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28 January 2007 @ 02:31 pm
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1. Name: songmiko

2. Age: 14

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to enrol in a university overseas. Perhaps I shall study literature (my favourite subject), law (if I am feeling up to it; I do not like memorising so much, but with luck and a lot of practice I may be able to), or medicine (again, if I am feeling up to it; I am afraid of messing up with the patients and causing more pain instead of curing them, but I really want to help).

4. Which of the characters do you most relate to?
Who am I to judge for myself? But I suppose the closest is Sirius Black: we are known to be smart (I am in a gifted class in school) and misunderstood by the general public (but in different ways).

5. Who is your least favorite character?
Dolores Umbridge: she enjoys making other lives miserable; I find such people unreasonable and horrid.

6. What would you see when you look into the Mirror of Erised?
Myself as the author of a bestselling novel: my ambition is to become a writer, maybe as famous as JK Rowling, and earn my income through the work I enjoy. (However, it is just a dream, one that I highly doubt would actually be realised.)

7. What would your boggart be?
Myself in a white shroud, with a gaunt pale face, bloodshot eyes, dragging feet, half-raised arms ... coming for me.

8. Dark Magic: Tell us your thoughts. Is there such a thing? Or is magic only dark because of the motivation behind its use?
Actually, that really depends on what kind of magic. In some stories, dark magic is a completely different kind of magic, but if you are referring to the "dark magic" in Harry Potter, then it is just magic used for bad purposes.

9. What is your favorite non-Harry Potter book? Quote something from it and tell us why you chose that line.
My favourite line is "there is no such thing as coincidence, only the inevitable" from the manga Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP (or originally xxxHOLIC, an earlier CLAMP production). It just struck me when I first heard it: at first I thought the statement was definitely false, but later I realised it was indeed possible. We may never know for certain, but what if there is really someone up there, deciding our fates? What if everything was laid out for us already, and we just have to make do with what we have and play along as decided? (Just a thought.)

10. You are sitting in your house common room when you notice that another student has left a book lying on the table. You pick it up and realize it is their personal diary. What do you do?
If the owner's name is written on it, then I shall try to find the person and return it. If I actually know the person, then I shall hold on to it and return it later; otherwise I shall pass it someone trustworthy (maybe a prefect or the head of house) and leave a note on the table to let the owner know how to retrieve the book.

11. Would you use an Unforgivable Curse under any circumstances, and if so, what would those be?
Of course I will try not to, but I shall if it is my last available option, like when someone very important to me is in danger or when a lot of innocent lives are concerned and they will die if I do not use a Curse.

12. Do you think Harry was right or wrong to use his cloak to get to Hogsmeade in the 3rd book?
There is no right or wrong answer. He should not have broken the rules, but his circumstances were different from others (getting the parent/guardian to sign); besides, how could he remain in the castle like the good little boy he is not (well, he is quite a rebellious teenager, is he not?) when everybody else could go out and have fun?

13. What's one thing you would do if you knew you would suffer no consequences from it?
Take everything in my own stride. I shall write as much as I want, read every book I can, watch all my favourite TV programmes at my time. I shall be studying my favourite subjects every now and then, not worrying about tests and deadlines. Yes, that is something I would really like to do.

14. Someone has graffitied a hateful remark about your House on one of the walls in the Great Hall. Luckily for you, you overhear a conversation between House elves who witnessed the perpetrator, and you alone know who did it. What do you do? What if the remark had been done by another house, and was about a house that wasn't your own?
People can think as they like, but if they express their distaste in such a horrid manner, that only gives others (at least, me) a bad impression of them. It is likely that some teachers will investigate the matter, but I shall not leave it to them entirely, whether or not the insult was about my house: I shall drop tiny hints and somehow make the culprit(s) at least feel guilty of their actions.

15. What do you really think of Snape? Is he fair in the things he does?
As mentioned in the book, Snape is not very fair. While favouritism cannot be prevented even in the fairest of teachers (Professor Dumbledore favours Harry, does he not?) Snape is awfully biased towards his house. I view him as an unfair teacher, but I will not deny he is really very talented at his subject and that he should continue teaching.

16. Do you like the idea of a school being split into four separate houses? What about school unity?
I do not particular like or dislike the idea; a school being split into many different classes instead of four separate houses can still be united. School unity isn’t nurtured when there are absolutely no social classes (it will be hard for the teachers to manage, anyway), but cheering for the school team in a competition is one way [of nurturing school unity].

