2. Age: 21. From this point on, I shall never age. I refuse to.
3. A) Have you read all of the Harry Potter books that are out currently? You mean there are books too? Like, based on the movies and everything?
...yeah. I poke fun at my fandom. It's out of love, really. Of course I've read them all. I'm easily addicted to things, and when I've got my sights on something of interest, I tend to devour it rather greedily. There's little written on Harry Potter (excluding the fandom, which has been extremely dissapointing of late) that I haven't gone over a few times, at the very least.
B) How many are there (excluding the two books done for charity)? Currently? I believe there are 8. Unless I've missed something. Unlikely, but stranger things have happened, and this sounds almost simple enough to be a trick question.
C)Which one was your favourite? Explain. I suppose my favorite of the lot would have to be Half-Blood Prince, for the simple fact that this was the book I got to wave in other people's faces and go 'Ha, I TOLD you so!'. Because Draco develops something approaching actual characterization in this book, and that's pretty much all I've been waiting for. What? Someone died? No kidding...I must have missed it. That's what happens when you can't get past page 409 without cackling madly, I suppose.
There's more to it, of course, my 'I was right and you were wrong' rants aside. Admittedly, it's not the most original answer on the planet, because of course, the latest books is always everyone's favorite for a good while (unless we're talking Order of the Phoenix...that one should have come packaged with a bottle of Prozac, in my opinion). However, HBP represents my favorite point in a story. Voldemort is back. The pieces are set, and the first moves are starting to play themselves out on the board. This is really the point we've all been waiting to see, the reactions of the characters towards what we as readers knew to be inevitable. The characters are developing more fully, we're learning more about everyone's motives and personal stories, and we get to see them grow, their personalities fleshing out. For me, stories are character driven. I find myself drawn into their situations, their minds, their reactions and their opinions...these are just things that fascinate me to no end. To see the inner workings, so to speak. Half-Blood Prince, to me, seemed the most character driven of the books thus far.
4. A)If you attended Hogwarts, what would be your favourite subject? Ha! Divination.
B) Why? Well, it's not exactly a difficult class. Half common sense, half imaginative guesswork and storytelling, and you too can witness the wonders of the Inner Eye. Sure, it's unreliable, but of all the classes, it seems like the one I'd have the most fun in. Analyzing the signs and mustering enough imagination to convince people you know what they mean...sure beats exact measurements of toad skin or precise wand-flicking motions. It leaves a lot of room for exploration and experimentation and, best of all, there are no right answers. Every outcome the future can hold can be explained in the various signs and clues of Divination, if you know how to convincingly deliver the evidence. It amazes me the Trio couldn't figure this out....well, it doesn't amaze me. Just makes me want to bang my head against a wall in frustration.
5. If you could store one memory in a Pensieve, what would it be? Explain. The first time I ever went skydiving, it was the most incredible sensation of my life. All too short, that weightless plummet towards the earth, the sensation of just being free, removed from everything, flying through the air without breath or thought or even fear for my safety. I was so convinced I was going to scream, a la rollercoaster ride, when I fell out of the plane, but the minute I started falling, and saw the whole world suspended around me, all I could think was "....wow." That was it. There wasn't room for any sort of thought besides that. And that's a moment I would definitely not mind holding onto, putting on a shelf and keeping for all time and eternity, to look back on and fondly remember. Then again, I plan to relive the moment as soon as the weather warms up.
6. If you were to face a boggart, what do you think it would it turn into? Explain why you think this. I am absolutely terrified of anything remotely crocodilian. I never said this was a rational fear, mind. But ever since Jumanji...heh. Funny little story to go with that. I was playing that damn game, by myself, and a card came up saying "Beware the 25 ft crocodile". Being the curious little bugger I am, I went, "hm, what's so scary about that?" Took a ruler and measured out 25 feet around my room, stood back, and pictured how big the head would be, alone, teeth and all. I managed to psyche myself into a lifelong fear with my imagination alone. Haven't liked them since...and I have to work with them, to boot. Curse my vivid imagination. It's embarassing to be so eager to play jokes and scare the Hell out of everyone else, then fall over screaming when someone pulls out a plastic alligator.
