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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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well, i tried it with some of my friends names and some were so true but others werent really... mine sounds more like me if i use my middle name too. it is pretty great how harry and rons names are the same and stuff, but it is probably coincidental unless J.K rowling was into arithmancy before harry potter.

Posted by amanda! from sa on August 2, 2007 05:19 AM

I did the calculations using my full first and maiden name and my husband's full first and last name. We have the same exact numbers in the same order: 6, 6, 9. The description is eerily correct. Is this any different than numerology?

In another spooky turn of events, I did the same thing with my parents' names. They have matching numbers in the same order too (however, different from mine and my husband's).

Posted by Ann from Connecticut on August 7, 2007 06:24 AM

this is pretty scary... my friend and i spent hours trying all these people we know, and 99 percent of the time it worked! Also, i tried Nymphadora Tonks and her character and heart number is five, which represents "instability and imbalance, change and uncertainty"... and we all know that Tonks can change her appearance!

Posted by Talia on August 10, 2007 1:36 PM

Woah! The number for "Chris Peters" (my name) and "Neville Longbottom" are an exact match! (514)

Posted by Chris Peters from Anchorage, Alaska on August 28, 2007 9:36 PM

Harry potter and Ginny Molly Weasley are 238 and 283 respectively

Posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2007 08:27 AM

you know what's weird both Rubeus Hagrid and professor Filius Flitwick both have the same numbers:
Character: 7
Heart: 3
Social: 4

That's kinda weird because Hagrid's like really big, and flitwick is really small!

Posted by Alex F from Hinton WV on August 31, 2007 7:03 PM

Does anyone realize that Arthur Weasley and Molly Weasley are not both 5's? If you enter their names as Arthur Weasley and Molly Weasley, you get 5's, but Molly's maiden name is Prewett, and Molly Prewett results in 4. Ultimately, this raises the question of whether the compatibility between husband and wife should be based on their birth names or their married names.

Posted by N�ro Istyar from Hope, British Columbia on September 2, 2007 10:35 AM


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?


Dumbledore and Tom's results are the same because they both yearn for eternal life. Even though their ways of going about it are totally different, albus and Tom riddle didn't want to . They both wanted enormous power and searched for it obsessively. Both can not be trusted with power.

Posted by Patricia from canada on September 8, 2007 11:42 PM

I checked my name on it and it was completely right! There were some things about me I'd never realised before! Also, Amanda McKnight, your numbers are exactly the same as mine!

Patricia from canada: If Dumbledore could not be trusted with power, then why is he Headmaster? Or did you mean a different kind of power, if so, which?

N�ro Istyar from Hope, British Columbia: How on Earth did you know that Molly's maiden name was Prewett?

Posted by Keira Simmons from Australia on October 20, 2007 12:37 AM

On a whim I typed in "Adolf Hitler" (yeah, I know) and look waht came out!

Character: 2
Heart: 3
Social: 8

2 and 3 are debatable, from what I recall about a biography prject i did about the guy for school years ago it does come close to describing his personality (maybe).

But LOOK at number 8!

8 - 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.

What do you think?

Posted by Kaitlin on October 20, 2007 9:39 PM

That is uncannily scary. I calculated my friends and I, each and every one was spot on! The odd thing is that none of us had the same even tough my best friend and I have the same personality and likings. And another thing is, when I typed in the vice principal of my old school, and my former teacher, the numbers fitted exactly. BUT; when I did my best mate, they were absolutely oppostie to what she is like, unless there is a side of her I didn't know about.....

Posted by Elphaba from Oz on October 26, 2007 10:56 PM

We know that Molly's maiden name is Prewett because it is on J.K Rowling's website.

Posted by Shirlz on October 28, 2007 7:09 PM

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