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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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Arithmacy is spooky! Everything I tried works. Except, when I put in my last name, which I hardly ever use, it was tottaly different than when I used my middle name, the one I usually use. When I did the middle name, it was SOOO right!

Posted by ithil from Cal. on August 10, 2008 3:54 PM

ok- you go by dave, right? well we both have the same numbers- 3, 3, 9! i've only found one other person with those exact numbers and that's Padma Patil- awesome! you must be, like, my twin from the past or something!
but what's weird is when you type in names from history- try Zeus- 8, 8, 9; or Odysseus- 1, 5, 5- fits him pretty well! I don't know if you've heard of the epic of Gilgamesh (it's reallly old) but Gilgamesh is 9, 6, 3- it's scary how accurate these things can be! You get a perfect fit every time!
I have a twin, though- and her numbers are completely different from mine- I wonder what that could mean... It could explain why we don't often get along...
You said this was the most basic concept of arithmancy? what are the more advanced parts to it? Man, I'd love to go to hogwarts and take this class, it's so awesome!

Posted by lizzzy from austin, texas on October 14, 2008 8:34 PM

Okay! It is: Ronald Bilius Weasley, and Harry James Potter! The results are quite different then

Posted by Danie from Germany on November 5, 2008 01:39 AM

Woah. That is the coolest thing I've ever read about. I've been obsessed with finding out what Arithmancy was since I first came across it in Harry Potter. It's so neat, J.K. Rowling included so many interesting things in her books...

Thank you so much for posting that, it made it so simple. I'm to go to Hogwarts now and take Arithmancy!

Posted by Kaylie from Michigan on February 5, 2009 5:44 PM

omg! my numbers are 7,4,3 the exact same as sirius! he was always my favorite character, too. that is spooky!

Posted by Diana from Cleveland, Ohio on February 16, 2009 06:23 AM

Man that's really creepy!
7,1,6 that's really me!

Posted by Laforge Geoffrey from Paris, France on February 19, 2009 1:04 PM

What is the significance of 9,9,9? What type of personality does it indicate? Is it complete fullness to the extent that the person doesn't need anyone and can live alone?

Posted by Abhinav Sonkar from Pune, India on March 21, 2009 01:44 AM

It could mean that, but it could also mean that you're so complete, you're so 100% OK, that you get along with the world and enjoy everybody's company.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 21, 2009 07:56 AM

this is soooo spooky.I put in my name and got 1,5,5...same as Odysseus,and I read his story when i was little,and i have loved it ever since!

Posted by ithil from TX on March 26, 2009 4:16 PM

My brother's numbers are:

Character: 9
Heart: 9
Social: 9

This is so... spooky.

Posted by esma. on May 4, 2009 10:54 AM

There's a lot of talk about whether Grindelwald and Dumbledore were lovers, and if you type in their names (Dumbledore's full name; I don't know Grindelwald's full name), they are BOTH 6's in the "Heart" section!

Posted by Max Coleman from Orinda, CA on July 10, 2009 8:38 PM

Whoa, I wonder if parents can name their kid to certain numbers? that would be scary-Imagine, a whole world full of 999!

Posted by aranel on July 23, 2009 1:17 PM

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