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Name: Laura Beth
Age: 23
Gender: Female

01. In your opinion, what are one or two of your strongest personality traits?
I would say that my two strongest personality traits are that I'm caring and passionate. I hear that I'm a very caring person a lot, it's probably one of the first things that comes to mind when people want to describe me. I think other people see me this way more so than I do because often I don't feel that kind-hearted or unselfish. I think I probably keep most of my selfish thoughts to myself and never really act on them, so I suppose it makes sense that no one else could see that. I do usually wind up putting others before myself, and I often find myself taken aback by others' lack of concern for the people around them. Right now I am going back to school to try to get into nursing, which I think says something about the kind of person I am. I volunteer twice a month at a local hospital and I really do get quite a lot of joy in taking care of people. I spend a lot of time volunteering for my fraternity, too, so I guess the fact that I give so much of my time, with seemingly not getting anything back makes me caring.

I think passionate is the... most positive way I can think to describe myself. Other people might call it obsessive. I go through phases and I get very into things, like I can't get enough of them. (Like right now I'm in a Harry Potter phase, hence one of the reasons why I'm applying to this community.) Also, I get riled up very easily about things and will argue my points to the death. I tend to wind up taking things very personally because so many of things that I do or believe in are very close to my heart. When I'm passionate about something I dive in head first and just submerge myself it it.

02. What is one of your own biggest character flaws? Is it a flaw you only see in yourself or have others pointed it out?
I am extremely stubborn. Once I get an idea in my head it's extremely hard to get me to change my mind about it. Along the same lines, I HATE admitting I was wrong about something. There are very few people to whom I will actually admit that I'm wrong ever. Most of the time I won't just come out and apologize either. I need to get backed into a corner, or someone needs to prove to me that I was in the wrong. I guess this kind of goes hand in hand with the whole being passionate thing. I feel so strongly about things it's nearly impossible to change my mind about things.

03. What is the worst quality you believe that a person can possess? Why?
I can't stand people who are self-serving. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, and I think for the most part human beings innately selfish. I know I can definitely be selfish at times. We all are. But I hate people who are only selfish. They don't really have any other mode. I have no respect for people who have no regard for the feelings and well-being of others and couldn't care less about the problems of the world around them. I'm talking about people who take a "well it's not my problem so why should I care" kind of attitude about everything in life. I don't expect people to be selfless or to always put other people in front of their own interests, but I just can't understand people who are willing to hurt others in order to get their own way and serve their own purpose in life.

04. What qualities do you most admire in a person? Why?
I admire people who can stand up for what is right and what they believe in even when it's not the easy thing to do. Heck, especially when it's not the easy thing to do. So many people won't stand up for what they believe in if it means going against the grain, enduring persecution, or disagreeing with their friends or loved ones. I have so much respect and admiration for people do have the courage and the passion to stand up for what's right even if hard.

I also admire people who are hardworking, focused, and get things done. I am so not that person so I am envious of all the Hermione Grangers of the world who are. I procrastinate like it's my job. I am extremely lazy and can almost never make myself do what needs to get done until the very last minute. I'm busy all the time so people often confuse me for a hardworking person, but I am not. If I put in a just a little bit of hard work I could get so much done, but I just don't. I am pretty lazy. I am so envious of people who are focused and can get things done without putting it off until the last minute.

05. Name a person, alive, dead or even a character from a movie or book, that you most admire. Why do you admire this person?
The person I admire most is Aaron Feuerstein. I'm guessing that none of you know who that is, save for maybe some business majors or people who live in Massachusetts, so I'll explain. Aaron Feuerstein was the CEO of Malden Mills, a manufacturer of Polartec fleece in Massachusetts. In December 1995 Malden Mills factory burnt to the ground. What most CEOs would've done in this situation is close down operations in Massachusetts and move the company overseas, but this wasn't the past that Feuerstein chose. He used his insurance money from the fire to not only rebuild the factory in Massachusetts but to pay the salaries and full benefits for all 3,000 of the out-of-work employees while the factory was being rebuilt. While most CEOs these days keep fattening their own wallets while downsizing and laying off employees, Feuerstein was driven not by profit but by the concern for his employees. He did the right thing even though it ultimately lead to the bankruptcy of his company. The fact that he stuck by his values and put others' interests ahead of his own makes him a real hero in my book.

