Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hogwarts Houses and Working Styles

There are a small number of people who will appreciate this post—the venn diagram of people who have taken or know about the Friendly StyleProfile (also referred to as Gilmore-Fraleigh) and Harry Potter fans is probably very small. The number of people who know the Gilmore-Fraleigh by a set of four colors—might be even fewer.

In college and through volunteer service I was introduced to the Gilmore-Fraleigh working style profile. This profile helps inform the way that we approach interacting with one another and especially how we work with different personalities and their conflict styles. On this profile I usually score a very high Accommodating/Harmonizing—which in the circles I have navigated in volunteer service and seminary is associated with Yellow. There are three other kinds of styles: Affiliating/Perfecting (Red), Achieving/Directing (Green), and Analyzing/Preserving (Blue). There are specific characteristics associated with each Style and I will touch on those below.

I am somone who enjoys taking personality profiles and learning more about myself and others. The Gilmore-Fraleigh and Myers-Briggs have been a huge help in navigating work and personal relationships. As an avid fan of Harry Potter, I also HAD to know which house I would be sorted into at Hogwarts. I took the quiz as soon as it came out on Pottermore. While always considering myself a cool Gryffindor like the rest of the Golden Trio—much to my dismay I was a Hufflepuff. A Hufflepuff?

Then I began to read about Hufflepuffs and well, it made sense.

Last month, I stumbled upon a video from Buzzfeed—“Struggles only Hufflepuffs understand.” This depiction cracked me up—but it also reminded me of the Accomodating/Harmonizing style in major excess. Then this week, I was thinking about what a neat coincidence it was that I am Yellow in the Gilmore-Fraleigh and Hufflepuff’s primary color is yellow. But wait…four colors, four houses…did the other three match up similarly? Gryffindor would be Red or Affiliating/Perfecting. Slytherin would be Green or Achieving/Directing. Ravenclaw would be Blue or Analyzing/Preserving.


The house colors tied in with the colors of the Gilmore-Fraleigh, but not only that—they actually MATCH. Below is a brief comparison of the Hogwarts Houses and their corresponding Style in the Gilmore-Fraleigh working styles. (I pulled examples from their “intimate partners” profile, so it might have a relationship slant.)

GryffindorFan-given Motto: Do what is right.
Key CharacteristicsGryffindors have virtues of courage, bravery, and determination.
Most likely to leap before they look.
They want a fight to be a fair one.
They care enough about justice to get into a fight, even if that fight involves an argument with a friend.
Passionate: about beliefs, and standing up for what they believe in.
Gryffindors care deeply about people.

Affiliating/Perfecting (Red)Strengths: They expect to learn from experience and do better next time.
Willing to confront and challenge an authority because of violation of policy and/or procedure when principles are at stake. They are willing to endure ridicule and threats to safety to maintain value-based stand.
They are able to empathize--are compassionate and understanding.
Fiercely loyal and are service minded people willing to work behind the scenes.

Favorite Sayings:
“No pain, no gain!”
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
“If its worth doing, it is worth doing well.”

Fan-given Motto: Do what is nice.
Key Characteristics of Hufflepuffs Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play.
They are group-oriented and value teamwork.
They prefer to avoid discomfort and confrontation.
If doing something just is going to cause discord within the group, Hufflepuff’s are the most likely to simply avoid conflict, even if it means a miscarriage of justice.
They are thoughtful, kind, and caring.

Accommodating/Harmonizing (Yellow)
Strengths: Flexible and will "go with the flow" for the sake of the group.
Sympathetic to the feelings and needs of others.
They are good-natured, amusing, flexible, and supportive.

Favorite sayings: “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
“Peace at any price!”

SlytherinFan-given Motto: Do what is necessary.
Key CharacteristicsSlytherin produces leaders who are proud, ambitious, and cunning.
They fears public humiliation more than anything.
Slytherins care more about their reputation in the here and now.
They won’t fall back or be cautious--but will dive in and charge forward.
Lack a sense of fair-play.
Cerebral—they don’t care so much for people. No patience for incompetence in others.

Achieving/Directing (Green)Strengths: They eagerly accepts difficult challenges.
Appears knowledgable, capable, and open (so as to win the confidence and trust of others).
They are a ready source of ideas, possibilities and new methods for accomplishing goals.
They want to demonstrate competence, have impact, get things done and reap the rewards of achievement.

Favorite Sayings: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
“Strike while the iron is hot!”
“Good losers usually are!”

RavenclawFan-given Motto: Do what is wise.
Key CharacteristicsRavenclaws prize wit, learning, and wisdom. Their founder's, Rowena Ravenclaw, diadem features a quote that sums up their beliefs: “Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure.”
They are curious and love of learning.
They are going to hate if people ridicule them for their beliefs, if only because they’ve thought about them so much.
Much more likely to stop and review a situation before charging forward.
Free-thinkers, likely to analyze everything.
Do care for humanity, but are more cerebral than Gryffindor of Hufflepuff.

Analyzing/Preserving (Blue)Strengths: They will pore over details of history and background.
They are not likely to get caught in flashy impractical scheme.
They enjoys sorting classifying and organizing information.
Desire to be safe and certain; to avoid foolishness and failure.

Favorite Sayings: “Look before you leap.”
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
“Better safe than sorry.”


After reading more about the houses and their characteristics based on the Pottermore Sorting Hat Quiz--they don't line up quite perfectly. Although, I do believe certain characteristics line up very well! For example, Slytherin and Ravenclaw are cerebral, whereas Gryffindor and Hufflepuff are people-oriented. The fact that Gryffindor is people-oriented toward large themes of justice/injustice and Hufflepuff is concerned about teamwork and group cohesion.

But really--at the end of the day, you are more than your Hogwarts House and the sum of your personality tests.

What do you think about the pairings? Do you think they match up? Which Hogwarts house are you in? What is your Gilmore-Fraleigh working style?

Resources:"The traits of the four houses."

"What your Hogwarts house says about you" pages on 
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