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  1. What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    When I was reading the books as a child, I identified the most with Harry, Lily and Ginny. Harry because he had a lonely childhood like I did and was looking for a place to belong. Lily because she stood up for Snape - that's something I would do and have done. But ultimately I identified most with Ginny Weasley because of her transformation from shy, quiet schoolgirl to being someone who is a whole lot more outspoken and confident. When I was younger like Ginny, I had a strong desire for acceptance and could be quite insecure. The young girl in me relates to the Ginny who wrote in Tom Riddle's diary, seeking someone to confide in. Also back then I would probably have had a crush on Harry Potter seeing as young me had a crush on the "popular" guy in school. Over the years of challenges, heartbreaks, triumphs and achievements, I've become a lot bolder in that I am not afraid to speak my mind and am comfortable in my own skin.

    Fun Fact: A personality test based on the Keirsey Temperament Sorter once told me I was an Idealist like Lily and Lupin.
  2. What one moment in the books was the most meaningful to you?
    When Lupin says on Potterwatch "The Boy Who Lived remains a symbol of everything for which we are fighting: the triumph of good, the power of innocence, the need to keep resisting. I'd tell him we're all with him in spirit. And I'd tell him to follow his instincts which are good and nearly always right." For me, Lupin was Harry's first father figure (and Lupin's one of my favourite characters) and to have him say that (he didn't even have to have that tiff with Harry about leaving Tonks and his baby for this to be a touching moment), it was something I think Harry needed to hear. It was something that as the reader, I needed to hear too. To remember what it is that they are fighting for.

  3. What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    I would see my future family and my loved ones now. I've always, always wanted to be a mother. But due to my religion and personal beliefs, I have to be married for that to happen. So yeah, I see my future family, a husband and two, maybe three, kids. I had a pretty lonely childhood, and I'm an only child, so having a big family is something important to me. I want something like what the Weasleys have - a busy, warm, bustling household.

  4. If you were to become headmaster at Hogwarts, what is one thing you would change about the school or how it operates?
    I would have a more stringent process for screening teachers. When hiring a new teacher we need to guarantee the quality of teaching and evaluate their personality, competency and values in order to make sure their pupils will grow, learn and progress. Many teachers are in place for dubious and obscure reasons: Trelawney got the job because she made one prediction, and Dumbledore felt he had to keep her close; Snape remains a teacher despite his bullying for obvious reasons that have nothing to do with his mastery of potions. And what about Gilderoy Lockhart? He was a fraud - surely Dumbledore should have been able to check on whether he had done all the daring exploits he had claimed.

  5. 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'd invent an ironing spell because I'm too lazy to do it the Muggle way. The spell would heat an iron and cause it to iron a pile of laundry, remove unwanted wrinkles, and put creases in the right places. I'd call it Ferrum Celer. Now only if that spell actually existed...

  6. 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.
    Definitely Dumbledore. I trust him and he'd know what to do if we get into trouble. I'd bring my broomstick with me, it just feels essential. It'd also be useful for flying out of the forest, if necessary.

  7. 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?
    From my earliest memory, I wanted to be an author. Then it was a teacher and next, a journalist. I am a teacher now but I still do very much want to be an author, so I am writing a book set in the late 1930s-early 1940s based on my grandparents' life. I don't really imagine an ideal job now because I don't think there is really such a thing as an ideal job, only jobs you have more of a preference or aptitude for. I used to be at a health visitor at a local women and children's hospital. It wasn't a dream job because growing up, I had no clue health visitors even visited. But I enjoyed my job because it involved working with babies.

    I don't think my ideal job would be the same in the Wizarding World. Since I first read the books, all I ever thought of becoming if I was a witch was an auror. I'd want to be an auror because fighting the Dark Arts is so important to the safety and security of the whole world. I want to be a part of that.

  8. What kinds of decisions are the most difficult for you to make?
    Hmm...I don't really have trouble making decisions. I usually make my mind pretty quickly and then it is quite difficult for me change it. But I would imagine (as I've not actually been faced with such a dilemma) that an ethical decision where there is no clear right or wrong answer might be more challenging for me to decide. We've encountered ethical dilemmas in ethics classes when I was at university, but I still found (in theory anyway) that one value would win out over the other, enabling me to make my decision.

