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05 February 2007 @ 11:04 am
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||IN ESSENCE UNITED||
1. Have you read all 6 Harry Potter books? Which one was your favorite?
Yep, of course I've read all six books ;) It's hard to pick a favorite, as I'm sure you all can attest. I've also read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages.

I enjoy the darkness and mystery of Prisoner of Azkaban, and of course, the introduction of Sirius Black. I also loved Half-Blood Prince and thought it really moved the series further. It's one of the only books that has made me cry at the end. I think it raised so many questions and was wonderfully written. And in it we really saw Harry grow up.

But I'd have to say my favorite book is Order of the Phoenix. Here, some of my favorite characters really get the spotlight - Sirius plays an important role, Ginny becomes more than just Ron's little sister, and Luna Lovegood rocks (seriously, she's so cool). The plot really moves along at lightning speed; it's the definition of a 'page-turner'. The dream sequences are really dark and almost scary. As is the fact that we don't know whether or not to trust Snape. Why is he in the Order? Is he good, or bad!? The lessons between him and Harry are so great to read, but difficult at the same time. I also thought it was really cool how Dumbledore's Army came together, and the Weasley twins' antics are hilarious.

Not that I was happy about Sirius' demise, but I can see how it was needed to advance the plot. And the prophesy "Either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives" is so haunting and exciting...I can't wait for Book 7.

2. Who is your favorite character in the series?
There's no way I can pick just one character. I like so many characters for different reasons. I've always liked Hermione, because I've always fancied myself a bit of a bookworm and top student. And, since I was a young girl in school at one point, I can remember how it felt to feel like the odd one out (mudblood), and to have crushes and all that. Her character is very realistically written, to me. My heart also goes out to Neville, because he has proven himself to be couragous and strong, even though it may not come naturally to him. He's always expected to fail, but there's an innate goodness to him.

I *think* Sirius is my favorite character. The whole mystery surrounding him - first believing him to be evil, then realizing the truth. He spent years suffering in Azkaban, and suffered a tragic death. He was certainly a tragic character. Yet, I think his role was truly important and, for a time, he was the father figure that Harry missed out on. Plus, he could turn into a dog and his nickname was Snuffles - how cool is that?

I also really like Lupin (he's a lot more badass than he lets on) and Luna (I'd definitely be friends with her, and try to get a job at her dad's newspaper). And I will always love Dumbledore, especially in the first book, when he's so silly and weird, but brilliant.

And, I have to admit, there's a part of me who really, really likes Snape because he's so deliciously evil. Or is he?! Ah!

3. Who is your least favorite character in the series?
Umbridge. Oh, she pissed me off so much. I wanted to slap her as High Inquisitor. I, for one, really detest censorship, so when she wouldn't let anyone speak the truth about Voldemort, I just wanted to scream. Also, when she makes Harry write lines with a quill that carves into his hand. All of the tiny details about her persona make her truly despicable and she just gets under.my.skin. There really seems to be no redeaming part of her personality. She's snobby and self-important, and I was truly glad when she was put in her place.

4. What is your least favorite part of the series?
I was really upset when Dumbledore died. First Harry's parents died, then Sirius, then Dumbledore! Almost too much to swallow. I'll admit that at first I thought it might have been a bit of a plot flaw, but I remember reading an interview with J.K. saying that Harry's got to do things on his own. So I do understand her reasons. But it is still one of the most confusing and mysterious parts of the series for me - especially since Snape was the one to do the deed. I had always had a glimmer of hope that Snape wasn't as evil as he's made out to be, but killing Dumbledore certainly doesn't earn him any points in my favor. Unless it is all part of some greater conspiracy or done for the greater good...which could be the case. But the more I think about it, the more my opinion just flip flops about it.

5. What traits and characteristics do you think define the true qualities of each of the four houses?
Gryffindor - courage. But not blind courage. The kind of courage where you feel fear, and maybe you don't *want* to immediately run out and fight that dragon, but you know you should, and therefore you do. The kind of courage where you're shaking and scared on the inside, but you'd rather face your fear than let your friend be hurt. I believe they stand up for what they believe in, and do not take insult lightly. I think they also have a desire to be noticed and to succeed.

Ravenclaw - intelligence. They may secretly feel a little superior to other houses, but not so arrogantly as Slytherin. The eagle is traditionally a symbol of beauty and independence, and I think that says a lot for Ravenclaws. I love that Luna is a Ravenclaw because she is thought of as being a dimwit, but she is really a lot stronger and smarter than people give her credit for. Ravenclaw is also a very strong sounding name, and the eagle is a bird of prey; I think that corrolates with their strong and honorable personalities.

