Harry Potter Myers-Briggs Winners & Losers

Many of you probably saw my tweet yesterday about a Harry Potter Myers-Briggs test. What you probably didn’t know is that this is a combination of two of my favorite things. The Harry Potter element isn’t much of a  surprise. Who doesn’t like Harry Potter? It’s arguably one of the greatest book and movies series in recent memory. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) isn’t quite as riveting to most, but I have always been fascinating with the concept of it. Naturally, this was a match made in heaven. The original article was at at dailinfographic.com and the source image can be found here.

Big Winners

These groupings are clearly subjective, but its difficult to argue with this group. The “Big 4” of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbedore are almost a given, and I threw in Hagrid and Sirius Black for good measure. There are so many dynamic, lovable characters, but I had to try to the line somewhere.

Harry Potter (ISTP) – Let’s be honest, the first thing you probably did after checking your own letters was  to see what type Harry was. Most of us were sorely disappointed. Quiet and reserved but adventuresome and defiant? Sign me up. Now if only I can figure out how to take the MBTI test to give me ISTP…

Ron Weasley (ENFP) – Oh Ron, you are so beloved despite being a bumbling idiot most of the time. Apparently J.K Rowling thought he was an idiot too, as she almost decided to kill him off midway through the series… But cheers to all you Rons out there!

Hermione Granger (INTP) – If you are a girl and weren’t hoping for Hermione (or Harry), then you are lying. Hermione is my 2nd most likely character and I’m just fine with that. This type will over-analyze the crap out of everything, but also seem to be right more often than not.

Hagrid (ISFP) – I had assumed that Hagrid’s title would be “The Dreamer”, but that title was given to Luna Lovegood so “The Artist” will have to do. Doesn’t get much better than “Quiet, friendly, sensitive and kind, loyal…”

Sirius Black (ENTP) – How cool is Sirius Black? So cool. He was actually voted as the third most popular character in the series.  “Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way.” What a crazy life ENTP’s must live.

Dumbledore (ENFJ) – Definitely a top 5 most beloved character from the series due to his ability to inspire. Be honest, at least one of Dumbledore’s quotes has changed your life. If you haven’t read all the books or watched all the movies, you probably shouldn’t watch the video below…

 The Bad Guys

These characters couldn’t fit under the Big Winners group because they are bad guys, but they couldn’t fall under the Big Losers because they are prominent, dynamic characters. They get their own grouping here. Feel free to move them up or down depending on how you feel about villians.

Severus Snape (ISTJ) – Not sure why Snape has always been so compelling, even when he was a complete jerk. The definition for ISTJ’s is pretty boring, but take solace in the fact that you are Severus Snape.

Draco Malfoy (INTJ) – Ahh Draco, me and you are like two peas my friend. At first I was upset that the Myers-Briggs sorting hat had assigned me Draco, but then I realized that it wasn’t too far off. “Tend to have an aura of definite self-confidence.” Oops.

Big Losers

If your personality type falls into this category, then you probably weren’t thrilled to find out who you were. It’s possible that you think Neville is adorable, Harry’s parents are incredible, and that the Weasley brothers are hilarious, but the majority of people would rather see almost anyone else’s name appear for their MBTI type.

Neville (ISFJ) – You are Neville Longbottom, not much else needs to be said. But I’ll say it anyways. They are “known for their kindness and willingness to go to any length to help those in need.” That’s sweet, but you probably get walked on by people just like Neville.

James (ENTJ) and Lily Potter (ESFJ) – Come at me haters. Yes, I would not want to be Harry’s parents. They were important in their own way, but didn’t play as pivotal a role as some others. The personality types or too different to show here, so feel free to read about how special you are.

Fred & George Weasley (ESFP) – If you hated me for putting the Potters here, then you’ll probably hate me even more now. The Weasley’s are just fine and fairly entertaining, but they wouldn’t be on my short list of favorite characters. ENFP’s are great; however, as they bring a lot a positive energy and joy to the party. Just don’t be too annoying about it.

Sorry that not all personality combinations fit into one of these buckets. If you weren’t a big winner, a bad guy, or a big loser, then you are probably just an average Joe. As I stated, I’m either Draco Malfoy or Hermione Granger, which are both pretty spot on. Which character(s) are you and is it at all accurate?

Parallels Between Jay Gatsby & King Solomon

A month ago, I decided that I would re-read The Great Gatsby before seeing the movie in theaters with my family. I read the book for the first time in probably six years, and once again I was glad that I had read it. The movie was solid, if not slightly underwhelming, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Fast forward to this past Sunday morning at Ethos Church. Brandon spoke about King Solomon and Ecclesiastes 2. During the sermon, I was continually struck by the parallels between King Solomon and Jay Gatsby. I’m not the first and will not be the last to make these comparisons, but I hadn’t thought about it before that moment. I additionally drew comparisons between both of them and myself. I decided to skim through The Great Gatsby and read Ecclesiastes to see what I could find.

The Great Pursuit

King Solomon and Jay Gatsby were both once in a generation characters (pretending that Jay Gatsby was a real person). They pursued every avenue of potential happiness at their disposal. Both had seemingly unlimited amounts of money, women, power, entertainment, and fame, and for short periods of time, it made them happy. “My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil” -Ecclesiastes 2:10.  “But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room‖” –The Great Gatsby Ch. 5. They enjoyed the ego boosts from everyone telling them how incredible they were. They loved eating the best foods, enjoying the best entertainment, spending time with the most amazing people, and having any and every physical good they could conjure up at a moments notice. All of these emotions were fleeting; however, as both quickly felt empty by the things that they thought would leave them fully satisfied.

