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31 January 2008 @ 02:05 pm
Name: Lyss
Age: 21
Gender: F
Referred By (if applies): An ASSFACE.

(YES, PS, I did copy/paste some/a lot of this from other applications, because I feel that I answered them better there than I could now. Since I’m sick. And stuff.)

1. What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite subject in general? Probably English. I’ve always really adored taking a book and tearing it to pieces. It’s a way to delve into the lives of people that I could never meet before. Reading really does take you to new places. In the classes where the teacher actually encouraged in-depth analysis of the book and not just surface “this-symbol-means-THIS!” metaphor tricks, I thrived. I loved finding new corners of plots and characters that no one ever thought of before, even though they probably had. Whatever. In my head, I felt creative, and I think that’s what counts.

2. What would be your favorite subject at Hogwarts and why?
Transfiguration. Because I really want to change a pincushion into a hedgehog. That, and it seems like a really tricky yet useful class. Apparently, the basic concept of changing one thing into another would be really simple. However, students have to take seven years of classes for it. So it has to be a lot more challenging than learning basic spells. I would like to learn the theory and concepts behind the actual spells. It seems fun.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My way of not opening up to people until about three years later. I make good surface-friends, that’s not a problem. But I never really talk to people about myself until they really know me. I don’t trust easily, and that doesn’t do many good things for my life in general. I’d really like to trust a lot more people. So this is something I should probably work on soon.

4. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would change the discrimination that is still so rampant. I get really angry when people act surprised and like it’s a big deal that a black man AND a woman are running for US president. WOAH. CRAZY. THEY’RE QUALIFIED PEOPLE. You’d think that people would have got this by now. People are people, and while they’re different, neither their race, sex, sexual orientation, or monetary status have anything to do with how smart they are and how much they have to offer society. Discrimination both disgusts and confuses me. I get that people might not be comfortable with others who are unlike them…but their own uncomfortable feelings shouldn’t get in the way of noticing actual attributes.

5. Which Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?

I’d have to say Remus Lupin. Of all the Marauders, he has probably been through some of the most difficult times and yet emerged not unscathed, but at least somewhat at peace with it all. We have that in common. He cares about his friends and fellow man in general, but does not allow himself to be trampled in the process, which I also do. He forgives easily, but not too easily...he knows when to get mad. Same with me. He is the friend who is there to fall back on, a sort of constant. I've been that to a lot of people in my life as well. He is intelligent, but quietly so, he doesn't flaunt that, another trait that I admire.Remus is ridiculously subtle. He keeps an entire love subplot with Tonks under wraps until the end of Half Blood Prince without any hints at all, not to mention going years without telling people he’s a werewolf. He knows how to keep a secret, especially when it is about himself. I’m definitely like that too. Most people I know really don’t know much of anything about me, which is almost unintentional. I am not good at self-disclosure. So far, like Remus, NOT telling my life’s story has been much more effective than letting it all hang out. However, Remus also has his moments of pride. He is not ashamed of himself, and of who he is. He represents a quiet strength which I can only hope I share.

6. Which non-Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I can relate to her on most, if not all levels. She had good reason to be ashamed of her family, but she stood by them, while not really ever being considered a part of them. I do the same thing. She was a part of the culture she was born into, and while she never really expressly rebelled against that, she undercut it in little ways. She was not afraid to be sarcastic, and she was not afraid to show people that she did not agree with them or their standards. I am the same way, exactly. We share the quiet snarkiness thing. Also, she hated the person she eventually fell in love with. I am CONVINCED that’s how it’s going to work for me. Seeing people’s faults is much easier than seeing beyond them when they’ve wronged you once. I’m guilty. It’s ego-saving, but not necessarily correct. I could go on for a long time, but I’ll spare you the quote-by-quote analysis. Just know everything she says are things I could say. And that “Elizabeth Bennet” was my nickname in high school. Literally. That was embarrassing.

7. Pick one quality from each of the four houses that you possess and explain why.
I have the Gryffindor hero complex, definitely. All my friends are my wards, and I will protect them, whether that works out for me or not. It sometimes does not. I’d also like to think I’m brave, albeit not in a very ballsy way. Rather, I have survived and gone through a lot, and I’m still living and fighting. I am also painfully stubborn, which Gryffindors tend to be. I could rival the Ron-Hermione stand offs if I really wanted to.

When I put my mind to it, I have a very Slytherin cunning-subtle edge. I tend to use sarcasm to woo people over to my way of thinking. People say I should become a lawyer, both because I would determinately look through piles of data for answers, and because I can be very convincing when I go into diplomat-speak. I have the gift of sounding like I’m complimenting someone when I am not. At all.

