The Enneagram Goes To Hogwarts

The Enneagram Goes To Hogwarts

When personality types meet the fictional world.

There are two things that I love more than anything else in this world: personality tests, and Harry Potter.

In the last couple of years, I have learned about the enneagram. If you don't know, the enneagram is a principle of human personality that classifies people into nine interrelated personality types. The model looks like this:

The other night, I was talking with my roommates, and we were sorting our friends into the Hogwarts houses. Somehow, that led into a discussion of which house each of the enneagram types would be in. So, here we are.

First, let's hear from the Sorting Hat about each of the houses, so we are all on the same page:

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave of heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindor apart.
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your true friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.

One - Ravenclaw

Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

Ones are known for their need to make everything better and not make any mistakes. They love being right, just, and consistent. Their friends would describe them as wise and realistic. They fit right in with the Ravenclaws, as they love to think and figure out the best solution to everything.

Two - Hufflepuff

Generous, Demonstrative, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

Also known as the Helper, twos are constantly looking for ways to love those around them. Described as warm-hearted and sincere, they are some of the most loyal friends a person could have. Relationships are at their core, and while that can be a downfall, it is exactly what makes these Hufflepuffs the caring people that they are.

Three - Slytherin

Adaptable, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

There is one word that can easily describe most threes in this world: Charming. The Achievers need to be valued, and to accomplish that they do what they can to be the best at everything they do. As members of the Slytherin house, they are highly ambitious and tend to be status-driven, whether they mean to be or not. The Sorting Hat even used the word "achieve" to describe Slytherin.

Four - Gryffindor

Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

I struggled trying to decide what house the fours fit into. Which makes perfect sense, because they are called the Individualists. They take pride in being unlike any of the others, and they can't be put into a box. For the same reason, though, is exactly why I placed them in Gryffindor. Their need to be their own people can hurt them, as they become so self-involved that they miss out on the rest of the world. When they are at their best, however, they are incredibly creative and love the uniqueness of everyone around them.

Five - Ravenclaw

Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

The fives are also called the Investigators. Need I say more? They are insightful and infinitely curious. Others would describe them as people that love to learn. At their worst, they become isolated and detached, but above all, they value knowledge, questions, and answers. There has never been a better fit for wise old Ravenclaw.

Six - Hufflepuff

Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

Once again, the answer is in the name. Referred to as the Loyalist, sixes are committed and secure. Others would describe them as reliable, and hard-working. They love others and want to feel supported by them. Being in a house so relationship-centered is the perfect place for these trustworthy, courageous individuals.

Seven - Gryffindor

Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered

Sevens are called the Enthusiasts. They are always looking for adventure and trying to find the fun in the most boring situations. They are playful, and high-spirited, just like the best Gryffindors. They are generally extroverted, which gives them a sense of chivalry. Others might be annoyed with their impulsive decisions or distractibility, but we love the joy they bring to any situation.

Eight - Slytherin

Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

Also known as the Challenger, eights are generally described as assertive. They long to be protected and in control, which makes them act in ways compatible with those of Slytherin house. They are protective and resourceful, and can sometimes be domineering or self-centered. They want to be in control and try to accomplish this by being intimidating. If they harness their powers for good, they are the heroes, but if they let their need for control overtake them, they become disconnected and harsh.

Nine - Hufflepuff

Receptive, Reassuring Agreeable, and Complacent

Nines are the Peacemakers. They are accepting and loving of those around them and want to avoid conflict at all costs. They long for inner stability, which can be a huge downfall. The need for peace can make them hold in emotions and become stubborn. These healthy Hufflepuffs bring people of all walks together and heal wounds like no one else can.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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