06. If you were faced with a boggart what shape would it be? Why do you fear this?
Oh my goodness, I'm not sure. It would either be complete darkness or bugs. I think I'm equally afraid of both. Yes, I am afraid of the dark. I think it's not so much the dark as not being able to see. I hate it when people sneak up behind me, or when there are sudden noises. I am very jumpy person and startle easily. So I might fear the dark just because it makes it easier for me to be taken by surprise. But I am definitely equally afraid of insects as I am of the dark. I hate all bugs. The only ones I so much as tolerate are ladybugs. Yes, I even hate butterflies. I've been known to jump out of moving vehicles just to avoid a bee or a spider. So I think if I were faced with a boggart it'd be a dark room crawling with bugs. *shudders at the mere thought of it*

07. If you looked into the Mirror of Erised, what would you see? Go into as much detail as possible.
If I looked in the Mirror of Erised I think I would see myself famous, and hopefully subsequently wealthy. (The two do seem to go hand in hand most of the time.) I would be surrounded by people asking for my autograph while paparazzi tried to snap pictures of me. I'm dressed very fashionably and look fit and gorgeous. I always find myself dreaming about fame. It really doesn't matter what for whether it was for being an author, or a politician, or an artist, or a musician, or an actor. Any of them would be fine. I just love being the center of attention. I'm not proud of it, but I'm an attention whore. As someone who is famous I'd have more influence on those around me, and that is definitely something that appeals to me.

08. Go to this site: Birth months. Get your birthmonth, copy all the qualities under that month, BOLD 5-10 that fit you the most, STRIKE the ones that do not apply to you.

Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride of oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

09. Please pick a color from this Color Symbolism Chart that you feel fits you the best. Copy and paste it here. Why do you feel this suits you?

Red can symbolize many things; from blood, to love, to infatuation. Basically red symbolizes strong emotions, or things of strong emotions rather than intellectual ideas. For example, red can symbolize excitement, energy, speed, strength, danger, passion, and aggression. Red also signifies the color of the sun: a symbol of energy, radiating its vitalizing life-force into human beings. Red is also looked upon as a sensual color, and can be associated with man's most profound urges and impulses.

I am an extremely emotional person. All of my emotions are strong, too. If I'm sad... I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. If I'm angry, I'm REALLY angry. I wouldn't go so far to say I'm overly-dramatic or a drama queen, but I am very, very emotional. I love excitement and doing new things. I love meeting new people and exploring new places. I love adventure. I'm also very strong, or at least that's what people tell me all the time. I've had some emotional hardships in my life and I've plowed through them without falling to pieces. I'm not physically strong, but I'm emotionally strong. I don't know how sensual a person I am, but I can be quite a flirt. I'm fiery and impulsive. There's hardly an ounce of patience in me. As far as being full of energy, I am sometimes. I can be very hyper and energetic when I get excited about something. A lot of the time I am just too tired to be energetic. But red is the color of passion, and as I've already said earlier, I think I'm a very passionate person.

10. If you could have a Time Turner or a Felix Felicis potion, which would you pick? Why? For what would you use the item? Would you use it for something specific in the past, or present, or even something in the future? Explain.
I would probably chose the Felix Felicis potion. Yes, I could use the Time Turner over and over again, but I believe that everything has happened for a reason and messing with time is a dangerous thing. If you try and go back and change the past, you never know what could happen. Besides, I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I think I would find myself constantly going back to change things, to do things over again better. That would probably get exhausting after a while. Felix Felicis would be fun because as Slughorn was describing it in the book, it really is just fantastic to have a great day where absolutely nothing goes wrong and everything goes your way. I'm not sure what I'd use it for, but I'd find myself hard pressed not to use it for test taking or to win things though! It'd be a little too tempting not to break the rules attached to the potion.

11. What types of memories would you put in the Pensieve? And why would you choose those?
I would put memories in the Pensieve that have caused me to hold grudges and stay angry at people. I find it very hard to forgive people who have hurt me and I can hold a grudge for quite some time. It's really exhausting to carry around all that anger and hard feelings all the time, so it'd be nice to unload them. I wouldn't want to totally erase the memories because I wouldn't want to keep being hurt by the same people and not realizing it. It's one thing to forgive, but I don't think we should ever forget when people have wronged us. I would want to be able to go back and be able to realize when someone has hurt me one too many times and know when it was time to cut them out of my life. But it would be nice to not have to carry around those hard feelings every day.