As far as Ravenclaw goes, I like to think I’m smart. I have the thirst for knowledge they display, definitely. I was home schooled, and basically taught myself from third to eighth grade. I would die if I had to stop learning, and I honestly believe I never will. I think Ravenclaws have that in common with me. Hufflepuffs, like me, are extremely loyal to friends, family, and causes. If I befriend someone and begin to trust them, I will NOT leave them and I will stick up for them almost too stubbornly. The few people I actually trust are very important to me, and I won’t leave them.

8. Which house do you think you belong in and why?
Gryffindor, mostly. I don’t know. I actually think it’s a cross between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. I have the boldness, the bravery, etc that goes along with Gryffindors, but it’s expressed in a somewhat quiet manner. That brings us to Ravenclaw. I’m intelligent, and when I want to, I can be studious. I’m even kind of logical. But I’m also Gryffindor-y in my love for wit and ridiculous humor.

9. Which house do you feel you'll never belong in and why?
I’ve been told in other communities that I have every house in me. And I agree. So do you know how hard it is to answer this question?? Jerks. Seriously though, I see less Hufflepuff in me than anything else. I’m not loyal to anyone except my friends and family, and I’m not really ever willing to admit my mistakes. I’m stubborn, but I feel like it’s not the sometimes-gullible stubbornness displayed by Hufflepuffs like Ernie when he believed Harry was the heir. I don’t feel completely alienated from this house, but I don’t feel like I’d belong there, either. As an entity, they all seem very kind and nice. I don’t think the books ever introduce a mean Hufflepuff. I’m not that nice, and I do hurt people sometimes without apologizing. I don’t think I’d fit in very well, all in all.

10. Which Harry Potter book do you like the best and why?
My favorite is the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s the first book in the series, and actually the ONLY one, that has made me guess through the whole entire thing. I honestly didn’t catch the werewolf thing, and though I suspected Sirius could possibly not be the big, bad monster everyone made him out to be, I didn’t think it would pan out the way it did. I knew there was SOMETHING more to Scabbers than met the eye…but honestly, who could know exactly what? And yet, later, all the puzzle pieces were put together. They all made sense. I really like puzzles…this was an epic one.

11. Which Harry Potter movie do you like the best and why?
I don’t like the movies. They murder the books. The one I hate the least is the Prisoner of Azkaban thanks to the fantastic work of David Thewlis and Gary Oldman. Beyond that…I don’t really have anything to say about the movies. Beyond “WHY MUST YOU MURDER PERFECTLY GOOD BOOKS?!?!?!?!?!?”

12. What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
I would see myself in my career, an exceedingly successful therapist specializing in drug rehabilitation. I will have personally dodged the average of a person relapsing into therapy eight times and will be down to maybe three. I will be standing in front of my parents and laughing, because they will have been wrong, I WILL have been able to make a way for myself in that field, alone, without anyone's help. I will be successfully free from the house, and independent, possibly with my own family. But maybe not, since that's not necessary. I'd be in somewhere like San Francisco, maybe London, not stuck in the Midwest anymore. They key here is the idea that I'd be OUT...I'd be away from my life here, and there would be no guilt or obligation holding me.

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

My boggart would be an empty room with nothing in it. Nothing. No furniture. No chair, no windows. The door would be shut, and everything would be nondescript. There would be no color, nothing. And I would know I would be trapped in that room for eternity, I would be cut off from everything with only my mind to keep me company. I like my mind, I can be with it for a certain amount of time. However, when I start to think too much, I start to go into a mild coma. My mind turns into a sort of abyss that sucks up everything...and it's disconcerting. I don't want to be there forever. I can't be alone with just myself, with just darkness and the color grey for eternity. I'd be actually frightened by it, which is saying something. Not much scares me.
And that got far too personal too quickly. Oh well.

14. Which Harry Potter character is your least favorite and why?

Professor Quirrell is my least favorite, and I’m glad JKR killed him off in the first book. He was literally content with being the host to a parasitic creature who lived off the back of his head for the better part of a year, at least. I don’t really see how one person could sacrifice their own well being for a weak half-man on the back of their head. Voldemort won charisma points for somehow convincing him to do that. But really, how did that work? Did they share a brain? If Quirrell had knifed up Voldemort’s face, could he have had the evil brain and just taken over the world that way? It was a part of the story that always rubbed me the wrong way. It didn’t make sense on a lot of levels. Quirrell didn’t have to pretend to be so timid. Actually, the change from that to evil-Quirrell at the end just made him look like a really bad actor. He drew too much attention to himself by being SO overly timid. I suspected him all along; there really wasn’t much guesswork or intrigue going on in his character. And that is why I hate him deeply. Other than the fact that his name rhymes with “squirrel” and in my mind I perpetually see him as a two-faced rodent with a bushy tail and a purple feathered turban.

