- What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
I really don’t know. I have a hard enough time thinking about a career for my real life. But I do know that it would be creative, individualistic, intellectual, and variant.
Aurors are unique, but the job’s too dangerous. I’m not going to commit myself to possibly dying.
Healers are fine, and I like hospitals in real life, but I generally would prefer more specialized areas of healing. (psychiatrist? Neurologist?) Furthermore, I’m terrible with comforting people.
Doing something rigorous like being a Potions expert or something hands-on like that would tire me out. I like things more freelance and theoretical.
- If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
Defence Against the Dark Arts, or (on the off-chance) potions.
Defence involved hands-on study that also helps you explore yourself. You learn the ‘darker side’ of things in DADA. I can relate to this because I love studying things like serial killers and abnormal psychology.
In potions, you learn to control substance, and far beyond any simple charms or such. You need to have a strong intuition on what to put in and what not to put in, and if you do it right, you can create something breathtaking.
NOTE: Let it be known in the court that I am terrible at cooking. And chemistry experiments as well. But that would be working with other people. I guess I just initially assumed potions would be different. You decide on this one.
- This year, The TriWizard Tournament is being held once again and you're of age. Do you put your name in the Goblet? Why or why not?
I’d be torn here.
I view myself as more well equipped than the average person, and having more merits. I know how a competitions works, and I know how to thrive in it. Hell, people like my mom would say I was born for competition. (But I tend to get very bitter if I don’t win, y’see :P) I got my first medal when I was in kindergarten, and I competed in a national competition when I was in eighth grade. However, there is the risk of dying, and I perhaps wouldn’t want to take that. But, all in all, it’d be an experience I wouldn’t want to miss. I’d surely at least put my name in.
- If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
A powerful bird, or maybe a big cat. In my mind, the cat symbolizes self-sufficiency, and the bird symbolizes freedom of spirit.
I have vivid dreams, and in the good ones, I am able to fly. It is an amazing feeling. I feel like sleeping all day just to prolong that feeling of power, of freedom, of wonder. It’d definitely be something that can fly.
This is over something like a dog, who is social, obedient, and predictable. (Even though I luurve my widdle puppy!)
- If you could be written into any HP Series book as a new character, which book would it be, and who would your character be? Why did you choose that book/character?
I’d like the sixth book. First of all, because I’m sixteen, and second of all, there’s so much chaos and disillusionment going on at Hogwarts. It’d give me a chance to put my skills and my character to the test. I believe that’d be my moment in the sun, while others are clinging to their old ways and their ignorant beliefs. I think I thrive in unstable situations like that, considering how often I feel that unstable.
- What is your favorite magical spell/charm? Why?
Leglimens. It’s one of great difficulty and one that not just anyone can mess around with. It requires intense concentration and its effects on the mind are simply awesome. It’s an area that few delve into, but one that can prove itself limitlessly potent.
- Name three reasons why you would like to be sorted into each House.
GRYFFINDOR: Brave, strong sense of morals, spontaneous.
I find myself a risky person, not on the outside but on the inside. I find my mind delve into areas that others wouldn’t consider. Furthermore, my morals guide me. They help me survive, and I find those with weak morals pathetic. I, also, am not ouwardly a spontaneous person. But to survive I find I need to break free; to take risks; to be variant.
An example of my Gryffindor-ness: Whenever I go to the mall, I go to the makeup stores and put on all kinds of crazy makeup, just for the hell of it. My sister tells me I looks like a mess and my father tells me I look like I’ve been punched in the eye. (:C) But I get better and better at holding my head up against the stares and looking right back at the people passing by.
HUFFLEPUFF: Acceptance, hard work, humbleness.
When people are arrogant when they really don’t know squat, it annoys the hell out of me. I like it when people will accept you for who you are, even when there’s less of any competition going on. I also believe in hard work, but not solely on that. I prefer hard work coupled with cleverness.
I like easy environments to relax in, even though I can’t stay in them forever.
An example of my Hufflepuff-ness:I am a very philosophical person. I dream of a day when we all can get along and understand each other. In harsh times like this when so much is going on with the world, unity seems so sweet so someone like me. I’ve gotten to trying to avoid confrontations when they do more harm than good in the way of keeping people together.
RAVENCLAW: Intelligence, wit, intellectualism.
I have always considered myself of strong intelligence. I constantly question things until I learn what’s needed. I very much value my wit (as in humor). I have a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor... I have to actually TELL my parents it was a joke. >:[ Furthermore, I have the tendency to be intellectual, obsessive, and a bit snobby at times. I am not tolerant of ignorance, by any means.
An example of my Ravenclaw-ness I always look for truth in whatever I do. Knowledge is useless if you don’t learn some kind of philosophy from it, and that’s what I try to do every time I learn something. I’ve always been inclined to learn, though. I learned to read when I was 3 and I learned to write my name in cursive (albeit very badly) when I was 5. These days it’s learning for a purpose.
SLYTHERIN: Individualism, ambition, focus.
