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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.
Great personal stamina. Wealth of talents brings personal honors and public recognition. Unique style. Restless by inclination. Sociable. Good-natured. Cheerful. Expansive. Magnetic. Easily wins friends. Dislikes offending others. Indecisive. Will tackle difficult tasks with infectious optimism. Personal doubts and fears can manifest into strange dreams and personal encounters. Blessed with profound artistic flair. Greatly valued as friends. Quiet type of faith. Belief in the natural balance of things. Extremely loyal. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Attracts people with little or no morals. Usually a poor student. Simply not a "book learner". Garners knowledge by way of experience. Propensity to not be very lucky. Romantically sensitive. Seems to fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat. The "clingy" type.
I was actually surprised by how accurate the majority of these were, I won’t lie, it was a bit of a ‘…huh…’ ordeal. I do have a lot of stamina, if I’m devoted to something I’m in it to the end. I have a ‘unique’ [being a kinder word for it] style, I’m usually restless and can be very social. I’m relatively good natured when it comes down to it, can be cheerful and have been told I’m very magnetic –and I make friends very easily, even if I don’t want them. My insecurities and fears often haunt me in dreams, and manifest themselves in confrontations with other people. I’m very artistic, I have been told, and am a writer. I’m also told that people really appreciate my friendship. I am loyal to a fault, and always accept responsibility for my own actions. People with questionable morals and motives seem to flock to me like moths to a lamp, which is ironic, since I have my own. I was never a good student, even though I’m intelligent. A lot of my intelligence comes from my experiences and situations I have been through. I’m also very well acquainted with infatuation –once my interest wanes, I’m gone.
2. How do you think you would use magic? On a day to day basis? Over your entire lifespan?
Well if I was a watch, I’m assuming I’d use it regularly and consistently over my lifespan, as it seems to defeat the purpose of actually being able to use magic if you only use it for a definite period of time. I don’t think I’d use it for trivial things, for instance cooking. I think it takes part of the gratification out of making a meal if it’s basically being done for you. But hey, I’m not above my lazy moments, so who knows. I don’t really see how you can get by in wizarding society without the use of magical force. How do I think I’d use magic? To my benefit.
3. What are your strongest personality traits? Your weakest?
My strongest personality traits would probably be my sense of humor and my intelligence. I render great satisfaction from making people laugh, it’s a high of its own. I have a strange sense of humor, equal parts wit, sarcasm and stupid. Mixing dry wit with something along the lines of Superbad. It’s a strange, thin line that I walk…but I like to think I do it with relative grace. Relative. I can find a way to make almost anyone laugh, and I think that’s a great strength that I have. I’m also –as arrogant as it sounds, intelligent. Or I like to think so, maybe it’s purely subjective. I have street smarts and book smarts, and like to think myself well read and articulate, if not leaning towards verbose. I like big words, sometimes I get a bit carried away.
As for the weakest…I have a nasty temper and can be extremely impulsive. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get me frustrated about something, no matter how minimal it may be. Of course, this works in reverse, as I tend to not get angry over things that should probably get a rise from me. But more often than not, I’ve got a shaky temperament at best. If you insult my friends, watch out. I’m also extremely impulsive. I act first, and think later…usually when it’s too late and thinking only causes more issues. Mitigated sense of damage control, you know? I can act upon my Id more often than my superego [probably because I don’t have a very developed one]. I follow my heart, instincts and gut feelings more then logic and pragmatics. I’m hardly reflective before I make my move, so most of my reflection and introspective is in the context of retrospect and hindsight.
4. If you could solve world hunger by killing one person would you? Explain why or why not.
Would I get to choose the person? If so, yes. End world hunger by killing a child rapist? Uh, seems like a pretty reasonable exchange, in my opinion. If I had to kill a friend or something, I wouldn’t be able to. I’m extremely loyal to my friends, they mean the world to me. I would never be able to end one of their lives in order to mitigate the suffering of the world, no matter how petty or selfish that may seem. I don’t have it me. Besides, in most instances, suffering can bring out a good streak of productivity in people. Simultaneously, it can do the opposite…but there are two sides to every coin, right?
5. Who would you say is your role model? Explain.
My role model is my best friend, Lyss. She has experienced extreme struggles and obstacles, but has risen above them with an astonishing grace. She is a beautiful person, both internally and externally. She is the best friend I have ever known, and is extremely empathetic and non judgmental. She listens to my problems, and does not make judgments about the content of my character based on my thoughts, feelings and actions. She also tolerates all my impulsive moves and the mistakes I make, and takes them in stride. She is one of the most intelligent people I know, and is extremely funny as well. She helps everyone she meets, and one of the only people I can say has always been there for me through everything for as long as I have known her. I owe a great deal of my happiness and security to her.
6. How do you respond to confrontation?
…I won’t deny it, I like confrontation. I’m not the type to consistently try and instigate it, but if I’m presented the opportunity, I’m not the most peaceable of people. I like to win at everything I invest myself in, and the same applies to fights and confrontations. I need to win, and can not rest until I do. It’s something I’m working on. But it’ll be a total shame for me to waste all my great comebacks and snark. I’ll have to find another context to utilize them.
