Am I the only one who finds it fascinating to know the Myers-Briggs® type of fictional characters?
I guess not, or you wouldn’t be here!
Maybe it’s a curiosity thing, and I just want to know more about the world I’m reading about and watching— I’ve always been drawn in by good, layered characters more than anything else. Or maybe it’s an ego thing, and I want to know who’s most like me, to compare and contrast the differences and similarities with. Either way, I love knowing more about the characters I already feel I know so well. Since Harry Potter is a world I grew up obsessed with, of course, I want to explore the professors a little more. Here are 10 Myers-Briggs® personalities for our favorite Hogwarts professors.
10. Albus Dumbledore: ENFJ, The Protagonist
Dumbledore is a classic ENFJ. ENFJs are teachers, leaders. They tend to draw people in with how charismatic they are, mesmerizing everyone they come in contact with. Dumbledore is almost textbook, actually. He even makes a speech at the start of every school year designed to inspire, and when it comes to personal pep talks, he’s always there to keep Harry going, too.
If anyone is exemplary of a teacher, it’s Dumbledore. Sure, he had his many other faults—like lying and manipulating, oh dear—but you can’t deny he always excelled in the area of motivation and inspiration. ENFJ it is!
9. Minerva McGonagall: ESTJ, The Executive
And then there are the ESTJs. They aren’t half bad at motivating people either, but they tend to be managers more than anything else. Outspoken and blunt, they’re good at keeping people in line and tend to make excellent supervisors in jobs.
Doesn’t this just scream Minerva McGonagall?
She’s good-hearted but tends to be hard on her students to draw the best from them, and isn’t always the best at being emotionally supportive. Still, she always wants her students to do the best that they can. Everything she does is geared around making sure they succeed in their attempts.
8. Alastor Moody: ENTJ, The Commander
ENTJs can be a little scary — no offense, ENTJs. Although, some of them probably enjoy being referred to as a little frightening at times because it’s what makes people listen to them. That doesn’t make them bad or overbearing people, it just makes them excellent commanders.
We didn’t see much of the real Alastor Moody in the series because of Barty Crouch Jr. impersonating him, but if the impersonation is believed to be accurate—and it must have been because it fooled even Dumbledore—he was nothing short of an excellent commander, good at leading people and getting results.
You go, Mad-Eye!
7. Horace Slughorn: ENFP, The Campaigner
Slughorn is a great, if underrated, character because he’s one of the characters who prove the stereotype of Slytherins is completely wrong. People love to think of Slytherins as irredeemable evil people, and although Slughorn had his faults, he definitely wasn’t evil.
He’s a hard one to pinpoint but seems to be an ENFP. He was always ready to smile and extremely sociable— actually, he was a complete social climber, desperate to network and connect with those that he felt had something to offer him. It isn’t necessarily an admirable trait, but the fact he was always so warm is, and that’s one of the positive things about an ENFP.
6. Gilderoy Lockhart: ESFP, The Entertainer
Oh, Lord. Sorry, ESFPs. We know you aren’t all like Gilderoy Lockhart. But the fact is, he was an ESFP. He was an entertainer, always willing to put on a show, always ready to be the center of attention. The only problem with Lockhart is that he took it way too far, lying to get attention, taking credit for other people’s deeds, and just generally not being willing (or able) to keep his ego in check.
He was an ESFP gone wrong — one of them taken to the extreme.
An ESFP's traits can be good and enjoyable, but this is a negative example of the personality type. All types have them!
5. Filius Flitwick: ISTJ, The Logician
Ah, finally. An introvert!
Filius Flitwick is head of Ravenclaw, which means that it’s completely guessable that he’s an ISTJ. ISTJs tend to be very practical, reliable, very logic-based — everything about this screams Ravenclaw, who tend to be the more studious, smart house.
We sadly didn’t see too much of Flitwick over the course of the series, but from what we did see, he was a very logical man who took every positive trait from his house and showed them off within himself. Makes perfect sense that Dumbledore wanted him to be head of Ravenclaw and set that shining example for the rest of his students.
4. Severus Snape: INTJ, The Architect
As an INTJ, I’m not super thrilled at admitting Snape is an INTJ. There’s a great debate in the world about whether Snape was a hero or not, but he was still a merciless bully who abused his power. Sadly, I don’t like to think I’m in the same personality area as him. That doesn’t make me sound very good.
But whether I like it or not, Snape did display all the traits of an INTJ, including the good ones. He was very careful and logical, managing to execute a years-long plan and fool even Voldemort, who could read minds. That’s not just an INTJ, it’s one who’s good at what they do.
3. Remus Lupin: INFJ, The Advocate
I wish we had seen more of Remus Lupin in the movies — and the books, actually. He was definitely an idealist and very inspiring. Despite his condition of being a werewolf, he was always very good at keeping optimistic, which is really quite incredible when you think about the pain he was going through every month. Remus deserved better!
He was definitely an INFJ, always ready to stick up for the underdog. Well, in his later life anyway, when he had grown into himself. Perhaps not at school... But sometimes, it takes people a while to get to know themselves and settle into their personality type.
2. Dolores Umbridge: Another ESTJ, The Executive
It was impossible not to include Umbridge. Let’s just look at the two sides of any personality type coin.
Umbridge is… vile, both in the books and the movies. She’s a bully and later appears to be a bit of a blood supremacist. She tortures Harry for trying to tell the truth and protect people. She’s truly, objectively, awful.
And yet, she’s the same personality type as Minerva McGonagall.
It just goes to show that personality traits can be used for good or for evil, depending on how someone chooses to live their life. Umbridge is an executive too, she’s just a mean one.
1. Rubeus Hagrid: ISFP, The Adventurer
We couldn’t end on an Umbridge note. It’d be just too depressing.
Hagrid is an ISFP; he’s a true adventurer. He takes in creatures that could hurt or kill him without a second thought, concerned only about living life to the fullest. He happily accepted a dangerous mission to go into the mountains and look for giants, and apparently didn’t once hesitate because of the thought that they might kill him. He’s a true adventurer and an example of an ISFP. All ISFPs should be proud of him — even if it’s sensible to have less of a death wish than Hagrid.