Location: The Netherlands
First language: Dutch
1. Which Harry Potter character do you feel you can relate to the most?
Ginny, for a lot of reasons. First of all I am the youngest of four children although I have one sis and two older brothers, so I know what it is to live in a large family. And when my mom and dad divorced were just as rich as the Weasleys so I too had to wear a lot of hand me downs (even though my dad spoiled me with toys, he never was that logical). Further more, Ginny used to be so timid and intimidated by everyone in her first year. To scared to even say a word against Harry. A lot like me, I was totally overwhelmed when I first went to high school. I was a total wall flower really. The Ginny had the Chamber of Secrets accident, I think it is a lot like when my mother had lung cancer and my friends dumped me and I had a lot of problems with my father. I felt so totally betrayed and all one. It was the first time I realised that it was necessary for me to change. I pretended to be confidant and haughty, just to cover up all my insecurity. Some years later when I finally realised that my mom was not a saint an my dad not the Devil I made my mind up. I did wanted to pretend anymore, I wanted to LIVE. I changed my whole being, I became more positive and independent and I had the courage to do all those things that I never dared to go to.I think Ginny realised her own potential as well since she suddenly reappeared in the books with a total make over. People label her as 'Mary Sue' but she's far from perfect.
2. Which character is your favourite? Which character is your least favourite?
My favourite is Snape... Yes, even after the Half Blood Prince. I find him more than intriguing. I'm totally against the Dark Arts but that does not mean that I have no respect for it, or those who wield it. Snape in particular because he manages to balance it, otherwise Dumbledore would not have trusted him. Which is probably the hardest of all. I love the sarcastic remarks he makes, it's more than just annoying (like Draco's) but always manages to push peoples buttons (I almost died laughing at Spinners End). Adding to that, I always respect teachers who are tough on their students, but only if they truly know their subject. That kind of teaching simply works the very best for me, and yes I have fist hand experience. A teacher of mine who we called the Drill Sargent was the most intimidating teacher of the whole school, he did not only punished the students with additional homework but made sure to totally embarrass that student. Students running out of his class crying was actually a routine. But alike Snape, I didn't hate him, his method maybe cruel, but that's life, and it was very effective too. No other character have fascinated me like Snape does. I never really liked Dubledore that much, I always have the feeling that he just uses every one as a bunch of pawns, but perhaps that's just me. So I hardly have any grudge over Snape killing Dubledore... Hmm that sounded crueler than expected ghehe.
My least favourite is Lockhart. As an artist I know how totally frustrating it can be if someone steals your art and has the guts to post it as his own. But to steal the peoples accomplishments and even put a memory charm on them! Unbelievable! I cannot understand how Hermione could find him attractive, I would be disgusted with someone like him, men with too good looks are usually also too good to be true (like my not so beloved father). Adding to that a man so VAIN! I loathe people who so desperately want to be the center of the attention, they usually start telling a lot of lies to get some attention and what makes them very very lonely in the end (a classmate recently noticed that one).
3. What was your favourite and least favourite moment in Harry Potter?
Oh I hated ALL the Draco/Harry moments in the Half Blood Prince >:( The Draco Like OMG the main character thinks somethings up! And noooobody believes him and theeen it HAPPENS. Arg come on. When I was reading it I was thinking in the back of my mind that if it was a fanfiction, I would give it a not so constructive criticism review, simply for making to plot so predictable. Well the Dubledore part was not really predictable but the Draco part was, we all knew that he would be involved somewhere. And in the first tree books it was usually Harry who toughed someone was the bad guy (say 1st Snape, 2nd Draco, 3rd Serius) and this finally breaks at the Goblet of Fire, suddenly he's not really interested in who got him in this mess. But we got the same basic plot back at the Half Blood Prince. Usually Harry thinks someone did it and Ron or Hermione agree, and in they end they were wrong, but since neither of them agreed it was painfully obvious to me that he would be right this time. I hated it and I only read the book once because of it (to compensation I read OotP & GoF both about 7 times).
And for my fav moment it was definitely the Battle at the Ministry of Magic. I totally loved it ^^ The battle and the action and the mystery that we've been living through the whole book finally explained. And we got to see more of the death eaters and even Voldemort vs Dumbledore. I think I read that part about 40 times XD
4. List your top three negative and positive traits. Explain.
Loyalty My loyalty knows no boundaries. But I'm extremely picky about the people whom I call best friends. But once you've gained my trust, and managed to hold it over a long time, then it's a guarantee for forever friends. I still have a lot of contact with the friends I had at my elementary school and high school. Even if they move and it's harder to see one another I still call to check how they're doing. When they're in any kind of problem, I will pick them up, help them out or whatever is necessary to support them. I've been though a lot so I usually know how to help them. Nothing is good enough for my friends.
