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  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
    I think I would be a curse breaker, but not the way Bill does it. I picture Bill as an Indiana Jones sort of tomb robber, and that would be far too stressful and dangerous for me. But I also think the same problems could be solved with a more cautious, research-oriented approach, a la Daniel Jackson. That would be perfect for me. I would love the puzzle solving aspect, and would enjoy learning the relevant historical and linguistic skills.
  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
    I know this is a duty currently reserved for the head of house, but if I could make it a separate position, I would like to be career advisor. I would enjoy helping students figure out their personality and see how to apply it in a career setting. I’m good at seeing possibilities that others have missed, and I think this would be useful for helping people choose a path. I’d also help students design a personalized course of study for their final years at Hogwarts that ensures they have the necessary skills.
  • 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 don’t like being in the spotlight, and I would hate being the center of attention. Although I put a great deal of pressure on myself to succeed, I hate it when other people apply the same amount of pressure. I don’t like competing with others, only myself. Also, death and injury are not acceptable risks for me.
  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
    I would be an ordinary housecat. When I was a baby, my parents say I meowed at the cat for a month before I bothered to speak my first word to them, so it only seems natural. It would be a useful animagus form because it could realistically be present in many settings. I can’t imagine James could exactly wander down the streets of Hogsmeade unnoticed, let alone London.
  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    I most identify with Snape. He has many of my strengths, but more importantly, he also has many of my weaknesses. We are both loners, who have difficulty letting other people into our lives. We are both knowledgeable about our passions and have the desire to share that knowledge, but are easily frustrated by incompetence and disinterest. I control my anger better than Snape, but if I dealt with the equivalent of first years, I doubt I’d do better. We also both have a dry, cutting sarcasm. Mine usually comes out more witty than cruel, but when I’m angry or defensive, I can be just as cruel. I think most of the differences between us are due to the general suckiness (not a word, but accurate nonetheless) of his life.
  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    Myself, my husband, and our two closest friends, relaxing on a balcony overlooking the Puget Sound. I went to the Olympic peninsula once, and fell in love with the whole area. Now it’s the destination for every dream vacation. Oh, and my husband would not look at all overwhelmed or frightened by my best friend’s extreme personality.
  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
    First, I would pay off my mortgage and car loan completely. Next, I would max out my IRA contributions from my paycheck, which my company matches, and set aside enough money to cover the difference for living expenses. Then, I would hire a financial advisor.
    Without professional advice, I would probably use the rest as follows. 60% Long term investments, 10% short term savings, 10% charities and cultural organizations, 10% set aside for travel (not in one massive vacation, but over the next couple years), and 10% in a separate account for fun, that I could spend however I like without feeling guilty about it.
  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. Now I’ve grown up and discovered that the stories I most enjoy writing happen to involve taking other people’s male characters and, um, slashing them. Since that doesn’t pay the bills, I’ve settled for other career options. I like what I do now: planning projects, organizing the behind the scenes details, and training employees. To make it my ideal job, I would deal with customers less, focus on projects and strategy more, and maybe have more vacation time to travel and be with my friends.
  • 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 would love to have a spell that helps you maintain knowledge indefinitely. This is partially a memory charm, but also involves kinetic memory and instinct. The spell would not help you learn a subject more easily, but would allow you to retain mastery once obtained. It would have applications in many fields of study, from athletics to linguistics to mathematics. I want this spell because I often come across things that I would’ve been able to do perfectly without a thought at some point in my life, but can’t remember with certainty now, and it frustrates me to no end. The spell would be cast with the words ‘Sollertia Perpetua’, roughly meaning never-fading skill, and would preserve the mastery and skill level at the time of invocation. When the skill was needed again, the phrase ‘In Memoriam Redigere’ would help the user recall this knowledge.
  • 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?
    It would turn into a giant cockroach, because I had a bad experience when I was a child and they still disturb me. When I cast Riddikulus, it would be buried underneath layers of furniture polish and then finally turn into a coffee table. I know that sounds nonsensical, but there’s a story to it. When out of bug spray, my friend and I once used furniture polish on a cockroach to make it heavy enough to fall off the ceiling, and the memory still makes me laugh. It was still a cockroach, though, so I think I’d have to take it a step further and change it to furniture for Riddikulus to work.
  • What do you look for in a friend?
    In a friend, I look for three things. First, open-mindedness. This includes receptiveness to new ideas and a passion for new experiences. Second, a sense of humor and the ability to make me laugh. And lastly, I want a friend with widely varying interests. Although I want us to have some things in common, I want there to be new information that I can learn from them. This includes my crafty friend who introduces me to a new hobby every couple of months, my history buff friend who explains current events to me with context and depth, my friend who teaches me sports via video games, or the friend who constantly loans me new music.
  • What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Laziness. Everyone needs time to goof off, but I can’t stand it when people just laze around taking up space. And honestly, I’m a bit compulsive in my leisure time too. When I like a video game, I shoot for all 1000 XboxLive achievement points. When I like a book series, I write about it and join Hogwarts is Home.
  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    • 1. Planning – I love planning out a complicated project, coming up with an efficient way to implement it, and designing the layouts or maps to explain the process to others.
    • 2. Learning – When I find a new passion, I suck up every bit of information I can find. In a short time, I can assimilate a lot of information, process it to understanding, and begin applying it.
    • 3. Creativity – I’m very good at seeing situations in new ways and finding creative situations. I can apply skills learned in widely varying areas in an effective and powerful way. For example, I once talked my way into a promotion on the basis of my experience writing and designing RPG plotlines for my friends in high school.
    • 4. Training – I can figure out clear and concise ways to present information. I’m good at understanding the different ways in which people learn and adapting my training method to individual responses. Although I train at many levels, I prefer teaching the advanced concepts of something to the strongest students, rather that the introductory orientation levels.
    • 5. Organizing – My first job was a collectibles store with two locations and three trailers worth of retired product with no discernible system of organization. I was in heaven. First, I developed an inventory system for in store product, and then I catalogued the trailer product, updating product retirements and current resale value. I came up with systems for balancing product between the two locations, restocking product as it sold, and rotating retired stock through limited display space according to seasonal trends, product value, and customer base. Big dork I am; ashamed of it I am not.

