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  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
    I would want to be a professor. I love teaching--for the attention, watching students improve, and because I want to be an expert on a specific topic. ETA: Of all the characters in HP, I found the adults'--namely the professor's--lives most mysterious and hence intriguing. It's a certain type of person who is willing to forsake his or her ability to live out in the world to become a Hogwarts professors. Despite the fact that being a professor seems somewhat insular, Hogwarts professors seem very connected to the rest of the world--in good ways and in bad ways--and they are really helping effect change (e.g. membership in OOTP, Dumbledore's involvement in various wizarding judiciary councils). I like the idea that the professor can be both behind the scenes and shaping the young wizards while still maintaining their own professional identities and their statuses in the Wizarding community.
  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
    Probably History of Magic--but I would really try to make it interesting. ETA: In reality, I'd like to create a new subject and give them classes in Literature. That is a glaring absence from the Hogwarts curriculum, and the closest it seems there is is Ancient Runes. I had to pick History of Magic as a second choice. It's only from studying the History of Magic that students will learn to not repeat the mistakes of that history. From the reactions of Harry and Ron, History of Magic appears to be extremely boring. It seems, though, that this is due to the professor's delivery, rather than the history itself. I think I'd try to make a really interactive History of Magic class, the kind where students could travel into battles through a pensieve. If I were to create a Lit. curriculum, I suppose I'd toss in some Tolkien as well as some of the biggies of Brit. Lit. (e.g. Shakepeare, Milton, Keats).
  • 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?
    No. I'd rather be the behind-the-scenes, Karl Rove-style advisor to one of the competitors. ETA: The reason I'd take on this role is similar to my desire to be a professor. While I wouldn't mind the glory of winning, I think my talents would be best suited to helping someone else win. In another situation, I would probably be out there competing myself (e.g. for something that doesn't involve physical challenges), but given the fact that I'm more at home in the library than in the gymnasium, I would rather help the acquaintance I was backing find the solutions and spells needed to succeed in the TriWizard Tournament. Of course, I'd make sure that everyone knew that I helped :-)
  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
    A cocker spaniel because they are deceptively cute and cuddly but can also have a darker side. ETA: I currently have a cocker spaniel that appears to be the cutest dog in the whole world. The minute he feels threatened, however, he is prone to attack. And that's the closest I could pick in an animal to my temperament. Ironically, that trait in cocker spaniels is due to irresponsible breeding--wonder what that says about me! I'm not going to immediately be hostile and confrontational. I tend to be a bit guarded and suspicious, but I'm going to be nice until I've been given a reason to let the claws come out. And then, wow, do the claws come out. These tend to be more defensive claws, although at times I do feel the need to be proven correct.
  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    Sirius Black. He seems to be as confused by what he's supposed to do (i.e. family demands) and what he wants to do. I sympathize. ETA: Like Sirius, I've always looked at my family members and thought, "How the hell was I born to these people?!" Fortunately, my parents have become more mellow and accepting as they've aged (and as I've just done whatever the hell I've felt like) but my sister--not so much. I still wonder who two people could turn out so differently. Also, Sirius has a good balance of "I don't care" and caring. He does not seem to want responsibility but when he's given it--e.g. as Harry's Godfather--he rises to the challenge, and I think I'm that way.  I think I also have delusions of persecution....
  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    I would have a tenure-track job--as a Hogwarts professor, of course. ETA: Unfortunately, I've had it drilled into my head that if I don't have a career, nothing else in my life will fall into place. This probably isn't the truth, but I've completely bought into it nonetheless. As a result, the single most important thing to me at the moment is succeeding at the career that I've chosen and trying to be the best at it. I have a sneaking suspicion that nothing will ever be good enough and that I'll never be pleased enough with how things turned out.
