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Sun, Aug. 8th, 2004, 10:25 pm
erishon: Application Form ^_^

Here's my lovely application form ^_^

1) Your name and age: James, 18

2) What house do you belong in and why: This has always been a really tough question for me. Let's put it this way, if the Sorting Hat truly does sort based upon the "personality" of a person (which I'm not sure it does) then I would most definitely be sorted into Ravenclaw. However, it comes across to me as if the Hat basically lets you choose where you want to go (Like with Harry and Hermione who both choose to go into Gryffindor), and if this were the case then I truly would be torn between Slytherin and Ravenclaw. I think in the end I would settle upon Ravenclaw, and so that is what I shall do here.

3) Who is your favourite young character and why: Ginny, because I've always believed there was more to her than we're told. Plus there's the fact that she must have suffered a lot with the events of her first year, yet she still seems happy enough. Add that to the fact that she survived with a horde of older brothers and got over her crush on Harry, and still find ways to wind up Ron, I think she's probably going to become one of my more favoured characters.

4) Who is your favourite adult character and why: I've always like Professor McGonagall, even if she sometimes comes across as being a bit of a nagging old woman. It's good to see a female character with as much strength of character as she has, and my liking of her only increased when reading Order of the Phoenix. She was always one of the more overlooked characters, seemingly hidden in Dumbledore's shadow, but in Order of the Phoenix she seemed to come into her own as much more of an individual.

5) What is your favourite HP class and why: Charms. I've always been attracted to this subject, firstly because it is the class which covers the broadest spectrum of magic within Hogwarts, since almost everything can be accomplished with some charm or another. The other reason this class appeals to me is because of the teaching methods used by Professor Flitwick; demonstrating the spell, explaining the theory and then allowing everyone to try it themselves without hovering over them and criticising them on their mistakes.

6) What relationship intrigues you the most among the HP characters and why: Dumbledore and Tom Riddle. There's past there that's never been explained, and I really can't wait to find out more about it. Dumbledore's line about there being worse things than death particularly intrigues me.

7) How do you refer to the Dark Lord and why: In all seriousness, I usually call him Voldy (expressly banned by JK I know, but I've used it so long I can't get around to calling him anything else ^_^ )

8) Which DADA teacher was the best, and why: Though I would say Professor Lupin is my favourite, I feel that the clear best Defence teacher was Moody (Or at least Fake-Moody). Though Professor Lupin taught his class about Dark Creatures very effectively, and although all of them learned a lot in his class, I feel that the lessons they learned in Moody's class were of much more value than any they learned in Professor Lupin's. In Moody's class Harry learned to throw off the Imperious Curse (a skill which later saved his life). This could be countered with the fact that Harry was taught the Patronus Charm by Lupin, however that was not the only lesson of value that Moody taught them. I think the most important thing Moody taught them was that they should be afraid of what other wizards can do, and what they themselves are capable of. I think it's clear in the chapter that his demonstration of the Unforgivable Curses

9) Which of the characters we already know would make the best new DADA teacher:Dumbledore. I think he would make an excellent Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher because (like Harry) he knows what it's like to fight face to face with more-powerful-than-the-average Dark Wizards. So far in the series only two people have been given the Status of Dark Lord; Voldemort and Grindelwald. Dumbledore is famous for defeating Grindelwald, and even now he was able to fight on an even level with Voldemort. He has experience that other people don't, the kind of experience that makes Harry a good leader of the DA, and I think he would be most suitable for the Defence Against the Dark Arts position (Even if he is the Headmaster). Who knows, with the lack of people applying to the cursed position, he might have to teach it before the end of the series.

10) Which scene from each book was your favourite and why:Darn, I can already tell this is going to end up extremely long (and you'll all have figured out by the end that I am an Angst-Lover). Here goes:

Philosophers Stone: The Mirror of Erised
I love this chapter as a whole, and it saddens me to read it. I think the part that gets me most is when Harry takes Ron to see the mirror, and Ron sees himself as Head Boy and Quidditch Captain and having won the House Cup, and asks if Harry thinks it shows the future. It's really then that I realised how sorry for Harry I felt. Ron sees such simple things that a child his age should want, and Harry sees the only thing he's ever wanted and that is his own family. It's upsetting to think that the same image would probably have appeared to a much younger Harry had he discovered it years before. The other scene that comes on par with this one is at the end where Hagrid gives Harry the photo album with pictures of his parents, and Harry can't talk to thank him, but you know Hagrid knows. I cry at that part every time I read it ^_^

Chamber of Secrets: The Burrow
I liked the chapters that took place in The Burrow for several reasons. For one, I adore the Weasley family, they are all so fun-loving and close-knit (with the exception of Percy). I also enjoyed the fact that Harry was so well taken care of there. True, he was well fed and had friends at Hogwarts, but at The Burrow he had Molly fussing over him like an over-protective mother, forcing him to eat second helpings, and he had Arthur constantly striving to sit next to him to ask him all about Muggle things. At Hogwarts Harry was always singled out for something, at the Burrow he was just like any of the other Weasley children (without the hair).

Prisoner of Azkaban: The Patronus
The fact that Harry wants the Dementors to get close to him so he can hear his mother scream kills me. It's so sad to think that the only memory he has of his mother is of her screaming and begging for his life, but it's understandable that he wants to hear it again because, not only is it the only memory he has of his mother, but she's begging for him to spared and her killed instead. It may seem horrible, but to Harry it lets him know that she really did love him, because brought up as he was I'm sure he doubted it sometimes.

Goblet of Fire: Priori Incantatem
...Angst. All I have to say is I feel so sorry for Harry because he finally got the chance to talk to his parents (even if they were only shadows they obviously had retained some of their former selves or were connected with the spirits of their former selves, shown by the fact that Shadow-Cedric makes his request of Harry) and the only word he manages to say to them is "Yes." Poor Harry :_;

Order of the Phoenix: Career Advice
Breaking the trend of angst for pure Dolores-Dissing Humour. It's common knowledge among anyone who knows me that I despise Umbridge, and McGonagall’s comment about competent teachers had me killing myself with laughter. She really didn't give a hoot about the fact that she could be dismissed from the school at any point, but then when did McGonagall ever back down from anything? If I ever hear anyone say "Would you like a cough drop?" ever again then I shall hug them till they are blue. I think this was by far the chapter where Professor McGonagall blossomed from more than Dumbledore's shadow into her own character.

11) Make a prophecy about Book 6 or 7: During the future books both Ron and Remus Lupin will be attacked by Peter Pettigrew. Ron will be killed and Remus seriously injured, at which point Harry will be angry both at Peter (for his further betrayal) and at himself (for not allowing Sirius and Remus to kill him in the Shrieking Shack and therefore allowing him to escape).