Third YearAny Positions:
I am a plain and simple student, though I do assist two classes taught by Professor Amy Lupin.HOL House:
HufflepuffWhy did you join HOL?
There were mainly three things that drew me here to begin with. The first was simply that some of my friends had joined a little while before me, who then told me about HOL. As we were all in quite the Harry Potter mood at the time, I was most eager to have a look for myself. What intrigued me then and moved me to join was the sheer variety of classes offered – and besides that, I really liked the idea of being sorted into one of the four houses.What is your definition of a role model?
A role model, to me, is anyone in a position where others are likely to look up to them and strive to be like them. That might be parents or teachers for example, celebrities, older friends or siblings, but also, to some extent, certain characters in books and films. I therefore find it very important that those in such a position, or those creating characters likely to be emulated by readers or viewers, are mindful of the influence they have. They should, in my opinion, aspire to represent values worth teaching, values such as kindness and confidence, reason and tolerance, or honesty and tact.What challenges, if any, have you had to overcome in your time at HOL?
The biggest challenge that I faced was probably no more than my own perfectionism. When I first joined HOL, I had little time that I could devote to it and ended up having to drop several classes halfway through. Looking at those failures on my profile, and knowing that I would not be satisfied with handing in any less than each assignment and extra credit for a class in full, brought me to not take any classes at all for several years. By now I have learned to manage my time a little better, as well as to pick fewer classes and choose them more carefully according to what I am likely to manage, and have finally become a happily active badger.With twenty years passing since the first book was published, what keeps you interested in Harry Potter and participating in activities like HOL?
To a great extent, this is simply the fact that I enjoy the story – I have only recently reread all seven books. By now, there is undoubtedly a solid touch of nostalgia involved as well, since the Harry Potter books and films were a huge part of my childhood. What keeps my interest active rather than slumbering, however, is actually HOL itself, by being full of life even after all these years and still constantly bringing up new ideas and activities.
Of the categories listed that you will be judged on, which do you think is the most important, and why?
I would judge character to be the most important. The other categories may be praiseworthy aspects of a person, but amount to little if the person in question is, for instance, ill-meaning or ill-mannered towards others. Being a truly outstanding member of any community takes good character.
Which category will be the hardest for you?
I expect that to be confidence, especially if it refers to confidence in yourself rather than others. Between a high amount of self-criticism and a somewhat shy nature, I generally have a hard time being confident.Do you agree Mx HOL should be a gender-neutral contest and that contestants should be judged on the same requirements? Why or why not?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, the contest might not have interested me nearly as much, had it been parted by gender. There is no reason to me whatsoever to hold contestants to different standards, save for outdated notions that are well gotten rid of. Generally, I hold the view that gender-neutrality should be far more often strived for than it is, and that people’s personality, wishes and skills should stand in the foreground rather than their gender.
Is there any other information you would like to give the judges and your fans?
Nothing other than that I am very much looking forward to this contest, and that – since I have not participated in anything like it before – I am very curious to see how it will unfold. It does promise to be a lot of fun.Talent
The talent I would like to show off is creating clothes for costumes. I am a very passionate Live Action Role Player and make most of my costumes myself, with roughly equal amounts of swearing and enjoyment.
What you can see on these pictures is a shirt I made for one of my characters, a Lord of the Rings-inspired elven warrior (not ironed, unfortunately). Sadly, I’m a little short of in-progress pictures, but I do have pictures of my design sketches for the shirt and the design of the embroidery, which you can see here:
And this is what putting on the embroidery looked like:
This was done before the shirt was put together, so there wouldn’t be so much fabric in the way. The white stuff that covers most of the actual fabric, except for a thin line at the bottom, is so-called solufleece. You can draw your embroidery patterns onto it, stitch it onto the fabric you want embroidered with a few long stitches, and after finishing your work simply dissolve it in water. It makes embroidering wonderfully easy, although the actual needlework still requires a great deal of patience.