Name Real name: Ivane (i’-və-nee, if you're in a hurry then it's iv-ny), it’s annoying and it’s a guy’s name so call me Iv.
Referral(If applicable insert username) bohemianvanity I think?
1. What kind of wood is your wand be made of? Go to the Celtic Wood Chart and find which according to your birth date. (This is similar to the traditional horoscopes.) Then copy-paste the description here. Bold traits that describe you very well and strike those that do not apply to you whatsoever. Then provide a brief commentary on how accurate you think these traits are in the scope of your nature and personality.
February 18 - March 17
Tends to have duality in nature. On one side, artistic with an aura of vulnerability...on the other side, quite pragmatic. Compassionate. Sensitive.
Oh, I hate doing describe yourself thingies, but I do wanna join the community so…
It's very accurate, I think. The first sentence though, is totally wrong. I get hurt easily, so I try not be as demonstrative as possible when it comes to relationships, because I find that I don’t get hurt as much, and I think things don’t get complicated that way. I'm spontaneous - emotions, and sometimes instinct, are the main forces behind my actions. But I also like thinking and too often I find myself in the middle of the big 'heart or mind?' dilemma, which makes me a bit apprehensive, even indecisive sometimes. The heart wins almost always though. I am artistic, but I'd rather be in the audience than up there in lights, because I’m lazy and I’m too sensitive – I’d rather keep my artistic inclinations to myself than risk being criticized for my work. I won’t call myself compassionate, because it’s a scary word and it makes me feel like I’m applying for sainthood. Let’s just say that I can sympathize well with other people, I can easily put myself in others’ shoes and I'm always trying to understand people and what they’re going through. If you’re an animal-lover though, I’m terribly sorry, but I really can’t sympathize with animals. I just can’t put myself in their shoes. *laughs at the lame joke* And as sympathetic as I can get, I cannot relieve your suffering – if you’re in physical pain, I don’t have the hand of a nurse, you’re better off without me; if it’s emotional pain you’re in, I’ll listen to you, and I can give you words of comfort, but that’s the most I can do, I can't give you advice because I’m an emotional disaster myself. I’m not a very confident person, I’m not even confident of my opinions sometimes, that’s why I avoid debates, even discussions as much as possible, because there’s the big possibility I’ll end up being convinced that my views/ideas are wrong. I like the idea of new worlds, of leaving this world to live in the other, maybe even live in both worlds. I hate routine and consistency, because I tire of things quickly and it's boring. I absolutely love new ideas, I love thinking of new ideas, I just don't like having to work on them, because I'm lazy. I’m also a big romantic, and an even bigger dreamer, with my head always up in the clouds.
2. How do you think you would use magic? On a day to day basis? Over your entire lifespan?
I’d use magic to make life better, of course. I am no genius when it comes to housework, and I’m lazy, so a bunch of Mrs. Weasley’s spells, maybe some Accio here and there would be very helpful. I could also use some magic to end some evil in the world, just small stuff really, like helping a woman who's had her bag snatched, saving a kid who's about to be crushed by a falling aircraft, or turning some frienemies into ferrets. That would be fun. I’d also use magic to visit the places I have long dreamed of visiting. Traveling by magic is easier, and I don’t think I’ve read of passports and visas in the HP books. I'd love to work on research too. You know, see how far magic can go. Of course I'm not going to pull off a Tom Riddle and make myself 7 horcruxes. It's just that I wonder, if there's a world where my fantasies are their realities, could it be possible that there's some other world out there where wizards' fantasies are that world's realities? I mean, if it could happen to us, then why shouldn't it happen to them? It's just a very nice thought and if worlds other than ours existed, it's just nice to keep discovering and exploring them. Anyway, how often am I going to use magic? There’s no question about it – I will use magic every chance I have, everyday, all throughout my life.
3. What are your strongest personality traits? Your weakest?
I have a very wild imagination, but I know that there are things that can exist in reality and things that cannot (although that doesn't stop me from hoping they can). The combination's nice, I think. I’m also steadfast when it comes to my faith, principles and beliefs. And this is really overused, and awfully reminiscent of Disney ‘make your dreams come true’ movies but, I when I REALLY want something, or if I just erm, put my mind to it, yeah, I can
My weakest trait would be laziness. I am the world’s greatest bum. Also, I am not very ambitious, I’ve simple dreams and although at times I fantasize of fame and money and glory, I don’t really want them. They’re those things that would probably be good to have, but I’m not really crazy about getting them. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing, but most people seem to think otherwise. I get easily mad and hurt, but I don't say anything. And one of my worst traits, I'm scared of pain. Of all the potentially scary things in the world, I choose the most ridiculous, and that which is most inevitable. Pathetic.
