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

    This is a tough one, because there are so many positions in the wizarding world that I see myself enjoying. I think I’d best like to run my own small but well-known shop in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade – maybe a bookstore, since I like all of the strange things wizarding books do, or even a wand store. I’d like the autonomy of such a position; I have a bit of an independent streak, and I want to be able to set my own hours and guidelines. I’m level-headed and good at detail-oriented tasks, too, so I’d be able to manage all the financial aspects of owning a store, and it would be so amazing to get to meet all sorts of different wizards and witches. If I were to run a wand shop, I’d also like making wands; I imagine that a lot of research and thought goes into creating the proper combination of wand elements, and I do love me some experimentation.


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

    History of Magic. No, wait, hear me out. In the books, Harry sees this class as mind-numbingly awful because Binns is such a bore, but I know from personal experience that with the right teacher, history can be fascinating. I can’t even imagine all the back story that the readers aren’t privy to, simply because JKR doesn’t have the space to write it. Knowing the actual story of the founding of Hogwarts or how Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald or even why Agrippa has a chocolate frog card, and then being able to convince a class of eleven-year-olds that that knowledge is not only relevant, but interesting, would be quite a feat. Also, I imagine that having a solid education in History of Magic would aid any witch or wizard in excelling at other subjects.


  • 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?

    Yes, I’d put my name in the Goblet. I’m not particularly hungry for glory; it’s the challenge of the TriWizard Tournament that would draw me. I have a level head, don’t panic under stress, and think quickly on my feet. I think I would perform well in the Tournament, and I don’t usually leap into something unless I think I have a fair chance of succeeding. The Tournament would be a testing field, a place to finally apply all the knowledge I’d gathered at Hogwarts – plus, it would be just plain fun.


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

    A housecat. While it would be awesome to transform into some great, terrifying beast, I don’t think many witches find themselves in close-quarters combat all that often, and that’s the only situation that I think being a tiger or bear or the like would be useful – and even then, I can’t think of much a bear could do against a well-timed spell. Housecats are sleek, quick, and unobtrusive, and perfectly suited to sneaking or spying. They can go nearly anywhere without comment, and they’re solitary creatures, which suits my personality.


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

    Hm. There’s a lot of answers I could give to this; I think it’s safe to say that I identify with Hermione, being a bookish, outspoken female, although I lack Hermione’s forthrightness and moral strength. Too, I identify with Bellatrix Lestrange, not because I agree with Voldemort or because I’m insane, but because I understand the need to have a fanatical, consuming belief in something. If pressed, I’d probably admit to identifying a bit with all the characters, even the despicable ones – part of what makes JKR such a powerful writer is the depth of her characterization.


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

    I would see myself being passionate about something. I desperately want a cause, even if it’s something as commonplace as a love affair. My eyes would be bright, my gestures grand, my body humming with energy. I want to be inspired – by a lover, by a crusade, by a career. I can’t be more specific than that, because right now I’m floundering in life for a direction, but I desperately want to feel a drive to succeed in a certain arena. I want to be passionate and driven and consumed.


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

    Invest. Perhaps use a bit to start up my little Diagon Alley wand shop, and then tuck the rest away for a rainy day. I might treat myself to a nice dinner or a new pair of robes now and then, but most of my sudden windfall would be invested somewhere carefully chosen for the greatest return.


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

    As a small child, I wanted a different career every day of the week. Veterinarian, professor, neurosurgeon, adventuring archaeologist, Sith Lord, fighter pilot, curator, lawyer – you name it, and at one time I’ve wanted to be it. I suppose today my ideal job would be being an author, which is an ambition that has stuck with me since my early years. I love words and creating stories, and once again, being an author would allow me a measure of independence.


  • 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 like to think that I would invent something magnanimous that would better the human condition – a spell to cure cancer or some other horrific disease, maybe. To be honest, though, I’d probably invent some sort of ward or spell that prevented any sort of government or corporate interference with the press. I’m not precisely sure how it would work – maybe a potion similar to Veritaserem that would allow only un-bribable reporters to work on a newspaper, or even a protective ward on the newspaper’s main building. The entire project would probably backfire and I’d end up creating a highly-specific charm that, for instance, didn’t allow any reporter within fifty yards of the Minister of Magic, because clearly I have no idea how to put this idea into action. Why something to ensure freedom of the press? To paraphrase T.J., I’d rather have a free press without a government than a government without a free press, and it seems like the Ministry of Magic has a little too much control over the Daily Prophet.