Optimistic I used to be a real pessimist, only thinking of what could go wrong. I used to be scared of the simplest things, like going out. I was extremely prejudiced against almost everything. But that life style didn't make me any happier with who I was. So now I do not shrink away from every big event or 'new' things. If they can do it, I can do it, and possibly even better. Don't be afraid of giving people compliments or saying thanks, or admit that you're wrong, it's okay to be human. Just smile when you feel down and people start smiling back :) Trust me, it works.
Neutral Every child of divorced parents tends to have the same problem, parents are making them chose between them. Nothing is more painful than that. At the time I believed my mother lies and she had cancer so I was clinging on to her. After 4 years of fighting with my dad I took the initiative to start talking instead of shouting over the phone and generally started to fix things. My father wasn't innocent either. It was really painful to know with both of my parent had used me against each other. So now, I'm as neutral as one can get. In almost every argument I stand my ground for my own opinion, but if I'm of opinion that it's not really worth it, I'll be neutral. I have a lot of best friend who hate each other, so yet again, I'll be neutral. Sometimes that can get to their nerves, because they feel like they need support. But sorry, over that kind of petty things, I don't care.
Distrusting If I notice one of my lesser friends is not as attentive as they usually are without a good reason I have a tendency to mistrust them a lot. I've been betrayed a lot of times and although I've gotten over it, I still have a lot of scars. I have the tendency to act very indifferent towards people that the not qualify as 'forever friend' but more as 'just a friend'. Sometimes I will try to make it better, but most of the times I get very bitter or snap at them instead. I tend to make lists in my head to keep up with what they don't like and what they do like, so I can avoid subject subjects. To me that feels like lying to them. They hardly never see the whole me, because I don't trust them enough to let them know me.
Adding to that I'll NEVER trust an adult, I've seen to many times as a child that adults may seem interested in you, but they'll dump you just as easily. Adults have even more faces (or masks) than the average teenager. I respect or frown upon some adults, but I will never ever open up to them. None till now have been worthy of all that I've told them. Most of them just set it aside and forget it. And I loath that kind of behavior. But alas, that has also to due to the lack of decent parents.
Contempt I have a tendency to look down on people without them knowing it. I use -code- words to hide them. As example, if you ask me it I like the drawing that you made, but I do not like you, I'd tell you that it looks 'distinctive' meaning it suck but I won't mind you walking around thinking it looks great haha. Another example when you are me if I agree, and I really don't, but it's easier for you to think that I do, I answer 'indeed' instead of 'yes'. Most people do not even notice the difference but to me it's very amusing >:) .
Indecisive I have a hard time choosing ANYTHING really. I usually am capable to hide this trait by piking out what's most logic or by just going with the flow. I know it annoys a lot of people but the reason I don't want to choose is because I always
5. Who is the person you admire the most?
Saskia, my half sister. We have the same mother and a different father. We shared the same room, we stole each others pencil cases and she was out of the house when she was sixteen. Leaving me behind at the age of eight. I saw her less and less after that. My sister mainly consists of her explosive personality. She and my mother were always fighting about nothing, really. But the reason why I admire her so is because she was always my main example. My father left my mother and her four children when I was six, so those two years in between my sister (and my older brother) took great care of me, because my mother was working all the time.
She is the reason why I stared drawing. I remember that she had drawn a homy scene with crayons one day. With a window and a cat looking over a winter landscape. It was so beautiful that her art teacher did not believe that she made it. But from that day on I wanted to draw too. She already has her bachelor degree in graphic design, she works for O'neal now. Also, she's is a far better singer than me, although she sings a lot of R&B and quite like Alicia Keys and I a lot more musical and gospel songs. Not only am I inspired by her but I also have a tremendous respect for her independence, her creativity and even her stubbornness. She's always been the strong person I wanted to be. But now I can see that following some is not nearly as good as becoming someone on your own. But I still (and always will) look up to her.
6. How important are your friends and family to you?
Family SUCKS & Friends ROCK ^^
(the friends part has/will return in other questions so I'll explain he family part here)
A loong looong time ago my mom got married an had three children, a boy Martijn, a girl Saskia and an 'accident child' Thomas. Then she divorced remarried when and they gained another little sister, Maaike, me. Six years later, she divorced again.
I'm not really close to my siblings, they all left the house when they were 16. But my oldest brother is the one I totally trust, the one who always tried to be a 'father' figure' and has lived the life. I totally adore my sister but she has quite a contempt for me. Since I'm the youngest and still live at home, I live a 'spoiled' life in her eyes. And my youngest brother sometimes reminds me of autistic children, no motion and you can only speak about the subject that they like. Really annoying.
