The wizarding world of Harry Potter has enchanted children from most parts of the world since 1997. The most magical part about the series is the way the characters are written. Reading the Harry Potter series again as an adult student of Enneagram is an interesting learning experience. The wide range of evil and good characters fit into all the Enneagram categories. By understanding the motivations of each Enneagram type, we learn new things about why a character takes a certain action. It might even help you see parallels between these characters’ behaviors and your own. Let’s take a look at some of the Enneagram types of the core characters in the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter: Type Nine (The Diplomat)
Although all seven books are about Harry’s journey against the dark forces of the wizarding world, Harry is not one who toots his own horns. Humility is a trademark of Type Nines. They rarely brag about their achievements or even think that they are important. Harry rarely refers to himself as the Boy Who Lived even though the whole wizarding world calls him that. Even after the prophecy’s been revealed, Harry often points out that Neville could very well be the boy in the prophecy in an effort to divert attention from himself.
Harry is often the first person to mediate their arguments and to try and diffuse the tension between Ron and Hermione when they bicker. Type Nines dislike conflict and interpersonal tension. They would rather swallow their dissatisfaction and hurt instead of making waves. Even though they are peacemakers, Nines are motivated by anger. When their capacity for patience is filled, they tend to have emotional outbursts. Even though he’s remorseful after the fact, Harry lashes out at other people for keeping secrets from him in “The Order of Phoenix.
Ron Weasley: Type Six (The Strategist)
Ron’s heroic return to Harry and Hermione in “The Deathly Hallows” will forever be held as the ultimate act of loyalty and friendship in the minds of Potterheads. Ron’s loyalty is a consistent theme throughout the whole Harry Potter series. Type Sixes hang on to relationships tighter than other types, often depending on the people they hang out with to feel safe and valued.
Thus, the primary emotion that motivates Sixes is fear. In fact, Ron abandoned Harry and Hermione in the forest because he’s insecure about his role and worth to the group. Type Sixes tend to be sensitive and overthink situations, which fuels their insecurity. Ron is the most skeptical character among the three of them. He questions the motives and true intentions of people he’s not familiar with so that his friends are safe. Despite that, because of their need for security and loyalty, they will eventually return to the group, as Ron did.
Although Ron steps up when his friends are in sticky situations, he freaks out easily and struggles to make a decision under duress. When there’s no immediate danger, his happy-go-lucky attitude often serves as comedic relief. When he’s able to cope with life, Ron doesn’t worry about the future and instead go with the flow.
Hermione Granger: Type One (The Perfectionist)
Type Ones are called perfectionists because they strive to become the best through discipline and practice. Hermione’s high expectations for herself shined through when she asked Dumbledore for a time turner to take up more classes. Even with the extra workload and the chaos in Hogwarts, she managed to stay on the top of her class. She sometimes projects her high expectations on Harry and Ron by lecturing them when they are slacking. Her constant drive irritates Harry and Ron sometimes since she projects her expectations on her friends by lecturing them when they are slacking. Ones also get irritated when things don’t go their way, shown by Hermione’s tendency to storm off when Harry and Ron ignore her.
Hermione’s calm and collected demeanor makes her the voice of reason in the trio, making sure that her friends are doing the right things. Type Ones are also sticklers for authority, which makes them more likely to conform to rules. More than once, Hermione expresses her desire to listen to instruction instead of investigating strange occurrences with Harry and Ron. However, Ones are motivated by anger and will break the rules if they are angry enough. Hermione slapped Malfoy in the books when he crossed a line by calling her a Mudblood. She also started SPEW when she was pissed about the bad treatment of house-elves by wizarding families no matter how much she was ridiculed.
Albus Dumbledore: Type Five (The Detective)
For a big part of the series, Dumbledore plays the part of the overseer, guiding Harry in his war against the dark side. He seems to know what’s going to happen at all times. Type Fives have a keen sense of observation, which is a useful skill for them to accumulate knowledge. They are also very inquisitive and investigative, often trying to find a deeper meaning to things. This gives them the ability to look at reality as an objective bigger picture. But because of this, they prioritize facts and truths over feelings and emotions. This might also be why Dumbledore doesn’t feel bad about hiding facts from Harry for the greater good.
Fives are excellent advisors due to their objectivity, but they don’t like it when other people invade their space. Dumbledore’s reclusiveness is a prime example. Despite being a notable character in the series, not much is known about Dumbledore until his death. He rarely forms a personal attachment to other people asides from people he trusts the most, like Professor McGonagall or Snape. They are excellent advisors, but they dislike their space being invaded upon.
Rubeus Hagrid: Type Two (The Caregiver)
“Yer a wizard, Harry!”
Our favorite half-giant in the series, Hagrid, served as a supportive figure to Harry from the moment he burst through the Dursleys’ doors. He took Harry shopping for school supplies and initiated him to the wizarding world. Type Twos are caring and supportive but honest. They don’t boost egos. Instead, they offer genuine compliments and point out great qualities that people have.