Hufflepuff - sincerity, nurturing, friendship. This house seems to be made of the "leftovers" (in a way) from the rest of the houses, yet Helga Hufflepuff said that she would welcome all into her house, and teach them equally. I think it's almost maternal in that sense.

Slytherin - a desire for greatness. "Sly"-ness. Of course we as readers are all a bit biased and think of this as the "worst" house. There's a lot of arrogance and pride in this house that can really turn off the reader. I guess if I were to think of it as an insider (and NOT a Malfoy), I'd say that they are very ambitious and dedicated. And perhaps a bit cunning.

6. Describe the house qualities that you feel accurately reflect you. Please try to include traits from each of the four houses.
I do have a will to succeed, and an inner desire to be noticed (positively). I also think I'm quite smart and always excelled at school and college, and still have a desire to continue education. I value friendship, though I can tend to be a bit of a loner. I don't need to be surrounded by a large group of people; I'd rather feel a close connection with just one or tow. And I suppose I do have a bit of cunning to me, if there's something I really, really want.


7. Given the choice, which house would you NOT want to be a member of?
I think I'd just be happy to be a part of Hogwarts, no matter what!

||MIRROR OF ERISED||
8. What do you wish to accomplish in life?
I wish to find peace within myself, ultimately, although I'm not sure if you're really looking for a figurative answer. I just want to find happiness and be content with life in general. Ok, now for a more concrete answer. I'd like to be a writer, in some sense. Whether I return to journalism, write a book, or do some other sort of writing. I'd also like to continue to live in some big city, preferably London (at least for a period of time). I'd like to travel and learn about different cultures. I'd also like to continue to live an at least semi-creative life - not only writing, but knitting, crochet, sewing, paining, and other crafty/artistic endeavors.

9. Describe exactly what you would see in the Mirror of Erised. (This is not the same question as #8.)
I see myself shaking hands with Margaret Atwood (my favorite author and a huge inspiration), as she presents me with some prestigious literary award for having a best-selling and inspiring novel. My friends and family would be in the crowd clapping proudly. And I'd be wearing a beautiful glamorous dress.

10. What makes a person deserving of your respect?
Definitely someone who is their own person and doesn't lie to themselves or others. I don't like when people try to make themselves seem "cooler" or more introspective than they really are. I also don't like whiny saps who complain about every.single.thing. I do my fair share of complaining, but I do have enough sense to know that I'm lucky in a lot of respects. I will respect most people, unless they give me a reason not to.

11. Do you consider yourself to be more of a thinker or a feeler? Give examples from your daily life that support your answer.
This is a hard one, personally. I tend to be caught somewhere in the middle (and no, this isn't a cop-out response). I honestly do rely heavily on feelings (and some times let them run away from me), but at the end of the day, I always come back to rational thought. For "thinking", I can dwell on an idea, and do research, and learn the heck out of something. If there's something I don't understand, I'll continue to try to understand it. But as equally emotional. I get upset easily at times, and perhaps even because I *think* too much or too deeply. Does that make sense? Maybe I'm just rambling now.

12. What's one thing you would do if you knew you would suffer no consequences from it?
Quit my job to dedicate myself to writing and other creative pursuits. Alas, I have so many bills to pay.

13. What do you think are your top 5 positive characteristics?
Imaginative, intelligent, interesting, honest, driven.

Imaginative - Creative, I like to brainstorm and write and do crafts and day dream in my head.
Intelligent - I'm scholarly, I like to read and learn about many things, and pride myself on being able to string complete thoughts together.
Interesting - At least I'd hope so ;) I can add to and hold my own in a stimulating conversation. I have opinions and stand by them.
Honest - I don't try to be someone I'm not. Sure, we all struggle with this a little bit, but I try to be real to myself and to others. And I am honest enough to admit my own flaws.
Driven - I have goals and thought I may not always know the best way to accomplish them, I try. And I think I'll be all right as long as I keep trying.

