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An Introduction to Arithmancy

by David Haber

Arithmancy is one of Hermione's favorite subjects at Hogwarts, because it is a very precise, measurable and almost scientific method of predicting the future. Arithmancy is a method of divination by numbers first used by the ancient Greeks. Today, Wizards can use arithmancy to help predict trends in the future.

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does the personality chart represent character, heart and social?

Posted by diana from Mi on September 9, 2006 1:48 PM

The personality chart is most commonly used to interpret the character number, but all three numbers are similar. The character number describes your overall personality, your heart number describes what you're like emotionally inside, and your social number applies to your relationships with others. So, the personality chart can apply to all three numbers.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 10, 2006 3:45 PM

It's really interesting that "Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore" and "Tom Marvolo Riddle" give the same result in the Arithmancy Calculator.

Character: 7
Heart: 6
Social: 1

What could this mean?

Posted by Javed from New Delhi, India on September 20, 2006 3:46 PM

It means that arithmancy is SPOOKY!

The fact that the two most powerful wizards of all time have the same arithmetic in their name is really weird, isn't it?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 20, 2006 3:51 PM

Both Voldemort, Tom Marvolo Riddle and Albus Percival.....Dumbledore shows 7. Thats spooky....maybe JKR had it in mind while devicing the names.
By the way...Harry James Potter shows 5 whereas Ronald Weasely shows 1. How come they are friends?

Posted by metsburg from Kolkata,India on September 21, 2006 07:54 AM

If you enter their names as "Harry Potter" and "Ron Weasley", they're both 2's.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 21, 2006 08:04 AM

I've found this works relly well if you include your whole name, it's really scarry.

Posted by Dave M. from NY on September 24, 2006 10:43 PM

Here's another spooky arithmancy calculation!

Monchi in Tokyo has discovered that when you put all of the Hogwarts founders first names into the Arithmancy Calculator together ("godric helga rowena salazar") you get 9,9,9, the ultimate complete number! That means they were the four best Wizards who could have come together to form a school, as together they were perfectly complete.

It reminded Monchi of the sorting hat's warning, to unite or crumble from within. An ominous warning, especially in the light of the fact that Arithmancy agrees that Hogwarts was perfect only when all four of its founders were together...

Posted by David Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 25, 2006 07:56 AM

can arithmancy be used for anything other than comparing character numbers for compatability?

Posted by Jazzmine Duff from Columbus, OH on September 30, 2006 08:45 AM

This is creepy.

Character: 2
Heart: 3
Social: 8

These are the numbers for my full name, Amanda McKnight, and it is soo right!

Posted by Mandy McKnight from Philadelphia, PA on October 2, 2006 2:43 PM

this is really freaky! my best friend & i got the same numbers!


WOW! it really surprised me!

Posted by riot-girl from sydney, aus on October 3, 2006 9:44 PM

OMGGG this is soooooo freaky me and my two best freinds full naems coems out with
Character: 9 - Ultimate Complete number
Heart: 7 - We Like Each other(best freinds)
Social 2 - Our trio hang around our selves(dont like many otehr people)
Oh my God How true.

Posted by Abdul Buho from London UK on October 7, 2006 12:11 PM

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