Edited to elaborate a bit more...
I've added about all I can over the last day or so -- but it seems like the more I elaborate, the more confused people are. Yep, I am eclectic, and I may fit into more than one box, but I'd really love to be a part of this community, so please give me a chance!
- What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
I'd love to be a professor at Hogwarts -- maybe of Transfiguration or DADA or even Muggle Studies. The magical world is so fascinating to me that I'd probably just want to learn everything I could, and what better way than to be a professor? I find that sharing your interest in something is sort of contagious... if you get other people interested, you become more interested yourself, and so on. It feeds on itself, if that makes sense. I think I would have made a good academic (and I still may, one of these days!).
- If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
I think I'd choose Transfiguration. I don't really know why, but turning something into something else fascinates me! Obviously there's not really an analogue in the Muggle world. Also, I sort of have a girl-crush on McGonagall -- I'd totally like to be her. Well, a younger, funner version of her, I suppose. :)
- 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 think I'd have a real struggle here. I'd be terrified of actually becoming a champion, but what an adventure it would be, and what a chance to showcase your skills! I think I'd end up entering in the end, since everyone else was doing it and I wanted in on the fun, but I'd probably secretly cross my fingers that I didn't get picked... but then, being a bit of a freak, I would also be disappointed if I actually didn't get picked. In other words, I'd have very mixed feelings.
- If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
I'd be a cat (part kneazle, of course). Firstly because cats are my favorite and I have two of them whom I adore, but also because they've very intelligent and graceful and I'd love to be able to curl up in a sunbeam. I've always felt a kinship with cats. I'd probably be a black cat, since both of my cats are black and I kind of have a thing for them (they generally have a hard time finding homes for black cats because people are superstitious, which I of course think is silly).
- What HP character do you identify with most and why?
Hermione, for sure. I defintely was the awkward, smart girl in grade school, and I always felt her pain when she got called a know-it-all or made fun of. Yeah, I'll own up to being a know-it-all. But know-it-alls can have great friends and adventures, too, and Hermione proves that. It was so much fun to watch her grow and change as a character over the series. I just adore her -- I feel like she's a long-lost sister or something.
- What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
I'd see myself surrounded by adoring friends and family. I've always had a few (but very close) friends, and wished I had more. It can be hard for me to open up and connect with people, but once I do, it's wonderful. I don't have a hard time making acquaintances, but moving beyong that is hard for me -- I'd love to have a large circle of friends. Also, my family has sort of fallen apart in the past few years (parents divorced, brother in jail, blah blah blah) and I'd just love to see it restored to a whole again, the way it used to be (or better than it used to be, really). I'd like so much to have a sibling that I really connect with, and I'm afraid I never will have that with my brother. My in-laws have a close-knit family (my husband is one of 4 kids), kind of like the Weasleys, really, and I've always been jealous of that. They've accepted me as one of their own, but it's just not quite the same.
- If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
I'd buy a house, or at least put a very large down payment on a house. Too practical, I know, but I dream of home ownership. I am a bit of a homebody at heart, and having a great place to live (especially one that I could call my own) is important to me. I'd probably blow some of it on a fabulous trip, too. I love to travel, so I'd probably take a couple of months and see a bunch of places on my list -- Spain, Ireland, Japan, etc. Of course, I'd travel in style, because what's the point of winning a million bucks if you're not going to do something a little ridiculous? I'd fly first class, stay in the best hotels, and, most importantly, eat in the most fabulous restaurants.
- What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
I wanted to be an astronaut, seriously, for the simple reason that I wanted to feel what it was like to be weightless (and explore space, of course). Also, I was kind of a science nut. I loved reading about the expirements they did on the shuttle. Now I'm not really sure what my ideal job is -- if I knew, I'd be doing it, or at least working towards it! I'm a corporate lawyer, and after 3 years, I find myself liking it more and more, but it's not perfect, but I'm not really sure what I'd rather be doing. Maybe I'd like to go into academics, if I could make it work practically. I'm not sure which subject I'd teach, but possibly something in Government (which is my undergrad degree), or something completely new. It would have to be something with a real-world application, though. If I taught law school, my subject would be criminal law, since, although I don't think I'd ever go into that field as a lawyer, I really enjoyed studying it in school.