4. If you could solve world hunger by killing one person would you? Explain why or why not.
This is a very very very hard question, and I spent lots of time thinking about it (because I’m obsessive, and answering questionnaires like this makes me feel like I’m retaking my first English 11 exam which I studied a whole lot for but ended up oversleeping and missing the whole damn thing). If the whole world was dying of hunger and this is the only solution, well then yes, I’d kill that one person. Why?
#1: I’ve always believed that nothing in this world could ever be entirely good, or entirely bad. Every good deed is tainted by at least one bad act, every good person, has evil in them just waiting to be aroused. Killing that one person is one of those things. The task may be evil in nature, but not entirely, and if in the end it’s going to bring more good than bad, then why the hell not?
#2: I’m actually doing the person a favor. What good would it be to be alive and see everyone around you die one by one, even expecting yourself to be one of the corpses any minute now (assuming, of course, that the situation is really that hopeless already), wanting to do something to fight it, but all you can do is sit around and wait for death to come for you at last? Wouldn't an immediate, noble death be better?
5. Who would you say is your role model? Explain.
I don’t have one. Until now, I’ve never thought of having role models in my life. I admire a lot of people, but I never thought of trying to live the way they lived. Maybe because I thought it was a very Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon’s character in Election) thing to do, which isn’t a bad thing, but Flick’s an overachiever and I’m... a bum, so I thought it would probably be very uncharacteristic of me. :) It may also be due to my dislike of routine. And I don’t like being told what to do, so that could be another reason. I don’t really know.
6. How do you respond to confrontation?
Avoid it like the plague.
I'm sensitive, a bit paranoid, and when I'm wrong, I acknowledge it right away. So if someone has an issue with me, I probably know about it already. And if I'm to blame, I don't say sorry. Rather, I show the person how sorry I am, act immediately so there'll be no need for confrontation anymore. But if, for example, I wasn't quick enough to sense that someone's annoyed with me, or if after I've shown how sorry I am, the person still feels the need to confront me, it'll probably be a disaster. See, the few confrontations I've had to deal with - our culture places more emphasis on keeping harmony in relationships than on frankness and honesty, thank God - so I either joked my way out of it, or just stood there, pretending not to hear anything. I probably have a confused definition of the word confrontation - I associate it with shouting, fighting and hitting each other. And I don't really like fighting, or shouting, or violence, and I'm better at understanding others than explaining myself. I'd probably end up saying sorry even if it wasn't my fault just to stop it from getting disastrous. Sometimes though, when feeling a bit bold, I'd rather stay quiet than say sorry. But then other people think of it as some display of defiance. So really, it's best, for me and the other person to just avoid confrontation (the violent, shouting kind), and to just discuss the problem in a very calm and mature manner.
7. What values are important in your life?
Knowledge and a desire for learning. The world is full of many wonderful things and it's a pity and an awful waste if we don't explore every everything. I also think equality and understanding are important, and so is respect - and even if I tried to not uphold it (am I using the right word?), my parents have pretty much had it drilled in my head, it's just something I'll probably always try to practice. Thrift is another one of those values I have been taught early in childhood, and it is important too, very important to know the value of what you have, and how you should you use it. Faith, open-mindedness and kindness are very important too.
8. If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into?
I have no idea. As I have said, I'm scared of pain, both emotional and physical, and lots of things can cause one pain, that is to say, my fear of pain makes me fear a lot of things. And if I remember correctly, Lupin once said that boggarts aren't very bright, so if I ever meet one someday, I hope it's going to be the more dimwitted type, and maybe he'll get confused of the many choices available to him, and think he's better off getting rid of himself than trying to scare me.
9. What makes a person respectable?
I respect people who show wisdom, optimism despite the hurdles they have to put up with, and people who have strong convictions. I also respect people who treat everyone fairly, and those who aren't prejudiced and judgmental. Courageous people amaze me too. One of my favorite teachers in elementary, a nun (yes, I was once a Catholic school girl), told us that real courage isn't about being able to brave everything, but being able to put aside your fears for an honorable cause. And that's the kind of courage that makes a person respectable in my opinion. Also, most people I look up to have very quirky natures and are often very strange. I respect these people because they don't care what others think about them, and they refuse to let society bully them into becoming what society thinks is normal. Intelligence is a big plus, but isn't really a necessity. There are some things I think, that are far more important than being smart. And of course, a person is worthy of respect, only if the person knows how to respect other people too.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I have great respect for people who don't commit suicide however difficult their lives may be. While at times I think suicide is a very romantic way of leaving the earth (do not look at me that way!), it's not an admirable thing. And it takes a lot to resist the temptation of escape whenever the bad heavily outweighs the good, so I really really respect people like them.
