for in a friend? I get burned on this because I tend to be friendly and open and trusting, and then people I think are my friends stab me in the back, so... I don't know.
I guess for real friends, I look for a sense of loyalty above all else. Common interests and a shared sense of humor also don't hurt. Those are the most important things.
What trait most annoys you about other people? Disloyalty. And I guess this only applies to people I know/people I'm close to because I honestly don't care what people I don't know do. I've been majorly hurt in the past, and now even the slightest little betrayal is, like, cause for eye-daggers. I don't know what the hell is so hard about being freaking nice and honest and straight-forward with people who are supposed to be your friends.
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities? 1. I'm driven. I may not have a paying gig right now due to my health, but I run multiple landcomms and challenges over on dreamWidth, I participate in writing and icon challenges, and I try to do something creative every day, no matter how lousy I feel. When my health was better, I was a manager in my field. I like being on top of things. I like being in charge of things. 2. I'm loyal. If we're friends, we're friends. I will die for you. I mean, if I need to. Let's try to avoid that, but, you know, offer stands. I have friends I still talk to that I made in first grade. And don't even get me started on my sisters. I will eat you alive if you do anything to my sisters. 3. I'm intelligent. Of course, this doesn't stop me from making bone-headed mistakes or anything, but I like to think that I'm mostly a smart person. I got invited to the final selection process for Jeopardy! (but couldn't go because it was too far away). 4. I'm creative. Whether it's music or icons or writing or crafts or sewing or painting, I'm always doing something creative- or thinking of doing something creative. I recently started building a dollhouse on a whim (it's going very slowly because I have no idea what I'm doing). 5. I'm pragmatic. Although I can be very, very sentimental at times, when it comes time for tough decisions, I have no trouble being sensible. Maybe it comes from experiencing so much loss as a child, but I just know when it's time to cut my losses. I'm so reliable at making tough choices that my mom recently made me her health advocate (ie, the pull-the-plug person).
What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities? 1. My health. It sucks, and I hate it. It's keeping me from who I'm supposed to be. I work at it every day, but right now it's just a shackle around my ankle. 2. I'm overly sensitive, but only when it involves someone or something I care about. Right now, I'm super sensitive about my not-working situation and the way my family sees me. What are they saying about me? Do they even understand my circumstances? Stuff like that. 3. I'm a priviledged snob. I didn't know this about myself until recently when we moved from my rather affluent hometown to my new house in an... um... semi-urban area. We don't even live in a bad area of this city, but, like... there's litter. And it's not just like occasionally, it's like always. And the sirens! I know I come by it honestly since my mother's side of the family was always in society, and I never lived anywhere where there weren't million dollar houses before, but I never realized how snobby I was until recently. 4. I'm introverted to the point of hermit-hood. It can be hard for me to communicate or make new friends because I will be so far into my own head I don't realize I've got a glazed look on my face and I'm not "here" anymore. I can't help it, though. There's a lot going on inside my head! 5. I can be too trusting. Especially online. I make friends online easily, but it has been known to come back and bite me when people I thought I knew show sides I never saw, and I'm blindsided.
Where did you find out about us? I was a member a long time ago, under a different username.
Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Sure. It'll be nice to do activities for a comm I don't run.