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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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My numbers are 9, 8, 1. My Patronus (heh) is a Sphinx, my wood is Eldar, and somehow my letter from Hogwarts was never delivered...

Don't normally post on websites, but this concept is exceptional. Thank you for an egrossing afternoon.

Posted by Jennifer from Altus, Oklahoma on July 25, 2009 1:56 PM

OMG! Arithmancy is awesome! It's really spooky too. All of my numbers are the same as Hermione Granger's!

Posted by Ashlee from Michigan on August 7, 2009 11:03 AM

hi this is really spooky. i typed my name and it came as 898 and when i typed 'horcrux' it was 898
i cant believe this its spooky
isnt it?

Posted by ushma from atlanta on August 24, 2009 09:17 AM

ok just so everyone is clear the heart and social number of any combination when added together always equal or reduces to equal the "character number". so it isn't "spooky" if it's supposed to.

Posted by Nick on September 21, 2009 3:17 PM

Amazing! Rediculous! That's very interesting! Now I quite understand, why Arrithmency is Hermione's favourite subject, though it is neglected by Harry and Ron!
And honestly, I can say, if I would go to Hogwarts, obviously it would be my one of the favourite subjects! My twin brother Abbas thinks so!

Posted by Anas from Comilla on September 24, 2009 10:34 PM

I think you made a mistake with Molly and Arthur Weasley. Molly's maiden name is Prewitt, and when I typed in her full maiden name, her Character number is 8, while Arthur's is a 5. When you type in "Molly Weasley", that is when you get a 5. I'm not educated in Arithmancy at all, but do you take into account the maiden name?
PS. This is article has been really helpful! Thanks!

Posted by Eli on November 8, 2009 4:50 PM

Interesting, 'Minerva McGonagall' makes 5 5 9. Perfect on the exterior as a 'teacher, scientist and humanitarian,' all of which I think fit Minerva perfectly. But 5 at heart and overall? The number of instability, irrationality and confusion? Definately not the McGonagall I know.

Also, compare Lucius Malfoy, with Draco Malfoy; 449 and 559 respectively. Interesting, huh? Draco is almost like Lucius, but confused and erratic.

Posted by Mark from Manchester, UK on December 10, 2009 12:28 PM

Woah. Like someone pointed out earlier, if you put in Dumbledore's and Voldemort's given, FULL name, they come to the same numbers, namely:


I got the same numbers on MY full name. Spooky.

Posted by Lisbry from Stavanger, Norway on January 9, 2010 06:58 AM

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