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29 January 2008 @ 09:12 pm
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Name: Mia
Age: 16
Gender: Female

1. What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?
English. There are so many reasons why. I adore that writing lets you express things which are lost in speech; I love exploring the origins of words; I love that a single phrase can mean a different thing to each person who reads it; I love that words let me see the world from so many different angles and I love finding a gem in a lilt of phrase that would otherwise be overlooked if not given a second glance. This language gives me a rush like no other. I breath language more avidly than air and seek full command of it more than anything else. It's not so much the knowledge of language that I seek but to learn to manipulate it, to learn to craft it in such a way as to influence, cajole and lead. As such I'm grappling with a career in improvisational dramatics, where ruling the reigns of language over all others is the key to success.

2. What would be your favorite subject at Hogwarts and why?
I more than suspect it would be potions. I think I would be encouraged by the fact that there's an exact art to making a potion, I'm certainly a perfectionist in most aspects of my life and I feel like as a craft potions is a way to hone that into something tangible. I also appreciate the enticement of serious risk should a mistake be made.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Superficially, to finally have that promised growth spurt and finally finding out what's on the top shelf of the fridge would be an interesting experience, I'm sure. The novelty of being 4'8" wears off very quickly, I assure you.

Psychologically I'd appreciate not thinking things through quite as much as I do in exchange for a touch more spontaneity. I often think things through too much to the extent that I forget to say them aloud at all. For some reason, however, this logic does not apply when I'm on stage, so this is something I'm ardently striving to remedy.

Physically to lose one of my menagerie of ills would be quite a blessing, in particular I'd like to not have to rely on a wheelchair quite so much. Though I submit that I'm felicitous at all to have days where I'm able to walk freely where others are completely resigned to being wheeled, I despise those days in which I'm given that very same fate, particularly with knowing full well that it will in the near future be a permanent arrangement. In short, a set of working legs.

4. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
To save children from fear. No child should have to feel fear of war, of poverty or of abuse. Children should not be made to fear the world as a result of the actions of adults in any capacity, be it as large as hostile occupation of their nation or as small as domestic violence. Children are burdened with the weight of the world much too young and as such are left jaded way before their time.

5. Which Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?
Bellatrix. I know how it feels to be the only woman in a male dominated field and to have to toil thrice as hard as they do for equal spoils, to become so obsessed with meeting that end that all else falls to dust and yet, while having to hide behind thick walls to protect her heart and putting on a hard face, desperately craving recognition and acclaim for her endevours but unable to request the assurance for feel of showing weakness. That same mad, consuming passion for a time that feeds on her entire being for that moment (though mine is when acting rather than cursing) and that same feeling of desperate, devoted love with futile cause.

6. Which non-Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?
A difficult question, the seas of fiction are vast.. maybe Ned Maddstone, of Stephen Fry's novel The Star's Tennis Balls. I'm no stranger to feeling that I simultaneously know myself and am also a complete stranger and if nothing more that things must be 'thoroughly thought through'.

7. Pick one quality from each of the four houses that you possess and explain why.

Gryffindor - I suppose one could say that I'm quite brave in what I do. To go onto a stage with no preparation, no script and nothing but belief is either a very brave or very stupid act. Sometimes I wonder which of these it is.
Hufflepuff - I never take a task half-heartedly. I dedicate myself completely to everything I do, from social interactions to writing.
Ravenclaw - I certainly have wit, or I wouldn't be in the comedy field! To be able to make people smile and laugh is a gift I pride myself in.
Slytherin - More than anything, I have ambition, it drives me every single day. I can't simply do well at something, I tend to have this urge to excel in everything and exceed all expectation, and as such this leads me to be very manipulative towards people to meet my goals.

8. Which house do you think you belong in and why?
On the basis of cunning, ambition and the extent to which I feel like I need dominance I would like to say Slytherin, but than I am never entirely sure. I do wonder if perhaps my devotion to language and that I more than earn coin off of my wit makes me more of a Ravenclaw.

9. Which house do you feel you'll never belong in and why?
Gryffindor. I feel I'm not within miles of being chivalrous enough to meet their expectations, nor do I ever feel the pressing need to come to anyone's rescue.

10. Which Harry Potter book do you like the best and why?
GoF will always have a soft spot in my heart. As the year it came out coincided with my first getting into the books, it was the last in the series at that point, so was the most savoured of them. I must have read it 3 times in a row within a few months of buying it. The problem is though that I became so enraptured with this book that the rest of the series paled in comparison, and as such the later books in the series as they were least never quite met my expectation.

11. Which Harry Potter movie do you like the best and why?
To date, OoTP, for Helena Bonham Carter's utterly fabulous Bellatrix.

