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INTP and total Ravenclaw.
I'd say Gryffindor and Hufflepuff'd be E, as they seem to love socialising with loads of people.
The Slytherins seem to have just a couple of close friends and not show interest in socialising much, and the Ravenclaws'd stereotypically care more about their studies than what people thought of them, thus making these two houses I.
I'd say its more of character traits as in how likely you are to be helpful, knowledgeable, selfish, or nice. It's more about how you will act versus MBTI. The Gryfindors are a diverse group.
I don't think the houses match that neatly to MBTI but here's my guesses anyway:
Gryffindor: xSxP, xNFx, maybe a few ENTPs
Ravenclaw: INxx mostly, maybe a few ENxPs?
Hufflepuff: xSxJ, xNFJ, xSFP
Yeah, I don't think the Hogwarts Houses are so easily divided between MBTI types. There are certain traits that seem to be reflected by what each house prioritises but overall I don't think it's so cut and dry. It's like politics. For example an NF person raised without any major overt political influences would probably be naturally quite liberal. But an NF raised in a conservative Christian home would likely absorb those values into their core idealism and be very, very conservative.
Slytherin and Ravenclaw both seem very independent and pragmatic. That would suggest I*TJ to me. An INTJ who prioritises themselves might end up in Slytherin. But an INTJ who has more of a moral conscience might end up in Ravenclaw. Equally an ISTJ who has a strong sense of justice would end up in Gryffindor. But an ISTJ who was raised "pure blood" and believes all that schpiel would end up in Slytherin. Hufflepuff strike me as very *S*J in that they are often overlooked but value hardwork and are very loyal. But Gryffindors are loyal too there's no saying an *S*J couldn't be Gryffindor. But JK Rowling herself is almost certainly an INFP or INFJ and she has gone on record as saying the tenants of Gryffindor are the things she holds most dear. I could go on forever, I just think it's not really about the inherent foundation of your personality but how your personality is expressed and the choices you make. So much of personality goes beyond the MBTI.
Anyone have any ideas on the personality types of the characters? I've thought about it and looked up others opinions and I think you'd find a fairly diverse spread of types across the houses, ultimately. Here're some thoughts:
Gryffindor: Harry (ISFP) Ron (ESFP) Hermione (ENFJ) Neville (INFP) Dumbledore (INFJ) McGonnagall (ENTJ) Hagrid (ISFJ) Lupin (INFP) Sirius (ENTP) James (ESTP) Lily (INFJ)
Hufflepuff: Justin and Ernie (ESTJ) Cedric (ISTJ)
Ravenclaw: Luna (INxP)
Slytherin: Snape (INTJ) Draco (ESTP) Voldermort (INTJ) Lucius (ESTJ)
I'd say I'd agree with most of David Benajmin Moss's assessments, but I would revise a few: I think Herminone would be XSTJ, and I think McGonnagall would be ESTJ. Maybe Lupin would be more of an INFJ, but I'm not sure.
Hermione's really hard to type. A common mistake people sometimes make with defining Introversion and Extroversion is basing it on shyness/out-going-ness. I think some perceive Hermione as an I because she has few friends to start with and keeps to herself. Thing is that was not by choice. Hermione is naturally quite talkative and will tell anyone willing to listen her ideas and opinions. Also ENs, especially, can come off as more introverted than their ES counterparts because their N causes them to be more reflective, more analytical and less reliant on others. Hermione is very outward focused, very proactive and her approach screams Ne to me. I say NF too because she's very much an idealist (think her House Elf Liberation stuff.) Another common mistake made (I'm not saying you're necessarily making these mistakes, just taking into account common thought processes on the MBTI) is to assume anyone who's intellectual or studious must be a Thinker but mostly it's the N function that inspires intellectual curiosity. She's also very sensitive and easily hurt and get's very bad tempered when her closely-held values are challenged or people don't act like she thinks they should (which reminds me of some ENFPs and ENFJs I know.) I don't think anyone would doubt her J-ness, which contrasts with Harry and Ron's P-ne.... ummm... 'Perceiving Functions.' I can see why one might think S though. Her aversion to things like Divination does suggest a less-than intuitive approach, relying more on proven methods and clear-cut ideas. But possibly this is down to her simply seeing it as 'bad science,' so to speak. Still, you could be right. Sometimes people possess a modicum of their shadow traits in their general modus operandi (I, for instance, find talking to several friends about an issue/concern very helpful, a very E trait, despite my being an Introvert overall!) Few people are entirely one way or the other.
I'm an ISFJ Hufflepuff.
My good friend who is obsessed with Harry Potter more than anyone in the world is an INTP and considers himself a Slytherin.
Those two types with those two houses make sense to me.
The only strong correlation I've noticed is that xNTPs are almost invariably Slytherins, with a few Gryffindors and Ravenclaws mixed in.