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28 March 2008 @ 09:40 pm
the jamaicans don't have a word for "horcrux".  
Name: Whitney
Age: 17
Gender: I'm a girl, yo.

1. What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?
Draaama all the way. I took Advanced Theatre Arts for three years at expense of required classes like PE because I love drama so much...now, in my senior year, I'm suffering through three PE classes but no regrets! I love acting with every fiber of my being. Becoming someone else on stage, the connections and chemistry you get with your fellow actors, the exhilaration of a great performance, the adoration of an audience, winning lead roles...I love it all.

2. What would be your favorite subject at Hogwarts and why?
I'm thinking I'd be all about Defense Against the Dark Arts, if only because it seems to be the most exciting and active course available, where you can actually practice combative magic in the classroom and learn about real-life issues/creatures/challenges/etc. in a hands-on way. Admittedly I'd like to learn a little more about the actual "Dark Arts" we're supposed to be defending ourselves against, but DADA is almost equally fascinating. 

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Well I think I would make myself less lazy. A whole lot more would get done in my life if I wasn't so easily distracted by the internet and things-I'd-rather-be-doing and a social life and tempting procrastinations. Laziness is probably one of my biggest character flaws.

4. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Magic and the supernatural would exist. :]

5. Which Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?
I think I'm honestly a weird mix between Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Bellatrix Lestrange. I know that's bizarre but seriously I can relate to those three about equally. I have Ginny's energy, snarkiness, sense of humor, acting abilities, and confidence, and I can definitely relate to having once been too trusting and naive (a la the Tom Riddle incident) and being hurt for that. I can also relate to Hermione in many ways. I'd like to think I'm fairly clever and intelligent and driven towards success (whether academic or otherwise), but like Hermione I worry too much and overthink everything. Also like Hermione, I can get really emotional and easily upset even if I'm good at hiding it. Now I know this last one may sound literally insane, but I can relate to Bellatrix Black Lestrange in a lot of ways as well. I understand her passion and her conviction and her desire to go beyond what her family expected of her, to follow her own path and her own desires and learn what she wanted to. She did what she wanted to do, and I admire that--although thankfully I don't share the sadistic or slightly unbalanced aspects of dear Bella's personality.

6. Which non-Harry Potter character can you relate to the most and why?
Hmm that's a tough question. I guess one of the most relatable fictional characters for me is, however amusing this sounds haha, Lestat de Lioncourt of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I can relate to his boldness and his enthusiasm for life and his aversion to rules and his love for literature and music and his fun-loving nature and his thirst for fame and recognition and his constant philosophical questioning and contradictions.

7. Pick one quality from each of the four houses that you possess and explain why.
Gryffindor: Reckless passion. Like a Gryffindor, when I devote myself to something, whether a cause or a goal or a person, it's wholly and completely and sometimes unwisely. I think with my heart over my head a lot more than I'd like, and I can be hot-headed and emotion-driven and rash when I'm really passionate about something.
Hufflepuff: Tolerance. Like a Hufflepuff, I am tolerant of other views and attitudes. I believe that no one should be given more advantages and priveleges than someone else without actually working for those advantages and priveleges on their own accord. I'm also very open-minded and willing to listen to everyone's different opinions and viewpoints even when I vehemently disagree with them.
Ravenclaw: Relentless pursuit of knowledge. My so-called nerdy side comes out often. Example: it's not unusual for me to go on Wikipedia to look up some random person, place, or thing just because I'm feeling curious about it at the time or want to know more about it, and end up spending hours on the site, eventually ending up reading about some other random thing that has virtually nothing to do with the topic I started with. Although I read a lot for fun, I'm not especially enthusiastic about school itself a lot of times--what we learn in high school sometimes seems boring, formulaic, and unneccessary to me, and I actually prefer to find out what I really want to know myself. Overall, I really just place a high value on intelligence and creativity, and possessing as much knowledge as I can about anything and everything is very important to me.
Slytherin: Manipulative. I'm a little too good at convincing and influencing people. I can make people see me as innocent and guileless when I'm really anything but, or come off as whatever stereotype or attitude I need to appear as being or having at the moment. I use acting skills in everday life way more than I should, which makes me an excellent liar when I need to be. I almost always think of the future consequences and probable reactions of what I say and I'm really good at faking any kind of emotion or expression. It's not something I'm particularly proud of, and while being able to lie and manipulate people and situations has gotten me out of many a tight fix, it's also gotten me into some seriously complicated situations and backfired on me in ways I didn't expect.

