Kristen (sendmeasong) wrote in reparo_elite,

There's a Horklump in my soup!

I would love a sponsor, if one is available.  If not a sponsor, I'd at least like a thorough read-through and review of what I need to do better before actually applying.

1.Name:  Kristen.
2. Age:  17
3. A) Have you read all of the Harry Potter books that are out currently?  
Yes, several times, but I regret to say I only flipped through Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastick Beasts.
B) How many are there (excluding the two books done for charity)? 
As far as I know, there's only six, but the seventh is coming out next month!
C) Which one was your favourite? Explain. 
Hmmm.  This is difficult, because I don't choose favorites when I read anything - I mean, if I'm reading it, I must enjoy it, right?  But looking them over, I'd have to say Chamber of Secrets. 

Chamber of Secrets I liked because in my opinion it was one of the first dives into that realm of "gray" characters.  In Philosopher's/Sorceror's Stone, things were fairly clearly divided into good and evil.  Harry is good; the Dursleys are evil.  Dumbledore is good; Voldemort is evil.  Ron is good; Draco is evil.  The only character that was not clearly good or evil was (and has been) Snape, but even he was given the brand of being evil, and considered evil throughout the first book.  In Chamber of Secrets though, we meet both Professor Lockhart and Tom Riddle, who are incredible example of "gray" characters - where everybody else was clearly "black" or "white", these guys weren't.  Professor Lockhart was charming, handsome, debonair, and easy-going; turns out he actually was a manipulative, greedy bastard that would do anything if there was even a ghost's chance of it helping him.  Yet at the same time, was he "evil", or was he just a person acting as most do and trying to become somebody?  Tom seemed friendly, outgoing, personable, and handsome; we all know how that one came out!  Still, you have to wonder (especially after learning of his childhood) - was Tom born to be the big bad Evil, or was he warped and twisted while growing up into actually thinking he's doing the right thing?

The entire theme of characters not falling into the typical good or evil mindset has been a big one that has continued throughout the series; Sirius, Slughorn, and even Draco come to mind.  So I think seeing where it all really began is important.
4. A) If you attended Hogwarts, what would be your favourite subject? 
Probably History of Magic.
B) Why? 
I love the history of things.  I love studying and researching and completely immersing myself into things, and I think that knowing the history of something not only makes us stronger, but makes us better able to learn other aspects of it.  So I think that by knowing the history and the story behind magic, I'd be able to (by extension) be better at other subjects.

To expand on this:  I think knowing the origins of a spell, the way it was created, it's many varied uses, and it's importance to the magical world will help a witch get a better idea and be better able to cast it when the time comes.  We saw this in Order of the Pheonix, when Harry tried to Crucio Bella; had he known what Crucio did, how you needed to feel to cast it, the history of it, all that information could have been accessed and used on a moments' notice, and their showdown may have ended differently.
5. If you could store one memory in a Pensieve, what would it be? Explain. 
There are a lot of things!  Really, I'm pretty sentimental - like I said above, I believe knowing history makes us stronger, so I spend a lot of time thinking about things that have happened so I can see ways to grow and change, or even just ways to avoid the issues altogether!

I think if I had to choose one though, I'd choose my very last concert in high school.  It's fairly recent, but I know that singing is my passion and it was through this concert and seeing all the musicians I've grown with the last four years that the idea really cemented itself in my mind - I will become a musician.  It was also one of the saddest memories I can think of, because I'm incredibly at home on the stage.  I'd choose this memory because every once in a while we need something to kick us in the behind and remind us exactly what we're fighting to be in our lives.
6. If you were to face a boggart, what do you think it would it turn into? Explain why you think this.
Probably a locked door.  I'm most afraid of being alone, of being on the outside and never let in.  Rather, I'm afraid of being alone against my choosing, I guess.  Like everybody, I do have times where I prefer being by myself, but at those times it's always a choice.  So my greatest fear would be knowing that whatever I'm doing in my life, I'm doing it without any sort of support, input, reassurance, backup, or love.
7. What do you think you would you see in the Mirror of Erised? 
Myself surrounded by my friends - past, present, and even future ones that I haven't met, stretching out as far as the mirror will let them.  I love my friends more than just about anything in this world, and to be with all of them just knowing I'm with people who choose to be with me and who enjoy being around me would be ideal.
8. Would you have put your name in the Goblet of Fire? Explain your reasoning. 
I would probably put my name in (well, after spending a few hours debating the pros and cons) if I thought that in the end it would give me something worthwhile.  I love taking risks and being adventurous, but only when the adventures are ones I can see being advantageous to myself.
9. A) Would you use an Unforgiveable Curse, and if so, under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse? 
Yes, and without hesitation, if somebody I cared about was in danger or if my own life was in danger.
B) Why?  
My reasons really do vary, but I'm a very dualistic person, and that's probably the real crux of it.  I feel things more deeply and to higher extremes of emotion than most, so if somebody were to hurt someone I cared about, or threaten somebody I cared about, my rage would be enough that I would want them to suffer times about twenty, and I'd do everything I could to make sure they were in pain and screaming for mercy by the end.
And if they attacked me...I'm easy-going and I can be a doormat, but try and hurt me and all bets are off.  I will make sure you never get that idea again, and you run home screaming for mommy when I'm done.
10. What house do you think you would be wrong to be put in, and why?

