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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon67 View Post
    As I see it, the primary difference between Harry and the young Snape is that Harry had better social skills.
    The difference I see is that Harry was put on a different path from the start - not by his own virtues, but by his parents + parent's friends... not to mention his social power and prestige from "his" defeat of he who must not be named.

    As for Snape... he strikes me as an INTP, but I won't be able to decide for sure until I see his motivations for his acts in book 6. I won't put it past him to be an ISTJ, should his motivations be geared out of loyalty to the one he was serving at the time (just as his bitterness towards Harry could be seen reflected out of the "like father, like son" when the father was as "deviant" as Harry is.)

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    Yes, well, Harry's parents and family friends were no influence at all during his formative years, except to lay the barest of foundations during his infancy.

    Harry's E enough to make friends when he gets to school, and these friends are a great influence on him later. Ron Weasley in particular turns out to be the key to providing Harry with an entire adopted family.

    I can't imagine that happening with Snape. He would have withdrawn into himself and become the butt of jokes by the popular set, thus creating a vicious circle of abuse/withdrawal.

    Which is pretty much how Rowling depicts his early years at school.

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    So how good are the Potter Books? I need something escapist to read. Something with six or seven books.

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    I vouch for INTP or INTJ for Snape, as well.

    INTPs tend to have even poorer social skills than ISTPs, since socializing relies heavily on paying attention to concrete social cues. So even though an ISTP may prefer not to socialize, they probably have an easier time doing it because of a more here-and-now focus.

    I think Snape is an INTx. I dunno, he seems too serious, determined, and obsessive to be a P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    So how good are the Potter Books? I need something escapist to read. Something with six or seven books.
    Well, it ain't literature exactly, but the characters are engaging, and Rowling's very good at worldbuilding.

    If it's an escape you're looking for, then Harry Potter's a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon67 View Post
    I can't imagine that happening with Snape. He would have withdrawn into himself and become the butt of jokes by the popular set, thus creating a vicious circle of abuse/withdrawal.
    Hmm, good point, although it helped that Harry had a reason to have people crowding around him! But it is similar how to his father was well liked and had good friends.

    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    So how good are the Potter Books? I need something escapist to read. Something with six or seven books.
    They are good enough for you to march your ass out that door and go and get them right now. (They are meant for younger adults/kids though, but wow... they really blew me away even with(out) that knowledge).


    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I think Snape is an INTx. I dunno, he seems too serious, determined, and obsessive to be a P.
    Though he isn't all that deliberate - Voldemort is someone who is driven... Snape is just all clever and superior... and bitter/jealous (Which is why I think he is probably an N ). That makes him seem very INTP... I just haven't seen him show many other qualities - but the ending of the 6th book really threw me for a loop.

    He could very well be an INTJ seeking the winning side and being a whole lot more clever than he seems. Or he could just be very passionate about something now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Though he isn't all that deliberate - Voldemort is someone who is driven... Snape is just all clever and superior... and bitter/jealous (Which is why I think he is probably an N ). That makes him seem very INTP... I just haven't seen him show many other qualities - but the ending of the 6th book really through me for a loop.

    He could very well be an INTJ seeking the winning side and being a whole lot more clever than he seems. Or he could just be very passionate about something now.
    What would make Ns bitter and jealous?

    EDIT: And for the record, I do think Alan Rickman might be an INTJ just judging by most of the characters he plays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    What would make Ns bitter and jealous?

    EDIT: And for the record, I do think Alan Rickman might be an INTJ just judging by most of the characters he plays.
    It was just a joke

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    I'd vote INTJ for Snape, mind you I've only seen some of the movies, but he seems to be doing things more methodically than he lets the other characters know.
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    In his teaching, Snape seems more procedural than conceptual. He also expects his students to follow the forms. The surest way to get on Snape's wrong side is to violate a protocol (which sadly seems to be Harry's way of life).

    Would these traits mitigate toward J rather than P?

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