LUMOS SORTING APPLICATION Name:
Amber Catlin. You will call me Squeaky. (Or Ambrose, hahaha.) Age (13 or up; we stick to LJ rules):
Eighteen. Just. Location:
London. It’s, like, the capital city of England. It’s big. It’s got pigeons. And muggings (and muggles). Where did you hear about this community?
(Please tell us which
lj user recommended you for he/she shall be given a point.)hammster
’s fault. *pets her*How much time are you willing to invest in this community?
All the time in the world, my dear children.
(this is an exaggeration)
In all honesty that depends on how involved I end up getting. It certainly looks
like this will be a lot of fun, in which case I may well become scarily obsessively glued to you and you will rarely see the back of me. PART 1 – Canon 1. Have you read all the books?
Mais oui. OotP and HBP only once, though, and both of them in the wee hours of the morning. I kept meaning to reread OotP, but I lent it to a smelly friend and she didn’t give it back for ever and ever. I wasn’t that engaged by it, but that might have been because I read it in the wee hours of the morning and most of my brain was dead. (Not finishing it as soon as possible/before any of my friends would have made me very unhappy.) 2. Give us your personal interpretation of each Hogwarts house (in
terms of atmosphere, mentality, intra-house relationships et cetera –
these are just a few examples).
Normally I can answer this sort of question faaairly easily, but to-day it’s giving me a wee bit of trouble.
Gryffindor … Gryffindor Gryffindor Gryffindor … I LIKE THEIR COMMON ROOM. My brainspace is like their common room but more dark and with a black-and-white forest outside. Also it’s full of orms. That aside, Gryffindors are kind of variable folks but defined by like … a strong sense of personal justice, and the obvious bravery and shit, which makes them all basically good people who would do good things in the face of adversity, but doesn’t do anything to counter the fact that I find a lot of them rather annoying. Maybe because I’m not a nice person and I envy nice people their niceness.
Like Hufflepuffs, for instance. Hufflepuff people are nice, honest, nice
people but that doesn’t mean they have to be nice to everybody indiscriminately and even if they are that doesn’t make them stupid (and if you say it does, they’ll get their boys on you, blad, innit, because their boys are also Hufflepuffs and therefore willing to duff you up proper if you’re dissin’ their … er … house). I bet their common room has knitted things in it, by the way. Not that that’s really relevant to anything.
I’ve never really thought cleverness alone a trait sufficient to judge personality, so generally I figure Ravenclaw mainly comprises people who take great pleasure and pride in knowledge, the pursuit of and the possession of, and learning and books and so forth, rather than just people who’re smurt. You have to be dedicated smurt, of the sort who colour-codes his revision notes rather than thinks “I am smurt so I do not really need to revise much more than flipping through my textbook the day before the exam” (like I do. Revision is for people who care). Of course, you’d think that’d include Hermione, but she did say Gryffindor sounds by far the best, and it’s our choices, not our blah blah blah.
There are probably many more Slytherins who’d be friends with people in other houses if it wasn’t for people like Fred and George who boo little kids who get sorted into Slytherin. Lovely reception, that – welcome to our school, here, put on our frightening telepathic hat, the hat says you’re cunning and ambitious so everyone hates you and you can sleep under the lake and get pneumonia. If I was a Slytherin I’m sure I would be bitter. I wouldn’t exactly say that they stick together in the face of universal hatred; I think it’s more likely they form annoying little cliques, but with an overall sense of house solidarity – of course there’s a sense of house solidarity, when you have houses, you get house solidarity. I’m more likely to grin and be friendly at kids who’re in my old school house than ones who're in any of the others (we came second in the house cup this year, by the way. Second. Normally we lose everything except house chess. We haven't won since 1944). But Slytherin probably have slightly more solidarity, like Hufflepuff, but because everyone thinks they are evil rather than because everyone thinks they are stupid. That’s the kind of discrimination that you can nurture superiority from. I don’t think Hufflepuff can do that.3. What would be your favourite flavour of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and why (note: as the name implies, all possible flavours exist)?
I hate jellybeans. I hate all sweets, actually, chocolate excluded (although frequently the idea of chocolate makes me feel all errr-y), but I’m generally willing to eat orange-flavoured things.
But, ah ... if all possible flavours
exist? Maroon. Because Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans would totally
be synaesthetic.4. If you were on your House’s Quidditch Team, which position would you preferably play and why?
Toss-up between Beater and Keeper – Beater because you’re not really concerned with the scoring of points, and instead have a responsibility entirely removed from the aim of the game, and you get to whack heavy, murderous balls at people, and Keeper because I’ve always been a goalkeepery person when it comes to organized sports (which I generally avoid). I flipped a coin and Beater won, though. (I flip coins for far too many decisions.)5. (Optional) What HP conspiracy theory do you hold true unless it is textually proven otherwise? (i.e. Snape is a vampire, Ron is Dumbledore, etc. –there are loads of these theories. Feel free to contribute your own.)
