- What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
Gilderoy Lockhart's personal assistant. This is the ideal job for any young man looking to break into the world of book writing, traveling, and even some publicity. Although Lockhart seems like a very demanding and particular fellow, I'm sure that I'm a "yes" man and willing to do what is needed (even the unusual or stupid.) What I don't suspect I'd be doing is anything like accounting, PR relations, book tour scheduling, hair dyeing, or teeth cleaning. He ought to HAVE people for that already. The only real thing I'd imagine having to really try at is mastering his signature for all of his fan photos. Besides, now that Lockhart is in St. Mungo's long-term ward for spell damage, I suspect the job has become a lot easier.
- If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
Divination. Because I totally will make stuff up and as long as I am confident in myself, I'll be successful! Was it not Ralph Waldo Emerson who said "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you"? I also recall Wendy Wasserst stating "Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable." And I say, what is more remarkable then foretelling what is in all of our futures? Lastly, lest us not forget the famous saying "Success comes in cans, not cant's."
- 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?
Although I predict that the TriWizard Tournament would not be held this year (as of July 16, 2007) do to this being an off-year (and with the tournament being held every 5 years since 1995, the next true tournament really ought to be predictably in 2010); and of course assuming I would still be a student of Hogwarts (althought I doubt it as I'm nearly 18 now), I would have to state that most likely, possibly...I might consider putting my name into the Goblet. Assuming OF course, a Goblet was used for the 2010 (or 2005) tournament, depending if I leaped forward or backwards in time.
So if we were to say, theoretically, I had a time-turner (assuming of course they were still in existance after the majority being smashed in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and/or I had all the proper paperwork for application and approval to use), and was able to calculate the exact number of turns needed to either go forward three years (or backwards two), then I would humbly state I would most undeniably confidently enter myself into the contest. However, if the decree of not allowing any underage wizards/witches submit to the tournament, and by my calculations I'd either be too young or out of school, I really WOULDN'T be able to participate.
So my humble answer would be perhaps.
- If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
A ferret. Ferrets are amusing, unique and readable animals, and illegal as pets in several American states. I'd like to think I'm unique, amusing, and readable (especially to people that know me in RL.) Also, I suspect I could be illegal in several states.
- What HP character do you identify with most and why?
Hermione. Okay, forget for a moment Hermione has girl-parts. Forget for a moment as well that she has dentists as parents (because mine are farmers.) I am most like 'Hermione' because we both have a rediculous ability to store useless facts, read rediculously long books for enjoyment, and are insanely loyal to the point of getting so frustrated our nostrils twitch and voices pitch high. Also, we both play a mean bicycle horn, exercise "tough-love" in discipline, and I once knitted a yamuka for a friend's bar mitzvah (and he kinda had this Uncle who looked like a house elf.)
- What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
Me and my best pal Dave actually IN Hogwarts, as real students. My pal and I have obviously been fans of the series for a while now, as can be evident by me actually (attempting) to fill out a Sorting application. If the Mirror of Erised shows us what we desire the most, then I think it makes great sense for a fan to want to see themselves inside the story. And as a fan, this is what I would desire to most to see for myself. Everything else, which, honestly, can be accomplished by my actions in Real Life, like job, school, family. Because of this, I would rather take a more imagenative perspective. Thus why I would see (AND my friend) as students in Hogwarts, existing in the novel world as if it were real.
- If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
Totally invest it in some ROTH IRAs, maybe some Mutual Funds. The market's doing pretty good right now. I'd also take my time-turner, go back in time, and invest in Apple stock right before the MAC came out in 1984. In other words, I would kindly invest the money for my future. The Investment Retirement Acounts are for when I turn 70 and have stopped working. The Mutual Funds are like stock market investments for the present. My last comment was really more me wishing outloud my parents had the knowledge that Apple would turn out to be such a profitable company to of invested back then, thus we would of been frickin rich by now!
- What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
Ideal job was to be a Toys 'R Us kid.
It has NOT changed.
Its still my ideal job.
Pretty much what this means (to ellaborate so you can get to know the REAL me!) is that I'd like very much NOT have to grow up. True, I'm practically an adult now, but in my mind I don't really want to deal with change. I'm comfortable this way, and would rather stay a teenager for ever. Even younger. I'd want to be 12. After I saw that folks wanted me to explain my answers more, and I talked about it with an older family member, I think I have a rational fear of college. And that's an honest answer.
- 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?
"Kryptonite-esplody-ism," in which one can skillfully banish members of the Krypton alien race, blow up bouncy beach balls, and clean windows all at the sametime. It ought to be standard in Charms grade 3 and 4.
- 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?
It would turn into a gigantic radioactive single sock, the mate of which I always seem to find but can't find the other after laundry. Because it disappeared into the Mysterious Land of Laundry, the sock found its way BACK, but is now totally radioactive and HUGE! And I'm scared of it!
I'd turn it into a bunny. Because bunnies are cute, cuddly, and can easily be cooked for dinner. And radioactive socks just don't taste right after boiling.
- What do you look for in a friend?
Taller than me, nicer than me, less obnoxious than me. Smarter than me. Sexier than me. I'm an equal opportunity friender. As long as I'm not taken advantage of too badly, I'd be a loyal pal. I'm told by some that I'm painfully protective, and a good listener. But I'm also the type who gets everyone into trouble, sorry!
- What trait most annoys you about other people?
Being obnoxious and pretentious if they are under the age of sixteen. Using net speak like "OMGSWTFBBQ" when speaking in RL, and writing about sex when filling out sorting applications. THAT really annoyed me.And I'm sorry if you think thats specific to anyone, because its like, not. Just speaking in general. I'm also kinda laughing at MYSELF, because I apparently totally skipped a question by COMPLETE accident.
- What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
Being crazy, being creatively different, being a friend, willing to put up with crap, and being able to do your homework for you (for monies.)
- What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
Not having siblings to grow up with, being a class clown, being TOO tall, loving baseball to the point of obsession, reading things too fast or skipping sentences so I miss whats being said. Like a few times on AIM, my friend tells me these huge long stories or statements and I miss some stuff, and it can be a problem. So I guess I need to learn to slow down and not be so hyper!
- Define in your own words the following key traits:
- Courage: "Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win." -Bernadette Devlin
- Loyalty: "If all of my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't follow. I'd be at the bottom to catch them when they fall.” -Unknown
- Intelligence: "Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years." -Gracie Allen
- Ambition: "Ambition is the last refuge of failure." -Oscar Wilde
I prefer to use some favorite quotes to describe the following traits:
- Courage: "Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win." -Bernadette Devlin
- Name: Merrill Hess
- Age: 17
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Things in italics have been added since first posted. Thank you.