I know that scientists do not become obsessed with silly things like magical creatures and people, that it is more acceptable for them to instead become "focused" on science-y things such as the magical powers of Vitamin C. Despite this, I have a confession to make; I am a fan of Harry Potter et al. I am sure this is no surprise to those of you who actually know who Hedwig the Owl is, but at least I have managed to limit my admiration of "things magical" to Harry Potter et al. (Maybe this is why I cannot find a job in scientific research or academic science?). I also admit that I am not a witch nor do I practice witchcraft, unless you consider science to be a form of witchcraft, of course.
But I digress. I know a few of you have been waiting for me to reveal the depth and breadth of my Harry Potter fan-itude, particularly because one of my two blogonyms is "Hedwig the Owl". So today (a Sunday), after being sorely disappointed by data analysis, I turned my attention to making myself feel somewhat happy by poking around on the web in search of Harry Potter quizzes while simultaneously indulging my huge crush on Alan Rickman .. ooolala! .. do you suppose he is approximately as tall as I?
Anywho, I searched high and low on the internet to find Harry Potter quizzes .. and was stunned to find that there are approximately 840,000 hits in webland! If even one-tenth of these hits are live links, well, this serves as an excellent example of what happens when people have more spare time than than they know how to use. Without further ado, I report the most interesting HP tests and their results, either because they have nice pictures or because I was somewhat interested in the methods of the test itself.
This quiz gives you a nice photograph;
And this quiz has a cute drawing;
Which HP Kid Are You?
This quiz has an interesting twist, but alas, no picture-rewards (boo, hiss!);
Harry Potter Personality Quizby Pirate Monkeys Inc.
Now that I have over-killed the HP character identification aspect, let's use another quiz to predict which Hogwarts School "house" I'd be sorted into by the Sorting Hat;
Be sorted at nimbo.net
Which Hogwarts Class would be your best subject? This quiz (which is in serious want of a spell checker) tells all (although I think all classes would be my "best classes", but I guess they don't have a category for that);
You excel at Care of Magical Creatures. You must have a thing for those cute furry things...or big scaley things...or scary firebreathing many teethed things...
Which Class at Hogwarts Would You Excel at?
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Which Hogwarts School Professor are you? This quiz also has an interesting twist and a nice picture. I psyched it out such that I ended up with a picture of Severus Snape as my reward, mrow! Although I am sure I would end up as Headmaster Dumbledore if I wasn't trying to get a picture of Alan Rickman for my blog ... but seriously, I truly admire anyone who refers to their students as "dunderheads" in class and gets away with it.
Severus Snape, Potions.
Harry Potter Quiz: Which Hogwarts Professor Are You?
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Which Harry Potter pet are you? I was very pleased to find two quizzes to identify which Harry Potter pet character I might actually be, which was the original reason for my search .. it's nice to see that these two quizzes actually agree with each other. So now you know why I chose my other blogonym;
YOU ARE Hedwig: Cool, calm, proud and smart, but still capable of showing affection. Sometimes you get a little offended by things, but hey, get over it - you're an owl. Even though you are sent off in any weather to deliver mail, you're more than happy to prove how a real mail-owl should behave. You're loyal and you love Harry muchly.
Wow, you're an owl. You are too smart 4 me! good job!
!!WHaT KiND oF HaRRy POtTEr CReATuRE aRE yOU????!!
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[By the way, if you had trouble reading that as I did, it says You are an owl. Lucky you. You are clever, smart and a great friend. You are always on top of things and you aren't always nice. You have a bit of a problem with the rules but your good deeds make up for it. Have FUN with life and live life to the fullest!!]
So, to answer the question you are all probably dying to ask now, 'how obsessed am I with Harry Potter et al.?' Well, there is even a quiz to answer that! According to this quiz, I am 74% obsessed with the Harry Potter phenomenon, which qualifies me to feel withdrawal symptoms as I await the appearance of the next HP book (but you must realize that "74% obsessed" means 26% of the population is crazier about HP than I am. Scarey. Even I don't want to meet any of them in a dark alley).
But I digress. As the quiz proclaimed, I have suffered withdrawal symptoms, and I have tried to lessen them by reading all the HP books several times .. I have read each book more than ten times, in order, and because I am seeking a challenge, I also own the complete set of first edition books in (American) English, Spanish and Indonesian. I have read the first HP book in both Spanish and Indonesian while I await publication of the next installment in the series.
By the way, if you want an adventure in book buying, try getting the Indonesian HP books without spending a fortune. Go ahead, Google it and tell me how much they cost! Needless to say, I paid nowhere near those prices: I am very clever and resourceful, just like Hermione.
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