I very much consider myself an individualist. I work alone, think and dream alone, etc. I really am not that great at working with others... their ignorance and their banality tends to make me want to explode at them. And, though I am intellectual, I don’t think it’d be fair at all to withhold mentioning ambition. I have always dreamed in my life, dreamed of something better, something fantastic, something wonderful. I tend to pursue these things alone. I guess I have this need to feel integral, and perhaps to feel famous, though I don’t let it rule me. Furthermore, I am also focused. Though my lifestyle and my emotions tend to be incredibly erratic, I am always searching for what I want. I never forget what could be better, even in the depths of despair. That is to say that that is not based on hope, but want.
An example of my Slytherin-ness My life is rough. I will not refute that. I have gone through horrible depression in my life and crushing loss of hope. These days, my main focus is staying alive. My main mantra these days is “You are what you do,” simply because it is just so easy to go back to bed when you’re depressed. I am doing anything and everything I can to stay alive and to stay active. This is where I come to terms with the Slytherin notion of “Ambition,” because I have an ambition not only to survive, but to make something of myself someday.
- You've received your O.W.L results. What are your results? (You have to have failed or done poorly in at least one subject)
Charms: O (Easy Class)
DADA: O (Class I’m interested in)
Potions: O (Class I’d work my ass off in)
History of Magic: D (I hate history, I REALLY do)
Muggle Studies: P (I’d be bored)
Arithmancy: E (I have no problem with maths, but have little faith in fortune-telling)
Divination: T (1. I do not consider myself psychic. 2. I ABHOR BSing.)
- If you could have any superpower - but only ONE - what would it be?
Well, it’d be nice if I could be magical.
I’d be something sneaky, and having something to do with the mind. It wouldn’t be worth it if it didn’t involve something as precarious of the mind. Though I wouldn’t be the type to want to fabricate things, like make people favor me. I find that tawdry. I’d prefer the careful decoding of things, like in Leglimency. Furthermore, it’d be a superpower I’d be able to turn OFF. I can imagine that I’d be driven completely crazy with the mutterings of others’ minds added to my own.
I’d also love flying, as mentioned above.
- What HP character do you identify with most and why?
Hermione or Snape. I used to identify solely with Hermione, for her obsessiveness and her intellectualism. She seems to me now like a person trying to digest the entire world, and having her head spin at that.
But, in recent times, I find myself decidedly identifying with Snape. (Note: My perceptions of him are based on my own personal theories, in case you disagree.) He is a loner, among all the others at Hogwarts. Good or evil, he is forced to be burdened with so much, just to survive. He is clearly an ambitious person, but he is stuck in a stagnant job teaching those who don’t deserve it (I mean, who’d want to be a TEACHER?! ;] ) He had a disappointing childhood, and an environment that didn’t help him. He is always struggling against the odds, and only through sheer cunning is he able to stay afloat. Though it has been incredibly stressful, he has mastered such things as tolerating the people around him, learning incredibly difficult branches of magic, and knowing his work down to the tiny nuances. He has, for the most part, mastered his environment.
And, in case you hadn’t noticed my userpic, yes, I do have an obsession! ;]
Ah. And, just to be fair:
I identify with Neville because I struggle with an immense amount of shame and self-deprecation,
and I identify with Luna because I have unorthodox views that people like to laugh at. I also am out of touch with society.
- What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
I am thinking myself reunited with my past. The changes in my life have been none to kind to me, and I take very, very badly to change. I’ve gone through some extremely rough points in my life that would have made many other people crack (Perhaps this is where my elitism is born!). I’d find myself happy as a little kid; seeing everything in rose-colored glasses and ready to take on the entire world. Me, with my Dr. Seuss, with my family, with my toys. I had to grow up very quickly (like calling the ambulance for my dad at 5 for example) and I guess I’m still very much a child inside.
- If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
I’m thinking ‘candy’ and ‘saving it’ right now. (There goes the child in me!) But I think in the long term I would want to buy something wonderful, something that no one else has. But I wouldn’t be lavish. I’d be smart with the money.
- Which HP book is your favorite and why?
HBP. This barely won over POA. I like the character development, and the uncertain atmosphere, and the strong feelings. I can see myself just fuming over someone like Slughorn, or perfectly fitting in to the chaos. However I, when first reading the book, really didn’t like the ending.
That and there’s so much character development of Snape! [/obsession]
- Which HP book is your least favorite and why?
COS. It’s just... Boring.
There are really no new characters, like in POA, and it just puts me to sleep. I could care less that Ginny got thrown in a chamber, because Harry will rescue her anyway and blah blah blah. I don’t have much to say about this one.
- What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
I had wanted to be an artist, or an actress, or a writer, or a music star, or a naturalist. This has changed. I do like expressing myself, though. It’s just so much work. I couldn’t take it. I am always upping my writing skills, or my art skills, or my music repertoire, just in case. They’re still things that I enjoy doing. However, now, I find myself fascinated by the mind. Psychiatry would interest me, and there are so many theories to choose from. I like delving into the obscure side of things, the things that people like to ignore about themselves IRL, because it is the truth.
In contrast, really social things like business just turn me off to no end. I am not a BSing type of person. Again, I like to be away from people. I am very much an introvert at heart.