17. Which are more important: Friends or Family?
It really depends on the circumstances, though it is still hard to choose. If a friend my age and a family member who is 30 years older than me are in danger and I can only save one, then I shall choose my friend because he/she still has a long future ahead of him/her whereas my elder's life is nearer its end. Similarly, if the choice is between a friend my age and my younger sibling, I shall save my sibling. However, if it is between a family member and a friend of the same age, then I shall choose my family member, because my family will never leave me behind whereas friends often just come and go.

18. Some people think the Weasley twins are funny, while others find them mean spirited. How do you feel, and why?
They are hilarious! I admire their daringness to accomplish things (even naughty pranks) that others do not. They may harm others occasionally, but it is not intentional and the effects (like those of the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes) usually wear off quickly.

19. Do you consider a first impression to be the only impression a person can give? Why or why not?
No, because people change over time and thus so do the impressions they give others. However, first impressions are arguably the most important ones because most of the time, it is the first impression that sticks to the mind; it is especially important in situations like job interviews, where the person only has that one chance. Still, as much as possible, keep an open mind; it is best to see all the impressions a person gives before actually judging their character.

20. You've been asked to invent a new spell to be taught at Hogwarts. What is the name of the spell, what does it do, and what is the incantation?
The name of my spell is Illusion. It makes copies of anything the wand points at or, if the wand-user is very highly skilled, anything that the wizard/witch thinks of, (in the case of the latter, the wizard/witch must be able to focus on the thought of one person/object without even the slightest disturbance of other thoughts) and how large a copy can be made and/or how long the copy lasts depend on the wizard/witch's power, but the usual limit is 24 hours. The incantation is "imageno".

21. Think about a negative past experience and tell us how it affected you. What did you learn from it? If you could go back and change it now, would you?
In primary 1 (age 7), my form teacher was a stern woman who made the 40 of us hurry from the seats behind our desks to our positions on the floor in 3 seconds; once, I was a split second too slow and my teacher marched me to the front of the classroom. It was the lesson I remember most vividly about embarrassment and humiliation. No, I wouldn’t change it because embarrassment and humiliation has to be learnt somehow and it would probably take on a worse form if not this.

22. If you happened across the Room of Requirement, what would you find?
It would be a large library with unlimited books, without air-conditioning (I find it very dry) but with some spell that keeps the area cool. There should be a nice cushion somewhere, where I can just plop down and curl up comfortably to read my book, and I need not worry about someone taking it because it will always be there for my use.

23. What would you be willing to die for?
Something very important, perhaps the life of a family member or that of a dear friend: I am very afraid of death because it is like the end of the world, where everything that is done is done and there is no chance of correction, but I cannot live with the guilt to not saving someone when I could.

24. If you died, would you want to come back as a ghost? Why or why not?
No: when my life is over, it is over; even if I were to return, I would not be able to do anything. I mean, I would just pass through people, perhaps just chat with a few wizards and witches, not be able to savour the foods I used to enjoy as a human, etc. What is the point in that?

25. Hermione has asked you to support S.P.E.W. (read: flagged you down and cornered you with a box of buttons that she shakes in your face to "entice" you to join). What is your response?
All right, I will take a button. Yes, I agree that the house elves deserve some better treatment. Is there anything else I can do, that does not take up too much of my time? I want to do something, but I do not want it to disrupt my schedule. If I really cannot do anything, then I shall just donate a bit of my allowance, so you can get some of the things you need.

26. What field of study would you most want to enter into, and why, once you graduated from Hogwarts?
I think I shall be a healer. Even though I dislike seeing people suffering (whether they show it on their faces or not), I want to help them get better. I want to aid magical creatures too, if possible, because they like humans are alive and feel pain.

27. True or False: Rules are meant to be broken. Explain.
False: rules are made to keep an orderly society, otherwise there is no point in making them.

28. You have one day to live. How do you spend your last day alive?
I shall write my will in a very precise manner so nobody has a reason to fight over my possessions. I shall include that I want to donate the available parts of my body to transplant hospitals after my last breath (after all, I do not need the body anymore). Afterwards, I shall spend some time with my loved ones, maybe playing my musical instruments (I play the piano and viola) for the last time. Just a while before my time is up, I shall depart to a quiet place where I shall be alone (somewhere my family members and friends know so that they can carry out my will after I am gone) and read a favourite book while waiting. There is nothing much I can do but hope that my death will be peaceful.

29. Do you think Dumbledore was correct in shielding certain truths from Harry? Why or why not?
No: Harry deserves to know the truth, especially when it concerns him so much. However, Dumbledore should break it to him slowly and gradually, so Harry will not go crazy finding out.