15. If you were in the Harry Potter universe, what would be your stance on Muggle-born wizards practicing magic?
If you have magic, why not practice it? I don’t care who your parents are. Seriously. The Pureblood freaks bother me because they obviously have not learned that magic is not necessarily an inheritable trait. It MOSTLY is, but there are obviously exceptions on both sides, that is, Muggle-borns and squibs. There are anomalies. It’s like magic, as a trait, is an alive thing that comes to some but leaves others alone. If someone has it, let them use it. Purity of blood shouldn’t even be taken into consideration, because it obviously doesn’t matter. I don’t believe on discrimination of anyone , really. Muggle-borns are included.

16. What kind of qualities do you look for in a friend?
The primary thing is a sense of humor. If they take themselves too seriously, people can consider them out of the friend race. I need people I can trust, and I need people who can trust me. Otherwise, that wouldn’t get anywhere. Also, I need friends I can talk to about intelligent things, but also about completely inane ones. I am the kind of person who goes from “…I like pie” to “I like Descartes…” and back again in like five minutes. If people can keep up with that, they are insta-friends.

17. What is your favorite quote from the series and why?
'“Yeah, size is no guarantee of power,' said George” -George Weasley, Order of the Pheonix.
Tell me I have a Napoleon complex, but it’s true. I am a very small person. And although many don’t seem to notice if they’re not physically tiny, it’s very easy to get looked over if you don’t go to extremes to make yourself noticed. However, if you have a certain spark, you can be just as good or better than your taller counterparts. A lot can fit into a little person, and it was great to see George, who happens to be my favorite twin, acknowledge that. I relate to this quote, obviously. Little people are going to change the world. Just wait. It’s true. You’ll see.

18. What is your favorite quote that is not related to Harry Potter and why?
“I knew I should create a sensation,’ gasped the rocket. And then it went out.” -Oscar Wilde (The Remarkable Rocket)
This quote has always served to remind me of the impact I have to make on the world before I die. This is how I want to go out. I want to do something that people will always remember me for, and then I want to go before I can mess it up. I’m not like…obsessed with an early death. I’m not gonna kill myself before I reach thirty. I don’t want to go out before my time, no. But I want to make an impact on the world, and this quote gives me the inspiration I need to remember that.
I will create a sensation, I have no doubt of that. So there.

19. Who is one person, real or fictional, that inspires you and why?
At risk of sounding really egoistical, I inspire myself. I don’t know. I haven’t really received a lot of guidance in my life. I had to basically teach myself a lot in grade school, I had to pull my way to my own goals. I’ve received support that I’m extremely grateful for, obviously, but the main rationalizations behind my goals have not been based on anyone else. They are purely mine, and I like it that way. I’m an independent person. Someone else inspiring me means I would have to look up to them. I don’t look up at anyone, really. The closest person to this would be my best friend, who has lived through a LOT and come out on top. I do draw some inspiration from that. Mostly though, it comes from within.

20. List your top five priorities in life. Why are these things so important to you?
1) Be independent. Soon. I want to be completely above financial or any other kind of support from anyone. Especially my family. I want to be the one supporting, not the one supported. I want that to happen very soon.
2) Finish school; become a clinical psychologist. That’s a career goal, obviously, and thus self explanatory.
3) Sing again. I had to stop that a while ago when voice lessons got to be too much.
4)Get over OCD. Because I have it, and I refuse to let this be a lifetime detriment.No. I’m stronger than any stupid anxiety disorder.
5) Move out of Wisconsin. I NEED OUT OF HERE. I also want to go to San Francisco forever, because I love it there. It’s exciting.

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?
How would I know which is which? I would help whoever needed more help or whoever I saw first.
The fact that they’re a Muggle or a wizard wouldn’t necessarily be obvious to me on first glance, I assume, unless the wizard was in robes. It’s not like “HI I’M A WIZARD” is written on their forehead. So yeah, I’d help whoever I saw first. It really doesn’t matter which one they are.

22. Under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse?
If someone wants to use an unforgivable on me or my friends/family/anyone whose side I happen to be on, I would not hesitate to use it back. I figure if someone’s asking for it, they can take it just as easily.

