1. Name: Jessica (I am too paranoid to put my last name on the internet), my friends call me Chewbob
2. Age: 20
3. Have you read all 5 Harry Potter Books? I have read all of them and plan to reserve my copy for the next one :) In fact, when book five came out it was summer and I was coaching summer swim team for the YMCA. A lot of my swimmers read Harry Potter too, so the day it came out was official "Harry Potter Day" at swim practice. I'm very excited that the next book is coming out in the summer so we can do that again! Unfortunately, I read slower than most of my swimmers (and friends) and I hate spoilers, so I ended up getting the ending spoiled, but it was still a wonderful read.
4. Which one was your favorite? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Partly because it's so long and detailed, and partly because of the Quidditch World Cup :) I love Quidditch. It seems so thrilling! I also love it when J.K. Rowling takes breaks in the plot to just describe the setting of Hogwarts and various magical things. Like when she described all the souveniers from the World Cup, and when she went into all the detail about the other wizarding schools. I love to hear about the ever-expanding world Harry lives in.
5. In your favorite book, how do the events affect the characters and help them grow? Oh, SO much happens in this book to this effect! The most obvious would be the return of Voldemort and the death of Cedric Diggory. Clearly this has an enormous impact on Harry, and the entire school of Hogwarts. I don't think there's a single character who doesn't mature at least a little from this heartbreaking experience.
6. Do you like the Harry Potter movies? A little too much, actually. When the first one was released on video, I spent a week watching it and pausing it to find out the exact measurements for the scarves, because I'm a knitter and wanted to make them for myself and my friends. I love how they bring everything that was in my head while reading the books to life. They make reading the books even more vivid, since I have faces to put with characters and backdrops to put with settings. They are all beautifully well done.
7. What would you change about them? I would definitely make them longer and more detailed. For me, the movies would be perfect if they just went along exactly as the books did, even if that ended up making them thirty hours long :) I think they should do that special for the DVDs even if they can't for the general viewing public. I think of the movies as supplements to the books because sometimes my mind wanders while I'm reading and I'll forget something, or I won't quite read a passage right and I'll miss a vital piece of information, so the movies help me to remember what's happened to Harry from book to book as well as give me a mental picture, as I said before, to help solidify the reading.
8. Who is your favorite character in the Harry Potter books? My very favorite character is Dobby :) You can laugh if you want, he is so so sweet and honest! I didn't know how I felt about him in book 2, but by book 4 I was in love. (Another reason I love book 4, the prominence of Dobby!) I can't help but feel a kinship to him since he knits his own socks and wants to spend all his money on knitting ;) And as if I didn't love him enough already, when I saw Chamber of Secrets, he was just so adorable, with those huge, innocent eyes! And when Harry gave him his sock, and he was so greatful! It makes me cry every time. I love Dobby. I would give him all my sock yarn.
9. Who is your favorite teacher at Hogwarts? Hmm...that's a good question. I don't really have a favorite. I was really fond of Lupin, because he was so good to Harry and taught him to defend himself against the dementors. But he only lasted one year, so it was hard to get attatched to him. A lot of the teachers besides McGonagal aren't really developed...actually, I guess I'd have to say Hagrid for the same reason I love Dobby: Sometimes he makes mistakes, but he always means well and he's so sweet! I could have killed Malfoy for trying to get rid of him.
10. What is(are) your favorite quote(s) from the Harry Potter books? This is tough since I have a horrible memory, and I feel like paging through the books is cheating, so here's what I can remember that I like (forgive me if they are incorrect).
I like in book 3 when Harry is lying in bed and says, "I will NOT be murdered!" and the mirror yawns and says, "That's nice dear."
In book 4 when they are discussing the ball, and Ron says to Hermione, "You're a girl!" And Hermione's like, "...yeah?"
In book 5 when Fred and George are leaving and they say about Umbridge: "Peeves, give her hell!"
11. Who is your least favorite character in the series? (Do not pick Umbridge. She is written specifically to be hated.) I feel like I shouldn't pick Malfoy for the same reason, but there are no rules against it ;) I can't stand Malfoy. I want to punch him in the face, and I was very grateful to Hermione for doing so in the third movie. He is just so terrible. You never see any hint of humanity in his character. I almost wish Rowling would give him a vulnurable side so that he wouldn't be completely hatable, because as it stands, he does nothing but cause Harry and his friends trouble, and just makes me seethe with hatred every time he is mentioned.
