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  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
    I am going to be unimaginative and say that I'd be interested of Wizengamot and magical law related professions in general, though I have no interest for being an Auror. I'd have hard time thinking other professions than the law related ones (I am soon getting my Master of Laws degree and am quite pleased with my choice of profession).. If I would go for some other profession, it would have nevertheless be something scholarly, for the reason that I am not too practical person and I love educating myself as much as possible.

  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
    Hrrm. Well, I rule out Herbilogy and Care of Magical Creatures straight away. The latter, because although I am fond of animals I am very timid around the bigger ones and acting with living creatures of all kinds isn't really my forte. It could be too uncontrollable for me to teach. And Herbilogy is a no-no, because I've thus far managed to kill every plant that I ever owned, even the cactuses! But then narrowing down becomes bit trickier, since I tend have this "jack of all trades and master of none" complex and if I really would even consider starting to teach the subject would have to be something I know my way around really confidently. I know that I can excel at several things if I put my mind to it, but I really would need to feel like I master it perfectly. I know that I'd probably love Charms lessons the most from student perspective, but since the lessons are pretty much all about practical learning, I doubt I would be any good at teaching it.. Thinking about all the students trying out the charms. Gah, all the hassle and mess. Potions would be interesting and bit easier to supervise, but I know that I'd hardly be anything more than mediocre in it (if I compare it to my relationship with cooking for example: I do everything exactly by the book.. If the book says it takes 10 minutes to cook up, then I will cook it for 10 freaking minutes, regardless of how the stuff looks like, damnit. Needless to say that I am not really a good cook). So, to be really good at potions would need skill to see how to better the recipe, not just to follow what is said in the books. I actually think that Transfiguration would be the best subject for me to teach, it is fascinating and largely theory-based subject. Learn, adopt and follow the theory and there won't be too much interfering variables to make the thing blow up to your face. Other subjects which are strictly theory based would be too undemanding to be interesting. And Defence Against the Dark Arts I exclude, since it would no doubt be interesting to study, but I can't see any particular reason why I would want to teach it.

  • 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. Well, first and foremost I am not a spontaneous person. I watch, take my time and act when I feel that I got all covered. I also think that reaching to success (i.e. winning) in The TriWizard Tournament would require at least some degree of spontaneity, hence I really wouldn't see any point for me to apply. The chance of winning would be slight and all in all I'd feel dreadfully uneasy whenever there happens something unexpected (and there does happen a lot of that). As intriguing it would be to take part in the tournament and have that intense feeling of pushing yourself to the limits, the downsides would be far too great for me. I would be constantly stressed about what happens next, not being able to prepare to everything in advance. I really dislike that anxious feeling. Watching the tournament would be exciting enough for me and better choice for the sake of my sanity.

  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
    If I could choose I'd be some kind of bird, either small and fast swallow or gorgeous falcon. Reason would be the ability to just spread your wings and fly away and being able to observe things from above. And the freedom. Though knowing my nature, I would more likely be something earthbound, something that has long legs. My mother always said that if I was a dog, I would definitely be an Afghan hound. That was solely based to exterior features she thought that me and the dog shared (the frame and my hair, which apparently resembles that of the Afghan hounds ears).

  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    Percy Weasley. I identify with him because of what happened between him and his family for I have experienced something little like that, though not because of too similar reason, but enough to make me sympathize with him. The problem I have relates pretty much to my mother. When I left home to study in other city my life pretty much was engrossed in completing my studies fast and maintaining my relationship, which for two years was a long-distance one, because he studied in different city than I did. This appeared to be hard for my mother to accept. Somehow it seems that she is thinking that I've abandoned my family and I think that she blames my studies and all the more my significant other for the situation. It shows and makes things horrible pressuring and hurtful to me. She keeps inviting me to come with them to holidays, without inviting my fiance come too and that really pisses him off, so I am caught in the middle (I totally feel for Bill about this). Neither she really adapts to the idea how me graduating in 4 years from the law school, while working last six months at the courthouse and taking care of my life in generally really makes me put other things on hold sometimes. It is always so heartbreaking to try and explain myself over and over again and always hear her disappointed voice. So there isn't really a bad breach between us, but the situation still is very hurtful. Yeah, the whole mess between Percy and his family makes me so sad. He needs more love and understanding! And besides all that I've usually found it easy to understand Percy's character, his goals and behaviour.

