I absolutely adore knitting and spend as much time on it as I can. If I'm not knitting, I'm on the computer, perusing my favorite sites and listening to music. I also love to read, whether it's a reread of one of the HP books, the latest bestseller, something that caught my eye in the library, or a classic I'd always wanted to read. (That said, Pride and Prejudice turned out to be a really great book, even if I didn't appreciate it until the end.)
How and when did you get into Harry Potter?:
My grandma bought me the first book when I was ten or eleven, and I read it in an hour or two while I sat in her living room. I immediately checked out the second book from the library and then the third, but after that I had a bit of a wait as Goblet of Fire wasn't released until quite a bit later. Needless to say, I was HOOKED.
Have you read all the books?
Several times, except Half-Blood Prince. I've only read that entirely through once, maybe twice. I scare my friends in my ability to rattle off parts of the books, and I've even memorized the Sorting Hat songs. =P
Who is your favorite character OR actor in the Harry Potter series and why?:
Hmm. In "present" times, I really like Hermione and Neville. Hermione because she strives for praise and acceptance from her teachers like I did (and still do, but I was absolutely pathetic when I was younger) in school, and Neville because it seems like every card in the deck is stacked against him (what happened to his parents and that they're still alive but don't recognize him, which is probably harder than if they had died; how he's under so much pressure from his grandparents, teachers, and the Wizarding community in general; his semi-impairment socially) and he still perseveres no matter what.
In "past" times, I really, really like Lily. I RP Marauders' Era almost exclusively, and absolutely adore her character. She's got a fierce set of morals and values, and fights to prove herself around every turn because she's Muggleborn, the same battle that Hermione has to fight, but Lily's less of a swot. =P
What Harry Potter character do you think you are the most like? How do you relate to them and how do you not relate to them?
I think I relate most to young Lily. I relate to Lily because I feel the need to prove myself while I'm in school--I have to constantly prove my worth to myself by way of grades. I've done it since I was little. I also relate to Lily because I've had problems with guys picking on me in school and disguising it as flirting so others wouldn't care. =\ I think our personalities are somewhat alike--I don't tolerate being put down.
Then again, I'll never have Lily's "popularity." I have a circle of awesome friends, but my social life is pretty quiet. I suppose I'm like Hermione in that respect--my books and my computer are my friends. When I was younger, I spent my summers at the library instead of at the pool, and I was really shy when I was little. =\
Which house do you believe you most belong in? Make a case for and against your decision
I think I belong in Ravenclaw, if not solely by the whole reading thing, the facts that I've been in gifted programs/honors classes since fifth grade and that I scored quite high on my ACT. =)
Then again, I'm not the textbook (ha ha) Ravenclaw because I can get a bit lazy sometimes and don't put 110% into everything. I try. =)
Which house do you believe you least belong in? Make a case for and against your decision
I think I least belong in Slytherin. I'm not terribly ambitious--yes, I want to do well in school, get a good job, and earn enough to live well, but I don't have a definite plan. I'm not power-hungry ("I'm going to get a job at a top such-and-such and skyrocket through the ranks!" Not me), and my conscience would prevent me from living an "end justifies the means" lifestyle. I don't like taking advantage of people.
Then again, some little part of me has always wanted to leave a mark on the world, to have people know my name. Does that count as ambition?
What are three traits that you believe best define you? How do they both negatively and positively affect your life?
I've always gotten good grades, but I've also always questioned whether I was actually smart. Growing up, especially after I hit high school, I was isolated from my friends somewhat because I went to different classes than they did. Of course, by the time I was in high school we were all making new friends anyway, but my grades were a bit of a driving wedge between us. Of course, being able to attain good grades has opened up a lot of opportunities for me.
I’m really energetic and enthusiastic at times. Especially with my knitting or other projects, I’ll be working on one or two but have about five or six planned out. When I’m with my friends, I can get really silly and hyper. It works against me sometimes because it’ll make it hard for me to focus on things that aren’t exciting to me.
I’m very aware of the ‘big picture.’ I care about people and I’m planning to major in sociology so I can make a positive difference in the world. I’m excited that I’ve figured out what I want to do with my life, but it sets me apart from people my age because while I’m concerned about the genocide in Darfur and the objectification of women in today’s society, many of my peers are only concerned about their next trip to the mall or which drinking party they’re going to that weekend.
You are looking into the Mirror of Erised. What do you see? Why?:
I’d see myself happy, however that would play out. I’d be making a positive difference in the world, something that would verify that I matter and that I did something productive with my life that allowed me to use my skills for a good cause. That’s my biggest worry: that I’ll look back when I’m older and be disappointed with the life I lived.
