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1. Name: Rachel

2. Age: 18

3. Gender: Female

4. What are your hobbies/interests outside of HP? How do you feel these hobbies/interests contribute to your personality? I love writing, and reading. I also hang out with my friends to go shopping or just hang around. Reading and writing correspond with my whole life, because I'm going to go to college next year for Creative Writing, and they keep my imagination running. Being with my friends allows me to not go insane, because I need human contact.

5. Which Harry Potter character do you feel you can relate to the most? Explain. Which character is your favorite? Again, explain. Hermione, personally. She loves reading, and finds great joy in books, but she also needs her friends; and that's pretty much me in a nutshell.

6. Give us the reasons for and against you being sorted into each of the houses.
a. Gryffindor
For: I'm loyal enough
Against. While I am loyal to my friends, I wouldn't do well where there are deep interhouse rivalries.

b. Hufflepuff
For: I love making friends
Against: Many Hufflepuffs are compatable people and at least a bit extroverted. While I love making friends, I'm shy (I hate it, but I can't get over it) and I take a while for people to warm up to me and vice versa

c. Ravenclaw
For: I love learning, and reading
Against: Ravenclaws are pretty close-knit to each other, and not many have friends outside of their houses (besides Luna, that we've seen in the books), and while I'm all for close-knit groups, I like making friends with different people, from different groups

d. Slytherin
For: I think; I am always planning different things, though I tend to keep them close to the chest.
Against: I don't do well in huge rifts and rivalries, like I said in the Gryffindor "against"

7. What was your least favorite moment in HP? When Sirius fell through the Veil. It happened incredibly fast, and I realize that was the point, but it felt cold and incomplete to me...I don't know. Plus, Sirius being one of my favorite characters made me dislike it all that much more. Heh.

8. What about HP appeals to you (e.g. the romance, the adventure, the friendships, the fantasy, the mystery)? The friendship between Ron, Hermione, and Harry; they're three very different people, but they get along and, while they do have their fights, they always stay together. They remind me, slightly, of me and my group of friends.

9. What would you do if your friend was in danger? What would you give up in order to save them? Would you lay your life on the line? I'd do pretty much anything for my friends; they're the closest people in my life.

10. Given a choice between fame and money, which would you choose? Money; it goes away quickly, but it can help you start building your life, while fame could ruin it.

11 If you could only store one memory in the Pensieve to visit over again, which one would it be? Why? The process by which my friends and I made our English project, the play "Agnes of God" redone as "Agnes of OZ", because it was so much fun to do, and it was one of the first times in a long time I had done something creative for a project.

12. What excites you the most in life? Where do you get the most joy and fulfillment? Nature; I get most of my inspiration to write from nature, and I live in the woods, so I'm constantly surrounded by it. And the fact that nature is as beautiful as it is naturally just...makes me happy.

13. If you were in Harry's position during the "Snape's Worst Memory" incident, how would you view Peter, James, Sirius, Lily, Remus, and Snape differently? Why? I'd empathize with Snape, just a bit, and feel slightly embarrased about being related to James. No matter what Snape is like to Harry or anyone else does not mean he should be mistreated.

14. Imagine you were an eleven-year-old Muggleborn witch/wizard who did not know about magic and had just received your Hogwarts letter. How would you react to leaving home and going to a magic school? I'd be thrilled, quite frankly. It'd be my dream come true. Which probably proves how much of a dork I am, but I don't care.

15. If you had access to a time turner and there were no regulations regarding its usage, what would you use it for and why? Go back to the Victorian era, because I love it so much.

16. In the Philosopher’s Stone (AKA Sorcerer’s Stone) Neville had a choice: he could let his friends go out at night when they weren’t supposed to and potentially they could lose points for his house, or he could confront them and stop them from breaking the rules. What would you have done in his situation? I'd try and stop them, not for the house points, but for the fact that something worse could have happened to them, such as expulsion. And, if my friends were expelled, I'd hate to be alone.

17. Who (dead, alive, or fictional) do you most admire? This can be someone from real life or from Harry Potter. Shoshana Bean - she's a Broadway actress and a soul-singer. She's amazing, and she's not afraid to be herself, even if it's not how people think she should act.

