2. Age: 36
3. A) Have you read all of the Harry Potter books that are out currently? Yes, although I've only read HBP once. I just started rereading them in preparation for Deathly Hallows.
B) How many are there (excluding the two books done for charity)? There are six out currently with Deathly Hallows releasing on 21 July 2007!
C)Which one was your favourite? Explain. While I don't think that it was the best book, I would have to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for a couple of reasons. I just started rereading it this morning and already I felt the same thing I felt when I first picked up the book some nine or ten years ago: a certain level of comfort, identification, and overall awe. Having always been a fan of fantasy novels, I immediately felt at home in the world that Rowling created. I identified with Harry's plight at No. 4 Privet Drive and his overwhelming joy when he realized that he was not really a part of their world. I also identified with Hermione and her desire to learn. Also, I was impressed with the depth of the world created by Rowling. Add that to the fact that I tend to like first novels by writers (I find that they are the most, for lack of a better word, honest) and you have a slam dunk for why Philosopher's Stone is my favorite.
4. A)If you attended Hogwarts, what would be your favourite subject? Magical Theory.
B) Why? I enjoy classes on theory because they explore and explain the reasons behind why things are the way they are. I'm rarely satisfied with surface explanations because I like to get a deeper understanding of subjects that I am interested in learning about. Also, theory is dynamic and this allows for new ways of looking at things which appeals to me because I believe that we are better for change.
5. If you could store one memory in a Pensieve, what would it be? Explain.
I would store the memory of one of the times either my mother or father was abusive towards me. Not only would this allow me to make room for more pleasant memories but it would also give other people the opportunity to understand what I went through as a child. This would be useful in two ways - the first being that I was an only child and there was no one to witness what I went through and truly understand my experiences. Secondly, it could be used as a tool for people who have been found guilty of abuse - they would get to experience what their child, spouse, or other person felt and maybe, just maybe, they would realize the profound effect abuse has on a person.
6. If you were to face a boggart, what do you think it would it turn into? Explain why you think this.
A gruesome combination of my mother and father when they were abusing me. They/It would turn into a smaller version of themselves, a la the "Fear, Itself" episode of Buffy, illustrating that while they may have seem all powerful and gigantic when I was small, that I am an adult now, in charge of my life, and no longer living in fear of them.
7. What do you think you would you see in the Mirror of Erised?
I would see myself looking happy and healthy. I have always struggled with depression and I'm always terrified when I am feeling well that I will slip back into that illness, so I imagine that I would feel some great sense of relief as a result of looking into the mirror.
8. Would you have put your name in the Goblet of Fire? Explain your reasoning.
I would, and then I would probably regret it, and then I probably wouldn't be picked to compete. I tend to go after things I want without thinking about the consequences sometimes and then worry that I've been too rash. Ultimately, though, I doubt that I have what it takes to win the TriWizard Tournament.
9. A)Would you use an Unforgivable Curse, and if so, under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse? Yes, in defense of myself or others(if there was no other way).
B)Why? Because no one has the right to take another person's life and if I had to use the Imperius curse, I would though I would not feel good about it. I could only use it if someone's life was in immediate danger. I don't think that I could ever use Cruciatus because I don't like to think of anyone being tortured - even those who torture others and I would never use Avada Kadavra for the same reason I am against the death penalty - you can't take it back once you've uttered those words.
10. What house do you think you would be wrong to be put in, and why?
Oddly enough, Gryffindor. (I imagine most people would choose Slytherin or Hufflepuff.) While I am capable of the self-sacrifice Gryffindors possess as well as the bravery and ability to rush headlong into dangerous situations without much forethought, I tend to resent that self-sacrifice and to me that isn’t a very Gryfiindorish kind of trait.
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.
Excuse me while I try to get past the overwhelming desire to put these in alphabetical order.... *deep breath* Ok, I'm ready.
Ardent: I am nothing if not passionate with regard to the things I care about the most. I often use the word fierce to describe myself.
Adventurous I love to learn new things constantly, travel to places I've never been, and I'm always up for trying something at least once.
Crafty I understand people and am not above a little manipulation to get what I want (as long as I don't believe that it will hurt anyone). (Plus, I knit - that's crafty, too!)
Burlesque I'm not so much comfortable with mocking others (even in a humorous, not trying to hurt someone's feelings kind of way) and I'm not at all flamboyant, so I really don't identify with this word at all.
12. What single quality do you feel goes the furthest in defining who you are? Explain why.
Curiousness. I'm insatiable. I don't know how I got along without the internet to feed me instantaneous information. (How's that for alliteration?) It doesn't matter what the subject is - if I hear it mentioned my immediate instinct (still with the i's, what is up with that?) is to research it further. I am a storehouse for an insane amount of knowledge on things both esoteric and mundane and I hope that I will continue to be this way throughout my life. I enjoy learning and believe that it is an essential component of my personality and in the way I live my life.