8. Which house do you think you belong in and why?
I don't know...honestly I'm torn between thinking Slytherin and Ravenclaw, but I think I'm gonna have to guess Slytherin. I'm definitely a fan of any-cost-self-preservation, and while I'll help out people that I truly care about, my attitude is typically 'every man for himself'. I like making connections and getting ahead through my own personal skills and efforts. I have some pretty big ambitions, and so far in life I've been pretty successful at getting what I want. I think it doesn't matter how the correct or right thing gets done, as long as its done...although morality is all subjective and relative anyway, and everyone has their own standards of "right" and "wrong". I love making elaborate plans and gathering secrets. I'm extremely competitive and success/winning is goal numero uno with me. And in general, I see people (and the world) in shades of gray rather than simple black and white.

9. Which house do you feel you'll never belong in and why?
Definitely Hufflepuff. I admire their qualities very much, but I really don't think I have many of them. I'm really not very hard-working in the usual sense; as previously stated I can actually be very lazy when it comes to things I have absolutely no desire to be doing. I try to be loyal to those who matter, of course, but it's not always an attribute that I possess. The capitalist in me also dislikes the idea of everyone being totally and completely equal and working for the sole good of everyone else with disregard to the individual's needs and desires. I believe everyone should rely on their own skills, abilities, and desires to take them as far as they want to go.

10. Which Harry Potter book do you like the best and why?
It's really hard for me to choose between OoTP and DH. Ahhhh okay fine I'll go with DH. Despite the many plot issues I found the last installment of the series/my childhood to be completely satisfying and excellent as a finale. It was exciting, fast-paced, innovative, and basically just amazing. It consumed my life...hell, it made my life. I enjoyed every chapter, every page, every theorized plot twist and unexpected development. The Battle of Hogwarts was insanely epic, also.

11. Which Harry Potter movie do you like the best and why?
Order of the Phoenix was the only film since Sorcerer's Stone that I was happy with as a successful book adaptation. I was very glad that Steven Kloves was not the screenwriter, so there were actually lines and scenes directly from the books that translated well to screen. The trio actually acted like the book trio for once, the Ministry scene at the end was amazingly well-done, the DA and Umbridge were brought to life exceedingly well...I could go on. Of course it wasn't entirely accurate or entirely faithful, but it was very very close compared to GoF especially. Kind of the Cliff Notes version. :]

12. What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
Ha when I was ten years old I remember saying that if I could look into the Mirror I would see myself holding copies of books two and three, having just read the first book. Being much older now, my 'heart's desire' is probably a little more complicated.  I wish I knew the true answer to this question--I honestly don't know what I desire above everything else. I wish the Mirror existed so I'd know!

13. If you came across a boggart, what would it transform into?
A rat. Oh my God I am so irrationally terrified of rats. You don't even know.

14. Which Harry Potter character is your least favorite and why?
Dobby. I really really really dislike Dobby. He's insufferably annoying to me in every way. He's so ridiculous and his "logic" is so...illogical. Heh. Seriously though. Everything from his eyes to his voice to his socks to his ears to his...well yeah. I can appreciate and like aspects of literally every other character in the series, but I just loathe Dobby. Period. 

15. If you were in the Harry Potter universe, what would be your stance on Muggle-born wizards practicing magic?
If Muggleborns aren't properly trained, disaster all around. You do not want a bunch of obliviously untrained wizards and witches walking around the world inadvertedly causing chaos, not knowing the extent of their strength/abilities. If someone's born with innate magical ability, like it or not they need to be incorporated into wizarding society for the good of all. Not to mention the fact that without new Muggleborns being mixed into the wizarding world, the wizarding population itself would soon die out or sucuumb to all the many problems involved with close inbreeding. It's also worth mentioning that arguably the greatest wizards in several centuries--Albus Dumbledore, Tom Riddle, and Severus Snape--were all half-bloods, which could lead to the belief that mixing wizard blood with Muggle blood produces the very best magical results possible.