I've been told I'm a brave person, and I can be; I'm willing to go to any length to stand up for what I believe, even if it means persecution and pain.  However, I think a bigger part of the Gryff mentality is an almost reckless adventurousness, a willingness to just jump headfirst into something without checking to make sure that something isn't a slab of concrete.  I don't know if we can count the number of times the Trio has dove into something without some sort of plan or reason; even Hermione, who usually is the voice of reason, has done this before (PoA, when she howled at the werewolf; HBP, when she set her canaries on Ron; CoS, when she decided to use Polyjuice and not find another way...).  That sort of recklessness would just drive me up a wall; I prefer to have a plan, a backup plan, and a backup to the backup plan in every situation.

Another Gryffindor trait I think I lack is an unceasing devotion to something even if it's wrong.  Gryffindors exceed even the Hufflepuff loyalties in my mind and are willing to defend and come to arms about anything, even if it's proved to be something considered "evil" or "bad".  They're the "paladins" of Hogwarts in my mind; think of Paladins as elite knights of a kingdom, the best of the best knights and soldiers.  They fight for justice and law and what they construe as good in the name of a god, and I think Gryffindors are the same for any one cause or thing they believe in.  There's a perfect example of this in Hermione and S.P.E.W. - even though she's been told multiple times house-elves are actually happy as servants, and has seen house-elves happy with their jobs, she still advocates for it just as strongly as she did when she first learned about it.  I know if I were in Hermione's situation, there would be a point (probably after meeting Kreacher) that I would go "y'know, maybe I should re-think this" and would find some way to bow gracefully out of the entire mess.

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.
Well, first, here's the list:


One of my biggest flaws (and I guess one of my biggest strengths, thinking about it) is a manipulative nature.  I'm very good at getting what I want, and if I don't get what I want, I'll do whatever it takes to get it, no matter how extreme.  In my opinion it would take a pretty creative, out-there mind to be able to come up with a Plan A, B, C, and H in all situations to be sure the outcome is the way I want it
I'm a passionate person on all ends of the scale!  I feel things in extremes; if I hate you, I loathe you with every single ounce of my being and wish for your demise, but if I love you, I'm completely and utterly devoted to you.  I don't do anything halfway, and my emotions and my worldview are no exception.
As you probably guessed from my favorite class, I'm a details magnet.  I love putting little touches on, and I am almost nitpicky about details being just so.  I'm a very logical and fact-driven person.  Perhaps because of this, I love to learn and absorb information.  So I think 'sharp, small, shrewd' are all pretty good descriptive words of myself.