30. Finally, what house do you think you belong in?
Maybe Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff? I do not think I am brave enough to get into Gryffindor and I am not particularly ambitious so I should not fit into Slytherin.

31. Oh, and one more thing. Just to make it easier on us for pointing, who told you about us?
No one: I found you when searching for communities.
 
 
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JC: Ravenclawjaimelesmaths on January 28th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
I was deciding between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. You think things out logically, but you like to take life at your own pace (which I think is a very Gryffindor attribute). But, since you think Ravenclaw is better for you, I'll say Ravenclaw. Hope to have you in my house :)

- Julien, Ravenclaw
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songmiko on February 3rd, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
No, I'm not misunderstood when I write (in English, at least); I'm often misunderstood because ... of people's assumptions. Even though we know that we should not judge a book by its cover, we still do so, don't we? In my case, many assume that I'm a gifted student because I'm incredibly clever; I suppose I'm quite smart, but I've worked hard to become who I am now, not simply because I'm "naturally very intelligent". There are a few other cases, but ... well, I prefer to keep them to myself.

Actually, there are quite a number of students my age who can write better than I do. Reading and writing, I thought, is a favourite hobby of many, including those younger than myself. I suppose I think philosophically more because logical reasoning does not work as much for me.

Being thoughtful and caring is something my religion teaches me; and studying in mission schools influences me a lot. I admit that I'm not very faithful, but there is some sense in the teachings, despite some that are quite hard to believe.
Lynn: Woman with a Gunstarbucks5721 on January 28th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
While there is some grounds for Gryffindor, I see instances of bravery and boldness, I think you would be well-suited for Ravenclaw. I don't know if English is your first or second language, being that you live in Singapore, but, at the age you are, you have a better understanding and a highly intelligent way of using the English language that I don't think many other people your age have.

I also look at you ambitions and see a high desire for knowledge and intelligence. You come across as very organized and calculating in your actions, you plan ahead and make preparation, and you are very aware of others around you.

~Lynn~Slytherin~
songmiko on February 3rd, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
In this generation, English is the medium for all of our subjects except mother tongue, so most of us are better at English than our mother tongue. Do I really have a "highly intelligent way of using the English language"? I think it's quite an over-statement, but thanks anyway.

Education is the top priority in the country, so it's not unusual that I want as much knowledge as possible. I don't think I'm very organised, but I suppose it's just in thinking. (My extremely organised mother must nag at me for some time before I would tidy my things.)
Lynnstarbucks5721 on February 3rd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
A lot of people here do not value learning other languages like you do. And the use of English here is very generalized. It's full of slang and bad grammar. Unfortunately, I dont think that education is a top priority here for people. A lot of people take it for granted that we have the privlege of being able to have education opporunities, and free ones at that. It's too bad, really.

LOL, I think your mom and my mom would get along. She was just telling me to clean my room, too :)
Alex (moved to Thibodaux)gamerzkid on February 4th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
I am also going to say Ravenclaw for a few reasons:

-Your grammar is extraordinarily high for a 14- year old.
-You are VERY persuasive (good used of arguments and counter-arguments- especially in question #15)
- #22 and #6 seem to be Ravenclaw(ish) characteristics.

That's my decision, although if I may say something: Don't give up on your dreams, those dreams WILL one day become reality. You will achieve to be a successful author and exceed JK Rowling in money and fame. Keep on writing and never give up.

-Alex//Hufflepuff-
songmiko on February 6th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! Still, I dare not think my dream will really come true (because I fear the disappointment that comes if it doesn't?) but I shall definitely try to achieve the best I can. As for writing ... well, even if my writing isn't good, I won't give it up; I write because I enjoy writing, not because I'm going to earn money through my work. Of course, being able to do both would be very nice ...
Alex (moved to Thibodaux)gamerzkid on February 11th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
I write too, and I do it as a hobby, and me looking at your answers shows me you have powerful sentence structure and that you can (as Christine stated) below this post) give powerful images. I notice you have quite a fear of failure (Question # 2 and your response above me).

Failure is natural. I don't always succeed in my writing, heck, I never made it past the preliminaries for the OECTA (a provincial competition- my preliminaries are in my area and very few people enter it) and personally, I think I suck at writing, but I write because I have the passion and love for it. You obviously show the passion for it, so keep chasing the dream, because one day, you'll corner it and capture it.

-Alex//Hufflepuff-
Christineshewasfire on February 10th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
You're very thoughtful, I think, but you give me the vibe of Ravenclaw with your thoughtout answers and a clear image with your words. With me, I just ramble on and on until my answer is a mess of words.

- Christine, Hufflepuff