Hagrid is very proud of being an essential and useful member of Hogwarts and the Order. In most cases, he jumps at the opportunity to be useful, especially for someone he cares about like Dumbledore or Harry. This is because Twos thrive from the feeling of being needed. This is also the reason why Twos tend to pick up strays that are shunned or alone. For Hagrid, he shows this tendency by taking care of Aragog the giant spider and Norbert the baby dragon, even though they are dangerous creatures. It’s very important for Twos to feel needed or to nurture something. When Hagrid’s creatures are taken away or when he is prohibited to help, he often flies into a fit of rage and throws violent tempers. He doesn’t do it from a place of malice. Rather, it comes from their compulsion to help those they love.
Draco Malfoy: Type Three (The Medalist)
While Voldemort takes over the wizarding world, Malfoy contributes to making Harry’s life in Hogwarts more inconvenient than necessary. On their first day, Malfoy tried to rope Harry into his clique. Threes love superiority, which is why they are quick to buddy up with affluent people. An unhealthy Three would even use this as fodder to brag and for them to show off.
Type Threes are motivated by shame. Malfoy channeled his shame after Harry rebuffed his attempt to recruit him by competing with Harry in Quidditch and school. He taunts Ron and Hermione a lot because of their “undesirability” as well – Ron for his Muggle-loving family and Hermione for being Muggle-born.
Despite Medalists’ need for superiority, they are actually extremely hard workers. Draco is talented in his own right and is willing to put in the work to achieve greatness. Because of the hard work they put in, Medalists can be harsh or straightforward when they feel burdened or dragged down by other people. Crabbe and Goyle have been Malfoy’s goons since the first day of school, but they suffer the brunt of Malfoy’s anger when they mess up his plans.
Ginny Weasley: Type Eight (The Fighter)
Eights come across as strong individuals who are forceful and self-assured. Being the youngest girl in the family, she was able to stand up to all of her brothers. After opening the Chamber of Secrets in her first year, she blossomed into a strong woman. She’s participated in many battles alongside her friends and family, most notably the Battle of Hogwarts and the battle in the Department of Mysteries.
Ginny has a competitive relationship with her brothers, often wanting to measure herself against them. Despite not being allowed to play Quidditch with her brothers, she stole her brothers’ brooms in turns to practice. When she was old enough to play, she joined the Quidditch team and eventually became a professional player. Eights are also fiercely loyal to those they want to protect. She stood by Harry when other people questioned his sanity. Besides that, she also went to the Yule Ball with Neville because she promised, even though she could have gone with Harry.
Luna Lovegood: Type Four (The Artist)
Luna appeared relatively late in the series – in the fifth book – but ended up making quite an impact in Harry’s life. She first bonded with Harry through their ability to see Threstrals, magical creatures that can only be seen by people who had seen death. She listened to Harry empathetically and eventually became one of his closest friends.
Luna is the exact embodiment of Type Fours – emotionally honest, creative, and personal. Fours show their emotions with ease and express themselves easily. Luna often exclaims her beliefs out loud even though she was ridiculed for them. For example, she often talks about non-existent magical creatures like Blibbering Humdinger and the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, much to the annoyance of Hermione. She has also shown her creative chops by making a roaring lion to support Gryfinddor in their Quidditch game against Hufflepuff.
Despite her eccentrics, Luna was smart enough to be sorted into Ravenclaw. She’s intuitive and reflective, often knowing what to do and what to say without any sort of help from other people. At the end of the battle of Hogwarts, she created a distraction so that Harry can be alone. She also helped Harry in many practical ways in “The Order of Phoenix”, like suggesting that they travel to the Ministry of Magic by Threstral and keeping watch for Harry by making up a gas leak.
Fred and George Weasley: Type Seven (The Explorer)
At the crux of it, Sevens are a fun loving bunch. To them, any occasion is an opportunity to have fun. Fred and George Weasley are notorious for their pranks in Hogwarts. No matter how somber the situation, they would try to lighten the mood. When Fred was reporting the true Death Eater regime on Potterwatch, he often makes jokes to make his audience feel better. George even made stupid hole puns when his ear was severed by the Sectumsempra curse.
This doesn’t mean that Sevens don’t understand the seriousness of situations. When Umbridge became the Defence of Dark Arts teacher in Hogwarts, they joined Dumbledore’s Army to learn important spells. They also agreed to impersonate Harry to make sure that Harry is safe when he’s leaving the Dursley’s home. They were also members of the Order and some of the first to fight in the battle of Hogwarts.
Sevens are highly curious with the spirit of explorers. They stole the Marauder’s map from Filch’s office. In their first week in Hogwarts, they managed to uncover secret passageways that helped them plan their pranks. Sevens like to play with ideas and concepts. After a confrontation with Umbridge, Fred and George dropped out of Hogwarts to open up their joke store, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Even Hermione was impressed by their ingenuity when she visited their store with Harry and Ron, calling their inventions “clever”.