Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (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).
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
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.
Enneagram: 1w9 so/sp
Dumbledore broke with the wizard he loved over a moral difference of opinion, and has refused to use the Elder Wand in any immoral ways since it fell into his keeping. He has, instead, protected it so that no other wizard will fall prey to its temptations. 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). He is striving to do the greater moral good, and sometimes shows severe lack of emotional empathy in the process — he uses Snape as a spy with Voldemort for the greater good, without much regard for his feelings, but completely trusts him and takes him into his confidence. He leaves Harry with emotionally abusive and neglectful in-laws, because it’s the practical and useful decision to make (Petunia’s blood protects Harry), despite McGonagall’s moral protests that they are “the worst sort of Muggles imaginable.” Since he has matured, he’s had time to also grow into the playfulness of his 9 (and his line to 7, with his silliness at all the Hogwarts feasts). When others accuse Harry of putting his name in the Goblet of Fire, in the book at least, Dumbledore “calmly” asks him if he did that. He avoids upsetting anyone unnecessarily, and has a quiet, withdrawn manner.