In Hogwarts

12. How do you feel about the Dark Arts in general? Explain in detail!
The Dark Arts are an unfortunate reality of the magical world. I believe those who practice them should be punished. I also believe that they should not be ignored. We cannot shelter students from learning about the Dark Arts in a hope that it will eliminate them, instead we need to teach them about it's history and how to defend themselves against it. It is sort of how we learn about the holocaust in school... one of those reasons is so we don't repeat the mistakes of our past. There will always be good and evil in our world and I think students need to learn how to protect themselves against that evil.

13. Which character from the Harry Potter world do you feel you relate the most to and why?
The character I feel I relate to the most is Harry Potter. Maybe I just feel that way because we get everything from his perspective, all of his thoughts and emotions, but I think there's more to it than that. I see a lot of myself in Harry. First, I take Harry's stance on the rules. Snape is always saying that he has a flagrant disregard for the rules, but I disagree. I think it's more that Harry is willing to break the rules when he knows there's a greater good at stake. I'm the same way. If I don't see a point to a rule, or I know that by breaking a rule I'm achieving a great good, I have problem doing so. Second, Harry wears his emotions on his sleeve. He's not very good at hiding his feelings and I feel like I'm the same way. If I am losing patience with something, or I'm upset, sad, or even happy, everyone around me is going to know it. I'm terrible at masking how I'm feeling. Third, Harry doesn't have a family and I feel like that a lot of the time. Both my parents are very sick, and I can't even have a conversation with my mom anymore. So in a lot of ways I kind of feel like an orphan. I have a small extended family who I don't see very often and no brothers or sisters, so my friends are the closest family I have. A few of my friends' mom's have kind of pseudo-adopted me like Mrs. Weasley has done for Harry. But really, Ron and Hermione are his real family, and for me I feel the same way about my friends. They're all I've got sometimes. Lastly, Harry is fiercely loyal to his friends and will defend anyone who insults them. I'm the same way. We are both probably that way because our friends are like family. But seriously, insult me all you want, but say one mean thing about my friends or do something to hurt them and you're dead. I would do anything for my friends. My friends are everything to me. They're my strength, much like I feel Harry's circle of friends are his. Yes, Harry is exceptional and Voldemort has made Harry his equal, but Harry's biggest asset is his ability to love. His friends and those that are loyal to him are his strength. They help him through the hardest times, and I really don't think I'd have gotten so far if my friends weren't as good to me as I am.

14. Which character from Harry Potter is your favorite and why?
My favorite character is Sirius Black. I love his sense of adventure, even if he is a bit reckless. I also love how protective of and loyal to his friends he is. He is so protective and fatherly to Harry and I love that about. I think what I really like about Sirius though isn't so much who he is, but rather what he represents to Harry. My favorite moment in the entire series is when Sirius asks if Harry would like to come live with him. He hope and excitement in Harry at that moment is so touching. It's like all his dreams have come true because he finally has some for real family.

15. Which character from Harry Potter is your least favorite and why?
I hope it's not too obvious to say Peter Pettigrew, but he is probably my least favorite. A rat is the most perfect animagus for him because that's exactly what he is. I can't believe someone would betray their friends the way he did. I could never do that and I have no respect for someone who is that self-serving. He befriends those who will help him in life, those he believe will serve his best interests. In my opinion he is the lowest scum imaginable and I just want to jump through the screen and strangle him. He has no real allegiance to anyone, not even Voldemort. If there was someone more powerful than him, he would ditch Voldemort, too. He will say or do whatever needs to be done just to make sure he's on a winning side, and it doesn't matter how many lives he ruins in the process.

Oh, and I hate Bellatrix because she's an evil wench who killed Sirius. But I don't have any really good insightful reasons.

16. As a student at Hogwarts, how would you spend your free time? Explain!!
I would love to say I'd be playing Quiddich, but I've never been particularly athletic. I would most definitely be in the stands cheering for my team. I have a feeling I would be quite a hardcore fan. I'd also love to say that I'd be studying, but I don't think that'd be the case either. I'd probably spend a lot of my time just hanging out in the common room, chatting with people and such. I'd probably be in there all hours of the night, too, struggling to do my assignments at the last minute. I would definitely be involved in any groups like the D.A. Secret societies are so exciting. I probably would spend a lot of my time avoiding Filch, truthfully. I don't think I'd be able to resist the urge to explore every inch of the Hogwarts grounds, forbidden or not.