14. What do you think are your top 5 negative characteristics?
Emotional, dependent, confused, bored, idealistic.

Emotional - Sometimes my emotions overtake my ability to think logically, and I'll become sad or depressed easily.
Dependent - I know I rely on others too much sometimes to do things for me, or to make me feel better. I need a lot of emotional support at times, and maybe I should learn to be a bit more self-reliant.
Confused - Quarter-life crisis maybe? I often wonder if I'm really making the right decisions to take me where I want to go in life. I question a lot, instead of just living in the moment.
Bored - Sometimes I just feel so bored that I'll settle into the boredom, and do nothing. Instead, I should go out, or write, or create. I'm working on that.
Idealistic - I guess I could reword this "naive." I put too much trust in people who don't deserve it, and not enough in those who do. I have big ideas about what "could" happen, rather than keeping my feet on the ground. Sometimes this ends up crushing me.

||HOGWARTS EXPRESS||
15. Name: Jessica

16. Age: 25

17. Why shouldn't we squib you?
Oh dear, that would be discouraging. I think I could add some good insight to the community, and plus, it would be so fun! And I did put a great deal of time into this questionnaire, while trying to keep it concise.

18. How much time can you and do you intend to actually contribute to this community?
I do suppose I get busy times in my life (be it from work or personal life, mostly work) and there may be short spans where I cannot contribute as much as others. But I do come online mostly every day and have a pretty strong presence during the week (I need frequent LJ checks during the day to provide some distraction from 9 hours of work). My activity would depend on that of the community itself, and what goes on. And I'm sure there will be a ton of activity when Deathly Hallows approaches!

19. How did you find out about Hogwarts Elite?
Rachel (ackattack) - I saw it on her journal and was intrigued, so I came to check it out.

20. Optional: Link us to where you have promoted this community in your personal journal to earn your future house five points.
 
 
 
Gardening at Nightcacophonesque on February 9th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Ravenclaw
You seem very nice and like an incredibly enthusiastic fan, but I really didn't get a lot from your application. At places it felt rushed and scattered. There's nothing wrong with picking more than one favorite--if you do a good job of backing them all up, or at the least *one* of them... Also, as sorting is such a large part of this community, I like to see a bit more depth of analysis and support for interpretations of the various houses.

It's going to be a squib vote from me. Sorry.
Kspiralstairs on February 9th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Ravenclaw
Points for enthusiasm, but I agree with cacophonesque. It might have helped you if you took more time writing this and giving clear, detailed answers. I didn't get very much from this and you might have had a chance for Ravenclaw, but I really needed to see more explanations. Squib

Naruru, Ruruna and Debuchou Kamen
Samsamaside on February 9th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Ravenclaw'd
I didn't really see much but I'm also just taking a five minute break from studying for my biology midterm so I may be back to look again. But, for now, Squib.
Bethtangomaureen83 on February 9th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Hufflepuff
Squib

Beth::Puff
Arielkatieupsidedown on February 9th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Gryffindor
Squib
Roo3_foot_6 on February 9th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Slytherin
I'm sorry, you seem sweet, I'm just not picking up any vibes. I might be back for another look. But for now, alas, Squib.
Megancrazy_megan on February 9th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
GRYFFINDOR
Sorry, but I have to Squib. I can't get enough of a feel for you.
Defected to Dreamwidth: Harry Potter: Slytherinaugustuscaesar on February 9th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Slytherin
I would have liked to see a little more depth to your canonical answers. Unfortunately, things seemed to get a little shorter as your application went on, and I reached the end with very little idea of who you are and where to sort you. You definitely seem like a nice person, but I'm going to have to say Squib, because I really wasn't able to get enough from this to sort you with any confidence.
space ninja: Spinner's endlauchis on February 9th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Gryffindor
Hmm, I'm getting great vibes from you, and you seem like a very nice person, but I just can't seem to come up with the right house for you, so I'm gonna say Squib, sorry.
Liz: Squidfireaspark on February 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Gryffindor
Squib.
Jessica Ariel: Frosted Hufflepuffs by zia_narratoraliret on February 9th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Hufflepuff: Also cute and fluffy!
I like you, and I think you could be a fine Hufflepuff
dr. combined gas: Englishstaticlights on February 9th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Hufflepuff
I'm vibeless, and some of your canon answers seem a bit fangirly
Sorry, you seem like a great person, but Squib
Omuch_reality on February 9th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Slytherin
Argh. I really want to sort you - you seem great, and you're clearly bright - but this isn't so much a brief application, more an unfocused one, as cacophonesque said. I'm so sorry, because I get teh feeling you just didn't know how exacting application standards are here, but I have to Squib you. I just can't get enough to know where you'd fit. I'm really frustrated over it, actually.
Stephanie: evil manifest chicksauraxoxo on February 9th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
hufflepuff
squib

There just wasn't enough here for me. I'm sorry and good luck!
Lindsayladysunflower on February 9th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
RAVENCLAW
I'm going to have to agree with cacophonesque on this one. The app was enthuastic, but all over the place, and I really could not get a good feeling for your Sorting, sorry. Squib.