7. What values are important in your life?
First and foremost, freedom. I can not stand restraints and restrictions, if I feel caged or oppressed I will literally flip a bitch. I feel miserable and containment brings out the total worst in me. They call me a rebel, and it’s always in part to me feeling like I’ve had my freedom stolen from me. Another huge one for me is loyalty. I’m extremely dedicated and devoted to all the people I care about in my life, and I expect the same in return. I will die for my close friends, I will sacrifice my own security and happiness in a second for them, I like to think that they’d do the same for me. Ambition is also very important to me. I despise the idea of being stagnant, I need to know that I always have goals that are constantly being fulfilled. The idea of remaining stuck in some limbo scares the crap out of me, I want to know that I am always moving forward in some respect.
8. If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into?
It would be one of my closest friends, Matt. He suffers from some drug addictions, but really, incredibly severe alcoholism. I think my boggart would take the form of him, cold and dead in a gutter, somewhere.
9. What makes a person respectable?
Independence, humor, loyalty, ambition, bravery and intelligence. If a person can manifest all of those qualities, they will merit my respect. If someone can face obstacles and take them in stride, confronting and rising above them and then at the end, be able to make a joke about it, then I will venerate them. Life is full of problems, being able to work through them and come out laughing is one of the most important and respectable qualities a person can have, in my opinion.
10. Which of the basic elements do you identify with the most: Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?
Fire. I’ve always identified a lot with fire. I’m feisty, untamable and tend to consume everything that remains in my path. I’m small, but my affects can be permanent. And the more you try and stop me, the more raging I will become.
11. Do you believe there can be a truly selfless act?
I do. I witnessed one of my closest friends dive in front of traffic to save a little kid who fell off his bike and would have undoubtedly been hit and killed. He didn’t hesitate for a second, he just rushed right out there, pushing the kid to the side while he got hit. Luckily, he survived, but it was the first time I saw for myself, right in front of my eyes, that people are capable of being truly selfless.
12. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
New Orleans. I’ve only been there twice, but I fell passionately in love, and still am. The entire city just resonated inside of me, it was the first time I had ever felt at home. The rich history and culture, the diversity of the people. The loud blues and Cajun music ringing through Bourbon street at two in the morning while laughing and smiling people clutched plastic cups full of alcohol and caroused the streets…it was amazing. There was so much life and passion, even Katrina couldn’t fully extinguished the fire that raged so magnificently within the streets of the French Quarter.
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?
I have read all of the Harry Potter series.
As for choosing a favorite, I feel a strong tie between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince. To be completely frank, it’s mostly for the emphasis of certain characters in them. I have been an avid Black fan since the beginning. Not just Sirius, but Regulus, Narcissa, Andromeda –but most importantly, Bellatrix. Because of the elaboration about her character, as well as her involvement, it made OotP a quick favorite for me. It was the more we learned about Bellatrix that replaced my previous favoritism of Alastor Moody. But not just the detail on which characters were involved, but simultaneously the development of the characters previously in focus. I had begun to develop negative feelings for the trio, especially Harry. But in OotP, I was pleasantly surprised. The element of a more dark, sinister shadow she painted was very appealing. It humanized the characters much more in my opinion. Certain character flaws were paid attention to, something I felt was lacking. Sure, there were snarky remarks about Hermione’s studying, or Ron’s ‘cowardice’, but nothing seemed to delve too much beneath the surface. I suppose this could be in part of the fact that they were still at an age where there really wasn’t too much depth to be explored, but with a history like Harry’s, it’s not as valid of an excuse. I am not faulting J.K. Rowling at all, hell, if I didn’t love her books I wouldn’t be here in the first place. I simply had that lingering after taste of having a buffet of food in front of you, but then being told you can only eat the salad. When you know there is room for so much more, it’s frustrating to have to settle. But, of course, this is just my opinion. And the mood that was set was imperative to how much more plot driven I felt this book was. It felt like a more collective structure, there was something of an air of importance to it, really. As if you knew you were in for something really big. She managed to evoke an element of surprise and mystery that I feel the others lacked to a certain degree; the fifth book wasn’t quite as predictable. I enjoyed watching the characters grow, even more so because it felt like they were literally growing up in front of your eyes.
I enjoyed the additives as well as the familiar. Hagrid was given more of a chance in OotP, as well as more insight to the Order itself. It was fascinating to feel like a fly on the wall, learning and accumulating all this knowledge. Like a spy, really. I thought that the book gave most of the characters opportunities to prove themselves, to show why exactly they were in that house, and why the niche they settled into is truly theirs. For instance, the Thestrals and the introduction of Luna gave an interesting twist in the end. It was a veritable cornucopia of insight and facts. I disliked the more pubescent hopped up on hormones element of the students, as it reminded me of a tween series to a certain degree. There was so much emphasis on Harry and Cho that I felt like it inhibited more then contributed. I acknowledge, though, that this *was* important. The characters had to grow up, and that was part of growing up. I enjoyed the element of jealousy though, as I thought it was an important part and really added to the conflict. And though I don’t like being a part of a conflict, I always find them interesting to watch.
