In the meantime, since we have so many new people, we thought it would be a good idea for the Wizengamot to introduce themselves via this blog. Hence, with no further ado, say hello to Sean and Alex:
I race for the University karting team, while also being secretary of the corresponding society, Oxford University Motor Drivers' Club.
As you've said, you're the Chief Warlock of our Wizengamot—how would you compare yourself to Albus Dumbledore?
How would I compare myself to Albus Dumbledore? I like to think that I act, for the most part, for "a greater good". Pretty sure I treat my family far better than Dumbledore does, though.
What's been your favourite Society event so far during your term as President?
My favourite event as President so far was probably the most recent one, the Sorting Quiz. I'm a huge fan of quizzing, and think a great one was set for everyone—as well as that, hosting a quiz is always great fun. I've also never had to try to run something for quite so many people before (I think official attendance was 105-ish), so it was a bit of a challenge, but I feel it went very well.
Which Harry Potter character do you try to emulate in your leadership, and why?
I probably try to be somewhere between Ron Weasley and Remus Lupin on this one (who happen to be my favourite characters). Ron is a fiercely loyal friend, while Lupin is probably the best teacher Harry ever had—he's calm (for most parts of the lunar cycle), assured, and really tries to gain an understanding with his students. Not that I consider my relationship with society members to be that of teacher/student, however.
The Daily Prophet or The Quibbler?
Always The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet, as far as we are aware, is the only mass-circulated newspaper in wizarding Britain—and it has allowed itself to be corrupted by the government. It acts solely to perpetuate the wishes of the Ministry of Magic, while The Quibbler actually tries to shed real light on (totally, 100% real) topics. Besides, where else would I get the latest news on Crumple-Horned Snorkacks? [Well, exactly. Xeno.]
I run a weekly maths tutoring session in a local secondary school with Schools Plus. I also do a lot of access work in my college, and I volunteer with RAG Casino, which gets me access to a number of Oxford balls and other fun events.
As Treasurer, you look after our finances—how would you compare your approach in this to that of the goblins of Gringotts?
Very similar, actually. I don't trust high street banks, so all the society's money is stored in a vault many hundreds of feet underground, guarded by a dragon. There may also be a Horcrux in there too.
Do you have a favourite currency?
I'm quite fond of the Ouguiya, the currency of Mauritania. They're one of only two countries who have decided to shun the rest of the world and not use decimal currency, and I respect that.
If all the characters in the Harry Potter series went into the acting business, which one would play you in a film of your life?
Barty Crouch Junior. Because then I'd get to look like David Tennant.
The Three Broomsticks or the Hog’s Head?
The Three Broomsticks would be a great place to relax with a nice warm Butterbeer. But let's be honest, all the best nights start with a Firewhiskey in the Hog's Head.
Keep up the Quest!