12. Which student at Hogwarts would be your best friend? Defenitley Fred and George. They remind me of my friends from high school, goofing off and slacking, yet certainly not dumb by any means. If anything, they are probably smarter than some of the Ravenclaws, their intelligence is just focused elsewhere. If Dobby didn't exist, they'd be my favorite characters. They are very creative, as evidenced by their candies and their techniques for getting into mischief. I could really see myself hanging out with them in my free time at Hogwarts, because I feel that I am creative as well, and I like hanging out with goofballs who don't take things too seriously. I like people you can just be yourself around, even if yourself, at a given moment, is completely ridiculous.
13. Which Harry Potter character is most similar to you? (If you are a mix of more than one character, please mention all you are similar to.) Hmm...another good question. I don't think there is any one character. I am like Hermione in that we both love to knit, although she knits for causes and I knit more for myself and friends. But when she started getting excited about patterns, I saw myself in that :)
I am similar to Fred and George as I already said as far as goofing off and being creative, and knowing when to just chill out and have a good time.
I am similar to Ginny in that I tend to be shy around new people.
I am similar to Mrs. Weasley as far as her fashion sense :) Dang, her clothes are awesome!
Beyond that, I really don't know. I wish I could answer this question more thoroughly, but I don't really see myself in any one character, I just see bits and pieces of myself here and there.
14. Which house qualities do you believe most accurately reflect you? I feel uncomfortable answering this question since it's kind of like asking which house you want to be sorted into. There is defenitly one house that I favor, and I'd like to know if I really belong there or if I belong somewhere else. Let's just say that I tend to stick to people I love, I only have a few friends but they are all very close friends. I hope that answered the question without giving too much away, if anyone would like me to expand on this question I will gladly do so.
15. If you were an animagus, what would you turn into? (Remember – the animal directly reflects the person’s personality!) I am tempted to say a cat since I love them, I have two of them and they are very precious to me. I also envy their lifestyle: Sleep, get up and stretch, eat, be loved on, sleep some more. If I were an animagus I'd turn into a cat whenever I wanted to get away from things, because everyone respects cats. They demand respect just by being cats, and I'm not very good at demanding respect in human form. I'd also turn into a cat if I just really needed a nap, because I find it very hard to wake my kitties when they're sleeping :)
16. What is your favorite thing about JKR's writing style? I had mentioned it before, but I love the details. If she wrote an entire book where absolutely nothing happened to Harry and his friends other than going to school, I would still love it as much as the other books, maybe more. The more Rowling describes Hogwarts and wizarding life, the more amazing it is to me that she has such a vivid imagination. I love the descriptions of Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, the Quidditch World Cup, everything. I love how expansive and huge the world she's created is, the way that you know every time a book ends that there is so much more to this way of life than she tells us. I love it when she shows the differences between wizarding families and muggle families, like when Mrs. Weasley sent a letter to Harry and covered the entire envelope with stamps, or wizard's chess. I could go on and on about this, I'm very passionate about it. The detail is what keeps me reading, the longer the book the happier I am.
17. Describe how you feel about Voldemort. Um...I don't like him? For some reason, even though Voldemort is supposed to be the grand mega arch villian, I feel that he is the one topic Rowling does not give enough attention to. I almost feel like I don't know very much about him beyond how horrible he is. I know that he is extremely powerful and unpleasant, and I wouldn't want to come across him in a dark alley, that's for sure. But I don't feel afraid of him. I feel afraid of the Dementors, she put enough detail into them that they terrified me from the first description. In fact, I knew there was no way they could be as terrifying in the movies as they were in the books, because movies can't convey that cold, gripping feeling that the books do. But I don't get any of that from Voldemort. In fact, if I had my choice between meeting Voldemort or a Dementor, I'd pick Voldemort.
18. Describe exactly what you would see in the Mirror of Erised. I would see myself surrounded with yarn, in my own yarn shop in Redbank, New Jersey. I'd have two or three beautiful children and a loving husband, all of whom knit with me on a daily basis :) My shop would be popular for being small but friendly, and having unique patterns designed by me and the regular patrons. Yes, I love yarn :)
19. Which one of the seven obstacles protecting the sorcerer's stone in the first book would you have passed most easily? The potions, no problem. I am very logical, and in fact, I love puzzles like that. I even stopped reading to figure it out myself, and I was right :) Unfortunately, I never would have made it that far, Fluffy would have killed me.
