If you loved the Harry Potter book series or the movies, you may have noticed that the main characters have distinct personalities. Which of them do you relate to most? Do you feel like you have the same personality as Harry, or maybe Hermione?
In this post, we’ll show you which personality types each of the main characters in Harry Potter have based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Myers-Briggs Personality Types
To give you a quick rundown, the Myers-Briggs personality types are determined based on your tendencies across four pairs of categories:
- whether you are more introverted or more extroverted
- whether you use more sensitive or intuitive
- whether you are a thinker or a feeler
- whether you tend to use judgment or perception
If you don’t know your own personality type, you can take the quiz on 16Personalities.com.
Harry Potter Myers Briggs Types
Let’s see how each of the characters of Harry Potter are identified in terms of personality.
Harry Potter: ISTP
Of course, we’ll start with the namesake character. Harry is one of the most famous wizards in literature history, but he doesn’t really enjoy this fame, which seems to line up with his personality type.
As an ISTP, Harry is introverted, tends to think a lot, and may not always be in tune with his feelings. We see him as an independent and adventurous boy who cares deeply about others and learns more by doing instead of watching other people do things.
Hermione Granger: INTP
Hermione has saved Harry and Ron in more scrapes than they care to count, mostly thanks to her amazing intellect and commitment to knowledge, two main characteristics of an INTP. You’ll notice that Hermione is logical, inventive, and always quick to correct her friends, but also struggles with a fear of failure that’s also classic of an INTP.
Draco Malfoy: INTJ
Harry’s self-confident, cynical archenemy is a perfectionist and a natural leader, both traits of an INTJ. He’s known for being quick at coming up with solutions, and his enormous confidence is balanced on the other end by bouts of equally enormous self-doubt, such as the time he was found at a loss in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom.
Rubeus Hagrid: ISFP
The loyal and sometimes over-sensitive Hagrid is another of our favorite characters in Harry’s world. If you remember, he tends to be a bit private, particularly in terms of his family line. He holds fast to his principles and is greatly affectionate toward what other people see as monsters.
Luna Lovegood: INFP
Another introvert in the Hogwarts world, Luna is known as a dreamy idealist, the perfect description of an INFP. She’s known for seeing the good in people, and she tends to depend more on her feelings than on logic or facts. Although INFPs can be seen as shy, Luna shows that they can also be passionate about their convictions and in defending their friends.
Severus Snape: ISTJ
Severus Snape is one of the most easily-misunderstood people in Hogwarts, perhaps due to his preferences as an ISTJ. For example, he prefers working alone, setting him apart from other relationships and coming across as reserved. It also means he struggles in expressing feelings. But as an ISTJ, he also throws himself wholeheartedly into his job, taking great pride in it.
Neville Longbottom: ISFJ
Just like a typical ISFJ, who is usually warm, highly observant and well-meaning, Neville Longbottom comes across as shy, but shows us his good intentions through his willingness to fight a scary snake to protect the people he loves. Neville, like other ISFJs, also loves stability, and tries hard to maintain peace in the midst of chaos.
Remus Lupin: INFJ
Remus Lupin is a classic INFJ, being soft-spoken while also strongly idealistic. Just like a typical INFJ, Lupin cares about the world and making a difference in it, while also struggling to keep his secret and defend himself. INFJs are commonly known for being diplomatic on the outside with burning passions inside.
Albus Dumbledore: ENFJ
The inspirational and empathetic Albus Dumbledore is a confident leader who knows how to keep things pleasant. But threaten one of an ENFJ’s flock and you will soon regret it: ENFJs are known for trusting people easily and often getting too involved in other people’s lives, but they also give whatever it takes for a cause they believe in.
Ron Weasley: ESFP or ENFP
Harry’s gregarious and optimistic best friend shows signs of being an ENFP or an ESFP. The ESFP is the personality group known as the “performers.” If you remember, despite his quirky personality, Ron enjoys being in the spotlight, such as during the time in The Half-Blood Prince when he became a Quidditch hero.
Meanwhile the ENFPs are known as being optimistic, openhearted, a bit sensitive, and overflowing with positive energy, all of which are also traits connected with Ron.
Ginny Weasley: ESTP
Ron’s sister is a little bundle of energy known for running right into the middle of danger, just like the highly active and competitive nature of ESTPs. This personality type is also commonly considered risk-takers and possible flirts, which is probably why Ginny also shows success in high school dating, along with her prowess in sports.
Minerva McGonagall: ESTJ
An ESTJ is known for sticking to her personal convictions, such as a strict moral code, which is exactly what Minerva McGonagall showed in the Harry Potter series. She’s known for being honest, dignified, and always telling the children what to do. Although it might make you think of ESTJs as boring or killjoys, we can see that McGonagall is willing to fight for what she believes is right—even though it may require using stupefy spells to defend her convictions!
Sirius Black: ENTP
Just like a typical ENTP, Sirius Black is playful, witty, an expert at socialization, but also has antagonistic tendencies. ENTPs enjoy a constant change of scenery and get restless and frustrated when they’re stuck somewhere without any stimulation. Sirius also shows classic ENTP behavior in being highly opinionated.
Molly Weasley: ESFJ
Who doesn’t love Molly Weasley for her maternal care, with a hint of bossines and fussiness underneath her generous and loving nature? These are trademarks of an ESFJ. Although they can get a bit overbearing, ESFJs are known for wanting to be helpful as much as possible, and they tend to care very deeply for others.
Lord Voldemort: ENTJ
Disclaimer: Just because Lord Voldemort falls in this personality type doesn’t mean ENTJs are evil! Instead, we look at the common ground he shares with ENTJs, which includes leadership, ambition, and sometimes leaning towards ruthlessness in terms of rationality. This personality type doesn’t think twice about crushing emotions or enemies, but they are also known for rewarding their friends generously.
Learning About Personality Types
Whether you are a writer working on character development or simply interested in human nature, understanding personality types can be a useful skill. It helps us understand other people better, thus helping us to know how to deal with them successfully.
While less scientific, it’s also fun to speculate the zodiac signs of your favorite characters and see which ones match your sign!
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Yen Cabag is the Blog Writer of TCK Publishing. She is also a homeschooling mom, family coach, and speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, an educational philosophy that places great emphasis on classic literature and the masterpieces in art and music. She has also written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her passion is to see the next generation of children become lovers of reading and learning in the midst of short attention spans.