I would probably choose to be a scholar or textbook writer (not like Gilderoy Lockhart, though, of course!) because I have always found the scholarly/theoretical parts of magic to be particularly interesting. I really enjoy writing and learning, so that would be a good way to utilize that passion while contributing to the wizarding world. I would not necessarily want to be a professor only because I have a hard time interacting with groups of people frequently.
I would definitely want to teach Charms. Not only is Charms a useful subject for everyday life, but it is definitely the "classic" kind of magic necessary for witches and wizards. I have always felt a particular affinity for Charms and for Professor Flitwick. I suppose I can't see myself really as much of a professor so it's hard for me to explain myself as any subject's professor, regardless.
No thanks. While I'm certainly a competent witch, I don't really enjoy the thrills of danger, and I don't like to have the spotlight on me. I'd much rather watch and cheer from the sidelines than put myself in the immediate danger... it would probably just give me a heart attack to have to face those tasks. I also really don't work well under pressure, so it would be difficult to handle those kinds of challenges calmly. Besides, I just don't see myself being chosen.
That's a hard one. I think I would choose to be a falcon or some sort of bird. I find the concept of flight to be very freeing and relaxing, and I would love to be able to fly up high and survey the area without being seen. It would also be neat to have the senses and reflexes of a bird. Even though it is a bird of prey, I would never hurt anyone in my animagus form unless I was directly threatened or protecting someone I care about.
I think I'd have to say Professor Snape. Although there are a lot of ways we're different, his actions seem to be very similar to what I would do in his situation. I would do anything for the memory of someone I loved, even if it meant being reminded of the failures that went along with it. I really sympathize with his position as a sort of outcast, as I've often found myself in a situation where I cannot relate with my peers nor can they with me. I really think that he was misunderstood by Harry because he was simply so different that his motivations were totally foreign to someone like Harry. Outside of Harry's point-of-view, Severus was extremely brave and loyal to the Good, even if he went about his loyalty and bravery in unconventional ways. I have really come to love Snape's depth and level of character, and I admit I was crushed when he died.
I think I would see myself surrounded by my close friends and family in a really satisfying and fulfilling kind of life. I would probably have found a job I enjoy doing and become a working part of society. I think right now my desires circle around security and fulfilment, so I would see myself in a very stable and successful environment. I really can't be too specific because my life dreams are generally very vague, but there would be a lot of peace and stability involved.
I won't lie, I would probably save a lot of it for myself. While I am not a particularly materialistic person, I do value financial security and I would love to keep some of it as rainy day money or a way to pay for various debts and fees. Whatever was left over, however, would probably go toward various music/arts-based causes or educational causes. I honestly think that would be a bigger help to society than hoarding away what I don't need. I really am not in dire need of much - I can see myself getting some new clothes or treating my friends to a nice dinner, but otherwise charity is the first thing that comes to mind, especially for educational endeavours.
As a kid, I changed job aspirations almost as many times as I changed clothes. My pursuits ranged from the cliché of astronaut to a slightly more eclectic news editor. I can still see myself as an editor, but not at all as an astronaut. Right now, I would love to pursue my goal as a musician either performing or teaching music theory. If that doesn't work out, I can see myself in philosophy or English, likely as a teacher or professor. I love to teach and expand on my knowledge, but I have problems with handling myself in social situations with a lot of people.
I would definitely invent something practical, so I'm thinking of a charm to allow for better memory. I'd call it "maxima memoriam" (I think that Latin is probably wrong, but I like the way it sounds xD). The main idea is that it would simply maximize the usefulness of your existing memory capacity. In Muggle terms, it's essentially defragging and compressing the memory (as in computer memory), allowing more of it to be used more efficiently and with a greater recall rate. It would also help protect your memories from legilimency and other attempts to gather memory/thought information without permission. My memory charm is kind of like using a Pensieve, but the memories stay with you at all times and can be added to as events happen. It can be useful for small things like remembering the grocery list, or bigger things like keeping secret Potions recipes without having to write them down. It can also help keep thoughts organized.
