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If I Were A Wizard Survey

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From tta.

If you were a Wizard:

Which House would you be in?

I'd probably be in Ravenclaw. I can't quite decide between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw though (they both sound like me). I'm definitely less of a Gryffindor or Slytherin. And it seems the Chinese kids (Cho Chang and Su Li) are in Ravenclaw. =)

What electives would you take starting in third year?

<input ... > Care of Magical Creatures
<input ... > Divination
<input ... > Muggle Studies
<input ... > Arithmancy
<input ... > Ancient Runes

I'm not an animal person, so Magical Creatures don't interest me. Divination is kinda like superstition and it's bad luck to be superstitious. Ancient Runes doesn't sound all that interesting to me.

Arithmancy, I can only hope is actually interesting stuff like calculating a precise upper bound for the Selmer group in the semisquare case of the symmetric square representation associated to a modular form. But I'm not holding my breath.

Muggle Studies... as a Muggle, I'm fascinated with the Harry Potter realm. So, as a Witch, I think I would have an Arthur-Weasley fascination with Muggles. =)

What ancestry would you have? Pure Blood, Muggle-Born or Mixed Heritage?

It's hard to say. I'm pure blood Han Chinese. But there are a lot of reasons for that which don't apply to even the society that I grew up in, nevermind the Muggle/Wizard realms. But I'll just pick Pure Blood, just because I don't know what else to say.

I'd be a non-bigoted, non-racist Pure Blood.

Would you try out for the House team? or a commentor?

I'd be the Commentator. I'd say "the Referee" because I was a Volleyball Ref. in highschool, but it looks like only teachers are Refs. I was never an athlete.

Would you apply to be a Prefect? and a Head later?

I would definitely run for a Prefect position. I wouldn't have tried for a Student Council Executive position in highschool, but I did in University and I'd do it again.

I don't know if I'd run for Head Girl though.

What would you do after Hogwarts? Work for the ministry, have a Muggle job, Auror, Death Eater, Teacher, Quidditch player, etc.?

I'd be a Healer descended from Bao QianGuang (the first and most renowned female physician in Chinese history). I'd own and operate the Apothecary Shop at Diagon Alley selling potion materials. I'd take monthly excursions into the mountains and wilderness to collect herbs, roots and other things.

Side note: I think Mandrakes are based on Ginseng in real life. Ginseng roots have always looked like little people to me. =) This has no bearing on anything. The thought just came to me =)

I'd also be a serious hobbyist Astronomer on the side.

I feel like I don't want to touch government jobs with a 10-foot pole, so a Ministry job would be out of the question for me. Aurors are just like Law Enforcement and I don't have any desire to do that. I'm so not an athlete. I'd maybe do a guest Potions or Herbology lecture at Hogwarts, Beaux Baton and Durmstrang once or twice a year, but I wouldn't want to teach fulltime.


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bride
Dec. 3rd, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not totally convinced that anyone in China is "pure Han" anymore

Really? How do you figure?

I can see how you think that, I guess. I don't know how exclusive the Mongolian (? Dudes from the Yuan dynasty) and the Manchu were.

I know Jackie Chan can trace his lineage back to Genghis Khan. And I know the Manchu took Han names, so it's not like you could really tell.

My family is from the south and we're Han at least as far as 4 generations back. That doesn't mean much though =P =)
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nightshift
Dec. 3rd, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
You do have a point but the population of China has always been overwhelmingly Han Chinese despite foreign invasion by both the Mongols and the Manchu. The non-Han population in China has always been very small.

I think a stronger case for ethnic dilution can be made in the period of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) when the Japanese Imperial Army committed mass rape throughout China. There's no telling or even estimates of how many people in China right now have Japanese blood in them. It's a very politically sensitive issue and will probably never be explored.
bokane
Dec. 4th, 2002 02:24 am (UTC)
There's also the Zhuang minority, which insisted for hundreds of years that it was Han until the PRC said that it wasn't.

Living in the Dongbei area is kind of neat (on the topic of intermarriage) because there are so many groups and combinarions around here - Hui, Koreans, Manchu, Han, Russians. And Harbin is a new enough town that practically nobody can trace their family's history here back before 1898. There's been plenty of intermarriage (much of it kept hush-hush, especially the rare ones that involved Russians).
badkarma_05
Dec. 4th, 2002 06:24 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention it! Last night in our D&D game we encountered a camp of 3 Ogres. We were leaving a city to return to our very distant homeland. After our first day of travel we made camp. During the night our sentry heard the Ogres arrive. They camped a hundred yards away on the opposite side of a hill. We decided leaving a band of Ogres free, this close to a human city, was a bad idea. So we attacked them at dawn. To cover us, I put up an Alarm spell, just in case they discovered us and decided to reverse the ambush. I also stationed my owl familiar (Thurston Owl the III) in a tree so he could observe their camp during the night. In the morning, my wizard flanked the Ogres, from around an intervening hill, and hit the leader with a lighting bolt from behind. He charged me, while the party attacked the other two Ogres from the opposite direction to pincer them. Despite having cast Mage Armor and Shield, the leader clubbed me, on his round, for 13 points of damage. My next round I dimension-doored (using a ring of dimension-door) away from him. As he attempted to close in on me again I cast another lightning bolt to finish him off. For the rest of the combat I stood off and sprinkled Magic Missiles into the remaining Ogres that were fighting my companions. It took 3 years to get to 6th level, but my wizard is really starting to kick some butt!
bride
Dec. 4th, 2002 09:13 am (UTC)
Re:
Sounds awesome! =)

Hey, maybe you'd know... what's the difference between a Wizard and a Mage? Are they the same thing, just with a different name?
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