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Countdown to Deathly Hallows – 10


A small group of obsessive nitpicking Harry Potter fans (true Lexicon friends!) who call themselves the HPNs have found a fun way to pass the time waiting for the final book. They’ve been scouring the books for occurrences of the number corresponding to the number of days left. Let’s join in the game, and practice our Arithmancy, shall we?

So today being the 11th July, we are 10 days away. Here are a few passages where the number 10 appears in the stories.

  • A Chaser gets 10 points for scoring.
  • There are 10 levels in the Ministry of Magic.
  • In Book 1, Neville earned 10 points for bravery (the first points he had ever won), giving Gryffindor the House Cup.
  • Harry’s Ministry hearing was held in Courtroom 10.
  • Umbridge tells Hagrid that he will receive the results of his inspection in 10 days’ time.

Post the ones YOU find in the pensieve!


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Karen L

    Hermione got 10 “outstandings” in her O.W.L.s! (And one EE in DADA)

  • Karen L

    10 Galleons for each unicorn tail hair!
    (SLughorn – HBP)

  • Mizu-chan

    don’t know if this counts, but Remus was born on March 10.

  • Kiari

    Harry spent 10 years with the Dursley’s!

  • El Cronista de Salem

    10 galleons is the prize of the omniculars, second-hand cauldrons or how much Hermione spent for her birthday present in PoA.

    I want to see when we have 7 days left πŸ˜›

  • Reader2

    If you are looking for 10, I auggest looking at Snape quotes.
    He takes “10 points of Gryffindor” at least once in each book.

  • Degrassifan

    Hermione became friends with Ron and Harry in the tenth chapter of SS and Luna is introduced in chapter 10 of Ootp.

  • Misha

    This is a good one!
    In the Prisoner of Azkaban..
    Chapter Twenty-Two (Owl Post Again)
    Hermoine was tugging at his sleeve, staring at her watch.
    ‘We’ve got exactly ten minutes to get back down to the hospital wing without anybody seeing us – before Dumbledore locks the door-‘

    I’m pretty proud of finding that! πŸ˜‰

  • That IS a good one Misha. These are ALL excellent everyone! I’m having a lot of fun with this, I hope you are too. Thanks to Sue for the mention on Leaky πŸ˜€

    Keep in mind that we’ll be doing this each day, so if you happen across other numbers, take note. πŸ™‚

  • Lasre

    A galleon is worth 10 dollars (US), according to the Lexicon essays!

  • roonwit

    10 death eaters escaped in the mass Azkaban breakout.

  • Lasre

    Sirius Black had a 10 thousand galleon bounty.

  • Arithmancer

    Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog Card says he enjoys tenpin bowling!

  • Laura

    What a great idea! I had so much fun reading everyone else’s posts that I just had to jump in when a ‘ten’ occurrence popped into my head just now.

    In Order of the Phoenix (Snape’s Worst Memory), Draco Malfoy takes ten points from Gryffindor because Hermione is Muggle-born.

    ‘Oh yeah, I forgot, youÒ€ℒre a Mudblood, Granger, so ten off for that.Ò€ℒ

  • roonwit

    I am sure if we looked hard enough we could find someone with a 10 inch wand. though the nearest I have come up with so far is Lily’s which was 10 1/4. However, there are 10 breeds of dragon.

  • Joan

    Here’s some more: Arthur Weasley has 10 people reporting to him; – a Cleansweep 11 broomtick can go from 0 to 70 in 10 Seconds & Hermione and Ron were standing 10 feet apart when having their blazing row after the Yule Ball

  • Arithmancer

    There’s a big plastic number 10 over one of the platforms next to the entrance to Platform Nine and three-quarters.

  • Karen L

    AND let us not forget – Harry is ten when the first book begins!!

  • nlentz88

    There are “unofficially” ten students in each year of each house.

  • any

    Its not quite ten but Lily Potters wand was ten and a quarter inches long πŸ˜› sorry if that doesnt count πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    Snape takes Ten points from Gryffindor when Harry is late for potions in Half Blood Prince πŸ™‚ Then he takes another Ten points from Ron for cheek.

