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Seven is the most powerful magical number, based on centuries of mythology, science, and mathematics, and therefore has a very important role in the wizarding world. Arithmancer Bridget Wenlock was the first to note this through a theorem which exposed the magical properties of the number seven.
The Arithmancer, Bridget Wenlock (1202–1285) was the first witch to establish the magical properties of the number seven. She wrote her ground-breaking theorem on the back of a sugar packet, using her usual invisible ink. She then proceeded to send her cousin a letter, forgot where she wrote the theorem, and thought it was on the envelope. She hunted down the envelope and intercepted it at her cousin's house, where she learned her mistake.
Seven seen in the wizarding world
- "Weasley" contains seven letters.
- "Granger" contains seven letters.
- The following people have seven syllables in their full names:
- Minerva McGonagall
- The names Lily Evans and James Potter have seven syllables altogether.
- The Arithmancy professor, of Hogwarts, is named Septima Vector.
- Septimus Malfoy and Septimus Weasley have a shared first name that translates to "seventh" in Latin.
- Marvolo, Tom Riddle's middle name, has seven letters in it.
- If the letters of the alphabet were turned into numbers (A=1, B=2, etc...), the letters in the name Harry would add up to 70. (8+1+18+18+25=70)
- If the letters of the alphabet were turned into numbers (A=1, B=2, etc...), and added together until a single number is found, as done in Arithmancy, the letters in the name Harry result in the number 7. (8+1+18+18+25=70, 7+0=7)
- "Bridget" and "Wenlock", the first and last names of the person who established the magical properties of seven, both contain seven letters.
- Molly and Arthur Weasley had seven children.
- Thaddeus Thurkell had seven children, all Squibs.
- Walter Parkin has seven children.
- Harry Potter paid seven Galleons for his wand.
- There are seven letters in both 'Sickles' and 'Galleon'.
- Children go to school at Hogwarts for seven years.
- There are seven floors at Hogwarts.
- There are seven Core classes, which are taught at Hogwarts:
- The Marauder's Map shows seven secret passages out of the school (the map does not show the Room of Requirement).
- There are seven hundred fouls in Quidditch.
- There are seven players on a Quidditch team.
- There is a broomstick named Cleansweep Seven.
- Harry helped Gryffindor beat Slytherin for the House Cup for the first time in seven years.
- Harry caught seven Golden Snitches during his time as Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team:
- The Wolfsbane Potion must be drunk every seven days before full moon.
- Harry followed the alternate instructions in the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making, by instead stirring his potion once clockwise after every seventh stir anti-clockwise. This helped him achieve much better results than the standard instructions, and earn Slughorn's praise.
- There are seven ingredients of Polyjuice Potion.
- The Wizarding Schools Potions Championship was held every seven years, on years divisible by seven.
- Gilderoy Lockhart assigned seven books for his students:
- Gadding with Ghouls
- Holidays with Hags
- Travels with Trolls
- Voyages with Vampires
- Wanderings with Werewolves
- Year with the Yeti
- The Unforgivable Curses were first classified as Unforgivable in 1717.
- Many spells such as Protego, Reducto, Imperio, Expulso, Depulso, Anapneo, and Stupefy have seven letters.
- There are seven known spell types:
- The prophecy about Harry Potter defeating Tom Riddle noted that: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal...".
- In the wizarding world, wizards and witches come of age at the age of seventeen, instead of eighteen.
- Seven people come out of the Shrieking Shack in 1994 after Peter Pettigrew's crimes are uncovered:
- There are seven obstacles leading up to the Philosopher's Stone:
- The Philosopher's Stone was kept in Vault 713 in Gringotts Bank.
- Seven entities were attacked by the Basilisk during the 1992–1993 school year:
- There are seven snakes on the door of the Chamber of Secrets.
- There are seven locks on Professor Moody's trunk.
- There were seven Potion bottles in the last task in the Philosopher's Stone chambers.
- Seven muggles saw Ron and Harry in the Flying Ford Anglia.
- Seven keepers for every dragon for the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.
- Mr. Weasley won seven hundred Galleons in the Daily Prophet draw.
- From the Great Hall, Harry, Ron, and Hermione climb seven staircases to reach the tower that houses Professor Trelawney's classroom at the top.
- The Battle of the Seven Potters occurred on 27 July 1997.
- Harry was introduced to the Order of the Phoenix when it had nine members, but he did not know who seven of them were beforehand.
- Blaise Zabini's mother had been married seven times as of 1996.
- Snape removes seventy points from Gryffindor when Harry shows up at Hogwarts late (fifty for lateness and twenty for Harry's Muggle attire).
- Dumbledore shows Harry seven memories about Voldemort's past (including both the fake and real Horcrux memory).
- Voldemort made seven Horcruxes, even though he believed that six Horcruxes would create a seven-fragment soul (including the piece of soul in his body). The singular of Horcruxes (Horcrux) is seven letters long.