13. What makes a person deserving of your respect?
People who put others or a cause before themselves. People who teach (anything really, I think that teaching someone how to do something for themselves is invaluable). People who are true to themselves. People who have compassion and empathy for others. People who are considerate. People who stand up for what they believe in (whether or not I agree with them).
14. What character from the series do you most relate to? Explain.
This may seem contradictory since I said above that I probably don't belong with the Gryffindors, but I have to say Harrmione? Hermionarry? Definitely a combination between Harry and Hermione. I was given up for adoption when I was a baby and raised by people who were, to say the least, not exactly the best parents in the world. They were horribly abusive. When I was 26, I reached out and found my birthmother. I actually am living with her now, 10 years later. In this way, I identify all too well with Harry. I was raised by people incapable of loving me and found (in my birthmother) my Hogwarts. Like Hermione, I have always been the person who enjoys studying and school, the person who is considered nerdy and may not be popular, but the person you know you can come to when you need help on a paper or a test.
15. What qualities do you possess from each of the four houses (Please try choosing one from each)?
Hufflepuff: Like most Hufflepuffs I tend towards loyalty and being non-judgmental. I admire and feel like the inclusiveness that Helga Hufflepuff promoted is something that I believe in strongly. However, I'm not particularly hard working (or at least I'm not until I need to be) and I see Hufflepuffs as being steadier: the kind of people who always do their homework and have it ready to turn in on time. Nor am I particularly friendly, though that is more based on the fact that I find it hard to be around a lot of people than the fact that I dislike most people.
Gryffindor: Like Gryffindors I can be daring and/or brave if the situation calls for it. For example, despite having had a horrible time with my adoptive parents, I actively sought out my birthmother ten years ago hoping to develop a relationship with her. I didn’t put a lot of forethought into what might happen when I met her; instead, I dove in and made the phone call. Luckily for me, it turned out that she is a wonderful person. I did the same in the past month with my birthfather – I’m still not sure how that will turn out though. However, in most situations, I tend to act less rashly and with much more consideration of the pros and cons of a situation.
Ravenclaw: Like Ravenclaws I place a high premium on intellect and schooling. I enjoy school (until it is crunch time and my procrastination has led to a major pile-up of work) and I enjoy talking and reading about literary theory even in my spare time. School just got out two weeks ago and I’ve already been reading journal articles on cultural studies topics like postfeminist prostitution in Firefly and the implications of the –y suffix in Buffy speak. I do wonder, however, if Ravenclaws might not put too much of an emphasis on book learning and not enough emphasis on street smarts. I believe strongly in the theory of multiple intelligences and have found that people can be smart on any number of subjects and in many different ways and level of education does not always correlate with intelligence.
Slytherin: Like Slytherins I can be cunning and quite ambitious. I always want to do the best job I can and sometimes that may involve some creative manipulation. While I wouldn’t say that I would use any means to a particular end I would certainly try and make the system work for me instead of against me. People that are passive frustrate me immensely and I think that the same would be true for most Slytherins.
16. A) If you could change one thing about yourself, would you? Absolutely.
B) What would it be if you did? I would be more trusting of people.
C) Why? Because I find that instead of believing people I question their motives and truthfulness constantly and with regard to things both big and small. While I believe that a little distrust of people is necessary in order not to be taken advantage of or considered naive, I take it to the extreme (though I don't show this trait to people very often). I would like to have more faith in people and I believe that I would be better off for it. Being distrustful is exhausting - constantly combing through what people say and trying to determine if they really mean it or are just trying to be nice takes a lot of energy that I could use in a more productive way.
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.) Searching through livejournal for Harry Potter related communities one night when I should have been writing a paper.
18. Have you applied before? If so, can you please leave a link to your last application? Nope. I'm a first-timer.
19. A) Why should we accept you? Because I'll make you cupcakes and bring you coffee. Also, because I enjoy talking about the world of Harry Potter and look forward to meeting new people and making new friends. The older I get the more I realize that I enjoy being around people who have something in common with me, yet are able to make me see something from a different point of view.
B)What makes you different than the other applicants we’re reviewing after you? Well, this is a hard question since I don't know who will be applying after me - they could be my long lost clone. Everyone is an individual with their own experiences, strengths, and weaknesses that they bring with them. That is what makes communities strong.
20. How many hours weekly do you expect to be able to put into this community? No less than 5 during the summer, probably 2 to 3 when school is in session, more if I have a paper due. (Procrastination is my friend!)
21. Please leave some way of communication (either e-mail or AIM) here. If you do not feel comfortable 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. I'm Staci. (sunflower_pixie)
22. If you are sorted into a House that does not have an Head of House, would you be interested in being one? Certainly. I would be honored.