12. What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
Myself as a key member in a successful impro comedy troupe selling to packed out theatres, or perhaps simply with a devoted lover and a child of my own.

13. If you came across a boggart, what would it transform into?
My father.

14. Which Harry Potter character is your least favorite and why?
There is no-one who I particularly hated, but I never really became very enamoured with Ginny. I never quite managed to relate with her.

15. If you were in the Harry Potter universe, what would be your stance on Muggle-born wizards practicing magic?
It's difficult to say. If my upbringing in this theoretical universe was the same as the one we lived in now, I would probably be openly against it (for fear of retribution from my parents), but quietly comfortable but cautious about it. After all, that magic had to come from somewhere, and so where? My parents are extremely bigotted, I'd imagine it would only be worse in that universe than this. In this world myself pride myself on being open-minded when away from my family, but it's impossible to be so around them.

16. What kind of qualities do you look for in a friend?
A wicked, dry, dark sense of humour and the ability to make me laugh, an interest in current affairs, well read, emotionally generous, a good listener and an appreciation of a good beer.

17. What is your favorite quote from the series and why?
I don't particularly have a quote that's of significance to me, but in flicking through the nearest book to me, Deathly Hollows, I'm constantly reminded of why I love these books, and it's the way Rowling writes sarcasm.
"Oh, it can't be a reference to the fact Harry's a great Seeker, that's way too obvious, there must be a secret message from Dumbledore hidden in the icing!"
"Imagine losing fingernails, Harry! That really puts our sufferings into perspective, doesn't it?"

18. What is your favorite quote that is not related to Harry Potter and why?
'And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
In deepest consequence.'
Banquo, Act 1 Scene III from Shakespeare's Macbeth.
I have it written on my mirror, it's something I always take care to remind myself of.

19. Who is one person, real or fictional, that inspires you and why?
Victoria Wood. Her comedy writing and performance have kept me going through some of my darkest times. If I ever become half as talented as she is, I'll be more than thoroughly chuffed.

20. List your top five priorities in life. Why are these things so important to you?
My boyfriend and his daughter - They feel more like family to me than my real family have ever done. They make me feel needed and truly loved.
Thespianism - If my arms and legs were to fall off today I would crawl onto the stage with my tongue if I had to. I would rather not eat than be forced to never perform again.
Writing - I long so much to master the art of writing both straight and comedic, to be able to enthral and entertain, and until I achieve such dizzying heights that I can no longer breathe I'll continue to weave words.
Comedy - Without laughter, to me, life has little merit. Even if just a sly remark on the tip of the tongue to your friend. I am definately a servant of the church of mirth.
My friends - Without their support, it's unlikely I would be here today, in more ways than one.

21. You see both a Muggle and a wizard in trouble. You have the chance to help only one. Would you help one of them or ignore the situation? If you chose to help one of them, which would you help and why?
It would depend upon who the people are, it's clearly not as black and white as simply a wizard and a Muggle. Who I save would be the one I have had more of a positive experience with in my life. I would save them on merit rather than their magical ability. If they were strangers, I would help whichever is the younger of the two, for they have a longer life to lead.

22. Under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse?
In self-defence, or in defence of someone I hold dear. But I'm sure I would more than consider using it for revenge against certain tyrannical individuals, though whether I would actually go through with it is another matter altogether.

23. Under what circumstances would you work for Voldemort?
If I saw fit to gain largely from it. It's a very large, some might call absurd, gamble with life. But then it's clearly a life very much out of the ordinary and that's a very attractive prospect to me, to see a part of life that others miss out on.

24. If you happened upon a Time Turner, how would you use it?
I wouldn't, I recognise that my past is of course imperitive to who I am, and without my past I would be a different person. If anything at all, I might perhaps go back to bear witness to events before my time, as a bystander. The fall of the Berlin Wall, or the first production of a Shakespeare play, for instance.

25. Will you remain an active member of the community?
To the full extent of my ability, yes.
i_eatglass on January 31st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I see Ravenclaw and Gryffindor for the same reasons you do. But I'm still seeing loads of Slytherin. The fact that you can relate to Bellatrix without typing her as insane/prejudice/brutal also swayed this.

Abigail von Normal: death for breakfastseethingheathen on January 31st, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I think that you would do well in Ravenclaw, though your answer to question fifteen nearly made me change my mind. I see Ravanclaws as being able to think for themselves, no matter who they're around. That isn't an attack on your character, by the by, just an observation.

ed1nburgh on January 31st, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
There were touches of Slytherin, yes, but overall, you seemed very much like a Ravenclaw.