  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
    I would invest it and only dip into the interest if absolutely necessary--and never the capital. With a conservative investment, I'd get $50K in interest a year. ETA: I always figured that if I could get a million or two, then I really wouldn't have to worry about anything ever. Because, adding that interest to whatever income I'd be making from a job (and my partner's), there would always be a nice cushion that would mean not having to worry about anything. And better than not worrying, getting to go out and do all the things I want to do, like go on vacation. I wouldn't go out and spend the money on one thing, though, because once that money's spent, it's gone. But, investing the money would mean turning it into more money. No immediate gratification, but probably more gratification in the long term. I'm not really the careful about anything, but I would be if someone gave me 1 mil!
  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
    I wanted to be a doctor, but only because I was supposed to want to be a doctor. That kind of got the boot after a disastrous turn in chemistry class. Now, I want to be an English professor. ETA: This question is a complete landmine! I have immigrant parents who firmly believe that there are three acceptable careers. When I was younger, however, there was only one acceptable career--doctor. So I thought I wanted to be a doctor. And there were things about medicine that interested me. But there was one part that didn't: the blood. Blood and needles just don't do it for me. I learned the hard way during an internship at the National Institute of Health, where I passed out and nearly fell into a biohazard bin while watching a doctor put an arterial line in a patient. Lots of blood. Suffice to say, I don't think I'd make a very good healer. Despite the biohazard bin incident, I took pre-med classes in college. Once again, not the best plan. I didn't do to badly (except for the aforementioned chemistry class) but I found the whole prospect completely boring and uninspiring. That's when my parents decided that there were two more acceptable careers (law and business), neither of which interested me. I thought I wanted to do an MFA, so I took some time off and taught. One day (it really happened this uneventfully), I woke up and realized I should try to be an English professor. I want to teach and do research, and I want the kind of freedom that you get when you don't work a 9-5 in an office and are enslaved to the man.
  • 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?
    Dissertatious Legimorpha- a spell that would write my dissertation for me. ETA: This spell could write all papers too! I always feel like ideas work better in my head than on paper. Or they work well in my notes but poorly in the final product. No one ever really complains about the final product, but I can never make it sound as good on paper as it does on my head. This spell wouldn't spare me from having to do the actual thinking part of my work but would make my paper seem as good as the idea seemed to me initially. Perhaps it would change the paper itself, but it's more likely that I'd be casting the spell on myself to make myself happier with my paper. And then it wouldn't be cheating.
  • 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?
    The bogart would turn into me but impoverished. Riddikulus would turn it a stereotypical hobo, complete with rents in my hat, chewing on straw, and carrying a hobo stick. ETA: Even though there's really no need to worry, I am always afraid of not having enough money to support myself. It's a pretty irrational fear, but it's a powerful one nonetheless. When I get into weird cycles of worry about this, however, I always remind myself that even as a grad student on a stipend, I'm probably wealthier than 99.9% of the world, and that there are people with real problems--and I'm not one of them. That's why what I'd imagine for the Riddikulus spell is a stereotypical hobo. It's the kind of hobo you'd find on an episode of The Simpsons--and there was one once on the Tall Tales episode, where The Simpsons are riding the boxcar rails to Delaware. Anyway, the hobo has a hobo stick, wears a straw hat, and is generally a pretty entertaining character.
  • What do you look for in a friend?
    Intelligence, good sense of humor ETA: There is absolutely no way I could deal with someone who wasn't intelligent or funny. My idea of a good time is to sit around drinking and talking, so I need someone who can keep up. I really enjoy witty banter, and I hate having to explain myself. I also hate when I think something is funny but the other person is looking at me like I am completely insane. Part of the intelligence and humor, though, is having the same cultural knowledge. I do have friends who are younger and sometimes I'm astounded by (or feel old because of) what they don't remember. But while I have friends who have different cultural referents, that can be overcome if we can have great conversation or good laughs---even if they don't remember who Punky Brewster is (shudder).
  • What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Always looking for good in everyone and everything--seriously, some people are just suspect! ETA: I would say "stupidity," but some people just can't help it. What I've noticed drives me batty, though, is some people's abilities to just rationalize everything away. Whereas maybe I'm quick to jump to the most negative conclusion, it drives me crazy when people try to come up with the most optimistic conclusion. Newsflash: There are ill-meaning people! Some people are nasty! You can't just look on the bright side for everything! That's how people get taken advantage of! What's healthy, though, is probably a balance between where I am and where these "good in everyone" people are.
