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Notes on Chapter 16 June 18, 2008

Posted by Me in Hermione's Choice.

Following are explanations and further information about certain elements of this chapter.

First of all, let’s talk about the names of new characters at the Salem Institute. Whenever possible, I prefer using unusual real names for my wizarding characters, rather than making up something fanciful. I’ve run across people with the surnames “Clinkscales” and “Clamp” in the area where I live. They’re real names, but I thought they were sufficiently quirky to be excellent wizarding surnames.

Next, I make reference to a wizard in Chicago named Harry Dresden. For those who aren’t already familiar with this Harry, he is the main character of a wonderful series of books by Jim Butcher known as The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is a wizard detective who helps the police solve unexplainable cases, usually involving dark magical creatures. The wizarding society Harry Dresden belongs to is set up a bit differently than that of Harry Potter, but I thought it sympathetic enough with Harry Potter’s world to warrant a small cameo crossover mention in this chapter. For those interested in reading about Harry Dresden’s adventures, click here.

The seventh book of the Dresden Files series

Next, I mention the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as the sorting method used by the Salem Institute. This personality typing system, along with an offshoot system, the Keirsey Temperament system, which is based on the four temperament clusters that serve as the hubs to the 16 personality types of the MBTI, are legitimate personality typing systems used by psychologists and career placement counselors, among others.

The four Hogwarts Houses fit neatly into the Keirsey system with Slytherin corresponding to Keirsey’s Artisan (SP) type, Gryffindors are Idealists (NF), REvenclaws are Rationals (NT), and Hufflepuffs are Guardians (NF). The Myers-Briggs system takes the four temperament hubs into even more detail by breaking each temperament down into four subgroups, which helps to explain people who seem to be mis-sorted into their Houses

To take a couple of quizzes that relate personality theory to the sorting system, click here, here, and here. (Please feel free to COMMENT and leave your results from taking any of these tests.)

In one test my results were (Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Lucius result!):

Harry Potter Personality Quiz by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz

In the second test, I was:

You are a SLYTHERIN! As a Slytherin and as an NTP, you are ambitious, independent, and driven to achieve excellence. You excel at strategizing and planning to accomplish your goals, and set very high standards for yourself and others. You are confident, intellectual, and can be fiercely competitive. You may not be concerned about harmony or the importance of feelings, and you often challenge authority and can be deeply skeptical. You are sometimes seen as elitist, and can be impatient with others who you consider less competent than yourself. However, you are also flexible, open-minded, and ingenious, and you can be charming company.”

Finally, here is a picture of an actual building from Salem, Massachusetts that I’d thought would make an excellent building for the Salem Institute:



1. Susan - June 20, 2008

A Ravenclaw. Again. I always get that. And you’re voldemort. OOOH! I must go back and take that test now.

2. Susan - June 20, 2008

Dumbledore? I hate Dumbledore. The test is obviously flawed. Hmmm.

3. Slytherin Dragoon - June 20, 2008

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Voldemort, myself, nor would I classify him necessarily as an INTP. He’s more the ESTJ type, I’d think.

4. Personality Types - November 1, 2010

I’ve actually wondered what it would be like if we really did sort people by personality types in some way. It would be an interesting experiment.

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