MBTI Type: INFP
Snape allows his emotions to dictate most of his judgments, which makes him extremely impartial in his treatment of Harry Potter and his friends. Because he hated James, and Harry reminds him of James, he also hates Harry. He gets into quarrels with Black when they are both in the Order of the Phoenix, which causes violence and threats between them, because he cannot take an insult without over-reacting on an emotional level. He has enough mastery over his emotions to successfully learn how to block Voldemort from accessing his true feelings. He tries to teach this method to Harry, but becomes frustrated, furious when Harry breaks through into his own mind and sees him abused, and discontinues their lessons. Snape cares mostly about potions, and innovates his own improvements to the books, but never seeks to monetize this or correct the existing books—he does so purely for his own pleasure. His naïve idealism led him to fall in with Voldemort, and then be betrayed by Lily’s death, but he is also fast to catch on to Dumbledore’s intentions for Harry (“you are keeping him alive to die at the proper moment?”). Snape is both able to keep the end result in mind (Voldemort’s downfall) and prone to Fi/Si loops. He has become an expert at potions, through meticulous repetition, experimentation, and understanding the individual components enough to know how to innovate and create his own potions. He has made this his profession and is highly competent in it, enough to “teach” (not well) others to do it. One of Snape’s biggest flaws is that he was so impacted by James Potter’s actions as a student at Howarts, he assumes history will repeat itself. He persistently blames Harry Potter for things he did not do, he assumes because Harry resembles his father that he will share his callous attitude and bullying behavior, and the mere sight of his son brings back all the old resentment. Once forced to interact with Sirius Black, his primary tormentor, Snape falls right back into the rut of their “previous behavior” – lashing out at him and experiencing all the same subjective emotions. Snape is an accomplished Potion’s Master, who scribbled tons of detailed instructions in his old potion’s book. He has gone on to make a successful career out of his knowledge, which is immense… but he does not have good people skills. He can be harsh, judgmental, and abrasive, pointing out people’s incompetence and shaming them. . Though he loathes the thought of ending Dumbledore’s life “for the greater good,” Snape rationally realizes it’s the only way to protect Draco from Voldemort’s wrath, earn himself a trusted position in the Death Eater inner circle, and pave the way for his enemy’s eventual downfall. Snape has intense, deep emotions, but often shows them through his actions, his condescension, and his contempt rather than in healthy ways.
Enneagram: 4w5 sx/sp
Snape sees himself as intellectually superior to others, as well as utterly incapable of moving past his intense feelings—years later, Snape is still harboring anger, resentment, bitterness, and hurt over being humiliated by James Potter, losing Lily, and having to see Harry Potter’s face in his classroom every day… it’s as if James is still taunting him, from beyond the grave. He acts on these feelings by asserting his authority, and threatening and bullying the children. Snape could appear cold, cynical, malicious, bitter, and sarcastic. He holds grudges and is extremely spiteful toward those whom he dislikes. Snape is not interested in heavy engagement with the outside world. His desire to explore the unknown on an intellectual level led him as a young man to creating very dark, turbulent spells—such as the one Harry mistakenly uses that slices open Draco Malfoy in a duel. Fives love to create niches for themselves, as Snape did in becoming a Potion Master. He relied on this, as a young Hogwarts student, to set himself apart from the others—this expertise made him “valuable and important.” He thrust aside all other distractions, and focused just on that.