  • martin

    Gringotts’ vault check by goblin every 10 years.
    Harry saw 10 people in mirrow of erised.
    Dobby receipt 10 galleon a week for working in Hogwarts.
    12 Grimmauld Place been vacant for 10 years before sirius come back to that place.

  • c.

    Book 7 comes out 10 days from today and 10 days before Harry’s B-day

  • Alatarielle

    Vernon in PoA, chapter 2: “I’d better be off in a minute, Petunia. Marge’s train gets in at ten.”


  • Rachel

    Well can’t think of any 10, but as it is the 22nd where I am (actually 9 days and one minute to go :)), there are 9 Weasley family memebers.

    Just noticed that the info is a bit out of date now on the Deathly Hallow page – scar is no longer the last word (see mugglenet) and I’m fairly sure the deluxe cover art is released

  • Ashley

    There are ten months between September and Harry birthday in July.

  • Keeper_Trish

    In Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge takes 10 points from Gryffindor following Harry’s insist on the Dark Lord’s return before sentencing him to Detention.

    Also in OotP, in a later Divinations class Firenze tells his students that it may sometimes take 10 years to fully understand what the stars are depicting.

  • Nannette

    Ginny was 10 when she and Harry first saw each other.

  • Tanya

    Wow! This is an incredibly fun list! Thanks guys!

  • CAM

    Hogwarts students spend ten months in school. From the beginning of September to the end of June!

  • HandPFeather

    This was fun to read, Thanks!

  • hpboy13

    Wow, this is awesome! I’ll start rereading the bookjs tomorrow, but I do have something: the movie and book are released 10 days apart, and the first book wa spublished 10 years ago. Talk fo which, the movie was AWESOME!!!

  • cristina_xv

    There are 10 children in every house in HArry’s year πŸ˜›

  • Naomi

    D’oh! I found this a day late while working on the Fantastic Beast entries for the Portkey this morning, but oh well!

    Flobberworms grow up to TEN inches in length.

  • Fonzman

    In PoA didn’t the Weasleys win 10,000 galleons for the ministry sweepstakes or something.

  • ravenclaw rambler

    Kiari wrote:”Harry spent 10 years with the DursleyÒ€ℒs!”

    Well, nine years and TEN months to be exact (1st November Y1 to 1st September Y11)

    Ten years (and three weeks) from publication of Philospher’s Stone to publication of Deathly Hallows

    Ten years between the beginning of the events in Deathly Hallows (assuming they follow straight on from HBP) and the publication of the book.

    (Interesting aside: if the dateline is correct, PS was published during the period that we expect to be described at he beginning of DH. Will any Hogwarts students have bought the book?)

  • MarauderSandi

    Exactly 10 years between the deaths of Lily and James in Godric’s Hollow (10/31/81) and the trio becoming a trio (the incident with the troll–10/31/91).

    I won’t take credit for noticing this–I read it in a fanfic.

  • Bandersnatch

    Ooooo! Good one, Sandi! I never realized that!

  • MarauderSandi

    Bandersnatch! Ohh, how I’ve missed you and Bear! How are you?

    I actually came across that little fact in a fanfic. Quite a coincidence, isn’t it?

  • Havsrosen

    Merope Gaunt got 10 galleons for Slytherin’s locket at Borgin and Burkes.

  • pinksparrow

    When Umbridge and Filch stun Fred and George’s Fireworks in OOTP, they multiply by ten…

  • pinksparrow

    Vanishing them…. not stun. I don’t know why I put stun….lol πŸ˜€

  • Uncle Vernon wants to have some deal with the Masons involving his company signed by the 10:00 news.

  • steven organ

    Well its not specifically stated but i assume when Fudge is talking to the muggle prime minister at the start of book 6 they are inside ‘no. 10 Downing Street’.

  • Bandersnatch

    Bear and I are fine, Sandi, and we are eagerly awaiting DH so that we can stop thinking about Snape once and for all. πŸ˜€

    The giant squid should have ten appendages (8 arms, 2 tentacles) if he resembles others of his species.

  • Peanut

    On a personal note, I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at Christmas 10 years ago when I was 10 years old. And subsequently convinced at least 10 family members to read it.