20. If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play? Reflect how the position you chose mimics your personality. Well, I doubt I'd make it on the team :) I'm not very athletic, but I do absolutely love Quidditch. My favorite parts of the books and the movies is when there's a Quidditch match. It's so exciting! If I could actually play on the team, I'd be the Keeper because I'm pretty good at being goalie during soccer in real life, and I'm agressive enough to be a Beater or a Chaser. And I'm not fast and nimble enough to be a Seeker. But really, if it actually came down to playing Quidditch, I'd probably try out, not get picked, but cheer extra loud at the games :) I have no idea why I love Quidditch so much, I hate sports in real life, but Quidditch is just so AWESOME!
21. What do you wish to accomplish in life? I would like to leave some kind of mark on the world. It doesn't have to be a big one, but I would like for there to be some permanent thing that says, "I was here". For example, I'd like to write a book, not because I have anything to say, but just so that after I die there will always be that piece of me left that someone can pick up and read. Or, I'd like to record an album for the same reason. Something that would last, if not forever, than at least long enough so that my great great grandkids would know a little bit about who I was. I am very frightened of the idea of dying and being forgotten. So much that I know I want to be buried, not cremated, so that after I'm gone people can still visit me. I know that I appreciate the fact that my grandma was buried so that I can still visit her, and I would not want anyone who loved me to have to suffer not being able to do the same for me. This answer ended up in a different place than it started out, sorry :)
22. What sort of extra curricular activities do you believe Hogwarts should offer? A knitting group! I'd go every day. Hermione and I could knit hats for house elves together :) Seriously, I think that would be a great thing for Hogwarts to have. I'm also suprised there's no thespian society. I'm sure there are wizard actors, look at Lockhart! I think it would be a lot of fun to hear about the antics of a Hogwarts theater group. If it were anything like my high school thespian society, it would be the juciest part of Hogwarts gossip ;) I could easily see Pavarati and Lavendar being involved in theater.
23. What would you do with your spare time at Hogwarts? Wander the castle. I'd probably get into a lot of trouble with Filch. I'd spend all my time exploring the halls and rooms. It's just such a beautiful place. At one point my friend and I rented the Harry Potter video game and I stopped playing for a while to do just that, wander around the pixelated Hogwarts. It would be so much worse in real life. Oh man. I'm sure I'd get lost and miss classes, or accidentally end up somewhere I wasn't supposed to be. I'd probably get into researching the history of Hogwarts, too. I really like knowing the history behind buildings and places that I love. I wrote a history fair report on my high school, and it made me feel more connected to my school. I'm sure I would do the same with Hogwarts, especially since it has a much richer and longer history.
24. What makes a person respectable? Being good and just to other people, and sticking to their convictions, being true to themselves. My best friend is an amazing person like this. She is someone you can trust to be honest with you without wanting to hurt you. She will also try to do the right thing for someone, even if it means making life more difficult for herself. She also does not change her opinions for anyone, she sticks to them, as well as sticking by her friends. She is the most respectable person I know, and I strive to be like this, although it is hard for me since I change my mind a lot. But I try to be as consistant and truthful as possible, while still being just.
25. What is your opinion on house elves? This is a touchy subject, but I feel that they are mistreated. I know it is in their nature to work for a living, and I agree that many of them would be just fine staying in the positions that they are in now. But seeing Dobby's situation, and how happy he is to be free, makes me feel that there must be other elves like him. I feel that they should be given a choice to be free, and they can either accept it or not. I don't feel freedom should be forced upon an elf that doesn't want it (like Winky, I felt so sorry for her!), but I also don't think slavery should be forced upon an elf that wants to be free. Obviously, Dobby is happy to continue working for Dumbledore, but he gets paid and is not treated like a slave. He feels respected, and I think that is incredibly important. It is very easy to get used to treating a house elf like a slave, rather than a living thing that deserves respect. It looks like many wizarding families who own house elves do not respect them, rather see them as a handy appliance. I feel that house elves should be treated with respect. They can continue to work for you if that is what they desire, but you should give them a "thank you" and a "good job" every once in a while. They should not be ignored. They should be respected. I probably wouldn't join SPEW, but I'd probalby discuss this point of view with Hermione. (If you can't tell, I really love the house elves, and feel very passionately towards them!)
