- What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
I think I would be most comfortable in a position in the Ministry of Magic, yet it would have to be something that was a little more behind the scenes than, well, an Auror. I'm sure we don't know of a lot of the jobs the Ministry has to offer, but I would blatantly refuse to be an Auror just because of the danger it would bring to myself. I could see myself doing something with Magical Law, maybe even serving on some committees. Why? Well, I'm usually the type of person who likes to know exactly what's going on with everything, and usually I like to have input. For example, at my job right now I'm the Public Relations rep / Event Coordinator. I'm usually involved in the planning and implementing of many of the decisions / events in the store, therefore I feel more connected and more in control over what happens. If I were working with Magical Law in any way, I'd feel that I would have that same kind of influence.
- If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
Transfigurations. I have always loved reading about this subject in the Harry Potter books. I find it absolutely fascinating that someone could turn practically whatever they found into whatever they needed at the time.... and it would be fun, too! (I'm all about the fun)
- 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?
Absolutely not. There is a fine line between trying to prove oneself and stupidity. Based on the history of the TriWizard Tournament, why would anyone of intelligence or any shred of self-preservation put themselves in harms way just for a tiny bit of glory and money? I'm too much of a coward to face tasks such as those, even if I felt I was up to the magical ability involved.
- If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
This is difficult, but I suppose I'd like to be cat. At this point, it's merely because I know more about the common household pets than those of more exotic nature. I've had a cat or cats since I was 8 years old, and there's something about the way they hold themselves, how they can make their presence known or hide it at will, and how they can be either affectionate or standoffish (depending on their mood), that I think would be wonderfully helpful for me. Also, since they are common animals, the fact that I would blend in without being questioned is a great asset.
- What HP character do you identify with most and why?
As I've said in my other sorting community, I don't identify with any character wholeheartedly. I've often seen myself identifying somewhat with Draco, considering that my father's opinion means the absolute world to me. I've often done things or not done things based on whether or not my father would approve. If he's disappointed in me, I feel as though I have to do everything and anything in my power to get back in his good graces. The similarities end there, I believe, as my dad is very kind and loving, so I wouldn't know if I'd feel the same way if he were more like Lucius. After that, I identify with Snape and Hermione. Snape because I was always the outcast in high school. I was the girl who everyone came up to and asked if I thought Friday the 13th was a holiday. It made me cynical, and in a way I'm quite grateful for that. I would hate to walk around thinking the world is all sunshine and roses when it is clearly not. Hermione simply because of her intelligence... her own special brand. There's something a bit different between how Hermione uses her intelligence and what I call the "typical" all-knowing intelligence. I have a little bit of that. Just a little bit.
- What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
Well, I'm not going to say I see myself in a wonderful relationship with children (like so many do), because that's not what I want from life at all. I would see myself, completely self-sufficient to a point where I wouldn't have to worry about money at all. I would be working a job that is both self-gratifying and rather important in the scheme of things. I would have a nice house, nice car, and live close enough yet far away enough from certain friends and family. Of course, there's always room for nieces and nephews in the mirror to, since I would most definitely be spoiling them all rotten (I'm already doing that!) and pinching their cheeks. :)
- If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
I would save a large portion (maybe around $250,000) for later use. I would pay off all of my college debt. Then I would buy a car. Then, perhaps, I would buy myself somewhere to live that wouldn't be extremely extravagant, but very comfortable. And I would put some away for my nephew's college fund.
- What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
When I was a child, I don't think I understood the concept of jobs. However, in middle school I started wanting to be a forensic pathologist. I was fascinated with trying to figure out how a person died. Either that, or an investigator. Again, the forensics was always the big draw for me, with a close second being criminal profiling. I'm not sure what influenced me, but it might have been the Patricia Cornwell novels I started reading at age 12 or 13. Now, however, my ideal job is so far from that it's rather hard to imagine. In 11th grade I went from wanting to be a forensic pathologist to majoring in Theatre Arts during college. I graduated with a bachelors degree, and now I'm doing nothing within the field because I've lost interest in the art. The change of pace, however, did influence me greatly, and I actually really like the job I currently have. As I mentioned in a previous question, I'm the Public Relations rep / Event Coordinator at a bookstore. I like it because while it's not management, I'm still influencing decisions, implementing them, and taking an interest in the store as a whole. I also really like my other job, which is a DJ business that my father and I have together. Soon I will be doing more of the managerial work for the company, effectively taking over my dad's position (he says this leaves him to just rake in the retirement funds... lol). I love this job because it's pretty close to what I would love to do.
- 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?
This is the most difficult question on the application. I would, most likely, invent some sort of potion that would help a person control their outwardly appearing emotions. I believe that a lot of people have the inability to express calm exterior when faced with daunting circumstances, and that most of the time it effects the outcome of the situation. With this potion a person would be guaranteed to present cool-headed responses and appropriate emotions for any given situation. I would call it "Elixir of Neutrality" or something along those lines. Of course, I'd also have a nice spell or charm that releases the person from the effects of the potion.