She elaborated more on the negative aspects of the characters, aside from the archetype that seemed to be build up, almost stereotypes, really. It felt that she portrayed Ravenclaw’s simply as good students who are book smart, Slytherin as cold hearted and all future Death Eaters, Huffepuff’s as submissive and with no backbone and Gryffindor’s as the ultimate hero protagonists. I disliked this, as I believe there are exceptions to every rule, and it seemed so segregated. But in the fifth book, I believe she broke that. She showed the more ‘flawed’ aspects of members in groups, as well as exceptions, which we know there are. Slughorn was a Slytherin, but he wasn’t ‘evil’ or ‘cruel’. Luna may not know everything about everything, but she knows a lot about certain things. Peter was a Gryffindor, and lord knows he wasn’t the protagonist with unbridled bravery and loyalty. Cedric was a Hufflepuff, and yet he was as brave, bold and competitive as the stereotype placed upon Gryffindor. I believe that she elaborated more on that in the fifth book, it wasn’t quite as ‘This is what you are, you have to be this, since you’re in this house’. I personally liked that, as I think no one person is exactly like the rest. Even though Hermione is a Gryffindor, she has similar attributes to the generalization of a Ravenclaw, and I think shedding more light on that was really good. Neville was just as strong, loyal and passionate as the next, even though he didn’t seem outwardly. I believe that the characters we were so quick to write off as archetypes had a chance to shine. We learned more about who they were, and why they were the way they are. Neville’s parents, Snape’s past. It added dimension, filled them out. Instead of being a skeleton of an idea, they became more flesh and bones then myth and stick figures. They got a good feeling as to who they were, and the additive of the Patronus let us know more about them even if it was more subtle.
14. Who is your favorite character in the HP series? Why?
My favorite character is the one I relate to the most, and I’m not going to lie. I really don’t feel like rewriting this, so I’m copying it from an application where I wrote which was my favorite, and who I related the most to. I’m sorry if this is not acceptable.
I see little bits of myself in many characters from the series, but in the end…as often as you probably get this response, Sirius Black. He encapsulates a lot of my darker nature, as well as the way he hides it from those around him. We have a similar sense of sinister sarcasm, an air of elitism, a bitterness directed towards some of our extended family, a deep appreciation for the select few friends we actually trust, and the preference of not expressing what we’re naturally feeling. We are both ambitious and passionate, impulsive and easily angered like me. We both have inner conflicts, and have trouble resolving them. We both harbor a bitterness towards certain people in our past, and we both are often misinterpreted as being crueler then we actually are. I’m as brash, bold or brave as he is. We do have a loyalty that we share to select members of the family, and if you are in our good graces, it saves you from a lot of turmoil. We both primarily have a tight and small group of people that we are extremely with, instead of a vast range of people that are more of amiable acquaintances. We know what it’s like to hold a grudge, but at the same time are capable of getting away with things that we probably shouldn’t have been able to. We’re good at making people laugh, and we are well aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and what to do about them.
15. Which character is your least favorite in the HP series? Why?
It’s a tie between one commonly hated one, and one unusual one. Peter Pettigrew and Bertha Jorkins. Bertha because she was insignificant, ridiculously omnipotent and her existence in total did more damage then it could have done good. Peter, because I can not stand lying, cheating and backstabbing pieces of crap, like him. Deception is one thing, but giving the false illusion of innocence only to completely sabotage his ‘best friends’ is unfathomable to me. He was weak, and foolish enough to expect to be forgiven for his unforgivable actions. Overall, his life is more of a treacherous burden than anything else. And he deserves to be killed on the spot.
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?
I think I’d be really close with the Marauders. Not like, a fifth marauder [don’t you hate that in fics?], but I think I’d be close friends with them. I share a similar sense of humor, and a reckless and impulsive streak as well as relative arrogance and underlying loyalty. I’d also probably get along well with the twins, since I have a love for pranks and trickery. Like both groups, I can am brave and devoted to those that I truly care about, and far less accommodating to those I dislike. For which group I wouldn’t get along with…I probably wouldn’t get along too well with the trio. I’d yell at Harry for being emo, get annoyed by Hermione’s self righteousness [in my opinion, purely subjective] and be frustrated at Ron for not standing up more.
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.
“You don’t understand, there are things worth dying for!” - Sirius Black
This quote has always been one of the few that really struck me and made me stop reading to think. I entirely concur with it, and that’s why it was the quote that I had to choose. I do believe there are things worth dying for, and I don’t know a whole lot of people who also have that strong of a passion and determination that makes that quote ring true in them too.
Date Journal was Created: 2006-12-02 07:42:39
Favorite Spell from the Harry Potter Series: Imperius. Can you imagine how fun that would be at parties? Oh god. Imperio someone into doing ridiculously incriminating things, video tape it and then send it out in mass proportions…and oh man, hilariousness would ensue like NO OTHER.
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