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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.
October 28 - November 24
"The 'new moon' Reed individual make both powerful friends and powerful enemies, given his or her initial response of impatience and impulsiveness. Even so, such people will usually maintain their positions of power and achieve a great deal of respect, particularly from their adversaries. The 'full moon' Reed individual plans his or her moves with more subtlety and will probably achieve more public recognition. However, such people are inclined to want to move onto other things...an action which can often undermine their true sense of purpose. "
Imaginative. Clear view of complex matters. Powerfully jealous.
I would say that while some of the above descriptions suit me quite well, most of the others do not. For example, I do tend to suffer from what is known as the 'Peter Pan Syndrome' - there are times when the thought of growing up and becoming an adult, thereby shouldering all those extra responsibilities, just terrifies me. I think of myself as quite an imaginative and creative person and unfortunately do possess quite a jealous streak - sometimes I can feel very insecure and therefore am very easily threatened. I can also be extremely proud to a fault and pride myself mostly on being independent - I am the oldest in a single parent family and this has forced me to be extrememly self reliant. This has also caused me to be very reluctant to ask help from others in the past.
One thing that I certainly do not do is resort to violence whenever difficulties arise. One of the things I hate most about this world is in fact, violence, and I would never decided to use physical means to solve a crisis. I'm a believer in peace and diplomacy. Why use brawn when you can use brains? Violence is stupid.
2. How do you think you would use magic? On a day to day basis? Over your entire lifespan?
I would probably divide my time between helping myself and helping others. One power that I would use very often would be Apparition - I absolutely detest waking up extra early in the morning to catch the bus to University. The idea that you can arrive in a far off place within minutes is just so appealing; it saves so much valuable time. If people could Apparate there'd also be less need for cars and public transport, thereby decreasing global warming! Hee.
I would probably also use Charms and Transfiguration to help me out in day to day tasks; namely housework such as washing dishes and cooking. The greatest thing about magic is the convenience that it offers. Long, annoying and grueling tasks could be over in minutes.
3. What are your strongest personality traits? Your weakest?
- Honesty: I'm not going to say that I've never lied in the past, but I definitely try to avoid it as much as I can. Usually, if something is annoying me or if somebody has dne something wrong to me or another person, I'll just come right out and tell them what I think; if I've done something wrong I'll just come right out and own up to it. The thing about lying that scares me the most is the fact that if done repeatedly, it may become pathological and a habit harder to kick than smoking. (or so I've heard!)
- Loyalty: I've been known to stick by people I treasure the most in a crisis, even if they would have done something less than admirable (though I draw the line at murder!). I'm very good at keeping secrets and I have never broken somebody's trust. For me, betraying somebody's confidence is one of the worst things a person could do.
- Laziness and Procrastination: I can be terribly lazy and times and put off things like homework or household tasks to the very last minute. If I've been given a month to complete an assignment it's more than likely I'll be finishing it off one day before the deadline! I also stay up too late and sleep in too much - which sometimes causes me to wake up too late and miss an early morning appointment. Something for which I really hate myself sometimes.
- Indecisiveness: I can take ages to decide on something and waste a lot of time trying to do so. Even after I;ve made the decision, most often than not I tend to spend quite a few moments trying to decide whether what I chose was right or wrong!
4. If you could solve world hunger by killing one person would you? Explain why or why not.
This is a really difficult question for me to answer, because I hate the idea of killing, especially murder; the intentional and planned death of a person. Then again, I consider world hunger to be one of the worst problems that this planet faces in this day and age and am all for taking whatever steps necessary to extinguish it completely. I think that I would try my utmost and find some other way of solving this problem... it's a bit disturbing that taking away the life of an innocent human being could give way to happiness and solve something as huge as world hunger. Murder is just horrible.
5. Who would you say is your role model? Explain.
I've given this one some thought and have decided on John Lennon. The Beatles are my favourite band and their music has helped me and acted as therapy during some really difficult patches in my life. Lennon himself was also a huge campaigner for world peace and fought as hard as he can - using music and his own wit and words - in an effort to achieve it. He was also extremely honest and was never one to mince words or make nice in an effort to make himself look good; he had strong opinions and made sure everybody knew what they were. I think his strength, humour and determination to never give up propelled his status from being a simple celebrity to an icon, political activist and humanitarian.
6. How do you respond to confrontation?
I'll usually use the power of words. I'd never use my fists and prefer to have an argument or interesting debate to settle something. I'd try my hardest to see the problem from both points of view and see what the other person is trying to say - I'd never assume automatically that I would be in the right. If I definitely think that the other is in the wrong and has done something inexcusable I'll stand up for myself and give him the honest truth.
7. What values are important in your life?
Honesty, loyal and above all, friendship. I truly believe that the people you have in your life have the ability to shape and define it. Family is obviously very important as well, but I have found that with age and experience the friends and aquaintances that you make as you grow up are what really have the power to affect your personality and perhaps even life-changing decisions. Having your own circle of friends and people you can trust outside those of your own home also gives you that extra sense of being loved and also feeling more independent and happy with yourself.
8. If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into?
I know that this is going to sound extremely controversial, but I think that it would definitely be a nun. Let me explain this. I was in an all-girls Catholic School until I was fifteen years old, and those years were definitely some of the worst of my life. It's got nothing to do with the religion at all, but everything with the way the nuns treated the students. The ran the school and taught and treated the girls in very old fashioned ways. We were given detention if we were caught talking to a boy outside the school whilst wearing our uniform, were told how hopeless, nasty and evil we were if did something wrong. One punishment that the Headmistress used was to send a girl to spend a whole morning by herself in small room and then come and visit her with another nun, in order to taunt her and remind her how bad she was.
