Harry Potter: The Significance of the Number Seven

Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 4.06.50 PMHarry Potter is one of the most recognized book and film series from 1997 to 2011. In 1997, Joanne Kathleen Rowling (pronounced Roe – ling)  was traveling back to London from Manchester on a train when the idea of the world’s most recognized children’s book series was born. Jo spent months in “The Elephant House” a popular Café in Edinburgh writing the story of Harry Potter on napkins. Not only was a story created in that café, but Jo created a cast of over 100 characters (each with very detailed back stories), a brand new sport, a whole magical universe, and one of the most amazing friendships ever created in literature. The story was split into seven books, each darker than the previous one.

This isn’t a book review, nor a movie review. I am writing this to talk about the significance of the number seven in the Harry Potter series.

You probably have never thought about how many times the number seven pops up in the story, but I have.

Let’s recap the most important places Jo Rowling has used the number seven significantly:

There are:

Seven Weasley children (Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Percy, Bill, and Charlie)

Seven floors of Hogwarts

Seven Horcruxes

Seven quidditch players on each team

Each witch or wizard spends seven years at Hogwarts

A wand costs 7 Galleons

Harry Potter was born on the 7th month (July)

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Anyways, there are many more, but I don’t want to make a list longer than seven examples (I actually didn’t do that on purpose…). In fact, there are about 40 or more examples!

The significance is this: The number VII (7) is the most powerful magical number in existence based on centuries of mythology, science, and mathematics. Therefore, it would make sense to use the “magic” number seven, in a fantasy book about magic, right?

Anyways- I thought this was an interesting topic. I hope you learned something new!

-Loch

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