17. What do you think your favorite and least favorite classes would be? What teachers would you favour? What teachers would you loathe? Why?
I think my favorite class would be Charms. It's hands-on, doesn't seem terribly challenging, and I think I'd take well to it since the information would be immediately relevant.
I think the class I'd like least would be Divination. It seems much too abstract for me to appreciate, and it seems nearly impossible to master unless you were born with the talent at it.
I think my favorite teacher would be Lupin. He was so approachable and his teaching style was definitely the most interesting of any of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. As a teacher he seemed gifted to be able to see how to relate to each and every student, and knew just what to do to help them grasp the subject matter.
My last favorite teacher would probably be Snape. Maybe not so much as a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, but definitely in potions. Potions seems to be a class that requires a lot of patience and precision, and not to mention concentration. I can't see myself doing terribly well in it, and he seems to abuse his students that do poorly. I really don't think I could handle constant criticism from one of my teachers. I need a more... nurturing learning environment.

18. Which of the Harry Potter books was your favorite and why?
Prisoner of Azkaban was probably my favorite book. At this point in the series the book isn't that dark yet, it's not so serious, but we're starting to get more of a back story. I've already mentioned that Sirius is my favorite character, and this is the book we first get introduced to him. I love that we get to read about the Marauders and all of the events that made Harry's life the way it is now. There's no unnecessary drama in this book between the characters, either, which I have to admit is sometimes frustrating in the other books. This book just left me with the best feeling out of any of them after reading it.

19. If you could change ONE thing in the series, what would it be and why? Since many people choose similar things please explain your personal feelings on the subject.
This is a difficult question because everything in the universe J.K. Rowling has created is so well intertwined that there is a reason for everything. To change one thing would be to unravel everything. The one thing that frustrates me the most in the book is that Harry always has to return to the Dursleys' every summer. I wish so hard for him every time that he could just stay at Hogwarts or with the Weasleys, but obviously we learn later on in the series the reasoning for that, so to change it would to leave Harry without that protection. The one thing I would change that maybe could actually be changed without messing up the course of the books would be to make Ron less of a jealous git in Goblet of Fire. It makes me so angry that he doesn't trust Harry and is just blinded by his own envy.

20. Which house do you feel you belong in? What house do you think you wouldn't belong in? Why?

I see a bit of all of the houses in myself except for maybe Ravenclaw. I have never been particularly witty or intelligent. I've always done well in school, but it's never just come naturally like I feel it should for Ravenclaw. I just don't have the intelligence or thirst for learning that Ravenclaws should have. Besides, I hate studying even though I might like learning new things.

I think the fact that I'm compassionate and loyal would put into Hufflepuff, but at the same time I feel I have other qualities that make it not the right house for me. For one, I don't think I am a hard enough worker. As I've mentioned, I am the biggest procrastinator on the planet and don't have the focus or the discipline that I think Hufflepuffs should have. And even though I'm a very caring person, I don't think that I am particularly friendly all the time. I can be extremely judgmental, and am not always open minded when I meet new people, and that doesn't seem very Hufflepuff-like to me.

I am not always the most honest person, which I guess makes me a bit cunning, which is a characteristic of Slytherin house. I also have a penchant for being very sharp tongued and sarcastic, which to me seems a bit Slytherin. I don't think I'm nearly ambitious enough to be a Slytherin either. They've been known to step on top of others in order to achieve their own means and I could never see myself doing that.

I think I would do well in Gryffindor because I am fiercely protective of my friends. I'm also not afraid to break the rules or do what needs to get done if I know there is a greater good at stake. Gryffindors also seem to be the most fiery and adventurous group, and I believe I could fit in there well. I'm impulsive, too, and that seems to be a characteristic of a lot of Gryffindors, the mentality of "act now, deal with the consequences later" rather than thinking through things first. I'm very strong, emotionally at least, so even though I'm not always fearless, I can push my fears aside when I have to.


21. Why do you want to be part of this community? Will you remain active in the sub-communities and voting after you've been stamped in a house?
I've just discovered the whole Harry Potter universe and finished reading Half Blood Prince, so I'm very excited to meet more Harry Potter fans and have a place to discuss the books and the movies. I'm certainly planning to stay active in the community. I've become of a bit of a Harry Potter geek now that I've read all the books, and I'm sure this summer will only fuel my fanaticism.

22. How did you hear about us? If it was from someone, please state the journal name, if you saw an ad somewhere, please say where and if you remember also say who placed the ad.
I heard about the community in jediknightmuse's journal a while back. I've been holding off applying until I finished reading book 6.
December 12, 2001. Eeylops' Owl Emporium.

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