- There are also seven conflicts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
- Seven prisoners escape from Malfoy Manor:
- Harry Potter and Ron Weasley received seven O.W.Ls for their Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations. Hermione Granger continued with seven subjects during her sixth year.
- Sybill Trelawney says that Seven of Spades means an ill omen.
- When a wizard is seven, they start showing magical properties.
- There are seven described uses for the Room of Requirement.
- Hiding objects, as performed by Tom Riddle, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, and Sybill Trelawney
- A restroom, as used unwittingly by Dumbledore
- Recuperating from drunkenness, as used by Winky
- Finding cleaning materials, as used by Filch
- Hosting D.A. meetings
- Hiding from Filch, as used by Fred and George
- Hiding from the Carrows, as demonstrated first by Neville
- Frank Bryce was nearing his 77th birthday when he was murdered by Voldemort.
- The Triwizard Tournament in 1994 took place 7 centuries after the first one.
- On Christmas Day of 1994, after receiving socks as a present from Harry, Dobby told him that he now had seven pairs of socks.
- In 1992, Minerva McGonagall taught second years Vera Verto in her seventh lesson. This was the only Transfiguration class in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- In 1996, Bellatrix Lestrange asked Severus Snape seven questions regarding to his loyalty to Lord Voldemort:
- Where was he when Voldemort fell.
- Why did he never make any attempt to find Voldemort.
- What has he been doing during the period between Voldemort's fall and rebirth.
- Why did he stop Voldemort from procuring the Philosopher's Stone.
- Why did he not return to Voldemort immediately when all Death Eaters were summoned.
- Where was he during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Why is Harry Potter still alive despite being under his mercy for five years.
- Harry Potter's chocolate frog card stated that he was famous for seven reasons:
- Being the first and only known wizard to have survived the killing curse.
- Being the youngest seeker in a century, having gained a spot on the Hogwarts Gryffindor Quidditch team in 1991 at only eleven years old.
- Finding and opening Salazar Slytherin's Chamber of Secrets in his second school year and defeating the monster within, which was a Basilisk.
- Being the youngest competitor of the Triwizard Tournament and winner of said tournament in 1995.
- Being the only known Gryffindor student that can speak Parseltongue.
- Being the last master of death to have united the three Deathly Hallows
- Defeating the most dangerous dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort, in 1998.
Behind the scenes
- The first book was released in 1997, and the final book was released in 2007.
- The epilogue itself is set in 2017.
- Many fans expected Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the seventh book) to be released on 07/07/2007, which also happened to be a Saturday, the day upon which Harry Potter books had previously been released. However, it was released on July 21st of that year instead, two weeks later. It is thought that the more 'magical' date was rejected due to it also being the second anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings in 2005. (21 is still a multiple of 7 though.)
- On 7 August, the Harry Potter series won seven awards at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards for Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2.
- The Battle of Hogwarts in on 2 May, the 2nd day of the 5th month. 2 +5 = 7
- The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy is set 70 years before the Harry Potter series.
- There are seventeen chapters in the first book.
- If you count the epilogue, there are thirty-seven chapters in the seventh book.
- The first years enter the castle in the seventh chapter of the first book.
- Chapter four of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is entitled "The Seven Potters".
- There are seven books in the Harry Potter series, and eight movies.
- In the films, Voldemort is played by seven actors: Richard Bremmer, Ian Hart, Christian Coulson, Ralph Fiennes, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Frank Dillane and by Michael Berendt although the latter's scenes were cut and never seen.
- J. K. Rowling stated in interview that the "big seven" in the Harry Potter series are: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Neville Longbottom (Matt Lewis), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton).
- The number on the back of Harry Potter's Quidditch robes in the films is seven (this could be a reference to the fact that usually the best player/captain in a football team, has the number 7 shirt).
- J. K. Rowling stated in interview that she chose to write seven books in total because she spent seven years in secondary school. Also, she wanted Harry to come of age at seventeen because it "just seems a good number for a wizard to come of age."
- In the seventh Harry Potter book, J.K. split the dedication in seven parts.
- There were seven clues and seven opportunities to sign up and register for the Pottermore beta. The first clue was on 31 July 2011 (Harry's birthday) and the final was 6 August 2011. A clue was released each day and each clue was from a book in the series corresponding to the day. For example, day one's clue was from Philosopher's Stone and the final clue was from Deathly Hallows.
- In Harry's copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, he wrote in the Pixie section for the classification, and put seven X's: "or XXXXXXX if you're Lockhart."
- Seven is also a unique number, being the highest, single-digit prime number.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Wizard of the Month
- ↑ Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
- ↑ Wonderbook: Book of Potions - The first Championship was known held in 1407, which is a multiple of seven. Since the event was held every seven years, unless there were irregularities, every subsequent Championship was also held in a year divisible by seven.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
- ↑ Michael Berendt's website.
- ↑ SnitchSeeker - J.K. Rowling Talks Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2