- 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?
Seriously, a huge spider. I am so terrified of those creatures it's not funny. When I would throw Riddikulus I would most likely be faced with some kind of spandex monstrosity that I couldn't help but laugh at.
- What do you look for in a friend?
Someone I can have fun with.
Someone who can leave me alone if I want to be.
I've always had great friends at different times in my life. At first I always thought my priorities in a friend had changed over the years, but in reality, they haven't. I've never liked a leach, or anyone boring. My best friends and I always have great fun together, most likely hang around each other a lot, yet understand the need for alone time or something a bit different. I just like to have fun with the people I consider friends right now, and while I might lose touch with those in the past, they still have a special place in my heart.
- What trait most annoys you about other people?
How people are inherently morons. I just can't get over how lazy people are when they're trying to find something, be somewhere, or get something. It literally makes me want to bang my head against a wall, and at times I would like to scream "use your brains!" or "do something with yourself!". I believe if you want to be somewhere, stop complaining and DO something about it. Lazing around acting like an idiot is not going to get you a free ride anywhere. Hell, they could even take up stock in being professional idiots.. who knows! I even see myself get stuck in situations like this and I literally have to slap myself out of it.. and then I do what I do and everything is better. Then again, maybe this is the evil side of retail :)
- What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
I can sing. It's one of my best abilities. I come from a very musical family, and everyone in it claims that music is a huge part of their life. I love to go out to karaoke, and would love to be in a band someday.
I'm crafty - and not just in the gluesticks and glitter way (although I'm pretty handy at that too). Have you ever heard of those people who won't say what they want people to hear necessarily, but make it seem as thought what they're saying is what you wanted to hear? Yeah, I'm one of those people. This is why I have the job that I do. I don't perceive it as being sneaky or underhanded at all.. it's just a talent I think some people possess, and I'm lucky enough to be have it.
I'm intelligent. I've always liked an intellectual challenge. I was labeled Gifted early on in life and always took the highest classes. I'm quite proud that I'm an intelligent, well-read person. I take tests very well and write essays quickly. I also, however, hated homework because I couldn't see the need for it if I already understood the concepts. The only time I did homework was when I thought I needed extra practice.
I have a sense of humor. I'm one of those people who can laugh at herself if necessary, and I feel comfortable in a room full of snarky sarcasm. For instance, my family dinner table is a plethora of mock-insults, crude sexual jokes, and witty comebacks. I hold my own, and I always do better in person than, say, typing, since, well, let's face it... taking the time to type kinda takes the punch out of the punch-line. Regardless, I love all types of humor. I love to laugh. I love stupid, silly conversations and everything that goes with them. I'm actually quite fun to be around :)
I don't take "you can't" for an answer. I've always believed that a "no" in the business world or "you can't do that" is able to be reversed if you go about it the right way, go through different channels, etc. You have to look at ways of getting around the roadblock, not trying to ram your way through.
- What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
I get irritated easily. I have a short fuse... always have, always will. I don't blow up like some people do, but I get so pissed off and angry that I stew for periods of time and lash out mentally. I don't get physical or do irrational things, but yeah... I'm often irked about something.
I get jealous of petty things. Usually it's regarding how people are being favored over me. Writing it down like this makes me cringe because I try not to voice things like this aloud. It's just, say, at work, if others are chosen over me for a job or a task I get jealous, wonder what I did wrong, know I didn't do anything to deserve it, and plan to have myself picked next time. It's completely irrational, but.. yeah.. I get that way all the time.
I have low tolerance. To put it in simple terms, as soon as I meet a person I categorize them. I don't have the tolerance for people with no common sense, or people who I think I need to be knocked on the head to gain some intelligence. The reason I put this here is because I wish I could just see a person for how friendly they are. I've known really nice people who I can't tolerate because they're dumb. Bluntly, I'm judgmental. Funny thing is, I don't want people to judge me
I have poor body image. I might like myself in other ways, but I absolutely hate my body. The whole body-image concept drags my poor self esteem to the ground.
I can get obsessive. Kinda like Harry was with Draco in book 6...heh. In all seriousness, however, I tend to get fixated on things and not let them go. Good things, bad things, you name it, I may develop an obsession. It's not healthy and I wish I could change it, to be completely honest.
- Define in your own words the following key traits:
- Courage: doing something regardless of fear, because the outcome will be worth it.
- Loyalty: no holds barred "I'll be there for you" mentality. You do whatever you have to for people because you love them and will be forever.
- Intelligence: being able to hold your own mentally, and that includes book knowledge and common sense.
- Ambition: knowing what you want and going after it.
- Courage: doing something regardless of fear, because the outcome will be worth it.
- Name: Jenn
- Age: 26
- Where did you find out about us? a post from seethingheathen