  9. 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?
    Can I decline? It just goes against what I believe in about this mortal life to live forever unless we could die and then live forever in heaven. So I would live forever if it was in heaven, but not on earth. That's my condition. What would I do with eternity? Just live my life day to day, be happy, do good, love, laugh...I don't think you can really plan what to do if you have forever. That's an infinite amount of time. It would be nice though to visit every country in the world and eat all the good food, see the sights and sounds, mingle with the locals and learn their way of life. I guess I would want to spend a lot of time traveling.

  10. What is one thing you would never want said about you?
    Weak. I hate that word, I wouldn't use it on anyone and I'd dislike it greatly if anyone used it on me. First of all, I don't think anyone is really "weak". We are all strong in our own way. I mean, life is tough and to survive it, you have to be strong. That is not to say that those who have committed suicide are "weak" either. I definitely don't think they are.

  11. Do you believe that moral actions should be judged by the intentions behind them, or by the consequences they create?
    Intentions. I think intent behind action is where the moral reasoning lies. We cannot always predict the consequences of our actions (sometimes they are out of our control), but if we can always examine a person's intentions. After all you can have the best intentions, but things can go wrong for some reason or other.

  12. What do you look for in a friend?
    Good question...just someone I can relate to. That's what all my friends have in common - I can relate to them and vice versa. So we would have to have at least one thing in common or have been through a similar experience. For example, I love hiking so I enjoy having friends who are interested in it as well. Or I find myself drawn to people who have similar experiences in past relationships because we can commiserate.

  13. What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Rudeness - I cannot stand it when people are rude to me or rude to others. It totally peeves me. To me, it's seriously like, do you not hear yourself?

  14. What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    Sense of humour - I'm pretty good at making others laugh (and sometimes I laugh at myself too). I'm in a volunteer work committee and there's this new guy who joined us. I was just talking animatedly and making a few jokes and he basically laughed at every other thing I said, which is good, because humour breaks the ice.
    Determined - If I set my mind to something, I do it, no matter how long it takes.
    Vivid imagination - I think I'm pretty good at imagining things, people and scenarios in intricate detail, which helps me in writing and also in life. When I'm going through a tough time, I try to imagine a happier future.
    Honest - Aside from the fact that I'm a bad liar, I wouldn't want to be dishonest even if I could get away with it. Sometimes, this seems like a weakness though because in the past, I have been called blunt.
    Good with kids: I love kids and I think I'm good with them. I don't think I'm a patient person, but I have a special kind of patience for children.

  15. What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    Aloof (at first). I can appear that way at first before you get to know me. I'd say it's a weakness because people misjudge me and later then express surprise like "oh I didn't know you could be so chatty!". I have faced this at work because the big boss basically said I have a poker face when cases are presented at conferences and she's wondering if I feel anything underneath. Ugh. Of course I do. But my boss basically told her I'm an expressive person, but it's hard for people to reconcile that if they don't know me.
    Laziness: I like lazing around, it's true. I'm fortunate because I don't have to do any housework, but I dread the day when and if I would have to do it myself. That's when magic would really come in handy!
    Stubborn: I guess this is mostly because I don't like admitting I was in the wrong but also because I can have a strong opinion on an issue I'm passionate about and would find it hard to budge and change my stance.
    Impatient: I have missed buses because I just couldn't sit around waiting for the bus to arrive. So I'd start walking to the next bus stop just to have something to do. Then I see the bus passing me on the street and I realize if I had only waited...
    Impulsive: I tend to do things on impulse just because I feel like it, possibly because I'm not the greatest planner.

  16. Name: Nadia
  17. Age: 33
  18. Where did you find out about us? Can't remember. I've been a member for a long time but never posted. I guess I have a boring day at work on a Sunday to thank for finally completing my application.
  19. Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Yes, I will try!

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