Hello again, Potterfans. Here I welcome you with my new astounding post. Ever noticed the recurrence of number 7 in the Harry Potter series? You certainly did. Though this number has been used by Rowling in the series pretty numerous times, I would like to highlight several significant instances:
- The series itself consists of 7 books.
- Harry and Neville were born on July 31, 1980, July being the 7th month of the year.
- There are 7 Defense Against The Dark Arts Teachers in the series, probably because Voldemort cursed the post.
- Harry’s scar can be seen as two recurring 7s.
- Wizards and Witches are required to study for 7 years in Hogwarts to complete their education.
- Hogwarts has 7 floors.
- Gryffindor students are housed on the seventh floor in Hogwarts castle.
- Quidditch team consists of 7 players.
- The Philosopher’s Stone in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is protected by 7 tasks.
- Slytherin has been champion for 7 consecutive years until Gryffindor overtakes in Harry’s 1st year in Hogwarts.
- There are 7 Weasely childern.
- There are 7 secret passageways leading out of the castle and listed in the Marauder’s Map until the Deathly Hallows where the secret supporters of Harry make another secret passageway connecting to the Leaky Cauldron.
- There are 7 snakes on door of Chamber of secrets.
- Voldemort tries and fails to kill Harry 7 times.
- Seven people come out of the Shrieking Shack in 1994 after Peter Pettigrew’s crimes are uncovered: Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew.
- Dobby owns a collection of 7 socks.
- The Room of Requirement is on the seventh floor of Hogwarts castle.
- James and Lily started dating in their 7th year in Hogwarts.
- There are 7 keyholes on Professor Moody’s trunk.
- Harry and Ron both receive 7 OWLs.
- 7 Harry Potters fly out in order to overthrow the attempts of Death Eaters to kill Harry.
- And the most interesting and ironic of all, Voldemort creates not 6 but 7 Horcruxes, Harry being the 7th Horcrux created accidently by Voldemort.
Considering Rowling’s obsession over number 7 in the series has aroused curiosity to explore the reason behind her obsession. Could this be just a coincidence or has Rowling been playing at it since the starting using the significance of 7.
After considerable exploration this is what I discovered.
The number seven is associated with the world of dreams. It is considered to be the most spiritual digit in our number system and therefore tends to govern all that we give esoteric credence to. It has been used extensively in the allocating of orderly systems with the world we live in.
Numerological Significance of 7
Seven represents happiness, but unfortunately carries with it melancholy as quite often a sacrifice must be made before perfect unity can be achieved. Such high ideals can also lead to depression as we discover that perfection is rarely achieved and compromise must be enforced to attain equilibrium. Seven quite often presents us with a choice that we must make: while all options may appear desirable, some of them have hidden pitfalls so discretion is necessary in order to make the right decision. Seems to agree totally with the characters of the series.
Mystical Significance of 7
Seven is the number of magic, occult mysteries and clairvoyance. It is considered to be a sacred, mystic number in almost all societies including Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew and Chinese. Nearly all ancient religions adopted this number: the Egyptians had seven gods, Muslims seven heavens, Parsees seven angels, Persians seven sacred horses, and Phoenicians seven mysterious kabiris gods. It is an indivisible number and therefore compared to God. On the seventh day of creation God rested, so all things must therefore rest under the influence of this number in order to reflect and contemplate on what has occurred as well as what is likely to transpire. It represents the last step before completion and is closely associated with man’s life span of three score and ten years.
The old Testament, which is the basis for the three major religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, uses the number seven extensively:-
- The book of Genesis states that it took seven days to create the world.
- In the book or revelations there were seven archangels and seven spirits of God sent forth unto all the earth.
- There were seven generations from David to the coming of Christ.
There again Rowling you have astounded your fans with your cunning creativity and your deep knowledge and its representation!!