If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? People wouldn’t be so ignorant and close-minded. 99.9% of conflicts, be they based on religion, race, opinion are started because someone has a misconception of something or someone or because they don’t want to the other side explain why they did what they did.
Who is your favorite Hogwarts teacher? I would have to say Remus Lupin. He is the kind of teacher that most students hope to have and that you come across maybe once or twice in your schooling career.
Who is your favorite character in Harry Potter? This is always such a difficult question to answer for me. I don’t think that I’ve ever had one thing/person that I can say with absolute surety that this is my favourite and be sure that I will never change my answer. I suppose I feel that it wouldn’t be the truth to say that and I usually prefer to tell the truth. But since you want answers that refer to Harry Potter, I’ll go back to an answer that I used for a recent sorting questionnaire. I apologize if it’s not what you wanted. My answer from before: I like Oliver Wood, with his obsession with Quidditch and his desire to be the best team in the school. I like Remus Lupin with his soft spoken manner and the way he acts, he’s had to deal with so many tragedies in his life and yet, he’s not bitter. I like Fred and George because they make me laugh but at the same time you can tell how deeply they care for their family. I like a lot of the minor characters of HP, like the other students of Harry’s year or the members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team because they intrigue me and I want to find out more about them.
Who is your least favorite character in Harry Potter? Well, it depends if you mean just one person or if I can mention a whole race. I simply cannot stand house elves. I don’t have a lot of respect for those that are content to stay in servitude their entire lives without ever trying to better their station. I think that Hermione would have been a lot better working for the rights of werewolves or vampires or centaurs, who are just as persecuted and need just as much help, if not more to become free from discrimination. If you want just one person I’d have to say Grawp, no actually it’d be Hagrid, you can’t blame Grawp because although he is an extremely annoying character, he wouldn’t be there if Hagrid hadn’t decided to bring him. With Hagrid, it’s mainly irrational on my part. I’ve tried to decide what made me dislike Hagrid so much and I couldn’t find the right way to answer. I think that’s something to do with how he teaches and how he just doesn’t seem to learn from his mistakes.
What makes a person respectable? This is another difficult question to answer because it really depends on your definition of “respectable”. For me it would be a one answer and it would be different to someone else. You have to use your own standards to judge what you think is respectable. I think a person is respectable if they are honest and trustworthy, not necessarily the nicest or smartest person in the world but they are someone you would trust.
What is your take on religion? I’m not sure, I’m still trying to figure it out. When I find out I’ll let you know, mmkay? I know that this might sound like a cop out, but I really am not sure what I’d put and I don’t really don’t want to have to defend myself here.
What do you think about house elves? I think I explained this previously. I’m not a huge fan of them, especially Winky.
What do you look for in a friend? I like people who are open-minded or at least able to consider that there are other possibilities. I look for someone who has similar interests to me and someone who I could laugh with, share secrets with and someone who I know has my back just as I have theirs. I'm slow to trust people, so they would have to prove themselves trustworthy to me. I like friends who can carry on an intelligent conversation and then just as easily switch to being silly. They should be people who don’t intend on wasting their life. They don’t have to be super successful but have to want to at least make a lasting impact on someone/something while they’re here.
Would you rather have friends and family or money and success? Why can’t I have both? There are people who have both. But that’s not what you’re asking is it? I have to chose. I’ll say friends and family because they are important to me, moreso than money and success.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would choose to be an extrovert rather than an introvert. I know that there are good qualities in being an introvert but at times I just find it frustrating. It would make my life a hell of a lot easier I think. It’s not that I’m terribly shy but I would be able to accomplish my goals a lot easier if I was more extroverted I think.
What do you feel is your best quality? My intelligence. I suppose that this might be seen as a purely ravenclawish answer but I would disagree. My intelligence is what makes me different from other people and it is the quality that will help me go places. If I lost that then I think it would be very hard for me to keep on living. I already have a physical disability, it would be horrible if I had a mental one as well. (And I don’t mean to offend anyone who knows people with mental disabilities.)
What are your hobbies? Filling out university applications. Honestly, for the last few months that’s what has taken up all my time. But other than that I like reading, writing stories, playing music (I play the French Horn, trumpet and piano). I like debating, especially political and moral issues. I suppose that volunteering would go under this category as well. I belong to a swim team too.
Do you want to have children? I think I do want children but not for a long time yet. If I had any children within the next ten years it would, well, not ruin my life but it make me give up a lot of my goals that I want to accomplish. I also don’t know whether or not I’m really cut out to be a parent, I don’t think that I have the caring or maternal attitude to make a good mother. So, to summarize, I’d say, probably I’d want children but it would have to be at the proper time and the proper place.
Have or would you give time and money to a charity? I have. I volunteer at a hospital gift shop and at school I’m involved in a number of charitable organizations.
If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what
would you do? I don’t think that I’d know what I’d do until I was in that situation. And I think it would depend on a lot of variables as well. I would like to think that I’d stay and help my friend but if I didn’t think that I could help them myself, I’d probably go and try to find others to help. On the other hand, I might be a coward and think of self preservation first, especially if there was noone else around and it looked like death was certain if I attempted to help them. I know what I’d like to imagine I’d do but I don’t think that one would know until they were in that situation. (In that case, I probably wouldn’t be analyzing it either, I’d do whatever my instinct told me, fight or flight).
What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish? I’d like to be chosen for a position/job/exchange that I worked really hard to qualify for and was something I really wanted to do. I’ve had some experiences in the past year where I’ve really wanted to be chosen for something and I worked so hard for and then I didn’t get it. That’s life I know, it’s not fair and you deal with your disappointments but for once I’d like to not be the gracious loser. It’s not that I never get the things that I want, I do, but it’s never something that I really, passionately want. I want to have that experience at least once in my life.
Who is your role model? I don’t have any person in particular that I consider a role model. There are people whose qualities I admire or that they have or I admire what they’ve accomplished. Personally, I believe that it’s not good to have role models, you put them up on a pedestal and expect them to be perfect. No one is perfect, so eventually you’ll realize that your role model is human and fallible to human failings. This leads to disappointment and what’s the point of having a role model if they’re only going to disappoint you?
What trait most annoys you about other people? Ignorance. I live in a small community where there are very close-minded people that express their opinions often and expect other people to take their opinions as fact. It drives me mad. I don’t mind if people have a different opinion than me but at least be able to back up your opinion with fact.
What do you want to do for a living? I haven’t exactly made up my mind yet but I’m going to university next year to do a double major in Journalism and Political Science. Ultimately, I’d like to either be a foreign correspondent or work for the Canadian government as a diplomat. I want to travel and have a job that will never get boring; I’m hoping that one these jobs will provide that. I’ve also entertained thoughts of being an author but I think that would be on the side of any other job (at least, until I became successful enough to not need the other job but still have enough money to travel.) I’ve also thought of being a politician but I’m not sure yet if I’d like enough to work
as a job.
Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason? I would use Avada Kedvra if my life was in danger and stunning spells looked like they wouldn’t help. It’s self-defense and I would rather be alive and well instead of being dead because I was too squeamish to kill someone. The other spells, morally I’m against them and I don’t think that I’d use them but I wouldn’t say I’d never use one. If that’s what it takes to save innocent lives then I would but I’d look at other options first.
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
Ability to see both sides of a problem,
Where did you find out about us? I typed in ‘sorting’ in lj interests.
I've filled out a couple of sorting applications before and most of the questions here I've answered before. I've taken my answers from the other applications because my opinion hasn't changed since I wrote them. I hope that's okay, if not I'll fix them.