Cornelius Fudge: ESFJ

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Cornelius Fudge ESFJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESFJ

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): As the Minister of Magic, Fudge is sensitive to public opinion above all else. He makes every decision with regard to how the magical community will view him for it, and is willing to throw everything else – facts, laws, rational predictions, sound objectives, etc. – out the window just for the sake of keeping everybody happy. He is even willing to send an innocent person (Hagrid) to prison just so the wizarding world can see him doing something, anything, to respond to a crisis. A telling illustration of Fudge’s reliance on public opinion is how he treats Harry as time goes on. When the wizarding world regards Harry as a hero, Fudge refrains from punishing him for any lawbreaking, and dotes on him in an avuncular way. However, when Harry falls into disrepute, Fudge is eager to see him punished, and to personally get involved in punishing him, even when he has done nothing wrong. Fudge wears his heart on his sleeve, and excuses Harry from punishment on one occasion with the excuse that Harry just let his emotions get the better of him.

Cornelius Fudge ESFJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESFJ

Introverted Sensing (Si): Fudge likes to keep the status quo, and resists most attempts at change. A major reason why he refuses to believe that Lord Voldemort has returned is what he would have to do in response; he would have to cause much more disruption than he is comfortable causing. Although he doesn’t openly discriminate against witches and wizards from muggle families, Fudge treats the scions of old magical families with deference and favor, especially Lucius Malfoy, who supplements his noble ancestry with “noble” donations to various causes. He also passes over Arthur Weasley for promotions during his entire term as Minister of Magic, all because of Arthur’s fondness for muggle technology. Fudge likes to have all the information, and he uses his position to control what the magical community knows (mainly by putting pressure on the media).

Cornelius Fudge ESFJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESFJ

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): The only times Fudge uses his imagination are when he is imagining how things will go wrong (Voldemort getting some of his loyal followers back, etc.). After learning that Voldemort is actually back, however, his imagination kicks into overdrive as he tries to invent some ulterior motive that Harry and Albus Dumbledore have for saying that Voldemort is back, and he attempts to make connections between events that happen afterward that will make his assertion that Voldemort isn’t really back make sense (Sirius Black, and not Voldemort, must have broken ten Death Eaters out of prison, and one of them is Sirius’ cousin). When the entire wizarding world believes that Sirius is out of his mind, Fudge is one of the few people who realizes that he isn’t.

Cornelius Fudge ESFJ | Harry Potter #MBTI #ESFJ

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Since he puts so much stock in what others think, Fudge is seriously lacking in his own critical thinking skills. On becoming Minister of Magic, he makes a habit of asking Dumbledore’s advice on problem-solving several times a week. Fudge eventually stops running to Dumbledore for help, but his ability to troubleshoot has not really improved; he gains confidence from his belief that he doesn’t have to analyze any problem or situation as long as he keeps the populace happy. Fudge, therefore, tends to deal with this function by ignoring it; he avoids uncomfortable truths by refraining from thinking objectively about anything


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