Heather: Ravendorlovestyle on January 31st, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
I did see some Slytherin in this, but overall your tone, mannerisms, and interests swayed me towards Ravenclaw- you want to achieve things for yourself, not so much for the power or attention.

whyismyfishred: Slytherclawwhyismyfishred on January 31st, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
I must agree with Heather Lynn on this. Your mannerism made me think Claw for you. xD

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Izzie the wonderful wizard of Ozbutterfly_no42 on January 31st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Agreeing with what's been said already. You do have that Slytherin ambition, but your wit and intelligence make you seem much more of a Ravenclaw.

dangerousdame: slytherclawdangerousdame on January 31st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
It was very hard, but the eagles won out.

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Jenna-Katt [Firestarter]: slytherincorsetpretender_katt on January 31st, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think the pure intellect of the eagles won out.

Ms. Cupcakescupcakeofdoom on January 31st, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
You're one smart cookie.

Alissaalissaclarem on February 1st, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
You seem to be a smart girl who knows how to handle things.

M.I.A.caketime on February 2nd, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Short, concise, to the point and eloquent. Yeah, I think you'll fit there!

Your name is Mia. Haha! Hello, so's mine!

Mia: lovettmuddle on February 3rd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
Ehehe, hello Mia! 8D
M.I.A.caketime on February 3rd, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
:D Any story behind your name, or your parents just picked it 'cause it's a pretty one. (Isn't it? I love it. *snuggles it close*)
Mia: pensivemuddle on February 3rd, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
My real first name's Mirit-Chaya, but when I was little friends and teachers found it difficult to say so I was turned into a Mia or Marie, I use Mia mostly now, I have it registered as my stage name ;) It certainly is very pretty indeed! *gives it cuddles*
M.I.A.caketime on February 3rd, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
Mirit-Chaya is a nice name, too! :'( I'm a bit disappointed now 'cause most of the Mia's I get to know aren't um, "real" Mia's, if you get what I mean. :P (I just know one other than me, tssssk.)

Stage name, eh? Reminds me of Mia Farrow or the likes. Good start already. ;D (I like impro too! Except music impro, not stage impro. I'm horrid on stage. ;) )
Mia: lovettmuddle on February 3rd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
:( sorry to dissapoint. If it helps any, half the people I know call me Wendy anyway, it's one of my middle names! I have so many names (9!) I don't know what to do with them, it's quite rediculous. But it means I never get the same name twice, so it keeps me on my toes :P

Impro in any form makes me happy, I like the spontinaeity of it all, and the fact that there's no way of planning what will happen. We have a musical in our group, she's phenominal at making up music for us. Some of the best things I've ever seen and heard were made up on the spot, seeing things like that and then going back to scripted work always feels like trading down to me!
M.I.A.caketime on February 3rd, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
Wow, 9 names!!! :O Whom did you get names after? That's cool, but also a pain to state in forms, right? I mean, I'm annoyed by my long last name (which is why my first name is so short). Yep, yep.

I also like the fact that the good bits are rendered incredibly fantastic due to the spontaneity of it all. :D And witty quick retorts are just not the same once written. *nods*
Mia: bella.muddle on February 3rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Ravenclaw
I'm a bit of a mongrel in regards to my heritage, I think my parents wanted to reflect that in my name. I have two forenames (Mirit-Chaya), a hyphenated surname and 5 middle names each of different origin (French, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and English). And yeah, it's a hell of a pain to put on forms, I think when I'm 18 I'm going to legally have my name changed to my stage name. As fun as it is to have a long, multicultural name, most of the names involved are for members of my family that I really don't want to be associated with anymore.
Debzfreakyflautist on February 3rd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
It has all been said for me :)

rosaria_swithun on February 3rd, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
It's hard to explain. But ambition is leaking out of the screen and onto my desk.

Rosaria of Ravenclaw
rosaria_swithun on February 3rd, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Re: Slytherin
Forgot to add: It looks like you'll be in Ravenclaw, however, and I welcome you! I liked your humour.
ex_crucioed on February 4th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I see a lot of Claw & Slyth here. However I see a lot of myself in your app so I am going with Slytherin.

wiseravenclaw: Ravenclaws > youwiseravenclaw on February 5th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
It's certainly been said, and I agree. Welcome to the best house in Hogwarts. ;]

your heart is my piñata: im in ur chambermizaya on February 5th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
I can see the Slytherin, yes, but in the end you are more of a Ravenclaw.

your heart is my piñatamizaya on February 5th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Officially Sorted Into Ravenclaw.

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Mia: bellamuddle on February 5th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Officially Sorted Into Ravenclaw.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and for making me feel so welcome :D