They can sing about the fact that three is a magic number, but in the wizarding world, seven is the magic number. In the series, there are many ways to incorporate the number seven, from seven pounds to 17, when wizards come of age. Here are some of the seven secrets we found and how they are connected to each other.
Hogwarts is the place many of us wish we could call home. It was when we investigated Hogwarts that we realized how many seven there were in the castle. The most obvious seven we have found are the seven floors, but there is a second connection. This fun fact was discovered during the virtual tour of Porto – there are 142 stairs in the castle connecting these seven floors. Although there is no seven in 142, when the three numbers are added together, the number seven is formed.
However, these are not the only seven in the castle. There are also seven hidden passages outside the castle, which Fred and George explain when they give Harry the Marauder’s Map, and in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry first sees the door to the Chamber, there are seven snakes on it.
2. Magic education
The most obvious seven years are the seven years at Hogwarts, but during Harry’s time at Hogwarts there are two more sevens that we have found. During his first two years at Hogwarts, Harry took seven core courses: Potions, Charms, Herbology, History of Magic, Astronomy, Transfiguration, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. And the Defense Against the Dark Arts class has seven teachers throughout the books – Quirrell, Lockhart, Lupine, Barty Crouch Jr. using Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves as Mad-Eye Moody, Umbridge, Rogue, and Amycus Carrow.
Introduced in the first book, Quidditch is the wizarding sport played at Hogwarts, and it quickly becomes apparent that there are many connections to the number seven. The most obvious connection is that there are seven players on each team. The second connection as seen in the movies is the number on the back of the Seeker’s robes, the position Harry plays, is number seven. There are even more connections, the lesser known being that there are 700 faults. ranging from blame to attacking your opponent with an ax, and it was during the 1473 match between Transylvania and Flanders that the 700 faults were committed.
4. Seventh year
It was during their seventh year at Hogwarts that James and Lily became a couple, and this relates to Ron and Hermione, because even though they weren’t at Hogwarts during their seventh year, they also become a couple. couple in their seventh year. There are many other parallels between these two couples, such as James and Ron both being pureblood wizards and Lily and Hermione being Muggle-born and referred to as extremely bright witches. They are also both linked to Harry by being his parents and best friends.
5. The Weasleys
The most well-known seven in this family is that Molly and Arthur have seven children, but there are several other ways to fit the number seven into this family. The name Weasley itself, along with William and Charlie, has seven letters. While not one of the main Weasleys we see, when we meet Great Aunt Muriel in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she mentions that she’s 107 – seven more in this fan-favorite family.
The horcruxes are at the center of the seventh book, and within the series itself there are other connections that they have with number seven. The obvious connection is that Voldemort created seven Horcruxes, but a second connection that we noticed is that seven different people destroyed them: Harry destroyed the diary, Dumbledore destroyed the ring, Ron destroyed the locket, Hermione destroyed the cup, Crabbe destroyed the tiara with Fiendfyre, Voldemort himself a destroys the fragment inside Harry and Neville killed Nagini. Even the word Horcrux itself has seven letters.
7. Groups of seven
There are many times in the books that there are groups of seven. One example of this is in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Crusty is revealed to be Peter Pettigrew, there are seven people in the Howling Shack – Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lupine, Sirius, Pettigrew and Snape. The best-known case of the existence of a group of seven is that of the seven potters, where there are also seven protectors. Also in Book 7, there are seven prisoners who escape from Malfoy Manor: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Dean, Griphook and Ollivander.
There are so many seven inside Harry potter and there are so many more we could have listed, but what do you think of our list? Are there any sevens in the series that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.