  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    Intelligence, sense of humor, determination, creativity, communication ETA: I strongly value my critical thinking skills and my ability to think about things very individually. I'm unlikely to go along with the easiest or most accepted explanation. Instead, I'll probably go for the most out there explanation (and it's probably not entirely correct either, but oh well). I get a kick out of making people laugh, but I tend to do it with dark humor and sarcasm. I think there are some people who maybe don't get it and are completely appalled. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what I really want, but once I know, I really go for it and have a fairly Machiavellian approach. I wouldn't really screw someone else over, but I probably won't go out of my way to help him or her either. Unless it's a close friends, and then I'm willing to help--though not to my own detriment. Finally, as far as communication goes, I think I'm very persuasive and can convince people to see my side of things--or at least consider a new perspective.
  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    Stubbornness, paranoia, speaking without thinking, aloofness, snobbery ETA: If things don't go my way, I can be a royal PITA. As a result, I find myself butting heads with people, particularly when I think I'm right--and that's a lot of the time. I can be convinced otherwise, but only after we've had a screaming match, and I've calmed down enough to consider your proposition. My best friend cites my most notable quality as my paranoia, and I've come to agree. While it would be better to accept the easiest or most believable explanation of things, I go out of my way to create extremely elaborate, paranoid fantasies. It's not intentional--it just happens. So rather than think the best or even think rationally, I'm thinking the worst--and exceedingly irrationally. I also have an unfortunate habit of babbling without considering what I'm saying or who's going to be hurt by it. Usually, when this happens, I'm saying what I'm saying to try to be funny. Often, this is okay. Sometimes, however, there are people who aren't on the same wavelength and are completely offended. Being aloof and a bit of a snob go together, and I suppose they're closely aligned to arrogance as well. Since I think pretty highly of myself, I'm prone to think people aren't worthy of my time.
  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: Ability to go with what you think is right, even when most people think you're completely off your rocker. ETA: Okay, sure, it's good to do things that are hard, but I think it's more admirable to do things that are difficult when people are shouting, "What are you, nuts?" at you. Sometimes people aren't going to like you. Sometimes people are going to talk about you and tell everyone that you're crazy. But if you're courageous, you don't care about that. You care about making the right decision--and the right decision for *you.*
    • Loyalty: Honesty and reliability for another person, but without blindness. Loyalty doesn't mean telling someone what he or she wants to hear but the truth--even when it's not-so-pleasant. ETA: Nothing bothers me more than when people think that loyalty means sucking up to people. Fine, suck up to people if they're worthy of being sucked up to, but how often does that really happen? More often, it appears, that loyalty is just a way of trying to get people to do what you want them to do by asking them to "be loyal." When you're loyal to someone, you're not just thinking about what they'd want you to do but about what you think is the right thing to do by them. That's why I abhor blind loyalty but advocate a reasoned, thinking loyalty.
    • Intelligence: Both book knowledge and street smarts, the ability to read people well. ETA: Yes, being able to raise your hand first in every class is great. And, okay, I'm occasionally guilty of that myself. But, there's far more to intelligence than simply being the top of the class. There's common sense/street smarts. Too often, people bury themselves in their books and think that's enough. But there's a lot to be said for what happens when you're out of the classroom and you're confronted with a problem. How you solve that problem and how you reason through that problem are true markers of intellignece.
    • Ambition: Determination to succeed at whatever costs. ETA: If someone wants something, he should just go out and get it--and take it. Lots of people think they have plans or ambitions, but these are nothing if not backed up with action--the kind of action that makes things happen. And, unfortunately, someone people are put off by true ambition because they think that it's unattractive to want something openly or to be open about how far you'd go to achieve something. But if you want something, you really have to pursue it. Of course, you do have to weigh the consequences, and it would be nice to minimize the hurt you might cause other people, but sometimes there are winners and losers.


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