I got the idea for this post from A Geek Girl’s Guide– Thanks Michelle for the fun idea!
Twenty years of Harry Potter is a strange and surreal thing to write. Wasn’t it only a handful of years ago I was reading the first book? But no, I suppose the acne is too faded for Junior High to have been a few years back… more like… two decades. *cue dramatic music and a close up on my eyes, looking frantic and cornered*
Anyway, this was fun- a list of questions pertaining to Hogwarts and how you think your time would be spent there.
What pet would you take to Hogwarts? As much as the novelty of owl ownership appeals to me, cats will always be my first pet of choice. They are the quintessential witch’s familiar, with a long history in our world of magical ties. They seem to be incredibly useful in the Potterverse, with Crookshanks being able to tell that Scabbers wasn’t a true rat right from the start. They can also sense the presence of dementors. As a magical cat it stands to reason they would be just as capable of carrying missives, and they’re able to visit you for a nice cuddle, even in the common rooms, and a cat cuddle has no upward limit on it’s value, let’s be honest here.
What school supply would you want to get first? (Books, wand, robes, etc.)
Wand! The first scene in Ollivander’s has always been one of my favorites, and the combinations of woods with magic cores intriguing. I’ve taken every test on Pottermore, and it’s informed me that my wand would be cherry, 10 and ¾ inches long, quiet bendy, with a core of phoenix feather. I’d prefer unicorn hair, if I’m honest, but I guess I could settle for the rarest and most special of cores. Jeeze.
What house are you in? Once again, Pottermore has determined this, and I completely agree that I would be in Ravenclaw. If thrown into the magical world I would be hungry for knowledge. Hermione would have to fight me for books, they’d have to force me out of the library at night, and I’d petition Dumbledore to allow me to sleep there. I would never stop learning, never tire of exploring, and probably would get in trouble because of my constant curiosity.
What core class would you love to take? (Astronomy, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Flying, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions, or Transfiguration) I can see myself getting really into Herbology, especially because I love gardening and botany so much. I’m always looking for new plants when my husband and I are out for a hike, and dream of the day I have my own yard so I can go back to gardening. I think History of Magic would appeal to me as well, if it weren’t for Dusty Ol’ Professor Binns.
What core class would you hate to take? Astronomy is very likely because it’s a real life science that involves figuring out degrees and angles and I’m very bad at math. Defense against the Dark Arts is another probable answer because I’m such a chicken.
What elective would you take? (Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Care of Magical Creatures, Divination, Muggle Studies, or Ancient Runes?) Apparition seems like it should be mandatory, so I don’t want to count that. Arithmancy is more numbers, so no thank you. Care of Magical Creatures seems legit- as long as there is a real teacher available, not Hagrid. Divination, no. Muggle Studies, no. And I’d prefer Ruins to Runes on this one, so I guess the last is a no-go as well. Alchemy might be fun, but would probably be mostly bad smells and chances for chemical burns. So, yeah- I guess Care of Magical Creatures.
What magical item do you want to own? (Remembrall, Marauder’s Map, Invisibility Cloak, etc.) The Invisibility Cloak so I can go for walks without anyone bothering me, and read in the park without people thinking that’s an invitation for conversation. Also so I can sneak into every Disney Park.
What are you doing in your free time at Hogwarts? Reading, just like in real life. Exploring whatever areas of the castle I can without getting in trouble, hanging out with my cat, watching Quidditch (practice and games- finally, a sport I care about!)
You’re going to Hogsmeade! What is your first stop? I’m a huge fan of tea, so Madam Puddifoot’s would be where I start my day. But I’d be excited for Honeydukes and Dervish and Bangs as well… not to mention Gladrag’s Wizardwear… Wait… in that a men’s clothing store? Hopefully not.
What Hogwarts secret would you want to find? (Mirror of Erised, Room of Requirement, etc.) DOES THE PREFECTS BATHROOM COUNT?????????? No? OK. Probably the Room of Requirement, because I require some peace and quiet. What if I required books the library didn’t have? Or cake? Or both. Though the secret passage from the Hog’s Head to Hogwarts might not hurt either.
Would you put your name in the Goblet of Fire? Not likely! I’d give myself a stroke being too anxious, and would try and back out of it. So no, better to just not go there at all.
Would you join Dumbledore’s Army? Give me a cause and I can be one brave (read: foolhardy) bastard. I might not be down for diving to the bottom of the Hogwarts lake or fighting dragons, but if it meant saving the world I loved from darkness and destruction? I’m there.
What spell do you want to master? Animagus! Expecto Patronum is visually stunning and useful in certain situations, but to actually transform into an animal? Of course I would want that opportunity, though with my luck I’d turn into something decidedly uncool- a field mouse or starling or something similarly small and ineffectual.
What magical career would you want to go into? (Pro Quidditch Player, Auror, Dragon Keeper, curse breaker, etc.) I’d love to work for Gringotts, procuring them treasure and such. But I also think it would be a lot of fun working in a magical garden, either an educational one or a nursery. But really, I want to know if magical people are going to space, and if so- what is magic like there? A magical astronaut would be top notch, if you ask me.
Thank you, Aziz. Much better.
Finished reading a couple books since my last review, as well as a short story and two tiny stories. Hopefully I’ll have something creative to post here soon- once I’ve given myself a chance to edit and revise it all.