...in a delicious bit of irony, I think alligator is one of the tastiest treats out there. Nothing quite like dealing with your fears by eating them. Just ask the Dark Lord, Mister "Morsemorde" himself. *slurp*
7. What do you think you would you see in the Mirror of Erised? My deepest desire? Having someplace I -want- to come home to everyday. Right now my greatest joy is being out of the house, acting the fool and living life right up to the hilt. The worst part of the day is ALWAYS whenever I'm obligated to come home and take care of my father, listen to my stepmother's muttered curses and glares, and my sister's needling whining and shallow scheming. With the exception of my uncle and the sister I don't currently live with, I can't stand my family. I can't stand coming home to that hostility, especially when I'm in a good mood. So I suppose I'd see myself in a warm, comfortable, luxerious house, not overly fancy or large, but comfortable. A place I feel safe and welcome. I might not stay for long, as I'm one to have itchy feet and the need to go out and continue living, but a secure home base would be the thing I probably want more than anything in the world, right now. Heh. How about that? A realistic vision in the mirror. Not too often that happens.
8. Would you have put your name in the Goblet of Fire? Explain your reasoning. No. Not even no. HELL no.
I mean granted, there's the whole 'eternal glory' bit, but there's also the 'dangerous tasks' bit, and I don't feel keen on risking my life for something as frivolous as fame. Not that there's anything wrong with fame. Little I'd like better. But wiser birds take the safer and surer route, following what they know to be their strengths...I'd much rather be a spectator of something like the Triwizard Tournament than a participant. Sort of like reality tv, in a way. You love seeing the trial and tribulations of others, from the safety of your own, comfortable, perfectly safe seat. You fancy you COULD do most of the things they're doing...but it's hardly worth the enormous risk. I LIKE being alive and having all my limbs attatched, thanks. And I could likely think of more enjoyable life-threatening activities to partake in, as it is.
9. A)Would you use an Unforgiveable Curse, and if so, under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse? Would I? If the situation called for it, absolutely. If it was them or me...sorry, but it's going to be them. I value my life a little more than I value some moral code of conduct that says it's wrong to defend myself that fiercely. If there's cause for me to even consider using the curses, then it must be a pretty serious situation.
B)Why? You do what you have to to stay alive and protect your own. There's no shame or dishonor to be found in that. All's fair in love and war. Do what you feel you must, and you'll never have a reason to regret. And that reasoning could be applied to any and all sides involved, Order, Death Eaters, and neutrals like myself.
10. What house do you think you would be wrong to be put in, and why? I don't think an ounce of me belongs in Hufflepuff. I am not a patient person, I shirk hard work whenever possible, and while I wouldn't say I'm disloyal, it's not one of my priorities. They are, for the most part, a genuinely honorable sort, seeking only what is fair and just...and they've got far more reservation and self-control than I could ever hope possess. That is, assuming I'd want it, and to be honest, it doesn't bother me that I'm not that sort of person. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.
11. Put the following words in order of importance to you: Adventurous, Ardent, Acute, Crafty, Benevolent, Accommodating, Burlesque, Drive. Please explain your top three and the one you place last.
Drive- Because without drive to get up and do something, all that potential for the rest of these lovely terms just withers away. Waste not.
Ardent- As I said, I have an obssessive personality. I find something and I pour my very being into it, for however long I remain interested.
Adventurous- Think outside the box. Try new things. In fact, try them twice, because it might not have been done right the first time. Never pass up an opportunity to sample something new. You might find yourself regretting it later.
Benevolent- Kindness and charity are good and well, for those that can afford them. Sometimes the world doesn't allow for too much kindness. Know when to look to yourself and when to look to others.
12. What single quality do you feel goes the furthest in defining who you are? Explain why. Feh. As if one quality could define a person in their entirety! (Yes, I know that wasn't the question, I just have a penchant for the dramatic when writing. Feel free to skip past my whining.) I suppose it'd be my unwillingness to fall under just one label, my love of variety and originality, and things that just break the mold. I hate to be told that I'm one thing or another, as it tends to egg me on towards defiance and proving the individual wrong. No one knows me better than me, and the assuption that I can be classified so easily makes me laugh. And also makes me want to run out and sample freely of the world, without a care for boundaries. It's done quite a bit for me as a person, being so determined not to be labeled.