10. Which of the basic elements do you identify with the most: Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?
Water. There's this saying, still waters run deep. I don't consider myself a quiet or deep person, but like the still water, I'm not always what I seem to be. I can also be a wave that approaches the shore, and withdraws quickly, or an ocean that's too big you can't see land at the other side - that's how I am, I usually don't show others my true self.
11. Do you believe there can be a truly selfless act?
Yes. Love makes it possible. You just made me say the L word. I hate you. (Kidding!!!!) Actually, my original answer wasn't love. It was more of a second choice, and I wrote it because it was the obvious answer and it's less complicated than my real answer. The real reason I have for believing such a thing could happen is simply, I believe. Other people may say it's not possible, but if you believe it can, then it will. It will only cease to be when no one believes it can be. (Does it even answer the question?! It seems a bit... Should've sticked with the L word.)
12. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
Japan!!! Japan, as painted in manga and dramas, seem to be a conservative country. And yet the scope of their dramas and manga are wide and varied. I'm not good in history, but I think there was a time when Japan was sort of isolated from the rest of the world. And maybe that accounts for the culture they have - very unique. Some countries, mine particularly, are very heavily influenced by the cultures of other countries that sometimes I don't see a lot of differences between cultures anymore. But Japan is different, it has an interesting and very refreshing culture that I would love to explore one day.
13. Have you read all of the Harry Potter Books? If yes, which book is your favorite and why? If no, which book is your favorite so far and why haven't you finished the rest?
Yes. I like Deathly Hallows and Order of the Phoenix. Deathly Hallows was full of surprises, and lots of complicated ideas. But Harry did a stupid thing, Chapter 22, pages 444-445, the 'Vol- HARRY NO!' part. I'm not sure how the taboo thing works, but he could have added an extra '-tified', or '-tician' to make it sound like he was saying 'Vol the Mortified', or 'Vol the Mortician'. He even had the gall to finish his sentence even after Hermione's "HARRY, NO!". (Harry, if you've forgotten the name's taboo, you should have just thought of why Hermione's stopping you,she only stops you from doing something when it's wrong or dangerous..) And for that reason, it's eliminated from being my favorite book.
And now, the winner, Order of the Phoenix. This is where Sirius died, and it's the event I most look forward to when reading the books. A bit twisted, but it really is the reason I like the book.
14. Who is your favorite character in the HP series? Why?
I would have said the Weasley twins, or the house-elves, but thinking about it now, I think I'm more fascinated with Narcissa Malfoy than I am with the twins or the elves. She's such an amazing mother. Although I do think her way of raising Draco is a bit questionable, I don't blame her, she comes from a family of Dark wizards herself. She probably thought it was the right way to raise kids, seeing as she was brought up the same way too. But the love she has for her family is incredible. I was particularly touched when she saved Harry in DH. She's a Death Eater, she probably believed Voldemort would win even if Harry was given another chance to fight Voldemort, and she knew very well that if she helped Harry and Voldemort did win, she'd pay a terrible price. Still she helped Harry. She didn't care if she died afterwards, she just wanted to make sure her son was okay. Such a perfect kind of love, from such an imperfect person.
15. Which character is your least favorite in the HP series? Why?
Ron and the centaurs, excluding Firenze, of course. When I think of the centaurs, I remember a quote from Heroes: "Why else would you be allowed to see the future unless it was to do something about it?". Unfortunately, they don't have a TV there in the Forbidden Forest, and so the centaurs remain blissfully ignorant of the reason they were given the ability to predict the future. And even if someone told them that, I doubt they would listen. They have impressive skills, but they have hearts worthy of scorn and they are incredibly conceited. Sometimes I get the idea that they seem to think that humans aren't worthy of their help. Like they're on a higher level than that of humans, or other creatures, and therefore cannot be bothered to help. And if there's one thing I really hate, it's people thinking too highly of themselves. True, I am guilty of that sometimes, but I try hard to stop myself from doing so, unlike centaurs, who I think wouldn't even acknowledge their faults even if it danced naked in front of them wearing Dobby's tea cozy. I did not just quote Ron Weasley. (Must get help.)
Ron. I swear he is adopted. I don't really know why I don't like him. Instinct, I guess? I don't hate Ron, hate is too strong a word, maybe just moderate dislike. I must say though, I really, really, really hated him when he left Harry and Hermione in DH. So okay, the locket does crazy things to the wearer, but you do not, absolutely not, under any circumstances, leave your friends who could very well be attacked by a horde of Death Eaters any minute now just because you're hungry or aren't fed well enough, because you don't have a plan, or because you're worried about your sister who went into the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid and a bunch of friends. (breathe, breathe) And you don't kiss people in the middle of a battle!