  • 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?

    Any boggart I face would most certainly turn into…me. There is nothing that anybody can do to me that is as horrible as what I can do to myself. Any other fears can be overcome by fighting the situation, accepting it, or rising past my own limitations. As for the counter-spell? I’d probably see myself dressed as Dr. Frankenfurter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show – a sight sure to inspire laughter.


  • What do you look for in a friend?

    A basic level of common sense is my first criteria; the second is a sense of humor – I appreciate people who can laugh at themselves. They must take interest in the world around them, by which I mean current events and issues, and have the ability to form their own opinions through critical thought and consideration. I like middle-of-the road people, neither too dark nor too bubbly, who share some but not all of my interests and tastes.


  • What trait most annoys you about other people?

    Beyond the obvious things like bigotry and purposeful ignorance, I dislike people who don’t know how to appreciate silence. I can sit quietly for a certain amount of time with most of my friends, just listening to music or thinking. People that blather on relentlessly annoy me if they do it repeatedly; I have a tendency to babble myself, but I don’t do it non-stop.


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

    - I am fiercely independent. Sometimes this trait gets me in trouble, but for the most part I cherish it. I’m a critical thinker; I form my own opinions and don’t cave to pressure from others.

    - I can laugh at myself. I think that’s a sign that I have a pretty solid sense of humor. I really don’t think it’s possible to stay sane in this world unless you can laugh freely and often.

    - I’m imaginative. My mind works in mysterious but vivid ways. I could entertain myself if I were looked in a dark, empty room, all by myself – for a few days, at least. ;D

    - I’m curious. Worse, I’m curious about everything. I have no sense of discrimination – I want to know everything, and I want to know it now, even if it is distasteful.

    - I’m cool-headed in a crisis. This probably goes along with my negative quality of “repression,” but hey – isn’t every vice a virtue in disguise? I don’t panic when things get lit on fire or when someone’s hurt.


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

    - I am horribly, horribly disorganized. I also procrastinate in every possible aspect of my life. These are the vices of which I’m most aware, because they’re the ones I’m actively trying to change. Basically, I’m lazy. I take every shortcut available in nine-tenths of what I do, be it walking from point A to point B or reading a seven-hundred-page book.

    - I have a tendency to repress what I’m feeling. People tell me this isn’t healthy. I tamp down what I feel and have a hard time opening up to others.

    - I “dwell on dreams, and forget to live.” I’m obsessive about all the wrong things; re-reading Harry Potter, for example, instead of studying for my history exam, or staying home to write instead of going out with my friends.

    - I’m not outgoing. I have a lot of trouble making friends, which bothers me. I have a hard time coming out of my introvert shell. (Once I get to know someone, though, they’re stuck with a crazy, often immature, but definitely lifelong friend.)

    - I can be obnoxiously self-centered. This is quality I most despise about myself, and my ongoing project is to be more mindful of others. In a broad sense I’m not lacking in compassion, but sometimes I don’t consider those closest to me. I’m not consciously selfish, but I’m absorbed in myself so much that I forget to be as caring towards my friends and family as I want to be.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: The ability to act despite feeling fear.
    • Loyalty: Not unquestioning obedience or blind compliance, but the utmost trust in and respect for an individual, group, or cause.
    • Intelligence: Intelligence is different from knowledge, although intelligent people tend to accrue knowledge. Intelligence is the ability to gather information, assemble that information into a coherent whole, understand the whole, and then draw conclusions based on that understanding.
    • Ambition: A drive to succeed, to further a cause – be that cause bettering yourself and your station, or leading the campaign to fight a social ill, or even something else. Ambition can be a driving force or a ruling one.


  • Name: Emmy
  • Age: 19
  • Where did you find out about us? I found a link in someone’s profile.
  • Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Most definitely.

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