Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Dumbledore is without a doubt the most visionary character in the story. The sixth book best illustrates this, as he unfolds his careful research to support his theory that Voldemort succeeded in splitting his soul numerous ways into Horcruxes, and created Harry as his “unintentional” one, but throughout the story, Dumbeldore knows that Harry must face and defeat challenges (largely on his own) to prepare him for the inevitable conflict, in which he must “die” (allow Voldemort to kill that part of himself which lives in Harry, and gives him Parseltongue) in order to survive. He has ‘strategically’ played Harry and his life from the start, constantly maneuvering him to where he needs to be, from insisting to Petunia that she keep and protect her nephew in her home until he comes of age, to that final act of preparing himself, over a year, for his inevitable death, knowing Snape would need to perform it, to save Draco’s soul and ensure Voldemort’s trust of Snape to the bitter end. He has a keen understanding of the value of how things work (“My blood is worth less than yours, Harry”), and a retrospective shame over his ambitions and arrogance in his youth. Dumbledore almost never acts impulsively, showing a detachment from sensory reality, except to act and operate on his hunches (taking Harry with him to the caves, using Harry to recruit an old teacher back to Hogwarts, etc). When Petunia as a child sent him a letter, begging for him to allow her to attend Hogwarts with her sister, Dumbledore “sent a kind response.” He can be somewhat harsh, however, when he reminds Petunia years later that she did not love Harry, as he deserved, but instead mistreated him, something Dumbledore regrets. He is quite open at times with his feelings, in confessing his mistakes to Harry and articulating his shame. But he also… sees Harry as a necessary sacrifice, and trains him up in that way, to serve a higher purpose and save humanity; the question of personal choice is not a factor, until the end when Dumbledore assures Harry that he can go back or “… board a train.” He also understands, where Voldemort does not, that love is what sets Harry apart from Tom Riddle; that the support and love of his friends and family can sustain him; and ensures Harry will have them around him (through the stone) “at the end.” Dumbledore is logical, but his logic has a point – Harry, in exasperated frustration, complains that Dumbledore somehow expected them to figure it out on their own and magically know what he was thinking; he left such obscure directions behind him, the trio wandered around uselessly for months, unsure of what to do, where to start, or how to begin, causing a needless delay in Voldemort’s downfall. Dumbledore almost never acts impulsively, showing a detachment from sensory reality, except to act and operate on his hunches (taking Harry with him to the caves, using Harry to recruit an old teacher back to Hogwarts, etc).

Enneagram: 9w8 so/sp [973]

Dumbledore is a strange mixture of action and passive acceptance; he doesn’t seem to consider leaving Harry with his horrible in-laws a problem, because it keeps him “safe” – unlike McGonagall, who deems his relatives “the worst sort of Muggles.” In a 9ish way, he ignores that and doesn’t see it as a problem. He also admits that as a young man, he merged into what Gellert Grindelwald wanted and went along with it, until his sister got caught in the crosshairs and died. Young Albus, in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, is withdrawn and elusive, difficult to understand, and secretive, but also generous, warm-hearted, and forgiving. He creates a parallel world where he and Credence can fight without harming Muggles, where he gently disarms him and tells him that he is sorry for all Credence suffered, but he is not his father. Then he encourages his brother to take on his paternal responsibilities and welcome the boy home. By the time Harry meets him, Dumbledore has grown fully into his adaptability and sense of tolerance for everything; he says there is nothing the mirror could show him, because he has everything he wants, he is content. In the books, far more than the movies, Dumbledore is always calm in how he handles everything—he sits quietly while Harry destroys his office, he calmly asks Harry if he put his name into the Goblet of Fire, and his sense of gentle ease makes Harry feel ashamed for his outbursts. He is tolerant of everyone, accepting of his fate, and believes the best even in Snape, though Snape gave him every reason to think ill of him. Dumbledore also has a tendency to push through people, to get things done. Rather than allow Draco to murder him and live with the guilt for the rest of his life, he asks Snape to intervene and do it for him (it’s all part of the plan, and he’s dying anyway), without much concern for Snape’s emotional welfare in the process. He uses Snape as a spy with Voldemort for the greater good, without much regard for his feelings, and can sometimes ‘bully’ people into things. He awards points to Gryffindor so that he always slants them toward victory in the House Cup, without thinking of the non-fairness of doing so. And he really feels intimidated by no one.