16. If you were a part of the HP series, what canon character(s) would you be friends with and why? Which character(s) do you think you would not get along with?
The characters I'd love to be friends with:
Longbottom. I swear at first I thought he'd become a Pettigrew clone later in the books, despite the fact that his parents were tortured by Death Eaters, and that he can stand up to people, even his friends. I don't know why, but I just kept on expecting him to do a Pettigrew until Deathly Hallows. He grew up to be a very respectable kickass young man. And he's not afraid to stick his behind up in the air. In front of girls. Who wouldn't want to be friends with a guy like that?
The two James Potters. The older James Potter reminds me so much of how I was back in school, except I wasn't a bully. And the younger James, well, he seems like a very fun person to hang out with, it'll be fun to be friends with both.
Moody and Fred Weasley. I love Moody's eye, I like how he's paranoid like me, and I like the way he thinks. The jinxes he set up in Sirius' house was really neat. And Fred. The funnier twin. A pity they're dead.
I would love to be friends with Luna too, but it seems like everyone else here wants to be friends with her, and if we were all characters in the series, she'd have lots of people around her. I'm not a people person, so I don't think I can stand it.
I would get along with these people when hell freezes over. (Glad it wasn't a Ron quote.)
Ernie Macmillan. Before anything else, did I spell his surname right? Anyway, it's a very dumb thing judging one's character by mere hearsay.
Hermione. She's too... in love with school. And she likes telling people to do their homework. I think she's too bossy sometimes. And I hate being told what to do.
And these are the ones I'd probably get along with just fine, but I don't think I'd be friends with them:
Harry. He's too popular, and he's probably always surrounded by a lot of people. Again, I'm not a people person.
Albus Dumbledore. How do I put this.. I've always felt Dumbledore was sort of aloof. He's all friendly with people, but it's like he's always careful not to reveal to much of his personal life, like he stays away from getting too intimate with people. I don't think I'd be able to put up with a person like that.
17. Choose a quote from one of the HP books. ANY quote. Be sure to cite who said it and explain why it is your favorite.
I’ve got lots of favorite quotes from Harry Potter, and it was extremely hard trying to narrow it down. (Dumbledore alone is a mean quote machine.) I tried, but I really couldn’t pick one. Anyways, here they are.
"Look...at...me..." he [Snape] whispered.
The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, bland, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.
I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the deaths of certain characters in the book. And before Deathly Hallows, I was most obsessed with Sirius’ death. After Deathly Hallows though, I’ve decided that my favorite death was Snape’s death. Not that I reveled in his death (I have never believed Harry’s assumptions about Snape even before DH, and I like Snape). I just found it extremely moving the way he died. No overly emotional exchange of words. Just the one thing he’s always asked of Lily. It was nice how he got it before he died.
"What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does." – Hagrid
Not the most quotable HP character, but I find this one very inspiring. I'm not a very courageous person, I'm scared of a lot of stuff, and I'm not very strong either. I'm not very confident of my decisions and abilities too, so I constantly worry about the future. And when I'm feeling particularly worried and scared, I think of this quote, and some other quote by Dumbledore, I think - I'm too lazy to look it up - something about the difference between a man being thrown to battle and a man who enters the arena with his head held high. It makes me feel like I'm actually stronger, like I can actually be the man who faces death with his head held up high.
“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” - Dumbledore
Of course, I wasn't gonna answer this question without a quote from Dumbledore. I like this, basically because there's some philosophical angle to it. (Postively reeks of metaphysics.) And I also believe in what Dumbledore's trying to say, just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.
"You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style..." - Phineas Nigellus
I'm sorry this is a lot, but I just couldn't resist. I am so smitten with the Black family. I love the Black Portraits, especially Phineas Nigellus'. He is as cool as absolute zero (zero kelvin). And if you'll let me push the lame Physics joke even further, I'll say he's so cool that when he's in da house, he doesn't bring da house down, rather he stops it in mid-air. (All motion would cease at absolute zero. That's what they said in highschool, I could have misheard.) Lame, lame, lame.
Date Journal was Created: 2006-07-24
Favorite Spell from the Harry Potter Series: Avada Kedavra. I'm not going to use it! I'm just curious I guess, it's a very powerful spell and yet a lot can go wrong, and the spell has a lot of bugs. And there's a lot of things we don't know about it yet.
Where you heard of our community: bohemianvanity, but I don't remember where, sorry!
That was... hard. I hope I did everything right. ^_^