  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    A handsome house, my husband and two children playing in a courtyard with cute doggy and me laying in a comfy chair on veranda, looking relaxed and smiling. No hurry, no worries, no stress.

  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
    First I'd see to it that if there is anything that anyone from my close circle needs, something that money could buy, it would be provided. Lot of the money would be laid aside for rainy days and would probably be used on 'normal' living during life. I wouldn't go crazy buying everything on a whim, but I wouldn't still just sit on the money. Considered that million dollars is a lot of money I would donate some of it, if I wouldn't my guilty conscience would most probably drive me mad. However, it needs to be said that the guilty conscience doesn't work on my loved ones expense, meaning that the money I'd get would in first place go to the purpose of ensuring my family's easy life.

  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
    *cough* I wanted to be a ballerina. My mom always remembers to tease me how I dreamed about dancing ballet in my yellow tutu. I never even did ballet nor I have the slightest idea why I wanted my tutu to be yellow! So just for some silly reason it was my first ideal job ever. Probably because I thought, as I still do, that ballet looks extremely beautiful in all its elegance. But that just wasn't ever going to happen (note also that when I had this dream I was still well under school age). From that point on my ideal jobs have been a lot more customary. At some point I wanted to be a veterinarian (I have always been fond of animals), and some point after that I considered something like physiotherapist (though I can't really remember the reason for it). But by the time when I needed to actually choose what I want to be doing, my criteria was based on the goal of having academic degree. I had several options in mind. One was to study psychology, but then decided that I'd beat my father in his own game, so to speak, and went for faculty of law. Nah, actually when I decided that I'd apply to law school I didn't even know that my father had applied there few times before calling it quits. It is just funny how it goes.. We happen to have this competitive relationship where I've always reflected my succeedings to his and tried to beat him in school success, a hobby that was well encouraged/provoked by him. And then the one time I end up actually prevailing him I didn't even know about the competitive setting. Somehow my father didn't bother mention anything about it when he came to realize where I was applying, it was my mom who told me about it later on. Anyways, my father is a police, so in a way I always saw that law was his field and for that reason I felt drawn to it. Long story short: Yes, my ideal jobs has changed quite a bit. Sweet innocent dreams have been replaced by not so sweet and very competitive field of jurisprudence. But I didn't go for this career solely because of the money nor the "glory", but also for the respect I have for the person I've been looking up to while growing up.

  • 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 create a charm which could bind an emotion which the caster currently feels to an item of the casters choice. The idea is based to the fact that everyone of us have our moments when we are for example on our happiest or we feel so very loved.. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a little piece of that feeling stored, so that when you feel miserable and broken, you could just take hold of that item, in which the emotion is stored, and actually physically feel the emotion again. It would bring a brand new meaning to waking up old memories. And the charm wouldn't be restricted so that it would be only the caster who would be able to feel the emotion from the item, but it would also be possible for a person to whom the caster creates the emotion bounded item. In that way your loved ones could actually feel by themselves your emotions from certain occasion stored to the item.. No matter if you wouldn't anymore be around, be the reason more or less permanent. Wouldn't that be quite a memento? Of course, this kind of charm could be used to store away bitter or hateful emotions alike the nice ones, and could be used as a "living" reminder of bitter emotions and memories that never should be forgotten. That kind of usage wouldn't be on my mind while creating the charm, but as all emotions are important there shouldn't be any emotion dividing restrictions to the charm. And no doubt would creating the restriction be difficult if not impossible. I do also reckon that creating this kind of charm could be tremendously difficult, for emotions are such hard concept to work with, and are known to have unexpected effects when associated with magic. (Yeah, I probably should have created that dream remembering potion instead after all.. *sigh*) Anyways, what would I call it? Something along the lines of Memento Charm, I guess. The incantation could be something like "Custodio Affectus" referring to preserving the emotion.

