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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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that it so annoying. my numbers are the same as hitlers. is that a good thing or a bad? my friends and my numbers are the same but reversed, like, i'm 238, he's 832. i wonder why some peples are the same? i think we can be sure most peoples are the exact explanation of their personality, but some are completely wrong. this is odd. again, i wonder why? I think JK must have planned the whole ron and harry same number thing, otherwise thet's just too much of a coincidence, or maybe she made up the names and THEN decided on peronalitys? when i tiped in Percy Weasly, it came up with
and i reckon all of them fit except 6. i mean, 8's are good in politics, and percy was working at the ministrty, 2's are 'opposing forces' and perce goes from being a complete snob to sticking with the good guys in the end, like snape.
i just realised something, i hav this little tag thing which has the meanign of your name on it and it says "Meaning: the PURE and the DARK". opposing forces, correct? and my character number is 2! how right is that? another wierd thing is that parts of the number explanations are completely right, while others are really true, like, my character number is 3, and most of it's correct, though I honestly don't believe i'm talented and have an artistic nature. I wonder what thats all about?

Posted by Stoira from Georgia on October 28, 2007 11:24 PM

I think the way Arithmancy works is on baby name stereotypes. I mean, when you name a kid, say, Velma, you'd think that person who the name describes is really smart, and naturally, the person conforms to that name. Names are made to suit the person you are talking about. If someone was named Velma and she wasn't that smart at all, then Arithmancy wouldn't really work for her.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 29, 2007 2:31 PM

Tee hee. Rupert Grint completes my heart. I always knew we we made for eachother.

Posted by emma holloway from london, england on January 16, 2008 03:21 AM

all the leters in the alphabet are 9,6,3 weird!

Posted by jaime on February 20, 2008 12:58 PM

I you use your given name or your taken name? For example, would you use Ron or Ronald? And am I supposed to use Jenny or Jennifer?

Posted by Jenny from New York on February 21, 2008 09:35 AM

Some thoughts-
My numbers(1-2-8) are the same as Tom Riddle as well as Cedric Diggory, and Seattle.

Posted by Christian from Marysville, Washington on February 28, 2008 9:44 PM

I've been freaking out on this. And i've ended a (Not so serious) Relationship partially because of this. not that i'm blaming anything on this site:-) But if someone has different numbers does it mean they are doomed to eternal dis-likable?

Posted by Geordge from The Netherlands on March 11, 2008 3:13 PM

Arithmacy indicated a solution to a deep and long lasting dilemma in my heart and in my life. Thank you

Posted by Adine on March 24, 2008 3:55 PM

I know we're all huge Harry Potter fans and everything, and that Arithmancy is kinda cool, but really, if you rule your life by numbers you're not really going anywhere, because numbers are a pattern, uncomplicated, and unbending, and humans aren't. Humans are bending, erratic, and always changing. Albus Dumbledore wisely tells us that our choices make us who we are. Destiny is an imprecise concept, and not well defined by what our names are.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on April 26, 2008 9:03 PM

hmm..... mine wasn't very accurate... maybe this doesn't work on some people? I got an 8,4,4, and i know i'm not powerhungry, domineering, down to earth, or good at organizing. i'm determined and reliable (i hope) though.

Posted by Aura from accessing from another "net" on June 18, 2008 6:31 PM

My numbers are 9,6,3 just like the spooky alphabet.

Posted by Ali Lewis from NC on July 3, 2008 7:39 PM

For me (with my real name of course) it's:
Character: 5
Heart: 8
Social: 6

But i definetely am not imbalanced, conceited, impatient, i do not gossip, jealous, greedy, domineering, and power-hungry.

Posted by Lily Evans from India on August 4, 2008 06:17 AM

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