4. What are your hobbies/interests outside of HP? How do you feel these hobbies/interests contribute to your personality?
You know, I’ve always hated this question. It’s like asking, “What do you do in your free time?” Umm…normal stuff. But I’ll do my best, I suppose. I like to read, write, cross-stitch, watch movies, hang out with friends, travel…normal stuff, see? I don’t see my hobbies and interests as contributing to my personality so much as building from my personality. I’m a relatively quiet, shy sort of person, so I like relatively quiet, shy sorts of activities (hence reading, writing, cross-stitching…). I’m a moderately social person, so I like to hang out with friends, but not large groups of strangers. I like to pretend I’m being adventurous (maybe I really am adventurous, who’s to say?) so I like to travel. It’s a difficult question for me to answer, because I, personally, think it’s thinking inside out, if that makes any sense at all.
5. Which Harry Potter character do you feel you can relate to the most? Explain. Which character is your favorite? Again, explain.
I think I relate most to Hermione, as she is presented in the book. I’ve always enjoyed school, and reading for fun. I also sometimes have a tendency to look at my friends and say, “What on earth were you thinking? What would you do without me?” Though I see this as much more of a flaw than a positive attribute.
As far as favorite characters go, it’s a toss up between Ron and Lupin. I like Ron because he makes me laugh. He’s so clueless sometimes, but he’s loyal to his friends and is willing to make sacrifices for them. Also, I think little red-headed boys are adorable. I like Lupin because he becomes such a father figure to Harry, and is, in my opinion, a better father figure than Sirius. He’s like all the teachers I ever had that I really, really liked. I’d like to be a teacher someday as well, so I like seeing how he makes his classes enjoyable but still succeeds in teaching.
6. Give us the reasons for and against you being sorted into each of the houses.
For:Hmm...I suppose that I can be brave when the situation calls for it. I’m like Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I think I could be brave enough to fight in the battle.
Against.I’m not terribly daring, and I think I’d fail the chivalry test, but maybe not.
For:I’m loyal to a fault, and I definitely try to be just.
Against: I’m horribly impatient, and I am often less than hard-working.
For:I’d consider myself someone of wit and learning. And I do have a ready mind.
Against:I’m not much of a studier. I tend to do everything else before attending to my schoolwork.
For:I’d consider myself ambitious. I definitely have goals
Against:I’m not so ambitious as to be ruthless, and I’m not terribly cunning. In fact, if you’re at all familiar with Blackadder, my cunning plans often turn out a bit like Baldrick’s.
7. What was your least favorite moment in HP?
Again a toss up. Between all of book 5 and the infamous “I see no difference” Snape scene in GoF. I didn’t like book 5 because I hated seeing Harry whining all the time, and I really hated seeing him yell at his friends all the time. It just seemed like Harry, who had been such a great kid so far, had finally completely lost the plot. The Snape scene I hated because up until that point he had just been a rather nasty teacher. That moment he crossed the line into being a really quite nasty person. And those are two completely different issues in my mind.
8. What about HP appeals to you (e.g. the romance, the adventure, the friendships, the fantasy, the mystery)? Hmm…I’m not sure really. I was drawn to it because of the fantasy aspect. I only discovered that I really enjoyed fantasy when I was in college (about the time the 4th book came out). I think I kept reading them because they have that rarest of all gifts in books, the ability to keep me awake from the moment the climax begins to build because I absolutely have to find out what happens next. So I guess that means that the adventure appeals to me as well. And I like trying to figure out where Rowling is going to take it next. It keeps you on your toes, and I like that in a book.
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? It would depend on what sort of danger and how much good I could do by giving something up. If we’re talking generic “could be hurt” danger where the witch comes and says, “I’ll save your friend if you give up your most favored possession,” then I’d definitely do it. Also, if their life were on the line, I would probably give up just about anything to save it, but whether or not I would give up my own life would depend on how close the friend was. I certainly have friends I’d be willing to die for, but I can’t say that I would be willing to die for all of my friends.
10. Given a choice between fame and money, which would you choose?
Money. I couldn’t live with the responsibility that comes with fame. Also, I like to keep my business to myself, and I wouldn’t like to have other people always prying into it. Plus, with enough money, you could do a lot of good (and travel to a lot of really cool places)
11 If you could only store one memory in the Pensieve to visit over again, which one would it be? Why? It would probably be one of many times in college where my friends and I would be just sitting around and talking about things. Silly things or important things. Or just playing games all night or something. I don’t really have one defining moment that I’d like to replay over and over again.
12. What excites you the most in life? Where do you get the most joy and fulfillment? A lot of silly things excite me. New HP books, new Stargate, seeing friends after a long time away, going somewhere I’ve never been before (or a really cool place I have been before). I think I get the most joy and fulfillment out of being with people I really like, or people with whom I can just toss around ideas and talk about things that won’t really make a difference in our lives, like “What really is the difference between a geek and a nerd?” (actual conversation I had with some friends at Disneyland. Yes, Disneyland.)
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 think I mostly agree with Harry’s view about the Marauders ad Lily. I might have felt a bit more sympathy for Peter. It’s difficult to be the kid who hangs out with the popular kids. Also, I probably would have had more sympathy for Snape. If it had been my own father in James’s position, I would have been appalled and would have felt incredibly betrayed that my father wasn’t the man I had always assumed he was.
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? At 11, I would have been terribly nervous. It would have been ever so much worse than going away to college or any other experience I could possibly compare it to. I mean, not only would you be leaving home and going to a place where you didn’t know anyone, you’d also be going to a world you knew nothing about, knowing you would feel out of place and that no one you currently knew would be able to relate to your experience at all. So yeah, nervous. But also really, really excited, because, even at 11, I would have thought it was beyond cool to be able to do magic.