  • 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?
    I do have an idea of what are my biggest fears, but the question is how would a boggart present it to me.. I think that the thing which would incapacitate me in the worst way possible would be something like having several people, probably the ones that are most important to me and people whom I respect the most, yelling at me and being all red-faced and furious. The boggart would probably take the forms of my loved ones and show them screaming at me. There wouldn't be anything particular they would be screaming, just acting horribly mad.. I am a lawyer who can't handle conflicts at all when they concern me directly. Moreover, I am very private person, so having those few people who mean the world to me get mad like that.. it would indeed be very hard for me to handle. Feeling that I've failed them and they are going to leave me all alone because of that. What would Riddikulus turn it into then? The thing that keeps popping into my mind right now is me, as an adult, dancing ballet wearing what else but yellow tutu. The idea is so absurd that I can't help but to chuckle little.

  • What do you look for in a friend?
    Strong level of unity between us, as it is really the only way for me to be relaxed with others and it also works as requirement for even getting a chance to know me more in-depth. I also like to see people being unprompted and coming to me by their own initiative, because that shows that they are interested enough about me. Ideally my friends shouldn't bee too clingy either, because I direly need my own space and they need to accept that I don't want their company all the time. The most important thing, however, is loyalty, but I have to say that getting me assured of that loyalty is quite long process. Thus far it has been fully reached by five people, my fiance and members my family.

  • What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Alright then: total lack of self-control. Honestly, there isn't many things that infuriate me as much as people who think that they can act just as they please in whatever situation. Same goes for people who have too great temper to just grit their teeth and shut up if the situation would so require. There has been times when a person like that has lashed his/hers opinions right out there in situation where doing so will either hurt many people or is highly inappropriate the occasion taken account (lets say like a funeral for a great example). If he/she happens - god forbid - to be there with me I feel like dying to the spot and I'll have to spend rest of the day or coming months/years trying to explain his/hers behavior to everyone. And I'd feel just so morbidly mortified of the incident. If he/she wouldn't have any connection to me, I would give them resenting looks and despise him/her for many years to come. It is fine with me for others to be opinionated, tempered and ignorant of other people, I don't even care if you were antagonized by someone first, just for heaven's sake, have some decency and dignity to vent it out in some other occasion. Fake your way out of the situations if you can't handle it otherwise.

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

    1. I am calm and self-controlled. It will take a lot to get under my skin or to get me provoked. I think things through well and wont let things get to me. Being like this saves me from lots of drama and nasty things and that fits me more than perfectly. It also makes it easy for most people to get along with me, so all in all I find this trait very good to have.

    2. I am kind. I never speak my mind if I think it will hurt someone and there isn't any urgent need to bring the thing up. I am polite about what I say, I listen what people have on their minds, I smile a lot and try to offer consoling words and advices I can think of. It is a win-win situation really. I get appreciated and treated nicely for it and others are pleased too. Though, if someone is being all rude and tacky with me I have no interest on going all my way to please that kind of person, but I am not going to drop to their level either. I don't mind if someone doesn't like me and gives me a cold shoulder, it's their choice really.

    3. Oh, I can be so silly at times that most people who know me wouldn't even believe it. Being silly is actually a lifeline to me, so I am ever so grateful I have this trait. Being able to shut my brains off, thinking the unthinkable and dream about things that are far from realistic is the reason how I can deal with the life in general and the ugly side of my profession (if you're going to spend days reading how someone was sexually abused including all horrible things that some kids have gone through during their lives.. well, it is really good not to get stuck with the stuff). I am blessed with vivid imagination and I am not afraid to use it, though I hide it from most people. Probably only the people who have spend time living with me only know how dreamy and peculiar I can get at times.