23. Under what circumstances would you work for Voldemort?
Under NO circumstances. I have never been someone who would follow the ramblings of a fascist dictator blindly, and that’s basically what Voldemort was. He requires loyalty to himself above everything else. I give my loyalty out in spurts depending on who deserves it. Voldemort never really has earned it in my mind.
24. If you happened upon a Time Turner, how would you use it?
I’d go crazy and be happy.
Seriously, I would. I have always wanted to play with a time-turner. From the minute we watched/read “Indian in the Cupboard” or watched “Back to the Future” as little kids, we’ve basically been being trained for time travel. It’s a fascinating concept. Very conveniently, I, along with probably this entire generation, know the theoretical rules. Don’t put yourself in a position where you might meet the old/new you, and change as little as possible so that no one dies prematurely. It wouldn’t be THAT difficult, especially if I was dealing with a time turner, which only goes back one hour at a time anyway. It would be amusing to put myself in as many places as possible, doing as many things as possible, while avoiding myself in the past or present. Easy.
I think the “dangers of time travel” are minimal in this case, which is also good. Hours are a lot less difficult to control than years. You probably wouldn‘t even freak out that much if you saw yourself, as long as you kept changing back and forth places private. (It was also given to a thirteen year old girl who forgot how to magically light a fire less than two years before. Think about that.)

25. Will you remain an active member of the community?
Current Mood: sicksick
your ex-lover's dead.introject on February 5th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Napoleon fangirls ftw! I too, am a fellow midget and I love the man. People should not underestimate us, y/y?

Okay, to your sorting. I really agree with your analysis, but you do have many more scales than expected. You're smart, and you know it, but you carry yourself with a very Gryffindor-like confidence. There's a Ravenclaw mentality there for your actions, but this time I actually feel there's too many Gryffindor values and behavior for me not to sort you there.

Heather: Ravendorlovestyle on February 5th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
You're no doubt a Gryffindor. I did see shades of Ravenclaw, but you've got so much determination and passion... your personality is strong, and your opinions are YOURS DAMNIT, AND NOBODY IS GOING TO TAKE THEM AWAY FROM YOU OR TELL YOU DIFFERENT. Haha capslock. Yes. Very Gryffindor. :D Come play with us.

i_eatglass on February 5th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
You inspire yourself, and you saw Quirrell coming. Honestly, I never did. And spotting the twist before it's given to you is a trait I tend to associate with Slytherclaws. Your boggart is also very Slyther/dor.

And from relating to Remus Lupin and Elizabeth Bennett to wanting to be a drug rehabilition therapist, I'd say you have A LOT more Hufflepuff than you think.

your heart is my piñata: Gryffindor Hate: Wormtailmizaya on February 5th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
I can see qualities from all four houses in you, but even so, you weren't hard to sort. Gryffindor definitely screams the loudest.

kaz i lay dying: gryfflatrans on February 5th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)

Anyways, you're a total Ravendor, which you should know. But you definitely belong here, 'cause you're an obnoxious jackass.


Sarah/Greed (TOTALLY NOT IN DENIAL): wasting timeelectrostress on February 5th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. Gryffindor!
It's all been said, really, though I did see a lot of the traits of other houses in you.

(sorry for re-posting, but there was a minor HTML snafu. ♥)

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M.I.A.caketime on February 5th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
You're enthusiastic, witty in a snarky way and completely and utterly opinionated. You have no qualms voicing your opinions either and you're refreshingly blunt!

Jenna-Katt [Firestarter]: animositypretender_katt on February 5th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
It's been said.

Abigail von Normal: if you can't beat 'emseethingheathen on February 5th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Yes, I can definitely see you doing well in Gryffindor. You certainly are bold enough.

A pretty little wildernessheytherestephy on February 5th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Gryffffyyy, and I'm jealous! I came across really 'Puff in my application and thus made it into Hufflepuff. Good luck!

Stephy//Hufflepuff (because I'm making a new sig)
A pretty little wildernessheytherestephy on February 6th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Gryffindor.

ps. new sig, you're the first to see it!
Mia: ravenclaw.muddle on February 6th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I nearly called Claw, but you swung me with your self-analysis in Q7 & 8. Definately Gryffindor.
And major props to you for both being a Boosh fan and quoting Wilde!
wiseravenclaw: Weasley Dumping Groundswiseravenclaw on February 6th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ha, it's been said. Your definitely more of a lion than an eagle.

Ms. Cupcakescupcakeofdoom on February 6th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Honestly I kind of don't know where all these people are getting Gryffindor from. I can kind of see the few Slytherin tendencies here & there especially being loyal to only your friends & family. But the way you wrote, or at least copy & pasted your application together, and your reasoning behind your answers is a slam dunk Eagle.

kdsanders: cookieskdsanders on February 7th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
I saw a bit of slytherin in there...mainly cause you inspire yourself (giggle). Also some Ravenclaw with your focus on your future and purest attitude towards the movies vrs. the books, but over all I see you going with Lions.
ex_crucioed on February 8th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I see a lot of Slytherin but in the end there is more Ravenclaw, welcome :)
apathyandgenius on February 10th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
I certainly see you as mostly a Gryffindor. I hope you have fun!

Debz: ravenclaw1freakyflautist on February 10th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, you'll fit in well there x

wiseravenclawwiseravenclaw on February 11th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Officially Sorted Into Gryffindor.

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