If you were an animagus, what animal would you become and why? (remember, the animal reflects the person’s personality):
I think my personality is closest to that of a dolphin. They’re playful, helpful, and smart.
You are faced with a boggart, what does it turn into? Why?:
My boggart would probably take the shape of someone that I cared about being hurt or in pain. While I might not have a huge network of friends, I care about them and my family immensely.
Pure blood….half blood…muggle born….squib….or dare say it muggle? Which would you want to be? Why?
I’d probably want to be half-blood, because I could have aspects of both wizarding and Muggle culture in my life, therefore making me well-rounded…and giving me an edge at Muggle Studies. =)
What trait of others most annoys you? Why?:
Ignorance/prejudice/apathy. People that *just don't care* annoy the crap out of me. There's so much going on in the world, and they show no feeling. It's like they're sitting on the sidelines of life and just watching everyone else live.
Pick a favorite quote of yours from one of the books, and explain why you selected it:
I really like “Give her hell from us, Peeves,” by Fred(?) Weasley. It’s a concise summary of how everyone felt about Umbridge and how they refused to take her abuse and controlling nature lying down.
If you could change just one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?:
At first thought, I would say that I would make myself more able to relate and interact with people. I got picked on constantly growing up and stayed home more than I went out with friends, so my social skills are passable but a little underdeveloped. =P Then again, that removal from the midst of things has allowed me to think about people in a different frame of mind, which spawned my interest in sociology—it was a class that taught some of the same ideals I had figured out on my own, and nobody looked at me like I was crazy. =P
What do you want to do for a living in the magical world? Why?:
Something to do with Charms. I think that subject is such a broad, useful one. That or Potions. There’s just so much that can be accomplished with those two subjects.
What is your favorite and least favorite class in the magical world? Explain your answer.
Like above, I would love Charms or Potions. They are just so varied and useful—there would be something new every day, never just “more of the same.” I wouldn’t like History of Magic at all—it’s just straight memorization of names and dates and it would bore me.
What is your favorite spell/charm/curse? Why?
That’s a tough one. Episkey is undoubtedly useful, as is Stupefy. I thought the idea for the Fidelius Charm was so cool when I read it, too. They’re all so useful.
What is your favorite book or movie moment? Why?
I really, really liked the formation of the D. A. The students were taking it into their own hands and going underground to learn what they needed to know to defend and prepare themselves. They refused to sit back and do nothing.
Which student at Hogwarts would be your best friend? Why?:
I think I would get along with Hermione really well because we’re a lot alike. She never lets anyone stop her from what she wants and she works so hard to prove herself to others. I really admire her character and think she’s a great role model for girls: that being smart is cool and being pretty isn’t everything.
What do you look for in a friend? Why:
Compatibility first of all—if we have nothing in common, it’s going to be hard to sustain a friendship. They have to have similar morals to mine—none of my friends are die-hard partiers and none of them do anything that would compromise them long-term. He/She needs to be someone I feel comfortable around and can be my silly, serious, complicated self. =P Loyalty is also important—I can’t be friends with someone who will talk about me behind my back or allow others to do so.
Lets say you’re having a dinner party. You can invite three people. Who would these three people be? Why would you invite them? (they can be dead, alive, fictional, let your imagination go wild):
Dr. Martin Luther King—he was so influential in fighting for people’s rights and helping change society.
Mother Teresa—she gave up everything to help people and was pretty much an angel on Earth.
J. K. Rowling—yes, it’s a little obvious and cliché, but I’d really like to talk to her not just because of Harry Potter, but the themes she’s got hidden in her books and how she addresses society’s concerns in them. I’d also ask her about the other things she’s used her celebrity to help, and how the ability to make a difference has changed her life.
Choose 3 words that best describe you:
I thought I already answered this. =P Complex, caring, enthusiastic.
How do you think you will be a good contribution to this community?:
I could be really active—I’d been watching the community and drafting my application before it went on hiatus. It looks like a LOT of fun and I feel that I could contribute a lot to it.
Do you have any suggestions to make this community better? (from what you know about it so far):
I think it’s a great community, and could be even more fun with even more people, which I know is a main concern right now.
How did you find out about this community? (Don’t forget that people who refer people get house points):
I can’t really remember. It might have been on a message board somewhere, but I really don’t know who posted about it.
If you have an AIM screen name, what is it? (We or other people may want to contact you, this is one way we get together other than on the boards):
I have one, I’d just prefer not to post it to the community. =)