2. Age: 31, though I don't look it. Most people think I'm closer to 24.
3. Who is your favorite Hogwarts teacher? I'd have to say my favorite would probably be Professor Lupin. He just seemed to care so much about what he was teaching and I think he was the most effective teacher at Hogwarts. He was there to help anyone who wanted to learn, he didn't shy away from teaching us about the dangerous stuff, and I loved the very hands-on approach to teaching his students how to deal with a Boggart. That was truly an informative and entertaining lesson.
4. Who is your favorite character in Harry Potter? I'm not sure that I have a favorite character. There are a lot of characters in the books I like and identify with, but no one character stands out as a "favorite". I think I am most fascinated by Dumbledore, mostly because he is so secretive and mischievous. Like Harry, I really want to know what he's very carefully not saying. I'm dying to know more about his background and what really makes him tick. I also like Hermione a lot because her bossiness and her enthusiasm for SPEW amuse me greatly. And of course, because I identify with her bookish ways and her need to have and follow the rules. Ginny is also a favorite of mine, largely because she's the character I identify the most. She's easy to overlook, but then she surprises you by being tough and intelligent. Despite everything she's been through, she's a pretty normal girl and it's not easy to overcome the shadow of so many older siblings, especially ones like hers, but she does so beautifully.
5. Who is your least favorite character in Harry Potter? Of course the obvious answer to this question is Umbridge. Almost everyone hates her because that's how she was designed. I think I'd probably dislike Draco a lot because he just seems like a spoiled little brat. He doesn't seem particularly bright; he makes a lot of snide and prejudicial remarks about other students and some of the teachers. He just seems to me like a walking vat of hot air. Of course this is based on what we see in the books, which are mainly from Harry's POV, so I refuse to believe that what we see of Draco encompasses all that he is.
6. What do you feel is your best quality? I feel compelled to list more than one... so here are five :-D
x Perfectionism - anything worth doing in worth doing right. I don't do anything halfway and I spend hours pouring over the little details making sure everything is perfect so that there are no mistakes.
x Curiosity - this is the thing that drives me to read and study more than anything else. I have a compulsive need to know how things work, so when I find something that interests me, I have to obsessively research it to find out more
x Intelligence - it sounds conceited to say, but I feel that I am a fairly smart person. I pick things up quickly and I like to think I have a lot of common sense.
x Openmindedness - while I have strong opinions and am not afraid to express them, I also love a good intellectual debate and am always willing to examine other sides to an issue. And even when I might not agree with someone, I still value their opinion on an intellectual level. Good intellectual discussion and constant re-examination of my beliefs is the way I grow and learn.
x Creativity - my creativity is not only useful in my design work, but it helps me to come up with new solutions to just about any problem.
7. What trait most annoys you about other people? Ignorance and bigotry. It sounds like two separate things, but I believe one perpetuates the other. I can’t stand people who close their minds or fear things they don’t have the wit or desire to understand. Rather than fearing the things that make us unique from each other, I wish people would embrace and learn from those differences.
8. What trait in others do you admire the most?? Intelligence, wit, the ability to have a ready comeback in any situation. I really admire someone who can make obscure pop culture and literature references a part of everyday speech.
9. What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? Since the mirror shows us what we most desire at that specific moment, the answer would of course depend on my mood and what I really wanted at the time. At this moment, the thing I want most of all is to finish college and earn my degree. It might not seem like much to a lot of people, but I really want that piece of paper that says I'm an expert in my field. Not only will it help me find a good job, but it will also give me such a sense of pride and accomplishment to finally finish.
10. If you were an animagus, what would you turn into?(Assuming that the animal reflects the person, it is not chosen) I did some research and took a few online quizzes in preparation with this one and came up with two animals that seem to reflect my personality:
The Bat: Intelligent and very open-minded. You love to talk are you're very persuasive. You always seem to know how to get what you want. Curious as well, be careful not to poke your beak into places it doesn't belong. You love to travel, too. People find it hard to keep track of you. (from here)
The Porcupine: Porcupines are physically small individuals with an over-abundance of attitude. Probably due to their lack of self-esteem, they have a tendency to seek comfort by putting others down, and wit, sarcasm, and ridicule are the primary weapons of its oftentimes disagreeable personality. In defense of the porcupine's actions, its barbs are not designed to cause permanent harm. Instead, they're intended as a preemptive attack to protect its own sensitive feelings, and if anyone is wounded by its thorny words, the porcupine is quick to come to its victim's aid. The porcupine displays the characteristically sharp mind and opportunistic lifestyle of the rodent personalities, but unable to function successfully in social situations, it is limited in its career choices and is rarely found in sales or management positions. Like other rodent personalities, porcupines are opportunists and are resourceful and creative in their endeavors. Adept at taking advantage of others' mistakes, they are the first to jump on the bandwagon when an opportunity arises. It can be painful to get close to a porcupine and only those who have earned its trust can endure an intimate relationship. (from here)
11. What makes a person respectable? Intelligence, manners, a respectful attitude toward others: these are things that make one respectable. Intelligence is needed to be able to communicate with others, to convey your thoughts and ideals. If you don't sound intelligent, no one will respect you or take you seriously.. Manners are also important because good manners are a sign of class. No matter how intelligent you might be, if you are rude to others, no one is going to respect you. Finally, you need a respectful attitude towards others. This is covered partially in my statement about manners, but goes beyond simply not being rude. Being respectful means thinking about how your actions affect others and thinking before you act rather than just being rash and impulsive.