18. What is your favorite book outside of Harry Potter? What is it about this book that endears it to you? I love Wicked; I empathize with Elphaba, and the sarcasm she uses as a seventeen-year-old is very similar to my own. I also loved American Gods by Neil Gaiman, because it was beautifully well-written, and you really feel connected with Shadow.

19. You're sitting the final examination for a class that has given you a lot of trouble. Your grade is borderline, you really need to do well on this final to get an A. You can see the paper of your friend who sits next to you and who happens to excel in this subject. You've gotten to a question that you're stuck on. Do you glance at your friend's paper to figure out the answer or not? Why? No; I'd feel way too guilty if I did that. I'd take the grade I got, as long as I knew I tried my best honestly.

20. In Goblet of Fire, Harry was chosen for the Tri-Wizard Tournament even with the age-line. Ron was unable to enter because of the age restriction even though he really wanted to be a part of the Tournament. Was Ron right to be jealous/angry at Harry? Were Harry's reactions appropriate? Why? I think he had a right to be jealous; it's human nature to feel jealous, even of your best friend, when they get something you don't, but I think he blew it out of proportion, just a tad. Harry had a right to try to explain, and be upset with Ron's lack of understanding, as he did not enter his own name.

21. Which class would you look forward to the most at Hogwarts? Which classes do you/did you excel in most at school? Defense Against the Dark Arts, or Care of Magical Creatures, because they are the classes that would interest me. At my school, I excel most in Literature and Theology. Theology, because it's pretty basic and while it does not interest me, my teacher is wonderful and makes it easy to learn everything, and Literature because it's fascinating to me, so I don't often get bored.

22. What would be the first place you visit during a Hogsmeade weekend? Why? Probably Honeyduke's; I have a bit of a sweet-tooth

23. In the wizarding world, all 5th year students are required to pick a career to focus on going into their 6th and 7th years at Hogwarts. What career path would you choose? Why? Probably teacher or medi-witch, because they'd be interesting, and I could learn a lot from experience with those types of jobs.

24. In the Wizarding world, some pure-blood wizards consider Muggle-borns "filthy" and "horrible." In our world, people are categorized by their wealth, racial background, and appearance. What are your opinions on Muggle-borns? What are the qualities that you value in others? Muggle-borns are just people; everyone is different, not based on money or race. I'd have to get to know someone personally before I could make judgements on them. Qualities I look for have to be sense of humor, sense of security around a person, and overall trust. I love people with a sense of humor, but I need to feel safe to be myself around people; if I'm not, I tend to retreat away from them.

25. You have stumbled across five magical wells. One is the Well of Common Sense and Logic, the second is the Well of Creativity, the third is the Well of Optimism, the fourth is the Well of Physical Strength, and the fifth is the Well of Beauty. You can only drink from one well, but once you do you will be endowed with that ability for the rest of your life. Which well do you think you would definitely not need, and which do you think you would want to drink from? Creativity; it's what I strive for, and the most important quality in my life. The others would not be that helpful to me.

26. In Half-Blood Prince, we witnessed Harry force-feeding Dumbledore the potion that weakened him, even though it pained Harry to do so, because he promised Dumbledore he would do whatever he wished. If you were in Harry's position, would you have stopped feeding Dumbledore the potion, or would you have continued? Do you think it was right for Harry to do as Dumbledore wished? Explain. I would have continued, because it was what Dumbledore wanted; it was right for Harry to keep doing what Dumbledore wanted because it was the only way to go through with the situation at hand. Sometimes, you have to things you don't want to do in a situation, and that was what Harry had to do.

27. Anything else you want to tell us before we sort you? Also, please tell us where you heard about this community. (Members who refer new applicants receive points, so please try to be as specific as possible.) I'm sorry if the latter answers sound off from the former; I wrote half of it last night, them my computer froze, but livejournal saved my post. I'm also having a bit of a bout of anemia at the moment (first time in a while) so I'm incredibly tired and some thing may sound offish.

I heard about this community by searching. Sorry, folks. But I went through the lj search for Harry Potter comms, and it sounded interesting, so I joined.

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