i want to cry
i just saw someone blaming snape for not telling dumbledore that petunia was going to be abusive to harry
as if he knew
Well Snape is responsible for all the evil in the world now, didn’t you know that???
I seriously doubt there is a competition of ”how stupid I can be when I list my reasons to hate Snape”
Severus Snape-Harry Potter Series
Mbti type: INTJ
Temperament: Melancholic, and he is most definitely Behind-The-Scenes through interaction
Notes: My other two blogs are constantly being plagued with why I seem to have the opinion of Snape not being an INFP and why I don’t agree. Well, it kind of takes one to know one. I mean yes people are right when they say he has Fi, but it’s not leading. His Thinking outpaces his Feeling preference by miles, even as a teen when it’s supposed to show. During the actual events of Harry Potter, an INFP would have avoided the situation entirely much like Lupin tried to do, while an INTJ would be at or near the top of the situation (true in both cases, as him and Voldemort fall through under INTJ). I honestly think that the better arguments for Snape fall under IXTJ, but he leans towards N.
Also it annoys me that the go-to type for typing every other HP character as INFP. I’ve seen Harry, Luna, Snape, Draco, Lily Lupin, Neville, Tonks, Hermione, and countless others get typed as this. Isn’t just one just enough? Is it because Rowling is speculated to be an INFP?
Severus Snape is motivated internally and isn’t outgoing by any means (I); he is good at knowing how things will fall and what he is to do (N); he is always knowing of the facts and logic of things (T); he’s hyper-organized, takes deadlines with the upmost importance, and always has a plan up his sleeve to the point that others can’t figure it out (J).
Dominant Function: Introverted Intuition
Severus Snape does everything he can to keep his bases covered, which is why he can come off as a man full of contradictions. For the longest time, Snape was seen as an enigma. Would he betray Dumbledore or would be betray Voldemort? Only the character of Snape seemed to know what was going on inside. Snape is a chessmaster, playing at a game of wits and betrayals that only he really seems to know about and he’s the one initiating all of the actions behind the scenes of each book to a certain degree. Snape knew how to balance that tightrope and despite being socially awkward, he knew how to spin things to his level, which made him a master of controlling in many ways and shapes of the world, especially that around Harry, where he came off as rigid and inflexible, yet was actually helping and working two different interpretations to one, which is the exact complicated kind of way that those with leading Ni would do, as his actions were labeled as confusing to most but perfectly understandable through Snape’s own mind. Snape also has the key Ni feature being that he tends to jump to his own immediate realizations and the conclusion within. When he sees Harry for the first time, he sees James and the archetype that James provided to him and pegged Harry the same way in a pattern. Thing is, Snape was right in some ways, as Harry actually was arrogant, quick-tempered, and impatient, things that Snape looked down on. Snape is not exactly flexible when it comes towards his viewpoints and endgames, as he is always sure of himself. For instance, during the Events of Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape went to the correct conclusion that Lupin was helping out Sirius Black, but was incorrect about Sirius being the Big Bad. Snape’s interest in Defense Against the Dark Arts is also quite representative of Ni. He’s utterly fascinated by the subject and I do honestly believe that DADA was a subject that showed the best representation to every teacher’s lead function and secondary function (I will expand on it in a Te way during it) Snape’s understanding and deep facination with DADA shows the inclusion of a grand narrative or greater purpose which that material stuff is building towards, which is the Ni part of that explainatio
Auxiliary Function: Extroverted Thinking
When you’re in a Ni-Te loop, you have an analytic personality that can string things together that you’d not naturally expect. This shows the most in his teenage years, where these two functions are working at their core and nothing serves better as an example as the potions book. Through Ni, he used intuition on what to test, probably through reading and analyzing the data and knowing what to use to make his shortcuts. There’s a joke that INTJs don’t take notes in school because they’re too cool for it and it serves true for Snape. He essentially used the Rational way of formalizing data and essentially created what I call Troll Notes. This pretty much means that Snape invented new equations and formulas or added shortcuts and wasn’t paying attention to the class because he knew everything. He even took a metaphor that he found and applied it to himself in a creative way that would take some good figuring out, like a riddle (Half-Blood Prince). So fast forward to his adult years where this remains the same, as it is one of his leading functions. Snape at this point has evolved this into becoming a commanding presence within Hogwarts. He was characterized by loving a subject that he bent the wills to his own formulas and wanted to teach the subject and ended up with second best. Defense Against the Dark Arts to him was a subject full of mystery and unraveling that was always changing, which honestly sounds like the Sherlock Holmes way of seeing things. His conclusion to it is to be orderly, inflexible, and as inventive as possible, which certainly sounds like empirical thinking (a stark contrast this to Lupin’s “recognize your inner fears” kind of thing which just reads as Fi-Ne). Snape’s viewpoint and understanding of DADA includes a grand narrative or greater purpose which that material stuff is building towards, which is the Ni portion of how he materializes and takes in his favorite subject.