Why did I put Adventurous at the bottom?  I love a good adventure as much as the next person - but I don't do complete and utter spontanaeity well, which I think is probably a huge part of being adventurous.  I love risks, I love getting my adrenaline going, and I love action, but don't spring a surprise trip to Disneyland tomorrow on me, or a surprise hike for five in an hour on me.
12. What single quality do you feel goes the furthest in defining who you are? Explain why.
Probably my passion.  Like I said, I'm passionate on both ends of the scale, and I practically live in black and white.  I love with wild fervor, and I hate with the fury of ten thousand flaming suns.  I'm loyal until the day I die, but at the same time I can hold a grudge just as long.  If I'm interested, nothing can tear my attention away, but if I'm not you'd better hope there won't be a test on the topic because I will fail with flying colors.  I think if a person understands just how deep my duality runs and how far it reaches they will go a long way to understanding my motivations for doing just about everything.
13. What makes a person deserving of your respect? 
Intelligence is a biggie - I cannot stand stupidity or slowness in any way.  I like people who are quick on their feet and sharp as a tack.
Compassion is another one because I (like probably every child ever) was teased pretty badly as a kid, and because of that I admire people willing to reach out and protect those that are weak.
I also value honesty, because I believe you cannot respect a person if you are willing to lie to them; ambition, because it's refreshing in an instant-gratification world to see somebody working, and it's inspiring; and probably courage, even blind courage, because that sort of devotion is hard to come by and it takes a lot of guts.
14. What character from the series do you most relate to? Explain. 
Hmmm.  I normally say Hermione here, but I actually think I may have to go with Ginny. 

Ginny in my mind is a really interesting character.  She's the only character I have ever thought was mis-sorted, because in my mind Miss Weasley is just cunning and smart enough for Slytherin!  She's smart - I don't see Hermione tolerating and spending all her time with her if she weren't, and she has to be a strong witch to be so good at Charms.  She's cunning and resourceful (growing up with siblings does that to you), she's stubbornly brave and unwilling to budge from her beliefs.  She's also got a streak that seems to be just as dualistic as I can be - her almost-casual cruelty in HBP is good proof of that - and she seems to be willing to do anything to get to her goals (see: her dating in attempt to get over Harry - even if she wasn't successful, she tried everything - literally! - to find herself a way over him). 
15. What qualities do you possess from each of the four houses (Please try choosing one from each)?
  I can be brave, and I don't budge from my beliefs unless they're proven to clash with the morals and ideals I uphold.  I'm stubborn and rather set in my ways - I'm not about to change for anybody or become somebody else for anything.  In any given situation I much prefer to be a leader than a follower, and I will push to be a leader.
  As I said earlier, I can be incredibly manipulative, and I'm not afraid to pull out all the stops to get what I want.  I'm not afraid of or above using dirty tricks and treachery to get my way if need be - I'd much rather not have to, but if it comes down to it, I'll do it.
  I love to learn, and when I do learn something, I learn every single little aspect of it - where it came from, what it's made of, who discovered it...  I'm also pretty creative.  I believe that we can't call ourselves intelligent people unless we've tasted, felt, seen everything out there, and I'm constantly trying to learn new things.
  I'm fiercely loyal to the people I care about.  I put 145% of myself into everything I do, and I'm a bit of a perfectionist.  Give me a task and I can promise you for however long it takes I will eat, sleep, and breathe nothing but that task.  Lastly (and this will sound weird, probably, given all the deep and heavy answers so far) I love animals, and I love the outdoors.
16. A) If you could change one thing about yourself, would you? 
B) What would it be if you did? 
I have a horrendous tendency to procrastinate on projects.
C) Why? 
It's incredibly funny that I'm a punctuality stickler and a control freak about everything with an immediate deadline, but if you give me something that's due in a week, I can guarantee you I won't start on it until the day or (possibly) two days before it's due.  I just don't see the point in doing something and getting it over and done with so early, especially when I have other things due now that need my attention.
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.)
I was just doing an LJ Community search - I randomly do those sometimes.
18. Have you applied before? If so, can you please leave a link to your last application? 
'Fraid not!
19. A) Why should we accept you? 
Because you like me and think I would make a good addition to the community?
B)What makes you different than the other applicants we’re reviewing after you?
My name.  I don't think I saw a Kristen when I was looking at applications.
20. How many hours weekly do you expect to be able to put into this community? would really vary.  I am online a LOT, and as such would be around daily or near-daily, so 1-2 hours at minimum daily...anywhere from 7-14 hours or even more a week.
21. Please leave some way of communication (either e-mail or AIM) here. 
Sure!  My school e-mail is kep59 @ .  My personal e-mail is kprier89 @ .  I check those daily.  My AIM is digitalrhapsody (I'm only on AIM sporadically though).
22. If you are sorted into a House that does not have an Head of House, would you be interested in being one? 
Sure, why not?

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