- 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 have about NO opinion on this. It wouldn’t be something superficial, like Alohomora; it’d probably be something up to the ears in theory: something that could change an endless amount of things, like a spell to stop time. But I’d want to be in control of it. I’m not so much a fool as to make a spell that would wreak havoc later.
- 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?
I have a big fear of grotesqueness and death. I also have a fear of the worst times in my life. There are two things it would turn into. And yes, they would both scare the hell out of me.
The first is an inferi of my father. I say ‘inferi’ because ‘zombie’ doesn’t convey it at all. ‘Zombies’ are things that are cheesy and fake, and creations of ignorance. No, when I think if ‘inferi,’ I think of it being terrifying through the realization that this not only used to be a dynamic, self-sufficient, live human, but my father at that. It would be a lot scarier, being personalized. So, with that, I suppose it would turn into a nameless, faceless bad-b-movie-type zombie at ‘Riddikulus.’
The second is a dementor. I feel I already have a very good perception of what a dementor would be like, and I can imagine it well. This, would of course, correlate with any traumatic experiences in my life as well as the severe depression. Those were, without consideration, THE worst times in my life. As it is a personification of my worst times, I don’t know where I could go wrong here.
I suppose I would have the dementor blowing up at ‘Ridikkulus,’ as opposed to collapsing inward. Blowing up would signify that it would never be a problem again, as opposed to disappearing somewhere to only reappear again later.
- What do you look for in a friend?
If I had to choose, intelligence, passion, logicality, wit, truthfulness.
I had this friend one time that I look back on with scorn. He was an idiot. He pretended to be so self-confident and accepting when he couldn’t disguise the extreme insecurity and self-loathing he had. He pretended to be the hero; the savior of me; for being The Person To Reach Out To An Asocial, Angry Girl Who Looked Like A Lesbian. Yes, he actually said I looked like a ‘bitch’ or a ‘total lesbian’ when he first saw me. I could go on and on and on for nano-hours about him. But, basically, he is the antithesis to what I want in a friend. I’m also very selective about friends, if that helps.
- What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
I dunno. Succeed. Express myself. Change people’s views. Really, it’s hard enough figuring out what I want to do after High School! But I have always, ever since I was young, wanted to do what I express now, in different forms.
- What trait most annoys you about other people?
Naivete, arrogance coupled with stupidity, intellectual arrogance, following the herd.
Again, back to my little ex-friend. People are automatically on my bad list if they prove themselves to be ignorant and arrogant. And then I am merciless with them. I have no, and I mean NO tolerance, for listening to idiots. Whatsoever. Somebody says that Good Charlotte is a good example of goth music, I sink my teeth into them and don’t let go. There. So there. End. Fin. Ha ha.
- What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
Intelligence, individualism, a drive to understand, a drive to do well, imagination. Not in any specific order.
I am a very complicated person. But in my life there are always the two things that I see in myself: intelligence, and drive. I am always struggling to make it to some level of understanding. I am always scheming/imagining new things. I am always working towards understanding and mastery, even if I run myself ragged.
The ‘understanding’ thing works for people too. I am a compassionate person, though I have my mood swings.
- What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
Insecurity(!!!), indecisiveness, holding on to grudges, out-of-control emotions (IE anger, depression, obsessiveness), regulation of goals and self-esteem.
Ha ha, really, the big thing about my weaknesses is regulation. I can be on top of the world and in control one minute, and the next minute I am ready to give it all up and stay in bed for the rest of my life. (Why yes, I am bipolar!) Sometimes I am very tolerant of people who don’t understand me or my views, and other times I just go shiz on them. Furthermore, once someone hurts me, they are on my ‘bad’ list. For good. I’ve had a lot of trouble getting over grudges. That’s why I’ve found it better to just stay aloof and away from people. When I advance in my goals, I feel invincible; when I fall short of expectations, I feel like the lowest scum of the earth. So, yeah. See if that gives you an idea of my personality.
- Define in your own words the following key traits:
- Courage: To do what is needed when others are too scared.
- Loyalty: To remain faithful to those who deserve it.
- Intelligence: To ceaselessly question and self-question.
- Ambition: To be focused and fervent in one’s goals.
- Courage: To do what is needed when others are too scared.
- Name: Lisa
- Age: 16
- What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? (This question is optional for those who feel they just DO NOT fit in a house. Please explain WHY.)
I like the idea of unity, I really do. And I like the idea of brotherhood. But there’s a problem. It just doesn’t fit for me. I feel alone at heart, and I’m not ready to just go help other people and give then hugs and kisses. I’m not a bad person. I’m just... wary. And untrusting. I have no problem with Hufflepuff house, but it’s not for me. I’m sort of a lone wolf.
- Where did you find out about us? Somewhere. I knew but I don’t know if where I originally said is where I found it or not so...Yeah.
Well, I hope you enjoy my answers. This spanned six (Edit:SEVEN) pages on my word program and kept me from doing hours of homework. But solely out of diversion! God, I hate my high school so much.
Edit. I felt it was a bit too cliched.