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?
I would probably go back in time and meet all the authors I really enjoy. In fact, I would definitely go back in time and meet J.R.R. Tolkien and P.G. Wodehouse. Oscar Wilde too, I think. And maybe Jane Austen. Yeah, a lot of authors. Way to many to list. And Humphrey Bogart.
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 like to think I would have confronted them, but I’d probably have just let them go and told myself that it wasn’t any of my business. Especially if I were the sort of person Neville is (painfully shy, a bit awkward and not terribly popular), and the classmates in question were as “cool” and popular as the trio.
17. Who (dead, alive, or fictional) do you most admire? This can be someone from real life or from Harry Potter.
Wow, that’s a huge spectrum to draw from. My mind is currently running in a fantasy literary vein, so I’m going to have to go for Faramir from The Lord of the Rings,. I like that he was a scholar and a poet, but he was still a warrior. I like that what he wanted most in life was to see his people flourish, rather than gain any glory for himself. That he sees the good in his father and brother when many people would say that they were harsh and proud men says a lot for his ability to see the potential of people, and to try to view where they are coming from as much as or more than where they are. I’d like to be that way with people. I think I too often make snap judgments without really trying to understand a person’s motivations.
18. What is your favorite book outside of Harry Potter? What is it about this book that endears it to you?
Ah, you think I’m going to say The Lord of the Rings now, don’t you? Actually I think for the moment I’m going to have to go with A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Truthfully, I don’t really have a favorite book. I think there are too many really good books out there to choose from. But I really like A Tale of Two Cities. Sidney Carton is my favorite literary character ever (I won’t say why, in case you haven’t read the book). Dickens is one of those writers who can be appallingly sentimental one moment and scathingly witty the next. Sometimes his characters are so caricatured that they seem ridiculous, but other times they seem just like someone you saw the other day. He’s a writer of paradoxes, and TTC is a book that encompasses that aspect of his style perfectly. I mean, come on, the opening line is, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
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?
Possibly. I know it would be tempting. I wish I could say that I definitely wouldn’t look, but I don’t think I can say for sure without actually being there. If that one question was going to be the difference between passing an failing, I probably would sneak a peak. If I thought I could pull off the pass without it, I wouldn’t.
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?
Ron would have been right to be angry if what he’d thought about Harry was true. He should have accepted Harry’s word that he didn’t put his name in though. Harry should have tried a bit harder to understand why Ron was so upset, and he should have tried to make amends once Hermione explained it to him. In short, they were both being typical teenage boys, both were in the wrong and they both had to change their attitudes for their friendship to survive. They were both upset, so their reactions are understandable, but neither of them made the effort to see the situation from the other side. I don’t think there was anything wrong with their initial reactions, but their follow-ups showed a self-centeredness I wouldn’t have expected from either of them.
21. Which class would you look forward to the most at Hogwarts? Which classes do you/did you excel in most at school?
If it weren’t for the horror of working under Snape’s supervision, I’d say Potions. It seems like such a fascinating subject. There are so many more variables involved than it seems there are in the other subjects. It’s also a bit like cooking, which I really enjoy, in that you follow a recipe and make changes according to the inherent properties of the ingredients.
I did pretty well in most of my classes at school. English and math were the easiest for me, although I was very good in languages as well.
22. What would be the first place you visit during a Hogsmeade weekend? Why?
I’d probably look for a bookstore and then a coffee shop (though not like the one Cho and Harry go to). My second choice would probably be to explore the surrounding countryside. I like to walk around outside a lot.
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?
I think I’d like to be an Unspeakable. They must get to work with all sorts of fascinating things in the Department of Mysteries. I mean, think about devoting all your time to the study of time, or love or death or any of the other Big Ideas mankind has always wondered about.
Plus, I bet they get up to some pretty wacky hijinks down there with no one else around all day. And their work is classified so no one would ever know if all they did was goof off all day.
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?
I think that the only qualities you should be judged on are the ones you have the ability to affect. A Muggle-born, like someone born with a particular shade of skin or in a particular socio-economic background, has absolutely no control over the circumstances of their birth. To judge them on such a quality would be ludicrous. The qualities I value in others are kindness, loyalty, humor, intelligence and honor (I’m sure there are others though). Not necessarily in that order.
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?
I think optimism is highly overrated and can sometimes get you into a whole heap of trouble, so I’d probably stay away from that one. It would be a difficult choice, but I’d probably go for the Well of Creativity. Mostly because I think I already have a pretty good dose of common sense and logic, and if you have those and are creative, you can fudge your way around not being particularly strong or beautiful.
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.
Though it would have been extremely difficult, I would have continued. I think that if book 5 taught Harry one lesson, it was that there are people in his life with a much clearer picture of what’s going on than Harry has, and when those people emphatically tell you to do something, it’s probably for a very, very, very good reason, even if you can’t see it at the time. If Harry didn’t learn that in book 5, he should have. One of the biggest flaws in Harry’s character so far is his unwillingness to listen to those who know more than he does, especially if what they are saying is not something he wants to hear. In a situation such as Harry’s (and indeed all the wizarding world’s) there will be times when you have to do something that is painful, to yourself certainly but also to those you care about. It is important to understand that the world is bigger than you and your friends and family. Sometimes you have to choose between one person you love very much and a whole world of people with whom you have no connection. It may seem selfish to knowingly cause pain to a friend when you yourself are left intact, but when it is a choice between saving your friend from pain and working for the freedom and safety of your whole world, it would be selfish to spare your friend.
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 like to sing in the shower. No really, I do sometimes.
I heard about this community from lied_ohne_worte ’s userinfo (she left a comment on a LOTR comm, I’m in, and I decided to check out her info).