Harry Potter: Minerva McGonagall [ESTJ 1w9]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

McGonagall designs and teaches lesson plans, finds it easy to keep the students in line, and refuses to allow her emotions to influence her decisions. McGonagall also believes the school rules are important and should be enforced (even though she feels sorry for Harry not being able to visit Hogsmeade, those are the rules and she won’t make an exception); she is frequently angered by “Mad Eyed Moody” disregarding the rules in his teaching methods. McGonagall determines what needs to be done and either attends to it or assigns the responsibility to someone she can trust. She is goal-oriented. Though held in check, McGonagall’s emotions do surface from time to time in her disapproval of other teachers, her contempt for certain classes (she thinks Trelawey is an idiot), her enjoyment of seeing Umbridge’s downfall, and her soft spot for Harry. Rather than confide in her students how much she loves them, McGonagall allows her actions to say that for her—her purchase of a broom for Harry benefitted them both as a kindness to him, but also helped McGonagall accomplish something she wants: a top-notch Quidditch player for the Gryffindor team! McGonagall has a strict moral code that she refuses to violate.  She vigorously defends the people she cares about most – and defending Hagrid from unfair attack nearly cost her life.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

She respects and adheres to the traditions of Hogwarts. She is comfortable working within the existing system and enforcing its rules. Being part of such an old, respected establishment gives her a sense of unity with the school and its magnificent history. McGonagall is deliberate in her decisions, and likes to gather large amounts of information before reaching conclusions; she spends all day observing Harry’s relatives, she is systematic and detailed in her approach to teaching, and she has a good memory for details and previous events. She settles into a comfortable routine that she maintains regardless of school upheaval. Her straightforward approach to life doesn’t leave much time for daydreaming, but McGonagall has developed the ability to see possibilities in the actions of those around her; she sees the potential in her students, knows when they are lying to her, and embraces new ideas as tangible realities (adding Harry to the Gryffindor team, allowing the students free reign during the battle, having the chance to call upon the stone statues to defend Hogwarts).

Enneagram: 1w9 social

No nonsense but fair. Careful to obey the rules, but not above stretching them for a good cause. Persistent in teaching the kids right from wrong. Ensuring Malfoy doesn’t get off scot free, when “you too were out of bed after hours.” All traits McGonagall is known for. She contains her anger, suppresses her baser instincts (if she has any), and is fair in her judgments. She’s an effective instructor with a no-nonsense approach. She avoids unnecessary conflict, and can center herself through her 9 wing, enabling her toward a more rigid belief system that won’t allow for bad behavior. (She takes Mad-Eyed Moody to task for “punishing a student” with transfiguration.)

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