  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    • 1. Follow through – I’m okay doing things once or twice, to work out the kinks and perfect the process. But once I’ve streamlined it and the challenge is gone, I get bored. Monotony really gets to me.
    • 2. Patience – When I have to waste my time trying to teach someone who really doesn’t want to learn, it drives me crazy. As long as they’re trying and they want to learn, I’ll keep trying to find the right way to teach them. But when they clearly don’t care and are just taking up space, I lose my patience and get angry.
    • 3. Bossiness – I don’t have to be in charge all the time, but I can’t stand indecision and idleness. When no one can make a decision, I’ll do it for them, just so I don’t have to listen to them talk about it. When I see people just sitting around being useless, I find things for them to do. This is great at work, where I’m a manager, and horrible at home, where I somehow married the world’s most passive man.
    • 4. Shyness – I’m extremely introverted, and I have difficulty reaching out to new people. Once I’ve made a connection, I deepen the friendship and make it count, but the initial steps are very frustrating. In my personal life, this is fine, as I don’t need a large circle of friends to be happy. In school and work, however, this makes life extremely difficult.
    • 5. Spontaneous Presentations – I stress out when I’m put on the spot. Even when it’s something I know backwards and forwards, I freak out if I find out that I’m going to have to talk about something ten minutes before the meeting starts. I usually do okay, because I’m not really that bad thinking on my feet, but it really stresses me out. A couple of these unprepared performances and I want to lock myself in a room and cry.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: Not letting what people think of you change who you are and how you live your life.
    • Loyalty: Standing by your friends no matter what, but trying to talk some sense into them if they’re wrong.
    • Intelligence: Knowing enough about something to know that you don’t know everything. I believe in multiple intelligences, so I don’t mean just traditional book smarts.
    • Ambition: Knowing what you want in life and going after it, even when you’re the only one who thinks it’s possible.

  • Name: Kimberly
  • Age: 30
  • Where did you find out about us? A friend of mine just joined, and it sound fun. Also, I was a member here a while back, and I wanted to try it again. I'm filling out the application again because I think I was biased by my own opinions of where I thought I belonged. This application is based as objectively on my everyday life as I can possibly make it, so I'm sorry if I talk about work and my friends too much.

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