Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to Hogwarts Week: Numbers in Harry Potter

Numbers like 3, 7, 13, and 40 are popular numbers to use in mythology, folklore, and fairytales and Harry Potter is no exception. Take a look have at these reoccurring numbers.

--The Weasley’s have 7 children
-There are 7 players on a Quidditch team
-It’s 7:00 when Harry goes to meet Oliver Wood to learn about Quidditch in The Sorcerer’s Stone
-There are 7 Horcruxes
-There are 700 possible Quidditch fouls
-One must pass 7 tests before reaching the sorcerer’s stone
-There are 7 bottles in Snape’s test leading to the sorcerer’s stone
-There are a total of 7 Potters (6 decoys and the real Harry) in The Deathly Hallows
-7 Books in the series
-Harry was born in the 7th month
-Students attend Hogwarts for 7 years
-Wolfsbane potion must be drunk 7 days before the full moon
-Dumbledore shows Harry 7 memories of Voldemort
-Each Quidditch team has 3 Chasers
-Fluffy is a 3 headed dog
-The tale of the 3 brothers
-Hagrid knocked on the door of Hogwarts 3 times in The Sorcerer’s Stone
-Lily & James Potter (and the Longbottoms) defied Voldemort 3 times
-Voldemort’s wand is 13 inches
-The sorcerer’s stone is held in Vault 713
-1473 (14 is a multiple of 7, so it counts) was the year all 700 Quidditch fouls were committed in the world cup

The numbers 3 and 7 also appear as random times during the day when Harry goes to meet people or as other small random things. So, what do I think this all means? Not a darn thing. I think Rowling studied mythology and folklore and liked choosing numbers that are reoccurring in those stories. Nonetheless, as a Potter enthusiast it was fun finding all the different numbers.

1 comment:

  1. I knew about the recurring 7's in the series but I'd never realized how often the number 3 appeared as well. Considering the Golden TRIO (Harry, Ron, Hermione) and the Silver TRIO (Neville, Luna and Ginny) and then all the other 3's you listed is definitely interesting...7 is known as a lucky number and I know 3 is regarded as a powerful number numerologically speaking so I guess it makes sense for a genius like JKR ;-D