I think right now my greatest fear is ignorance or the unknown, but I really don't know how that would be manifested in a boggart. I have always had a somewhat unreasonable expectation for myself that I at least know something about anything I encounter, so I hate not knowing or being able to figure something out immediately. I can see the boggart as simply embodying my fear of the unknown by being shrouded with mists and shadows. Then I suppose the Riddikulus would open up the mists to reveal a badly made stage prop, like the kinds in low-budget indie films where everything is cardboard and papier-mâché. xD
Most importantly, I look for someone with whom I can really relate - I really most value a good conversation with someone who can see where I'm coming from, even if he or she disagrees with me. I also really value communication. I would not be able to have a friendship with someone who isn't willing to talk to me, whether it's a problem with me or my actions or just something random. Either way, my friends should ideally be clear about what they think as it pertains to me.
I know this is cold, but I'd have to say complacency. It really bothers me when people act like things will take care of themselves if they don't try to do something about it themselves. I have always really believed in the concept of self-determination in life because I think we have the blessing of choice. Not using that choice is such a waste. To me, complacency borders on laziness singe it inherently means expecting others to do the work for you. It's a way to shirk responsibility and not work to your fullest potential.
- I honestly would have to say my intelligence. I know it seems cliché, but I have always really valued my ability to pick things up quickly and process information clearly and accurately
- Probably my attention to detail. I admit, I am quite OCD at times, but this can help me keep track of things.
- My willingness to try new things. I'm not afraid of challenges if I think they can really help somehow, and I tend to be a very outside-the-box thinker when it comes to problem solving.
- I suppose at some point I have to mention my musical abilities. In particular, I am quite gifted in music theory, and I really enjoy dealing with the theoretical aspect of music. I am also a singer. Although I am not a terribly extraordinary performer, I do pretty decently for myself as far as singing goes.
- I have to say, it was incredibly difficult for me to get to five here. I guess I'll say that I'm pretty compassionate and kind, if I want to be. I'm hardly what you might describe as a pushover, but if you don't antagonize me I'll be very willing to help out or lend a hand or hug. I tend to be quite empathetic if I see people down and hurt, and more than willing to help them out.
- My insecurity. I have always been very insecure about myself and my achievements. I generally act outwardly confident, but inside I have a tendency to be really insecure about things even if I intellectually know that it's irrational.
- Although my OCD-like nature can often be helpful in terms of attention to detail, I also tend to be quite a perfectionist and get somewhat irrational fears about failure.
- My work ethic also kinda sucks, honestly... I have a really hard time following deadlines and I tend to really do things "on my own time" rather than based on someone's timeline.
- I don't really work well with others, especially in stressful situations. I tend to really think I can get things done most efficiently by myself, so unless I specifically need someone for something I can be quite un-cooperative and bossy. I'd like to think it really is because I do a better job, but sometimes I think I'm probably kinda elitist.
- I guess one of my underlying character flaws is my tendency to be highly judgemental and hypercritical. I have really high standards, and I tend to subscribe to the mindset of "guilty until proven innocent" - even then, sometimes my cynicism kicks in and I suspect they somehow cheated the system. I admit that while I do tend to be quite open-minded, I can be quick to judge and stubborn about my judgements.
- Courage: Standing up for what's right even in the face of great obstacles. I really think courage is about overcoming obstacles to get at the end result. Often the obstacle is fear, but many times it can be a more material obstacle or simply difficulty.
- Loyalty: Loyalty is a really hard concept for me to define. I guess I'd have to say loyalty is the quality of sticking around in the face of adversity. To be loyal to a person is to defend him or her regardless of truth or feeling. I admit I have a really hard time with this one since I am not a classically "loyal" person. I sort of believe in mutual relationships - take care of each other and provide for the next time of need. I don't really believe in one-sided relationships, and I won't be "loyal" unless I feel like the other person is willing to be there for me.
- Intelligence: I have always defined intelligence sort of in my own terms; an intelligent person is one who makes the connections and applies them to actions. Intelligence means picking things up quickly and using knowledge to figure things out and get things accomplished.
- Ambition: Ambition is the keen ability to use what you're given and make the most out of it. Ambitious people view everything as a resource, and use anyone and anything to get the desired result. In a way. ambition is just a kind of resourcefulness, where everything is up for grabs. I don't necessarily equate ambition with coldness, either, just a realistic view of priorities.