I'm not answering this one because I can't think of any. *boring*6. (Optional. If you can't answer #5, make sure you answer this one.) What is your favorite book aside from HP and why?
That’s a bloody hard question but I’m going to try to answer it anyway.Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems or Loveykins
by Quentin Blake. Both of them are wonderfully illustrated and brilliantly written and fantastic in every conceivable way. (Note: both of these were published within the last few years, and so neither are books I read as a child. I saw them in bookshops and bought them because I’m weird that way. I like children’s picture books.)
If we’re not allowed to choose children’s picture books, then The Ballad Of Halo Jones
by Alan Moore. I’ve been reading it since I was about five and I didn’t understand it properly. Now I do. It’s funny and deep and beautifully sad and I am madly in love with it. Moore is God. Blood and souls for the ascended one!
If we’re not allowed to choose graphic novels or
children’s picture books, then Good Omens
. If you don’t know why that’s fantastic you need to go and read it, and if you’ve read it and still don’t know why it’s fantastic then you need to get your head examined.7. What would your Room of Requirement look like?
Apart from it looking exactly like Hagrid’s Hut … /mandatory addition
Slightly gloomish and brown, with bookshelves up to the ceilings, as much for the smell of old books and the fact that there’d be a ladder to wheel along the shelves and sing “Eglantine, Eglantine, oh, how you shine!” as for the books. Large chairs. Some manner of table, preferably wooden, and an empty chest of drawers. The table and the chest of drawers can be the same thing if they want. Some high windows would be nice, but they have to be openable, in case something dies on a windowledge outside and then I can’t touch it.
Oh, and an empty fireplace.
… and broadband.8. Describe your wand and tell us why you picked that design.
I’d quite like my wand to be a staffy affair, partially because that’d make me more certain of where it was (my pockets are held together with gaffer tape; pens fall out all the time, doubtless I’d lose a wand almost as easily), partially because I could use it to poke people, and partially because I had a wizard’s staff thingumy when I was small. It was made of a small pine tree, rather shoddily carved, and it had a crude animal head of some sort carved at one end. It smelled nice. I’d like my wand to be like that.PART 2 - You
Please go here
and fill out the short Myers-Briggs test. 9. Paste the URL of your results (TOP 5) including its description
Your #1 Match: ENFP
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverant, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're qutie the storyteller!
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.
Your #2 Match: ESFP
You are a natural performer and happiest when you're entertaining others.
A great friend, you are generous, fun-loving and optimistic.
You love to laugh - and you like almost all people equally.
You accept life as it is, and you do your best to make each day fantastic.
You would make a good actor, designer, or counselor.
Your #3 Match: INFP
You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
Your #4 Match: ISFP
You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now).
You enjoy spending your free time in nature, and you are good with animals and children.
Simply put, you enjoy bueaty in all its forms and live for the simple pleasures in life.
Gentle, sensitive, and compassionate - you are good at recognizing people's unspoken needs.
You would make a good veterinarian, pediatrician, or composer.
Your #5 Match: ENFJ
You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.
… “qutie the storyteller”? 10. Who do you admire most and why?
I’m not sure. There are people who I think do fantastic stuff, there are people who I think have achieved fantastic stuff, there are people who I think are wonderful people, but I’m more inclined to either appreciate or envy them (occasionally both!) rather than admire them. I'm quite a jealous, envious, sulky person. It's one of the things I like least about me. 11. What would you like to have accomplished at the end of your life?
I’d like to have created something as part of a team. I want to have been part of something where everybody involved got on and had fun and was proud of what they achieved in the end. Although the process being enjoyable is more important to me than the quality of the end product, it’d be nice to do something that turned out really great. It'd be especially nice if that something was a film, and even more
especially nice if it was an animated film.
I’d also like to be respected, and to be able to say – or rather, for other people to say – that I’m one of the best at something, even though that’s probably not going to happen.12. Would you sooner commit a crime against your kin or your countrymen?
Erm. Depends on the crime?
Perhaps countrymen, just because it’d sound fun to say I’m guilty of treason.13. What would your animagus be and why?
Possibly an owl, because they are big-eyed and round and stare-y, like me. And then I could hoot and bounce rhythmically. It depends if you can choose or not, really, doesn’t it? I’d say something with wings, because it would be loverly to fly, but on the other hand if I could be an animagus, I’d be a witch (or possibly a wizard, I imagine sex changes are easier by magic), so I could fly a broom. Or not! Maybe I’d be crap on a broom. If I was crap on a broom, I’d be a bird of prey. Or a cormorant. Or a crow. If I wasn’t crap on a broom, I’d be … I don’t know, something feline would be nice.
Or a squirrel, because I like how they ripple.14. What would your patronus be and why?
I don’t know, I just think a goat would make a cool patronus. EXPECTO PATRONUM! HEADBUTT MY FOES UNTO OBLIVION, AND CHEW THEIR TROUSERS.15. What career would you consider if you were indeed part of the
wizarding world and why?
Erm. Teaching? Or OH. I expect that wizarding papers like the Prophet have MOVING CARTOON STRIPS. I would do those.