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  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
    I would love to be a wandmaker. One of my favorite scenes in the entire series is when Harry first goes in to Ollivander's to pick up a wand. The process of wandmaking fascinates me, the way different materials fused together can create something unique. I also love the idea of spending my time among boxes and boxes of wands. In addition, there's something appealing about the idea of helping someone find that perfect wand, the one that connects specifically with them. But I think the part I would enjoy the most would be the craft of it. Each wand is unique, so I'd never have to make the same thing twice. Every day would be a new wand, a new creation, it's the sort of job where you would never stop learning or discovering.

  • You have to venture deep into the Forbidden Forest one night. Pick one Harry Potter character other than Hagrid and one object (muggle or magical), besides your wand, that you'd want with you.
    My first instinct is to say Luna, so I'm going to stick with it. I'd want Luna along with me because she does not rattle easily, she has the composure to remain calm in even the most dangerous situations. Plus, she would provide interesting conversation. Both her calmness and conversation would provide a welcome distraction from the spookiness of the forest.

    Again, going with my first instinct, I'd take a camera with me to take pictures of anything I found interesting. And then Luna and I could get together and write a cool article about it for the Quibbler. That would turn it into an adventure, rather than a punishment!

  • If you had the opportunity to live forever, but your family and friends did not, what would you choose? And if you did choose to live forever, what would you do with eternity?
    No. No, no, no and no. I have no desire whatsoever to live forever. Watching my friends die would be horrible. It's tough enough for me to watch the nineties recede into the past, to watch "kids these days" grow up without ever watching Pete & Pete or listening to Hanson. I couldn't imagine (nor do I want to imagine) living in a time when everything about the time I grew up in is completely forgotten.

    I do, however, wish to live to one hundred years old, if for no other reason than to say I did. I would be curious to see what life is like a century after I'm born, but I don't wish to live much longer than that. I think by that point I'd have lost enough friends and things will have changed enough that I'd be ready to let go.

  • If you could travel back in time to one point, when and where would you go? Why?
    I would travel back to the time when America was a brand new baby, and we were writing up the constitution and flailing around going, "Man, I sure hope we don't screw this up!" I would love to know what they were REALLY thinking, what they REALLY intended. And also, that period was just so full of hope and newness and all sorts of stuff that made America a really inspiring place to be. Of course, it also lacked technology and the Internet, so I probably wouldn't stay there very long.

  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    I will have to think about this one. *thinks* Okay. I'd have to say Tonks. One external reason would be that I have pink hair, so I can identify with the desire to change appearance and be someone else for a little while. Like Tonks, I tend to be clumsy where I should be stealthy. I have a knack for going to pull of a "smooth" move and instead, I end up smacking either myself or someone else, usually in the face.

    I can relate to the way she mopes around in her dealings with Lupin. Although all of my moping is generally internal, if I'm hung up on someone and they don't seem to be reciprocating even though all the signs are there, it can take over my life until I find a way to snap out of it. When I fall, I fall hard, and end up in this conflicted inner battle trying to tell myself it's not worth it, move on, while simultaneously feeling distraught that things aren't going the way I'd hoped.

  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    The honest answer to this question is that I have no idea. What I want out of life changes practically every day. And I think whatever would keep me stuck in the mirror (rather than looking, saying "Well, how about that!" and moving on) is something buried deeper than I'm even aware. Whatever it is, however, would probably involve some form of freedom. Freedom means different things for different people, but for me it would mean not being tied down to any one place or responsibility, being able to move around freely and without guilt.

  • Do you believe that moral actions should be judged by the intentions behind them, or by the consequences they create?
    Oooh, that is a good question. I would say that it really depends, but in the end, the consequences are the thing you have to deal with. If you intended to become a millionaire but you ended up a hobo, there's not a lot to be done about that. "The road to hell" and all that jazz. There are, of course, two sides to every story. I do have the tendency to try and see both of those sides whenever I can. This question is difficult because "moral actions" are a matter of opinion. What is a "moral" matter to one person may not have any bearing on morality for another.

    I think life is too complicated to judge anything in black and white, so it would be ridiculous of me to say intentions don't matter at all. But the end result still leaves you with a situation that needs sorting out, so at that point, you have to deal with what's in front of you. If judging someone's intentions will help in doing that, then yes, take them into consideration. However, that is not always the case.

  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
    Ha, well, actually, I think that as a kid as well as in my adult life, I've done the same thing when it comes to the "ideal job" question, and that is, it's constantly changing. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher, a singer, an actor, a writer, I think for a few seconds I wanted to be an architect. The "singer" and "writer" phases both lasted a long time, which is why they're so memorable. In my adult life, I've wanted to be a yoga instructor, an accountant, a yarn shop owner, a tarot reader. Currently, I want to be a professional hoop dancer, but really, I want any job that will allow me freedom to change at will and to make my own path.

    Incidentally, I've NEVER wanted any job that required me to go forth in the line of duty or have too much responsibility (which is one way I differ from Tonks), IE: I've never wanted to be a policeman, fireman, soldier, astronaut, president, etc.

  • 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?
    Another interesting question! And here I become kind of stumped. A lot of spells/potions/charms/whathaveyou have already been invented for the things I'd most want them for, IE: apparation, cleaning spells (the NUMBER ONE bane of my existence, aside from working at a job I hate: cleaning), I'd also LOVE a pensive because my memory is terrible and it would be so handy for my memories to be right there in front of me. And also to go back and live them.