...and yet I'm in a sorting community. Maybe I should change my defining trait to 'stickler for irony', hurr hurr.
13. What makes a person deserving of your respect? THE most important quality a person can have is to be able to hold the respect of others. Like, dislike, whatever...if I can respect you, you've got what you need most. Now while I don't know what respectable might be for someone else, but for myself, someone I could respect would have to be someone who follows their own mind. Someone who isn't concerned with what other people think, but stays true to their vision, their hopes, is someone far greater and far more capable of achieving great things than someone who simply tries to live up to everyone's expectations. But at the same time...that person has to be willing to take in things that occur around them, to learn and grow. Someone who sticks in a rut, who never bothers to learn or expand upon their craft...that sort of person, I couldn't waste so much as pity on them. You have to be an individual, confident in your own mind and abilities, and at the same time always willing to further yourself, never assuming you know ALL, but priding yourself on achieving what goals you set for yourself, however modest or grand they may be.
14. What character from the series do you most relate to? Explain. This is a toss-up between Draco Malfoy and Sirius Black, because really, I've been compared to both. I'm a playful sort, but a times, my playfulness can turn downright malicious and sadistic, without my even realizing it (or caring, depending on the person...you know some people DO deserve a little nip to the flank now and then). I'm certainly not at a loss for self-confidence...or arrogance, if you ask my stepmother. I'm very charismatic, and enjoy having a circle of friends and admirers handy, though I prefer them to be partners-in-crime, rather than lackeys. Having lackeys never hurt, though.
Like Sirius, I also take insinuations about my quality of character as a great insult, and I don't exactly have a strong bond with my family. In fact, the sooner I'm rid of them in any sense, the better, which sounds completely adolescent of me, but gods, you have no idea how true it is. I'm also extremely irresponsible at times (I've come to discover that maturity and responsibility are NOT the same thing) and I have a tendency to want to take care of my own, rather than worry about the problems of others, necessarily. I also don't care much for the rules, and will often do things, because I can or because you told me I couldn't/shouldn't. As I mentioned before, it's almost instinct by this point to want to rebel against preconceived ideas about me...even if they're true.
Like Draco, I can be extremely lazy, putting things off til someone else takes care of whatever it is, exasperated with my refusal to cooperate, or I scramble last minute to try and piece things together and end up botching things up. (Malfoy does this several times in HBP.) I have, like Draco, the ability to shut away certain feelings for a period of time, if I feel like they're hindering me. I can also turn extremely sulky when I don't end up getting my way, though it usually doesn't last, as I'm easily distracted. And like Draco, I have the tendency to obsess over things. Ask me what he obsesses over and I murder you for being completely dense.
15. What qualities do you possess from each of the four houses (Please try choosing one from each)?
Gryffindor: The Gryffindor's passion and love of being looked at as a shining example to all, I feel I can definately identify with. I'll readily admit to having a few select things I get very, very passionate about, and woe be to you if you decide to contridict me. I show little mercy when defending what is valuable to me.
I do have a great love of the spotlight and the adoration of those around me, and if any good deed might win me one more admirer, then all the better! If one wild and crazy stunt might get me a flock of swooning fangirls, no doubt I'd do it in a heartbeat, and I have no qualms about bending the rules a little...for the greater good, of course. Whatever that happens to be this week. I can be quite bold and reckless...heh. More than 'can be', I think. There have been quite a few times where I've done something, stopped, looked back at what I just did, and wondered where in the world I developed the audacity to do it. Not that I ever regret it, it's simply a tendency that sneaks up on me, now and again.
Hufflepuff: I am a firm believer in the saying "If you want respect, you need to show respect." I treat most everyone I know on a very casual basis...however, if you prove yourself outstandingly to me, I am far more inclined to show deference towards you in the future, and I'll be far more likely to take your side, should things ever turn sour. If you try to screw me over, however, I have no qualms with returning the favor, in whatever means I deem most appropriate.
I prefer to be honest, as it saves me the trouble of keeping track of the extended web that lies can become, once started. Truth is simpler, and often strikes a deeper chord. I also value honesty in other people...it helps me keep track of -them-, and it's nice to have people around who are dependable.