Tertiary Function: Introverted Feeling
I’m always at a loss on what to say about Snape’s Fi. I know he has it, but leading-wise, it’s hard to fully justify. His use of it is very childlike and he doesn’t use it properly as a normal Fi user would. Thing is, people use the “unhealthy” Fi thing, but I don’t see Snape as having unhealthy Fi to a certain degree. He functioned properly as a teenager and didn’t muck up his own emotions until Lily died. So what I’m saying is that Snape relied too much on Ni-Te in jumping to the wrong conclusion and setting up the chain of events that would lead to the death of his loved one, which was a tactical error on his part. So it’s said that a person’s lesser functions grow by the time the reach 35 years of age. Snape died at 38, which gives the proper justification of the Fi we saw in the books, especially in Snape’s last moments and his memories in the pensive. Having strong Fi early on would require having a rigid sense of morality from an early age, yet Snape seems to go-back-and-forth during this time, as he’s too preoccupied with ambitions and revenge against James and whatnot. It would also require a BS meter, which is something Snape does not possess, as he constantly assumes everything Harry says is a lie, when in fact, it may be true. So how does Snape actually show Fi? Of course, the answer is obvious: Lily. Lily was Snape’s wake-up call and it emotionally scarred him and that’s when the unhealthy Fi starts. He grows an unhealthy attachment to Lily and the idea of her, yet it is his form of unconditional love, which is the trait that redeems him because he recognizes in his final moments of his actions. The perfect metaphor is through his Patronus, which is that of Lily’s, which shows the deep love he had for her.
Inferior Function: Extroverted Sensing
When a person lacks this function, they lose touch with realities and and fail to adapt to their opinions accordingly, which fits Snape to T, especially his main ones of Harry being James 2.0 and not taking into account that he was also Lily’s child. Snape is this because he isn’t completely present in his own reality. He’s trapping in all of these different sides where one can get the gist that nothing seems real, only his love for Lily. I think this is at his absolute worst during his time as a Death Eater, which is probably joined because it was the opposite of James’ cause and those who treated him better were in it. He probably thought he’d be happier for once in his life and would accomplish something with it, but that went horribly, horribly wrong. Now for the better aspect of Se. Read any piece of dialogue in which Snape is lecturing his potions class in the earlier books. He uses a lot of physical descriptions to describe potion-making from the looks of the cauldrons, the smells of the ingredients, the taste of them, and other sensory details. Through Se and judging by the years that Snape taught Potions class, he had to have memorized and mastered the way the physical techniques involved impeccable timing, aging, and precision when it came towards stirring. I believe it was through these repeated actions plus the huge amounts of organization and data storing that Snape was able to bring about nigh impossible conditions to take his classes after the O.W.L.S exams that he gave towards his students. He is adamant that they reach his level or that of almost absolute perfection, due to his judging and organizational tendencies, which may prove irrational to the students. INTJs are famous for imposing high standards onto people and hate those that slack off or don’t meet these expectations. This fits Snape so, so well.