16. What kind of qualities do you look for in a friend?
I look for friends that are intelligent, talented, charismatic, hilarious, and generally fun to hang out with. My friends need to be able to carry on a great conversation or an intense debate, too. Generally I just look to be friends with people who seem interesting.

17. What is your favorite quote from the series and why?
Whoa so many! That's like the hardest question lol. Umm one of my many favorites is so:
"After all this time?"
Melodramatic? Sure. Cheesy? Maybe. Overdone? Perhaps. Heartbreaking and tear-inspiring every time? Oh, yes. Poor Severus.

18. What is your favorite quote that is not related to Harry Potter and why?
Tie between:
"There's nothing on my horizon except everything." - Dwight Schrute
"Seize the day, 'cuz tomorrow you might be dead." - Buffy Summers
Bwahaha. I do love me some BtVS and The Office, I must say.

19. Who is one person, real or fictional, that inspires you and why?
J.K. Rowling for sure. Not sure if that's too cliche or not but it's the truth. The woman is an absolute creative genius when it comes to world-building and characterization, and to have written such a fantastic, insanely successful series as HP--that is so admirable. As an aspiring writer myself, she's an amazing inspiration and example of just how far one can go if they have the skill, the persistence, and the creativity to get there. She went after her goals and her vision and made her ideas come to life in the biggest ways possible. She uncompromising and self-assured in herself and her ideals, and she uses her wealth and fame to great purposes while still remaining approachable and self-deprecating and just wonderfully inspiring in all her contradictions, flaws, and imperfections.

20. List your top five priorities in life. Why are these things so important to you?
1) Happiness - As long as you're happy with your life, everything else should follow.
2) Love - Romantic love, friendly love, familial love--love is like oxygen, love is a many-splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love!
3) Success - Fairly self-explanatory. I want to succeed at everything I attempt!
4) Knowledge - I want to become as intelligent and worldly as possible, and accumulate as much useful and useless knowledge as my brain can hold. Nothing beats intelligence.
5) Growth - I want to improve myself and my life and grow as a person in every way.

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?
Ooh I hate ultimatums. Well obviously this depends on what said 'trouble' is. If there's no possible way I could help without getting seriously injured/killed myself, I would go alert the relevant authorities or someone who could help, without getting directly involved. If it's something like CPR or whatnot, I'm guessing the wizard could probably take care of himself better than the Muggle (or another wizard would be able to, not to mention St. Mungo's) so I'd help the Muggle. But if the dangerous situation in question is completely equally dangerous to each and none of the above apply, I'd help the wizard because there are proportionally less wizards in the world than Muggles and the death of a wizard, with all of his unique abilities, would be more harmful to the world than the death of the Muggle. Does that sound harsh? I don't know. Survival of the fittest, yes?

22. Under what circumstances would you use an Unforgivable Curse?
Self-defense, a duel to the death, or in another similarly life or death situation where my life or ultimate well-being is at risk. I don't believe that these curses are actually "unforgivable", as many of the "good guys" (including Aurors in the First War and Harry himself) use them surprisingly frequently and, it could be said, unnecessarily. So I guess my ultimate answer is: whenever I deem it absolutely necessary without being caught and sent to Azkaban. :]

23. Under what circumstances would you work for Voldemort?
Can I be a double agent? Ahahaha that'd be so amazing. If not, I think the Imperius curse, coercion, torture, significantly terrifying threats or significantly tempting bribes, blackmail, and/or irrefutable evidence that Voldemort would win would get me over to the Death Eater recruiting office pronto. I'd really rather not, though, all things considering.

24. If you happened upon a Time Turner, how would you use it?
Hmm kind of complicated situation, isn't it, especially since Time Turners can't actually change the past so that rules all of those scenarios out. I wish Time Turners could take you back a few years, like real time travel, but you can only realistically do several hours. The immediate uses for going back in time a few hours that comes to mind are these: Say there's a place I really wanted to be but I had prior committments, or a conversation that I knew was taking place and wanted to hear but couldn't, or something I really had to do but didn't have time for. Not to mention potential money-related benefits like the stock market and lottery. Yepp, all of that would be taken care of times ten.