The Great Letdown

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 2:11 (Underlining added for emphasis)

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. –The Great Gatsby Chapter 9 (Underlining added for emphasis)

People refer to this quote from Gatsby as if it is a positive metaphor, as it is pushing up to strive for our dreams. I might be misinterpreting it, but I view the quote quite differently. I see that Gatsby clawed, reached, stretched, and did everything is his power to obtain the green light. Ultimately, he never fully realized that the light was unobtainable, and that his efforts were like a boat beating against the current. Solomon had similar feelings in Ecclesiastes. The word “meaningless”  is referenced 11 times in the NIV of Ecclesiastes 2. Instead of comparing his toils to a boat against the current, Solomon used an even more discouraging comparison when he said that it is like “chasing after the wind”, an clearly impossible task. They got there in different ways, but both men came to the same conclusion that things of this world will always leave you feeling empty.

Different Endings

While the stories of Jay Gatsby and King Solomon have many similarities, their endings could not be more different. Jay Gatsby continued to hunt for the ever-elusive longing in his heart, up until the day he was murdered in cold blood in his own back yard. Despite having everything he ever dreamed or wanted, he was always left wishing for something more. Solomon, on the other hand, finally realized that his earthly pursuits were meaningless. He came to know that Jesus was the only one who could truly satisfy the desires of his heart. “To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness” -Ecclesiastes 2:26. He realized that GOD gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. It does not say that man takes wisdom, knowledge, and happiness, yet we try take it for ourselves every day.

Joy in the Lord

We do not have to be multi-billionaires living lavish lives to relate to either of these two men. We have all pursued any number of pointless endeavors in hopes of capturing the desires of our hearts. Even when we achieve what we had so desperately longed for, it never quite fulfills us like we had hoped. We then move on to the next great thing thinking that maybe this will be the thing that finally gives me joy. If we (I) continue to live our lives like this, we will end up like Gatsby and never find true joy. All of this is not to say that God wants us to be miserable. I believe with all of my heart that God wants us to enjoy this life. He wants us to pursue our dreams and aspirations, but we need to keep everything in perspective. I pray that I, and all of us, can embrace King Solomon’s lesson that the only true fulfillment in life comes through Christ Jesus.


Best & Worst Commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

I haven’t blogged since I wrote a post back in August. What would inspire me to come out of my blogging hibernation? The Super Bowl of course. Clearly, discussing the game itself would be a waste of time, so I figured I would share my thoughts on my favorite and least favorite Super Bowl commercials of the evening. It’s possible that I missed one or two, but here are my choices from the ones I saw. Feel free to disagree in the comments…

Most Overrated – Dodge Ram Farmer

I didn’t think the commercial was bad by any means, I just felt it was too long and slightly overpraised. I’m too young to appreciate Paul Harvey, so maybe that’s the problem…

Most Disappointing – E-Trade Baby

I might be the biggest fan on the planet when it comes to E-Trade baby commercials, having watched every single one of them on YouTube. I laughed during this one, but I’ve come to expect more than it provided.

Worst Commercials

5) Calvin Klein

Maybe I’m just giving this such a low score because I’m a dude (who doesn’t have a 12-pack), but it seemed sleazy regardless. Ladies, feel free to disagree with me here.

4) Blackberry

Oh Blackberry, your failures never cease to amaze me. You had a golden opportunity to show the world what your last chance at survival can do, and you blew it.

3) Coke

Coke always seems to be hit or miss and this one was a huge fail. It’s possible I missed something, but “The Chase” seemed pointless and gave me zero incentive to go vote for the winner.

2) GoDaddy

Hand it to GoDaddy, they always seem to get people talking about them after the Super Bowl. This one was tasteless and gross as usual. End of story.

1) Century21 (All of them)

Whoever is in charge of this ad campaign needs to be looking for a new job. They weren’t clever in the slightest and left me feeling uncomfortable. It’s like the “But I did stay at a Holiday Inn” commercials, except that they aren’t well-executed. Fail.


Best Commercials

Honorable Mentions: “Leon Sandcastle” and Audi

5) Best Buy with Amy

This might have been the most practical commercial of the night, but was also entertaining. It’s hard not to love Amy Poehler, especially when she’s hitting on Best Buy employees. “Does it make you uncomfortable when I use the word dongle?”

4) Oreo Library

People seemed to either love or hate this one. Count me on the love side. “You guys have to stop fighting, we’re the cops” was my favorite one liner of the evening.

3) Taco Bell Old People

Commercials are generally better when they have either old people or babies, and these old people were awesome. The Spanish version of “We are Young” was an interesting touch too.

2) Hyundai Kids

Kid Gingers lifting weights, hick kid wrestling a bear, and black kid saving a man from a burning building, what more could you want from a commercial? Had me laughing the whole time.

1) Budweiser Clydesdale

Not sure how Budweiser does it every year, but they seem to find a way to keep cranking out incredible commercials. The fact that I happen to love “Landslide” means I was done from the start. Definitely pulled on your heart strings, even if it was outrageous.