Lexa (i_cassiah) wrote in platform_934,


  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?

    Probably either a Curse Breaker or an Unspeakable. I have little patience for teenage angst or idiotic bureaucracy, so teaching and being too involved in the Ministry are out, though I could be tempted with Head of the MLE or the Auror Office, perhaps. I do like being in charge of people.

    But back to my response. Curse Breaking. You have all the allure of world travel and exotic locations as well as the perhaps less than legal means of procuring treasure. I believe the goblins and I would get on fairly well, and too, it’s not like Curse Breakers can afford to be intellectual slouches. I think it would be sufficiently challenging as to not bore me to death. Same could be said for being an Unspeakable. Too, being an Unspeakable, you wouldn’t have to talk to anyone (because you couldn’t), so that would limit the number of idiot minions people snooping around the office.

  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?

    Hm. Probably either DADA or Potions. Again, not really classes you can afford to be dull-witted in and succeed. I prefer practical approaches rather than theory (because what good is theory if you aren’t able to use it, I ask), so DADA would allow me the flexibility of moving around and challenging my students to their utmost. It would also provide them an outlet for their fidgeting, as students cooped up for months on end get rather rowdy. Better to give them a somewhat useful outlet, IMHO.

    Potions offer a bit of a different challenge in that it is a mix of science and art. Not everyone is good at it (or can be, really) – it takes patience and intuition, something that I find I enjoy spotting in others. However, I would have little patience for those who are a bit inept, so perhaps DADA is the better choice.

  • 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 could go either way really. Depends on who else was entering. I’m all for competition, as it challenges me to be better than my opponents, especially if I think I can show up said opponents. I also like winning, because winning is great. However, if you’re maimed in the process, that really cuts into your going-to-celebratory-gatherings time, and that, I think, would diminish much of the appeal.

    Yet there is a great deal of appeal…eternal glory and all that. Eternity is quite a long time. To be hallowed within the records of Hogwarts for future generations to emulate and envy...yes. There is great appeal in that for me.

  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?

    Well, choosing is much better than getting stuck with, though really, if your Animagus is supposed to represent some part of your nature, then it’s really not being stuck with, I suppose. But I digress.

    I would certainly choose something strong-willed. I have an innate stubbornness and determination. Something cautious and wary, yet able to reason well through situations and strike when the opportune moment presents itself. Probably some kind of large cat – a tiger, panther, or lioness.

  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?

    Several, which is the allure of the series for me personally…

    ~ Harry: an obvious choice for me. If I can’t connect with a main protagonist, I really lose interest fast. I think though that I connect with Harry’s yearning to prove himself despite people’s opinions. He wants to defy the stereotype that he’s been saddled with, something that I struggled with as well in my younger days. There is also his profound sense of loss and suffering. While I am not in fear of being hunted down by a murderous lunatic (at least, not to my knowledge), I can readily identify with his sense of wanting. His competitiveness and his temper are also things that I share, sometimes (as with our dear Harry in OotP) to our detriment and embarrassment. I also have rather good instincts, and tend to trust them than advice from other people (c.f. Harry in HBP).

    ~ Snape / Hermione: only for their being ostracized due to knowledge. I was quite the bookworm in school, and desired to show off my knowledge, both during class and through examinations. Thank God most of that is out of my system, but I still take profound joy in knocking certain people down a peg when they deserve it. Or are making a fool of themselves.

    In Snape, I can also identify with a melancholy loneliness necessitated by a lack of trust in people. Whether intentionally or not, I have had many secrets betrayed by those who knew better. I tend to brood rather than vent, though I do a fair bit of that as well. I hold grudges like no tomorrow, and never forget a wrong done to me.

    ~ I would also have to say that I’ve grown quite fond of Narcissa Malfoy as well. Her demonstrative love for her son is one that I could see myself displaying as well. Family before friends – always. It’s very much a look-after-your-own mentality, something that I take to heart. Even in defiance of Voldemort upon pain of death, she refuses to let her son be sacrificed. She takes great pride in her husband, and is fiercely loyal to them. My family and a few select friends are my life. I would do anything for them – whatever is required so that their safety and wellbeing can be ensured.

  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?

    Myself with a successful career carefully balanced with a fulfilling family life – a gorgeous and intelligent husband, 3 perfect children who are the envy of their friends’ parents, a wonderfully tasteful house, etc., with my weekends free to invest in my children. While I tend towards being addicted to my work, family comes first. That legacy often times far outshines any occupational accomplishments one may achieve.

  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

    Well first, I would pay off all my school debt. I hate being indebted to anyone. Then I would buy a new car, invest most of the rest in something that would guarantee a decent return, and increase my already large wardrobe.

    And perhaps a small trip to Europe. Ok, maybe a huge trip.

  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?

    To be a doctor. I have several family members who are in the medical field, and too, I watched too much t.v. as a child. Suffice it to say that the novelty wore off upon entering college. As I went to a university renowned for its medical research, the competition was at a ridiculous level. And too, I found that words and stories called to me much stronger than being in labs for hours on end, year after year.

    I’m unsure of my current ideal job. Obviously something that pays well and plays to my strengths. I despise working just to work. I have to be challenged to use all of my intelligence and knowledge, and be given a chance to improve myself and my skills. If I don’t get anything out of a job, I certainly won’t give as much of myself to it.

    I do know that this elusive ideal job has nothing to do with providing upfront customer service. Working retail for a year and a half cured me of any delusions as to the benefits of that line of work.

