Gilderoy Lockhart: ENFP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling

Dominant Extroverted Thinking (Ne): Lockhart presents himself as an expert on everything, whether duelling, defeating dark creatures, getting rid of household pests, or the game of Quidditch. He is a prolific author, and always seems to have a new book out, usually about one of his supposed exploits. He relates his stories in fanciful ways, with digressions concerning his personal preferences (favorite color, etc.). Lockhart lives his life in a spontaneous fashion, doing things that many people don’t expect (like taking a teaching job at Hogwarts). He originally has an idealized view of what the experience of teaching is like, and he quickly revises his teaching style after publicly making a fool of himself. All of the things Lockhart says are about trying to maintain and enhance his reputation rather than necessarily doing anything useful, making him appear (with much justification) out of touch with reality.

Auxiliary Introverted Feeling (Fi): Lockhart likes being showered with praise, but only on his own terms. He is an overt narcissist with neither respect for anyone else nor any awareness of anyone else’s feelings, and he manages to offend many of his colleagues during his year teaching at Hogwarts. When Lockhart does anything, he does it purely for his own benefit, and he is willing to go so far as to wipe Harry’s and Ron’s memories to prevent them from exposing him as a fraud. He likes to take credit for heroic deeds and difficult tasks, but he isn’t actually willing to perform them.

Tertiary Extroverted Thinking (Te): Even though Lockhart didn’t really accomplish all the things he says he did, he did not rise to fame without a plan or hard work. He managed to track down all the people who were really responsible for all of “his” achievements, find out how they did everything, and make sure they wouldn’t talk after his books came out. Lockhart will use physical evidence to support his claims when possible. He sets up a club for students to learn how to defend themselves, but he shows himself to be inept at actually running the club.

Inferior Introverted Sensing (Si): There’s only one thing that’s known for sure about Lockhart’s past: it isn’t as exciting or glamorous as he makes it out to be. He talks nonstop about his made-up version of his life, but never about anything before starting out on the road to fame. However, in building his mythical record of defeating dark creatures, he always used someone’s real accomplishments rather than relying on his imagination.

Note: Lockhart gets typed as an Fe-dom all the time (usually ESFJ, but some people go with ENFJ as well) based on his love of getting validation from others, but that’s more of a stereotype than anything else. If he had any Fe, he’d be a little more aware of when others don’t think so highly of him, but he’s not. In fact, he’s completely oblivious to anyone else’s feelings.



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