I'm not close to my mom and dad because of the lies they whispered into my ears that led me to hate them both, but my mom got the upper hand (because she had cancer at the time) and I got into a fight with my dad for 4 years about nothing and eventually I fixed it. But the information that I got form my dad proved me that I indeed was simply used as a tool to hurt him. Although he himself is also an incredible lier. He pretends to be a AMAZING dad while he's just an immature jerk. I respect my mom, for how she manged to raise 4 kids by herself, but her inability to trust -anyone- even her own children, eventually kills all relationships.
7. What trait is annoying in other people?
Close minded people. I am an atheist and I do believe that there's something beyond but not necesserly a god or whatever. I truly detest people who think that an ancient book it the ONLY truth. And that being 'gay' is a decease and that abortion is murder. Really, being gay is not a decease it's a feeling and a way most of them are born with. They can't help it and why should they not be able to marry? It's about love isn't it? And if my mother didn't have an abortion maybe I did have an younger brother now, but thankfully she didn't because otherwise she would have had to raise 5 kids by her own. So I totally understand her choice that 4 was enough and I think such choices are not for other people to make. You should not be condemned to anything, you should have the freedom to do as you like with your body and feelings and opinion.
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8. You are allowed to take a pet to Hogwarts. Which animal would you take and why?
A cat. A simple mixed breed mutt form the pound will do. I love their arrogance and their efficiency, and ability to take care of themselves, we humans are merely there to feed them. And they have a very strong will, if they do not want to be petted you'll get clawed. I do not prefer a pure bred because I never really see the difference. And I think a mixed breed might have less problems with health problems but I don't know that one for sure.
9. If you were to be playing a character in the books, who would you play?
Tonks, because I think transforming to my will would be awesome XD Adding to that she's one of the youngest people in the Order of the Phoenix and she's really easy going (and a klutz) but I think my silly / hyper nature equals hers ^^
10. What would you see in the mirror of Erised?
I would see myself as an illustrator, a husband an two or tree kids in a big land house in South Africa. I think most girls have the dream of raising a family, it's only natural, and if a husband's included than why not? I've been to Souths Africa once already and I would love to live there. They use a lot of languages but the more southern part of the country speaks a delightful dialect of fused Dutch and English, and since I'm obviously good at them (being Dutch myself) it's no problem to make them understand me. And there's the climate and the animals. I'm not a winter person, I'm definitely a Summer person. I love wearing my sunglasses tee hee. And the people of course, everything there is so relaxed, everything has it own pace (but, mind you, that's only outside of the tree capitals). Of course there are risks too, but everything has risks, and for achieving my goals, I would gladly take those risks. I suppose it's not that much to wish for but even though I'm a daydreamer at heart, I'm also very realistic. I'm not the one who would go wishing for things that's simply impossible.
11. What would your Boggart be and what form would it take upon using the Riddikulus spell?
Loneliness. I can't stand to be alone, I think one really can. But I need the presence of people around me. I don't need to hear them or see them, just to know that their there. I don't know the true feeling of loneliness, I never am totally alone as I still live at home, that probably the reason why I fear it the most.
So I think the Boggert would expand to make a room empty and silent. More like an isolation room. And for my Riddikulus spell, it would make the room full of *pink* and *fluffy* stuff and blasting some Hardcore music XD
12. Which spell would you want to master the most?
["muffle" Eng. to deaden a sound, making it more difficult to hear
Fills the ears of target persons near the caster with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that the caster can hold lengthy conversations without being overheard.] from HP-Lexicon
Me and my friends are usually very load and we tend to say the most insane things (we tend to talk about us being aliens an stuff, and we're not even trekkies XD) were most people frown upon, and I do not need that kind of treatment. If I like to be silly, then let me be. But with the Muffliato we could talk like that all day long without anyone looking at us like we're stooopidd. HA! XD (now we still have to write each other, ghehehe which can be really fun also, since we all tend to draw very silly pictures beside it).
13. If you were a squib, would you stay in the Wizarding world or would you choose to go into the muggle world?
I would live in the muggle word but sometimes return for some goodies ^^ I would dislike to be remembered every time and time again that I do not have any magic, so that's the reason why I would live in the muggle world. But there's a lot of magic things that work without your own magic so I would definitely return for some stuff that would make my life easyer.
14. What do you think you can bring to this community?
Hyperactivity OH YES XD whoo yah
15. Rank the four houses, from the house you feel you most likely get into, to the house you feel you could never get into. Explain why.
Hufflepuff & Gryffindor
I were I usually get sorted into because of my hard working nature and my loyalty towards my friends.
Slytherin & Ravenclaw
I were I rarely get sorted into because I'm not really that book smart or have any cunning.
16. How did you hear about this community? If it was from a LJ member, who?
The Gnev told me to do it XD
17. Anything else we should know?
But I like the cookie O.O
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