  • 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 think I would work on some kind of long-lasting Polyjuice Potion (think weeks/months vs. an hour). Regular Polyjuice is all fine and well, but if you’re needing to go undercover for any kind of extended time, the current formulation leaves much to be desired. Thus I would develop a potion that:

    1) lasted longer than an hour. Because what can one really do in an hour? Nothing worthwhile, really. Ideally, one would be able to take my potion in graduated doses – more for more time, etc. The duration of the potion’s effects would be proportional to the amount of potion ingested, blah blah blah, enter research results here.

    2) The formula would be horribly complicated so that you didn’t have scumbag losers like Barty Crouch Jr. (or precocious idiot children, for that matter) using it for admittedly well-executed kidnap/murder/intrigue plots. There is much to be said for guarded access to knowledge.

    Obviously, this kind of thing would be highly useful in wartime situations, though it would only be available to whatever side I found myself on. Afterwards, I would probably sell the patent for some ungodly amount of money to a secret faction of the military and live off the subsidies for the rest of my life.

  • 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?

    My friends and family dead, a la Molly Weasley’s boggart in OotP. I have very few real friends, and my family, like aforementioned, is my life. I can think of nothing more horrible than having them die.

    To counter, I suppose I would turn them all into clowns or something. I don’t know – I find nothing funny about dead bodies, so I suppose boggarts would be something I avoided.

  • What do you look for in a friend?

    ~ Utmost loyalty. As I’ve mentioned, I do not suffer betrayal lightly, if at all. I refrain from forming any kind of deep attachment until I find I can trust them.

    ~ Dependability. This is rather reciprocal – I’m quite a dependable friend, and require the same from others.

    ~ A sense of humor. If you’re not fun, why would I be friends with you?

    ~ Intelligence. I don’t deal well with stupid people, but I don’t want a bookworm friend either. I guess I mean more of a worldly intelligence/common sense.

    ~ A sense of decorum. I dislike people ‘all up in my business’. I’m a rather private person, and do not divulge things easily. I hate people who pry into things, and those who think they have the right to inform me on ‘what I should do’. I’m very independent and enjoy learning from my own mistakes. I need no minders or psychological nitpicking of my problems or idiosyncrasies.

  • What trait most annoys you about other people?

    Stupidity. Being an idiot. Making a fool of oneself. Etc, etc.

    I highly value reputation and impressions. I am a keen judge of character, so if you present yourself for mocking, I’m pretty sure I won’t disappoint. I have very little patience for those who refuse to control their emotions enough to gain perspective. It’s called being an mature, knowledgeable adult. However, many people fail to fall into this category. It’s unfortunate, really.

  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?

    ~ Organized, both mentally and otherwise. I hate clutter; I hate disorganization. It impairs thinking, planning and success, IMO. While I like to think that I have enough flexibility to deviate from a plan, I must have a plan from which to deviate.

    ~ Perceptive. I’m a people-watcher by habit; it’s how I learn about people and how to deal with them. People are much more communicative with their bodies and actions than they are with words. You can find out a lot of information if one has the patience and an observant eye.

    ~ Intelligent. People look to me for leadership. If I have no idea what to do, I find out. I take initiative to learn what I need to know in order to both help others and help myself. I like being the one who knows the answer to things, but I am also humble enough (sort of) to point people in the direction of those who know more than I.

    ~ Nature leader / charismatic. Not necessarily in a showy way, unless it’s needed. I like knowing what I’m getting into before I jump, but I love leading people and being in charge. It gives me focus and drive. I also hate indecision, so often times I am a leader by force simply because I hate waffling and endless debate. Most of the time, it’s pointless anyway.

    ~ Indefatigable drive. When it suits me, of course. I have to have some vested interest in the matter; otherwise my efforts are wasted. I hate waste. However, once I’m set on something, I strive for it using every resource available.

  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?

    ~ My temper. While I can cut someone down to size, most of the time my temper is set to ‘simmer’. I find outward displays of anger somewhat inadequate, depending on the situation. Plus, I have a natural tendency to brood.

    ~ Cynicism. I’m very jaded and hardly optimistic. I claim to be a realist, though if we’re honest, most realists are pessimists in denial. I usually expect the worst in an unknown situation and prepare for that. It’s easier than looking at things through rose-colored glasses and being disappointed, I suppose.

    ~ A propensity for arrogance. I’ve become quite confident, though at times this comes across as arrogance. Also, as I believe I’ve mentioned, I become impatient with people who are unwilling to learn. This usually takes the form of me biting off more than I can chew, which forces me either to ask for help, struggle through haphazardly, or admit defeat. I don’t do defeat well, so…

    ~ Being a sore loser. Oh, how I hate losing. Especially when I know I could win. It’s utterly distasteful. In fact, if I know beforehand that I have no chance of winning, I usually don’t even enter the field, whether it be a contest, a game, or simply a challenge I know I am unsuited for. I’d rather focus my efforts elsewhere than engage in something that will get me nowhere.

    ~ Judgmental. I’m very quick to judge due to my overdeveloped intuition. Not that my intuition is foolproof, mind, but it’s usually very accurate. And too, I place an inordinate value on first impressions. It takes a lot to change my mind once it’s made up, but I usually leave a little room for wiggling, should it be necessary. Never good to paint yourself into a corner, you know.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: To be true to yourself, no matter what the opposition; to take risks without necessarily worrying about the cost.
    • Loyalty: To be willing to do whatever is asked of you by another; to put others before yourself.
    • Intelligence: Knowing when to put up or shut up; to be well-spoken and know how to get a point across, whether verbally or with actions.
    • Ambition: The will to succeed; knowing when to sacrifice and when not to in order to reach a goal.

  • Name: Lexa
  • Age: 23
  • Where did you find out about us? I was a former member under another LJ handle a while back. I’ll refrain from mentioning it so as to not bias those of you who are older members of the comm. =D

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