Ravenclaw: I've always considered myself an intellectual sort, and as a child, there was little I loved more than simply holing myself up in the library and reading, and it rarely mattered -what- I was reading. So long as I was looking over someone's shoulder, or being told something that held interest to me, I was happy. I was, and still am, a downright whore for information, even the most useless-seeming trivia. I'm a very open-minded individual, after all, and one never knows when a little tidbit here or there might be useful.
I also love analyzing the information I get, often for sheer enjoyment. I have sheets and sheets and SHEETS of paper stored away in my room, various calculations on character statistics, ordered in various ways, simply because it amused me to go so in depth, and know that I could be sure of myself when talking on a given subject. To know a thing is to control a thing.
Slytherin: My own father claimed some time ago that I'm extremely devious and cunning (and actually did so in a commending sort of way, which says more about him than it does about me) and while I do have the ability to be subtle, most people in actuality do not respond well to subtlety. Which is when we drag out the big mallet of Obviousness to pound over their heads a couple of times to demonstrate another key house trait: determination.
I have trouble sometimes deciding if I'm ambitious or not...it can be argued that I'm too lazy and laid-back to be that ambitious, but the projects I do rouse myself to address are my babies, and I will do anything to see them achieved, even if it means pissing other people off in the process. It's easier to apologize than ask permission, yeah? As for the 'disregard for the rules'....they're only guidelines, mate.
16. A) If you could change one thing about yourself, would you? Sure. Be prepared, though, it's nothing psychological or world-shattering.
B) What would it be if you did? I wouldn't have eczema. It is a royal pain in the ass to not be able to scratch an itch on my neck or elbow, knowing what'll pop up if I do. Urrrgh.
C) Why? Hell, would YOU want it? Like I said, it's a pain, and it actually puts a dent in my ego when I'm looking in a mirror during an outbreak. Also, while not deadly, it's not exactly a symptom of a healthy individual, and nobody likes having weaknesses or kinks in the system. It's difficult to cover up, and it's embaressing, and my life might well be that much closer to ideal if I didn't have to worry about it.
17. How did you find us? If it was from a post say where and who posted it (If possible, please leave a link to the actual post you saw.) Tada.
18. Have you applied before? If so, can you please leave a link to your last application? Nope. It's my first time. Oh, please, be gentle...
19. A) Why should we accept you? Because I don't look upon such a question with COMPLETE disgust at the sheer audacity of it. Leaving the 'one Harry Potter fan is not equal to another, ha ha, I am so elite' mentality aside, am I seriously supposed to believe that so much stock is placed in a Harry Potter internet community that I might not be considered good enough for it? I'm sorry, but that's bs, and I refuse to suck up and explain what a wonderful addition I'd be to the community, as I believe I've already made my case with the above.
Take it as another facet of my personality. If dignity is a trait not readily understood here, then I obviously don't belong. If you understand why I'm not making my pleas to be accepted, then maybe this community isn't completely full of itself, like so many others are, and there might actually be room to have fun here. Keep in mind, it's not YOU I'm ragging on, it's the question.
B)What makes you different than the other applicants we’re reviewing after you? See above answer. If that doesn't say it, there's little that will. I will speak my mind at the risk of feeling the wrath from the voting powers that be, and I will stand by what I say, because I don't say anything without a good reason, or a good deal of motivation. Someone has to be the one to say it, I figure, and I've got no reason not to.
20. How many hours weekly do you expect to be able to put into this community? At least two hours every day. I generally check what's up with my various communities in the mornings and evenings, and if there's something of interest going on, I'll participate. How interesting it is determines how much time I spend on it.
21. Please leave some way of communication (either e-mail or AIM) here. If you do not feel confortable leaving such information open to the public, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the said information, and please state who you are also (meaning giving me your name and LJ name). If you are accepted, this information will be given to your future HoH, so they can contact you if needed.
22. If you are sorted into a House that does not have an Head of House, would you be interested in being one? Nope. I'm irresponsible as it is. I don't need to be looking after yet another pet project.
...um, though I think I should mention to whoever's in charge, the link on the info page leading to the main com isn't working. There's an 'r' in front of 'hybrid' that's screwing it up. Just a heads up.