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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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Reader Comments: (Page 8)

This is so cool.
My numbers...
Character: 9
Heart: 2
Social: 7
Merope Gaunt's numbers...
Character: 9
Heart: 2
Social: 7
I have the same numbers as Tommy-boy's mother!
On the other hand maybe I shouldn't be so ecstatic about that...

Posted by Megz on June 26, 2007 3:45 PM

i have the exact same numbers as nymphadora tonks. SWEET!

Posted by Abby from Johnstown,PA on July 6, 2007 09:41 AM

Lupin is 4-2-2 (just like hermione)
tonks is 5-9-5 (just like me)
Are they still compatible?
bill is 8-2-6
fleur is 6-5-1
hmmm... someone should tell mrs. weasley, she'll be thrilled!

Posted by Abby from Johnstown,PA on July 6, 2007 2:11 PM

sian alison hayward: This is freaky, Im 6-3-3 too and if I put my surname as in getting married to my crush ( Im too young so this wont happen, at least not soon) its also 9-9-9. Im scared!

Posted by anonymous-a from california on July 9, 2007 10:29 PM

I'm 7, 7, 9.

For a lark, I put "Sybil Trewalney" in, and it came out as 1, 2, 8. So, for Character, she's a loner; for Heart, she has two parts (the incompetent Divination teacher and the powerful Seer, together as one?); and for Social, she has the potential to be great in business, but isn't (sure explains all the sherry bottles).


Posted by Bekah from Ohio on July 12, 2007 12:25 PM

I can't believe it!
I'm 9,9,9. my name's hugo enrique de la rosa jimenez
This is scary!

Posted by hugo enrique de la rosa jimenez from texas on July 13, 2007 11:54 AM

Woah, my numbers are the same as Sirius'! That's cool & freaky at the same time.

Posted by Sanj on July 19, 2007 12:37 AM

I got 9, 6, 3, which is cool in all, but I'm not sure it's me.

Though "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz" and "Zach Henry" are a perfect match.

Posted by Zach Henry on July 22, 2007 8:00 PM

found it weird im 6-5-1 (just first and last name) like fleur (also just her first and last name)...

BUT! i find tom riddle's numbers of 1-2-8 to be most fitting! do read... at least for argument's sake...:

character: 1- he's a loner. never had friends. that whole story.

heart: 2- to quote "But two also introduces the idea of conflict, opposing forces, and the contrasting sides of things: night and day, good and evil." could this include the destinies of voldemort and harry; joined yet opposing? well i think so!

social: 8- again to quote: " Eight indicates the possibility of great success in business, finance, and politics. Eights are practical, ambitious, committed, and hard working. They can also be jealous, greedy, domineering, and power-hungry. Eight is said to be the most unpredictable of numbers and can indicate the pinnacle of success or the depths of failure; the potential to go either way is present from the beginning."

hit the nail on the head don'tcha think?

Posted by Chelsea from Pa on July 23, 2007 12:43 AM

My full name counts up to 9-9-9! And the name I usually use becomes 4-7-6.
I'm very interested in these kind of things, but I think it's just a coincidence that all those things of Harry Potter fit together, like Harry Potter and Ron Weasley both having 2 with Character. I mean, you've got 1 out of 9 for that don't you? (never been good at maths)
Though it is creepy if all 3 numbers are exactly the same.. that makes it much less coincidental...
Very interesting though, all of this!

Posted by Diantha from Noord-Holland, the Netherlands on July 23, 2007 07:16 AM

How can you determine if you should use y as a consonant or a vowel?

Posted by Heaven Barnard from Council Bluffs,IA on July 27, 2007 09:26 AM

I think you just follow the standard rules of grammar. For example, in the name "Yaxley", the first Y is a consonant, because, like other consonants, your lips and tongue are involved in making the sound, and the final Y is a vowel, which does not involve any vocal obstruction.

Mostly though, there are no hard and fast rules. For example, you get better results on "Ron Weasley" than "Ronald Weasley" because that's what he's called most.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 27, 2007 09:32 AM

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