    Aaaand I am stalling while I flail to come up with an answer. I suppose if I could invent a potion that created instant, no-consequence vacation time, that would be pretty sweet. If you absolutely needed to get away and you were stuck, or taking time off would harm you too much (in the middle of a big project at work, family issues, etc.), you could take the potion, and while you were asleep for the night, you would experience an extended vacation, which would feel vivid and real. When you woke up, you would feel just as refreshed as if you actually went, without having to take any time off. It would be called "Insta-Vacation" (because naming things is not my strong suit) and it would be sold at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.

  • 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 SCARY KNIFE, PLUNGING AT MY FACE. YEESH. I am getting wigged out just thinking about it. My riddikulus spell would probably turn it into a roller coaster, because riding roller coasters is when I feel the most pure, concentrated joy! Okay, thinking about this question is making my brain hurt. Next.

  • What do you look for in a friend?
    Honesty. There is nothing more frustrating to me than someone who thinks they can't be truthful, or someone who is afraid of being honest because they don't want to hurt my feelings. That's the sort of thing that builds up into worse problems in the long run. I prefer to be friends with people who can be up front about their feelings and concerns, even if I disagree with them.

    Other than that, I can be friends with all sorts of people. I'm usually not the sort of person who goes looking for friends, but they manage to find me, and I'm ultimately grateful that they do!

  • What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Hmm, I think I just answered this question, actually! I have a hard time dealing with dishonesty, but I also dislike it when people avoid problems just to avoid conflict, rather than working through them. To me, it's a form of dishonesty by omission. I need people to be upfront and open with me so that I can have the best relationship I can with them.

  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    1) Remaining unbiased. If friends of mine are taking issue with each other, I'm good at remaining friends with both of them. I hate taking sides, I will not make someone a villain if they have done nothing to me.

    2) Open minded. I am really good about taking individual circumstance into account when dealing with people and their individual quirkiness.

    3) Honest. If asked a question, I will never lie, even if the answer is not something the asker may want to hear. I am never honest to be mean, but honest in order to spread awareness.

    4) Forgiving. Even though I have gotten into some pretty intense, knock-down drag-out arguments with some people, even when they result in a parting of the ways, I am always willing to forgive. I have reconnected with people I thought long gone. I am also able to forgive small flaws or tendencies that might annoy other people, because I have a knack for seeing where those flaws come from and forgiving the humanity in everyone.

    5) Respectful. Or at least, I try very hard to be respectful of everyone's individual beliefs, likes and dislikes. I've spent too long being judged for my opinions rather than my actions that I have a hard time doing it to others. You can tell me anything, I won't laugh at you.

  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    1) Selfishness. I'm pretty self-centered when it comes to a lot of things. If you need someone to help you move, for example, I'll opt out. But when it's time for me to move, I'll be on my hands and knees begging everyone I know to help. I'm also the sort of person who doesn't apologize for things I don't feel wrong about, even if they end up hurting someone else.

    2) Tardiness. I am always late. Always. I have yet to figure out the secret to being consistently on time. Time is an entity that simply escapes me, both literally and figuratively.

    3) Coming up with answers to these dang attribute questions. Apparently I'm bad at self-analyzing when it comes to quantifying my traits in numbered lists. I've spent more time on this and the previous question than any other part of the application!!

    4) Unorganized. My stuff is in a constant state of disarray. I get overwhelmed when it comes to picking everything up and putting it somewhere. If somebody organizes things FOR me, I can generally keep it in order for a little while. But my life is a constant state of disorderly mess. I kind of wish it weren't, but I've accepted it for what it is and do my best to work around it.

    5) Forgetful. Even if I write something down, I'm still liable to forget it. My memory is TERRIBLE, which is why I want a pensive so badly! I can remember things if they are told to me repeatedly, but I've often been guilty of double booking myself, forgetting what I did the day before, forgetting to pay important bills...thank god for livejournal, or I wouldn't have any clue what I was doing years ago! I kind of wish I'd had my lj my whole life, I'd love to go back and spy on the inner workings of my six-year-old brain.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: Doing something important to you despite what others say. Trying something new despite being afraid of the outcome. Even if that something is small, anything that requires you to face your fears or go against the grain requires a good amount of courage!
    • Loyalty: To me, loyalty means something more than just blindly following a person no matter what they do. It's not just being there when you're needed, it's not just weathering thick and thin. Loyalty is a joint effort. You cannot expect anyone to be loyal to you if you are not loyal in return. Loyalty involves respecting each other's faults and boundaries, and accepting them as they are, a whole, flawed person. Working through difficulties because you both realize that being in each other's lives is more important than some momentary discomfort. Loyalty requires effort.
    • Intelligence: A person may know pi to a thousand digits, the capital of every country in the world, every US President and their wives, etc., and not be "intelligent". For me, intelligence requires the ability to learn from every situation, to see every stumbling block as an opportunity to develop. Someone who learns from their mistakes is far more intelligent than someone who makes those same mistakes over and over again and refuses to see where they might be doing something wrong.
    • Ambition: In my opinion, ambition can be a dangerous thing. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but dangerous if left unchecked. Ambition is what drives a person to challenge themselves, to force themselves out of bed in the morning and go about their day's work. It can get dicey if a person does not balance their ambition with leisure, vacations, and the like. If a person is nothing but ambition, they are slowly burning themselves out. On the other hand, a person with no ambition, with nothing to get out of bed in the morning for, is barely living at all. Ambition requires balance.


  • Name: Jessica
  • Age: 25
  • Where did you find out about us? Several friends of mine have joined, so I was intrigued!
  • Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? I would certainly like to be, but life has the tendency to get in the way. I am addicted to the Internet, however, and will do my best!

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