    4. For those who I love, I am loyal to the bone. I don't have many close friends, now that I come to think of it, my best friends have always been my two little sisters and now also my fiancé. I have friends, but they are more or less acquaintances, since I don't really voluntarily open up. I really haven't ever had a need to gather many people around me and since I already got two parents taking care of me, father protecting and mother caring, two sisters so that I always had the company when I wanted it, and my fiancé to full my every need of closeness and security. There has been plenty of love and affection and to include there other people makes it messy and hard to handle. Surely it is nice to have someone totally outside of the usual group to talk to, but usually it isn't for anything more than to fill in time. So, though my loyalties lie mostly to my close ones, the fact that I have these people by whose side I'd be ready to stand till the end of this world is the one thing that sets my priorities to rightful place, if I wouldn't care of them like this I would end up being a very, very egoistical person.

    5. I think I can say that being smart is one of my forte. Though I consider myself being more of the book smarts school than street smarts, I have enough common sense to get around. I am good avoiding trouble, I know how to work myself through different situation in life, I think on my own without needing to force my opinions on others and am pretty good maintaining the happy medium despite of some bumps in the road.

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

    1. I am introverted and reserved like whoa. Referring to what I said about my loyalties at the previous section, I don't let people in easily. I am not yet that bad as I'd constantly try to drive people away from me, but I hardly ever go to them by my own initiative. It is just something I can't ditch of myself, mainly because it is so big part of who I am. Though I like being by myself a lot, I do consider this being a bit of a problem, because it feels so oppressive having to force myself to mingle with people in business occasions and other occasions like that, and I think that my anxiety is written all over my face. So not a good thing.

    2. I am way too competitive for my own conscience to deal with. I don't find being bit ambitious a bad thing, because it gets you far, but when mixed to competitive nature.. Bad, bad thing. Sure nature like that can get you even further in life, but when you get to the point that you start feeling threatened of your friends and start having these ugly initial thoughts while confronted with competitive situation that includes your friends, you aren't too far from shooting yourself in the foot. I do have nasty thoughts like that in some occasion, and it is always followed by horrible guilty feelings.

    3. I am bit self-centered person. I see things mainly from my own perspective and though I can pretend I understand situations someone is going through, it is very likely that I actually don't get any of it if I haven't gone it through myself. A lot of my motives come from something I want or desire, meaning that if I offer my help for something that requires big effort it is very likely that there is some profit of it coming to my way. So I, me and myself definitely is around a lot and it makes me feel bit guilty, because people sometimes mistake to glorify me for some things I did do as if like they wouldn't have any idea why I actually did it.

    4. I am afraid of changes and the unexpected. There are numerous occasions where change is good and unexpected things are just bound to happen, so I probably find this fault the biggest considering how it can affect my life. I try to be open and have enough trust in myself being able to manage these things, but it is just takes needlessly big efforts from me. It just creates so much extra work!

    5. Prone to stress, yup that's me. Stress is a persistent "little" devil whose whacking down is a constant battle, in which I usually need reinforcements. I stress about things that need a lot of planning (traveling, work projects, study projects) and I am constantly stressed out when knowing something is going to take place and I have to wait for it (knowing I'll be leaving somewhere in the evening I can't get anything done the whole day, because I am just waiting for the evening) and all nice stuff like that. It drives me nuts.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: The resolution that gets you confronting even the situations and things you dislike the most. Not running away from things that need to be attended to. Not being afraid to oppose things you feel are wrong.

    • Loyalty: Staying true to your own, being beside those people you are devoted to, even though they might be wrong at something you stick by them. Always being around even though you aren't always physically there.

    • Intelligence: Being able to master the bigger picture. Having quality to understand difficult concepts and apply things you have lived and learned to things that happen around you.

    • Ambition: Aiming your goals high and persistently going after them. Ambition is strongly wanting something that every other person can't achieve. And to me substantial feature of ambition is that by the time you have reached the goals you went after in the first place, you'll be having brand new ones all ready and waiting for you to start pursuing.

  • Name: Kaisa
  • Age: 23
  • Where did you find out about us? I think I was browsing all these Potter related stamping communities when I suddenly started to bump to all these hih_ things. Curiosity ended up bringing me here.
  • Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Surely! All this does sound really fun and interesting.

    Last but not least, I'd like to congratulate you for surviving through this wall o' text and thank you for your time!

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