- 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'd invent a potion that gently put the imbiber into a deep, restful sleep, to awake exactly 8 hours later, refreshed and ready to go, with no after-effects whatsoever. Truthfully, I have no trouble sleeping myself (except when I'm super-stressed at work), but my husband does, and I'd love for him to have a foolproof way to get a good night's sleep. I know a lot of people have trouble sleeping, and it has to be so frustrating -- I'd love to be able to do something to help them. It would be called a peacful sleeping draught, or something along those lines. Yes, I know a sleeping draught already exists, but this would be different in that it would give you a *whole* night's sleep, not just knock you out for an hour so that certain Gryffindors can interrogate your friend. ;)
- 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?
Hmmm... I think it would be along the lines of Hermione's boggart -- someone I really look up to telling me I'd failed at something important. Maybe a teacher I really respected (I'm thinking of my high school English teacher) telling me that I've wasted my life and no one is impressed with anything I've accomplished. That would pretty much destory me. Riddikulus would make her do something silly, like mis-pronounce a word and get embarassed... or something. It would take away her moral high ground and make her seem silly, so she wouldn't be able to realistically criticize me and make it stick.
- What do you look for in a friend?
Loyalty. I know it's cliche, but I really value someone who will be there for me and stand by me. I have no interest in being deserted when the going gets tough (or just because a more exciting crowd comes around). I think it goes back to the middle school lunch room -- nothing was worse than trying to find a table to sit at, finding someone you thought you were friends with to sit down with, and then being told the seat was taken and you needed to go elsewhere. Horrible. I still have insecurities from it. And if I get no-voted here, it will just bring all of them right back! ;)
- What trait most annoys you about other people?
Pride. People who are really full of themselves annoy me, probably because I tend to work with so many big egos. There's no need to flaunt how great you are unless you're actually kind of insecure. Inconsideration goes hand in hand with this -- people who think their time is soooo much more important than anyone else's are the worst, and since I'm always so eager to please and don't want to be thought badly of for any reason, I always end up doing their bidding anyway. There's never any appreciation, and it sucks, but I just keep doing it because I don't want to disappoint. One of these days, I will probably explode, but for now, I just bitch about it to my husband (and in my LJ, of course ;)).
- What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
1. Adaptability -- I've just recently discovered this about myself, but I can learn very quickly and fake my way thorugh a lot of things, if need be. :) I am a quicker thinker on my feet than I've really given myself credit for until recently. When forced into a tough situation, I do just fine, but I don't like to get out of my comfort zone.
2. Loyalty -- If I make friends with someone, I'll stick by them with all I have. I think it's really important to stand by people unloess they do something really horrible to lose your trust. Then all bets are off. Once I've lost my good opinion of someone, there's pretty much no going back.
3. Niceness -- Seriously, I am nice to everyone, unless and until they seriously piss me off. Life is too short to treat people badly.
4. Leadership -- I do tend to take the reins, and for the most part, I think I'm great at it. I'm very organized, and I'll get the job done.
5. Pesistence -- I really follow through in everything I do. Once I decide something is important, there is no stopping me from accomplishing it, pretty much no matter what happens.
- What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
1. Insecurity -- Sometimes I have a hard time believing in myself without a lot of reinforcement from others.
2. Pride -- Yeah, my worst pet peeve, I also see in myself. I've accomplised a lot for someone as young as I am, and sometimes it's hard not to feel a little full of myself.
3. Impatience -- I have zero attetion span for certain things, like shopping. Also, I get annoyed pretty quickly when I feel like I'm being ignored.
4. Once you let me down seriously, there's no going back. I have a really hard time changing a bad opinion of someone once I've lost confidence in them.
5. Shyness -- I have a hard time opening up to people sometimes, usually because I'm afraid of getting hurt. Back to the middle-school lunch table all over again...
- Define in your own words the following key traits:
- Courage: Being able to face up to a really difficult choice and doing the right thing no matter how hard it is.
- Loyalty: Standing by someone you love, no matter what happens, or how difficult it gets.
- Intelligence: Insight and curiousity. Natural smarts coupled with a desire to learn.
- Ambition: Wanting to get ahead, no matter what the cost. There are different degrees of ambition, of course, and as long as it's not taken to an extreme, I think it's a good trait to have.
- Courage: Being able to face up to a really difficult choice and doing the right thing no matter how hard it is.
- Name: Lauren
- Age: 27
- Where did you find out about us? beckella sent me.
- Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Sure!