12. What is your take on religion? Religion is about faith, about a belief in something you cannot prove. It's a hard concept for someone like me to wrap her mind around, because I tend to need evidence for everything. Religion also seems to be used as an excuse for doing a lot of "bad" things, which I don't like. I'm a firm believer in taking responsibility for your own actions instead of blaming them on other things and people.
13. What are your views on the Dark Lord?Good and evil are such relative terms, because each side believes their cause is the correct one. I suppose if I studied it carefully and came to the conclusion that the Death Eaters were right, I would even join their side. As it stand now, I think the things they do and what they stand for is wrong, but the world would be a pretty boring place if everyone had all the same beliefs. Opposing viewpoints are what force us to think about and constantly re-evaluate our own belief systems. There are two sides to every coin and without that opposing viewpoint out there, we’d all just be a bunch of mindless clones of each other.
That said, I personally disagree with what Voldemort says and does and I think he's pretty much a hypocrite because he hates the very thing he himself is. But you've got to somewhat admire how much power he has and he must have been very intelligent to rise to power and be able to make himself immortal.
14. Would you have put your name in the Goblet of Fire? If I was old enough, yes. Sure it might be dangerous, which I'm not big on. But I'm usually willing to try anything once, because if nothing else, I will have learned something when it's over, even if what I learn is that it was really stupid of me and that I should never try it again. Life is all about experiences and I always regret it when I have a chance to try something new and I don't do it.
15. Please state the single most important house characteristic (in your mind). I really think that all the houses have equally important characteristics. Bravery without intelligence will get you dead, intelligence without ambition will get you almost nowhere, The fairness and loyalty of Hufflepuff is also needed. They're all a vital part of society. In terms of what I think I personally identify with, I'd have to say intelligence. I'm not particularly brave or friendly, and while I do have ambition, I'm not willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, especially if it means hurting others and most of my ambitions relate to a desire to do and learn new things.
16. What do you look for in a friend?First and foremost? Intelligence. No matter how much I have in common with someone, if I can't have an intelligent conversation with them, all bets are off. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who make constant spelling and grammatical erros. I'm drawn to people who show that they are intelligent in their words and actions. Of course they do need more than intelligence to become my friend. There does have to be a level of insightfulness and compassion and having common interests is always helpful. But none of that means much of anything if the person can't communicate clearly and intelligently.
17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I often wish I was more outgoing. It's tough to be a loner sometimes and sometimes I do it more by necessity than choice because I really just don't know how to make friends. I'm not comfortable starting conversations with strangers. Meeting new people gives me major anxiety. If I were just a bit more outgoing, perhaps I could more easily find people whom I could share some common ground with.
18. What are your hobbies?I have a lot of hobbies! I only wish I had more time to spend on them. In my spare time I love to dabble in photography, read literature and computer manuals and surf the web of play the Sims 2 on my computer. I also enjoy watching a variety of tv shows both on my cable and my dvd player.
19. If your friend was attacked in the magical world, what would you do? I'd like to think I'd act to defend my friend, but that might not necessarily be the case. It really depends on what precisely the danger was. If it was something I knew beyond a doubt I could handle, I'd probably take on the attacker. If I didn't have the knowledge, I'd run or call for someone who could help. I love my friends, but taking on an attacker I couldn't handle wouldn't help my friend. It would only result is injuring or killing my friend and I both and where's the sense in that?
20. What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish? I really want to finish my college degree. Partially because it will help me to get a better job, partially for the sense of accomplishment it will give me, and mostly because I love learning and I love being in school. I'm really excited about all the new technologies I will learn to use while pursuing this goal.
21. Who is your role model and why? I've never really had a lot of role models. There are people I like a lot and people I identify with, but there's never been much of anyone that I really looked up to or wanted to emulate. If I had to name someone, I would have to say probably my 9th grade English teacher. I was already a bit of a nerd, but she really sparked my love for reading, she made me love Shakespeare and she encouraged me to broaden my reading horizons. Because of her, I read books I never would have thought to pick up otherwise. She also encouraged me to write and pursue my first career-love of journalism. She was one of the first teachers to get me really excited about learning things and that excitement has carried on into my adulthood, so I guess you could say she had a pretty profound impact on who I became and who I am still becoming.
22. What do you want to do for a living in the magical world? Why? Honestly, I've never really thought about it. I think perhaps I'd like to be the wizarding equivalent to a lawyer, because I enjoy a good debate. Or possibly an Auror, because that job seems to require a great deal of skill. I also used to really love writing and still think I am quite good at it, so maybe I'd try to get a job as a writer for the newspaper. I'm honestly not the type to stay in one job or career for too long. I get bored pretty easily and start to feel that itch to try something new, so it's likely I'd eventually try them all.
23. Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason? Why or why not? It’s always hard to judge how you’d act in a situation until you find yourself in the middle of it. If it were to save my own life, you bet I would. To save the life of someone I cared about? Quite possibly, especially since if I were in a position to help them, that would probably mean my own life was in danger, too. But just for the fun of it or if there were any other option that didn’t involve me being killed or severely injured? Absolutely not.
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