I think that the school was very repressive and oppressive, and I never regretted leaving it. I was very miserable at how me and my friends were treated and it turned me into a vrey shy and timid person. The next two years I spent in a public high school (from when I was 16 up til I graduated at 18) were the best of my life so far and they completely changed me. I am a hundred times more confident and happy with the way I am now.
9. What makes a person respectable?
The ability and strength to fight against hardships and whatever the world has to throw at him or her, the decision to remain honest and truthful to him or herself as much as possible, to retain his or her intelligence and integrity in order to advance through life and improve character or personality.
10. Which of the basic elements do you identify with the most: Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?
Probably air. It's invisible but always there and is more than capable of making its presence felt. It's hard to put a tangible finger on but because of this, it's free, it has no limits and it cannot be contained. It has no fixed destination and is free to wonder where it pleases. If strong enough it can put out a fire, turn a calm sea into a tempestuous storm and uplift trees and buildings in a whirlwind. Air is what actually makes people breathe. People seem to view air as being rather unimportant and take it for granted, but it is essential for life can be terrible and strong when it wants to be.
11. Do you believe there can be a truly selfless act?
Yes and no. It's really hard to say. I think that there are loads of people who do great work for others and put their life on the line to save people - firefighters, policemen, those in the army - but I think anyone who does a good deed is bound to feel some sort of self gratification, which is only human. It's nice to feel good about yourself.
I suppose the ultimate selfless acts are giving up your life for another, or else giving something precious that you can never have back, like giving up a kidney. Something that will likely cause you pain and can never benefit you in any way, but will change somebody's life forever, is what I consider truly altruistic.
12. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
The United Kingdom, definitely. I lived in Windsor until I was six years old, when I had to move abroad to start school. I love everything English. I love waking up in the morning and drinking a mug of tea. I love staying in on Saturdays at 7.00pm to be able to watch Doctor Who. I think Monty Python is the greatest comedic achievement of all time. I think that the world's culture would not have been the same without The Beatles, U2, the Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode. The same goes for Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Terry Pratchett, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Brontes. I think the English language is the greatest and most influential in the world. I love the freedom and European-ness of the country.
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 have read them all. The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite, I think. It was Harry's first year as a teenager, for one thing, and the general overtones of the book were definitely more grown up and mature. Concepts like Hogsmeade were introduced that gave the students a social life outside of Hogwarts. Much of Harry's family background was revealed and many of the most interesting characters were introduced and came to life: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and the whole history of the Marauders. The general plot of the book is in my opinion the best ever written, and it avoided the usually formulaic appearance of Voldemort at the end, which I really liked.
14. Who is your favorite character in the HP series? Why?
Definitely Sirius Black. He was the most human out of all the characters, I think, because he was so flawed and made so many mistakes; yet I think that this made him the most relatable. I think he had the biggest heart and capacity to love out of all the characters introduced, and this most both his greatest quality and ultimately his biggest reason for his downfall. He also fit the rugged anti-hero of the series; he was the Han Solo of the Potter-verse, and these characters are the ones I generally find to be the most sympathetic because they show that even the most imperfect of human beings can be heroic and good people.
15. Which character is your least favorite in the HP series? Why?
Dolores Umbridge. She always used whatever means she could in order to further herself and make her own life easier. She was also one of the few characters who was completely unredeemable, and never offered any sympathetic reasons or reasonable explanations for the awful things she did. She's basically a tyrant and seemed to hate everything and everyone around her. Perhaps I could have excused her if she had actual beliefs to stand up for, but she didn't even seem to have those. When Fudge was on power she was his obedient servant, but then offered the same unswerving loyalty to the authorities in charge when Voldemort was in power. To me, that's just despicable.
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 would definitely be good friends with all the misfits and underdogs of the series: people like Siruis, Luna, Neville and Hagrid. They're all so sympathetic and flawed yet still very good people underneath it all. I love Harry, Ron and Hermione too but they seem so heroic and impressive that sometimes I can't imagine them as real people or being close friends with them.
I would never be friends with people like the Malfoys - far too bigoted and power hungry - and definitely never with Peter Pettigrew. He's slimy, untrustworthy and sold out his friends in order to save his own life. He was a just a completely spineless coward and I'm glad he didn't get a heroic or redeeming death. He didn't even deserve a chance at redemption, in my opinion.
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.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.'
I loved this quote so much because it seemed to be speaking directly to me when I first read it. I have this habit of making huge plans and dreaming of big goals that are way out of my reach and become depressed when I don't achieve them. Sometimes it blinds me to the fact there there are so many great things that I could do that are closer to home. Actions do often speak louder than words at times, and it's better to stop daydreaming and longing for things that could never happen or that will forever be out of reach, to instead focus on things that are actually within reach and are far more beneficial.
Date Journal was Created: 22nd September, 2007. I know it's very young, but I swear I'm a not a spambot or a troll... I mean look, I can spell and everything! :P
Favorite Spell from the Harry Potter Series: Accio! I often misplace or lose things and the fact that they could be found in a matter of seconds just by using this spell would save a lot of problems for me.
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