26. What do you look for in a friend? I should have read ahead to this question before I answered the one about respectability :) Well, all of the qualities I mentioned about my best friend would answer this question. But I also really, really value someone I can be completely stupid with. I am completely stupid a lot, and I like to just spazz out sometimes and act like a fool, and it's nice to have someone you can do that with. I can do that with my best friend, and it's a lot of fun :) I usually connect with people who like to laugh and like to be silly.
27. Which one of your personal qualities do you value the most? I value the fact that I try very hard to respect everybody. I try not to judge people based on how they look or a first meeting that may have gone wrong. I also try to be fair. I try to see both sides of every issue, even if I strongly disagree with one of them. (This was especially hard for me during the elections, but I watched every debate and really paid attention to both candidate's answers!) I try to do this in every situation, no matter how small, and I appreciate being told if I am not doing so.
28. Map out your favorite character's future. Dobby, exploring his freedom in the kitchens of Hogwarts, creates a feast of new and inventive recipies for desserts. He also begins charting his sock patterns, and soon, fashionable wizards around Hogwarts begin purchasing socks from him. His patterns get noticed in Paris, where the wizarding fashion elite all long to be caught wearing an original Dobby creation. Soon, Dobby gets asked to star in his own TV show, "Cooking and Knitting with Dobby", where every day he presents a new dish and a new sock, maybe combined. Dobby becomes a prominent speaker in the issue of house elf freedom, fighting for what he believes in while donating profits from his sock designs and recipies to struggling house elves like him around the globe. He is remembered long after his death for his moving speeches, and his bold and stunning sock designs.
29. What do you think are your top 5 characteristics?
1. I am a good, true friend to everyone who takes the time to know me.
2. I try to be just and fair in every situation.
3. I try to be nice to everyone I meet, even if they are not nice to me.
4. I am funny and creative, and I like to learn new things.
5. You probably won't meet anyone more obsessed with house elves ;)
30. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be better at understanding myself, because I often have feelings that I feel contridict who I am. I find it hard to have strong opinions on issues because there is so much grey area in every situation, and it's hard to know every side of every issue. For this reason I feel like I'm constantly switching opinions, even though I'd like to know exactly where I stand on a given topic. I sometimes feel like I don't know who I am, even if I thought I did just a week before.
31. Which house do you think suffers from the worst stereotype? Probably Slytherin, I find it hard to believe that there can be enough horrible people to fill an entire house! They can't all be bad. I think we're just given a bad impression of them because Voldemort and Malfoy are the most prominent Slytherins. And, as evidenced by Percy, there are horrible people in other houses.
32. Given the choice, which house would you NOT want to be in? That being said, I would not like to be in Slytherin because I would want to be as far away from Malfoy as possible, and being in Slytherin would make that difficult. Even though they do have the worst stereotype, I have a hard time seperating it from the house and I would feel very worried if I ended up in Slytherin. I'm sure the sorting hat would put me somewhere else, as I'm not very ambitious. I have a lot of dreams, but no one focused desire.
33. Why do you enjoy reading the Harry Potter series? As I've already said, I love exploring the wizarding world. The books are also very gripping, and difficult to put down. I try to make sure I have a lot of time to read if I pick one up, because I read very slowly and once I start, I can't stop, I have to know what happens next! I love knowing as much as I can about the Harry Potter universe, I've even read Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I like getting the chance to escape into a world that's so different, but ultimately comes down to people making choices, just like any other story. And I love Quidditch :)
34. How much time can you, and do you intend to actually contribute to this community? I don't think I'll spend all my time here, but I would probably be able to check up on community happenings every day, and I know I'd be able to get my three votes in :) I'm really curious to see what goes on in a community with so many layers. One of the things that prompted me to fill out this application is that the community seems just as detailed as the books, and I'm excited to explore it! I could also see myself writing the occasional editorial for quibbler_elite.
35. Where did you find out about Hogwarts Elite? (Users can receive referral points for their houses.) I can't remember exactly who posted, but in another community I came across a link to this community. I wasn't very interested at first, thinking it was just another Harry Potter lj RPG, but it looked intriguing and I delved a little bit deeper, and it sounded like a lot of fun :) Unfortunately, you weren't accepting applications at the time so I had to wait, but now I'm ready to join, and I'd really appreciate being a part of the fun! Thanks for taking the time to read my application, I tried really hard to fill everything out with as much detail as I could :)