25. Will you remain an active member of the community?
Most def. I'm an LJ newbie and this is my first one, so I'm very excited. :]
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i_eatglass on March 28th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
I don't see Slytherin, I'm kind of on the fence between Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but even your own "against Hufflepuff" isn't convincing me. The capitalist in me also dislikes the idea of everyone being totally and completely equal and working for the sole good of everyone else with disregard to the individual's needs and desires. Hufflepuffs are patient and tolerant, and personally I think perfectly suited to the acting profession, as this allows them to tailor their beliefs to the needs of others. Do you know how different each of the canon Hufflepuffs are? Doesn't that tell you something about their cooperativeness? I believe everyone should rely on their own skills, abilities, and desires to take them as far as they want to go. Which sounds like Helga's reasoning, and your stance on Muggles/Wizards confirms it. She believed in reaching out and training all wizards, but she didn't take muggles and she didn't take squibs.

And I can't reconcile Slytherin because I can't reconcile the attitude "every man for himself" with their ambition. Maybe Draco has that attitude, but I'm not particularly fond of using Draco Malfoy as an example of a true Slytherin...particularly the Slytherclaw your gunning for. Also, Ravenclaws look at "all the options", and I briefly thought of that when you mentioned that you disliked ultimatums, but this could be Gryffindor impatience, or Puff tolerance, or Slytherin ambition as well. Manipulation and constantly needing one's way are not Slytherin traits. Plenty of the other houses share it as well.

But you weren't too condescending and seem fairly interesting (Drama Dorks ftw), so I can't reconcile a Muggle or Squib or Dursley vote.

ed1nburgh on March 29th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Mmm. I wouldn't say that Bella did what she wanted; she did what Voldemort wanted. But that's a bagatelle.

Anyway. I'd sort you as Gryffindor. Though you wish it, you do not strike me as a Slytherin at all. You don't strike me as a Ravenclaw either. You said that you were very lazy, which while you may think that takes you away from Hufflepuff, is a huge strike against you for Slytherin as well, as ambition and determination don't fit very well with Slytherin. A lot of your reasoning for why you were Slytherin didn't hold up, and overall, the bold vibe I got from you made me think of Gryffindor.

And nice to see another drama nerd. (: I do acting, but I much prefer writing/directing.

alelawiel on March 29th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: Gryffindor.
Hmm yeah that's very true of course, and I guess I'm going partially off personal canon here rather than what's explicitly stated in the books, but I do see Bella as being very willing and very determined to join the DEs and study the Dark Arts and follow Voldemort even against her family's wishes and expectations for her. I'm not sure if that makes sense or if I'm explaining that properly though.

And yes, drama nerds unite for sure. :D
Sillypants Jacksonimmovinout on March 29th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Welcome! :D Photobucket
Jenna-Katt [Firestarter]: mad hatterpretender_katt on March 29th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
I agree with the others.

espresso bandito: Nao Tsukijifresica on March 29th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
I agree with Cynthia, it was down to Hufflepuff or Gryffindor for me, but I really think you belong with the lions.

Melissa :: Ravenclaw
Izzie the wonderful wizard of Oz: ravenclaw dressbutterfly_no42 on March 29th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
To jump on the bandwagon and add nothing constructive whatsoever; you strike me as much more of a lion, than a snake.

Izzie the wonderful wizard of Oz: ravenclaw dressbutterfly_no42 on March 29th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
ex_crucioed on March 29th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
I see way more Gryff than Slyth here too. I agree with what kalbaecnailla said.

Emma Jane: gryffindoremmajane7 on March 29th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I was torn between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor at first, but your Gryffindor-ish answers stand out more than the more Ravenclaw ones.

Female Yetibaby_rhino on March 30th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
I'm going to disagree with the majority, though I don't think I could give any solid arguments: it's just that the vibe I felt from you is more on the raven side.
You're smart, you do have a sense of humour, you strive for knowledge and you organized your thoughts in your answers in a nice and perfectly readable way. For me, those are purely Ravenclaw features.

shakeurspflshakeurspfl on May 18th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's definitely between Ravenclaw and Slytherin for me. I don't think you could be in gryffindor mostly because of your opposition to Dobby and his unique style. I also think being Dramatic and manipulating people is more of a slytherin thing but that's probably just me.