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July 14th, the date that marks the release of Deathly Hallows as one week away. ONE WEEK! Just 7 days. Seven, the most powerfully magical number of all. This is sure to be the longest list we’ve created yet, as there are many times the number 7 is mentioned. (For an incredible list already complied by our own Michele, see the essay The Number Seven.)

Here are a few notable sevens to get us started:

  • Harry paid seven gold galleons for his wand.
  • Students spend seven years at Hogwarts. (Unless you’re Marcus Flint. Hehe)
  • Lord Voldemort is thought to have split his soul in seven pieces.
  • There are seven Weasley siblings.
  • Seven players on a Quidditch team.
  • The Room of Requirement is on the seventh floor.
  • Harry (and Jo) was “born as the seventh month dies”
  • In seven days, we’ll have Book 7.

Share your recollections of the most magical 7 with us in the pensieve!


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Joan

    Mad-Eye Moody has a 7 lock trunk
    One of the wands Harry tried at Olivanders was a 7 inch Maple & Phoenix feather

  • Nannette

    Neville was also born at the end of the seventh month. You have all the others I had ready.
    It is almost 6.30pm where I am and I have been waiting for this to come up.

  • Laura

    It was mentioned in GoF that the library closes at 8 p.m., but in HBP it closes at 7 p.m.

    In The Unbreakable Vow, Harry and Hermione are in the library and Madam Pince comes over to tell them the library has closed. They then go back to Gryffindor Tower and see Ron and Lavender kissing and Hermione says goodnight to Harry and goes to bed, even though it was ‘only seven o’clock in the evening.’

    Also, there are seven books in the series. (Or there will be, in seven more days.)

  • beauxbatons

    When “Deathly Hallows” is published, we will meet the seventh DADA teacher since the beginning of the story.

  • In, PS, there was seven potions in the room of the potions, between the troll room and the Philosopher’s stone room.

  • The Black family tree goes back to seven generations.

  • Petunia loves spying “Mrs. Number Seven”, her neighbor from 7, Privet Drive.

  • Havsrosen

    There are seven players in each team in Quidditch

  • Havsrosen

    There were seven teachers helping to guard the Philosopher’s Stone

  • Flossy

    In Prisoner of Azkaban Harry reads that ‘Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burnt so much that she let herself be caught no fewer than forty-seven times.’

  • Flossy

    In Prisoner or Azkaban Mr Weasly wins Seven hundred galleons in the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw.

  • Flossy

    In POA Percy Weasly is in his seventh and final year at Hogwarts.

  • Joan

    When Ron was 7 years old Fred gave him an Acid Pop that burnt right through his tongue.
    Ginny is the 7th child in the Weasley family

  • Char

    There are 7 Weasley males: Arthur, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George & Ronald.

  • Joan

    On JKRs website when a birthday is announced on her calender there are always 7 candles on the cake in the picture

  • SGBG

    The entrances to the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw commonrooms are on the 7th floor. Just a little numerology note, 7 is Dumbledore’s destiny number, and Harry’s Inner dreams and Soul urge number.

  • Jenny

    I don’t know where this orignated, because it’s not in the first six books as far as I know, but many fans believe that either Mr or Mrs Weasley is the 7th child as well. That would make Ginny the 7th child of the 7th child and therefore destined to be either a healer or a Seer. Anyone know where this started?

  • SGBG

    7 is also the destiny number of Hermione, Flitwick and Hagrid.

  • Septimus Weasley, who married a Cedrella Black, means “seventh Weasley”.

    Harry’s Gringott’s vault is number 687.

    Lockhart wrote seven autobiographies.

    The gardener Frank Bryce was murdered as he was nearing his seventy-seventh birthday.

    The Triwizard Tournament was established some seven hundred years ago.

    Cedric’s unicorn tail wand core comes from a seventeen-hands unicorn (who nearly gored Ollivander).

    Fred and George’s canary creams cost seven sickles each.

    Harry gave Dobby his seventh pair of socks.

    Unicorns are considered full-grown at the age of seven, when they turn pure white.

    Harry and Ron both obtained seven OWLs.

    Blaise Zabini’s mother has been married and widowed seven times.

    Ginny scored seventeen goals during the Gryffindor Quidditch team tryouts.

    (Now off to check the other books..)

  • Ryan

    Bridget Wenlock (Wizard of the Month on jkrowling.com for August 2005) established the magical properties of the number seven.

  • Amy

    First and second years are taught 7 subjects

    We learned the title of Deathly Hallows 7 months ago

    GF was first released 7 years ago

    Harry was Sorted during Chapter 7 of SS

  • kamion

    the vault in which the Philosopher’s Stone was kept was Vault 713.
    ( the Potter Vault does not have a number in the book, only in the film)

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was rumored to come out on 7/7/07 ( I don’t know if this counts).

  • SGBG

    There are 7 Ravenclaws in the books that are mentioned in Harry’s year (3 more were mentioned on Rowling’s classlist).

  • John

    Ovbiously, 7 is the most powerfully magical number, and Voldemort’s plan was to create 7 horcruxes.

  • Sara

    The first wand Harry tries is 7 inches long.

    There are seven bottles in Snape’s challenge.

    At the end of SS/PS, Dumbledore awards one hundred and seventy total points to Gryffindor.

  • Reader2

    QA mentions that original Wigtown Wanderers were 7 Parkin siblings.

    Chocolate frog cards include Thaddeus Thurkell who was famous for having 7 squib sons.

    We currntly know 7 Hufflepuffs in Harry’s year (including the ones only mentioned in the notes).

  • Shunpike

    Seven passages from Hogwarts to Hogsmead.

  • Joella

    7 males in the Weasley family

  • beauxbatons

    aislingyngaio… that was brilliant !

  • Tanya

    Joan wrote:
    On JKRs website when a birthday is announced on her calender there are always 7 candles on the cake in the picture

    Awesome catch, Joan!

  • Ryan

    Weasley has seven letters. So does Granger, Severus, Minerva, Dursley, Petunia, Dolores… quite a few more, probably.

  • Joan

    One of the Merpeople that Harry saw in the lake was 7 feet tall.
    A Runespoor three headed snake is about 7 feet in length
    An Imp is 7 inches tall

    Thank you Tanya for your kind remark

  • 1 Galleon equals 17 Sickles

    Sirius’ vault hast the number 711

    PS was published in 1997

    Hogwarts has 7 floors

  • rachel

    In CoS the students have to buy all seven of Lockhart’s books.

  • Wizards become of age at 17.

  • 37 chapters in GoF (don’t know if this was mentioned yet).

  • Arithmancer

    Nicholas Flamel was seven years older than his wife, Perenelle.

  • Ashley

    Flamel lived to be 667 years old.

  • hpboy13

    Argh, all the oens I had were mentioned.
    We know of seven Slytherins in Harry’s year (not countign Daphne Greengrass, she is never said to eb a Slythein in the books), and there are sveen other Gryffindors in Harry’s year.
    It took Jo 7 years to get SS published since the moment she thoguth up the idea

  • Char

    Harry was hidden trying to listen to the 7 o’clock news

  • Bludger has 7 letters. So does Quaffle, Spinnet (Alicia Spinnet), Creevey, Pomfrey, Neville, Chamber (of) Secrets, Salazar, and Azkaban. (Just adding on to “Ryan”‘s.

  • kdoze

    Jenny- The quote was in the Mugglenet/Leaky interview right after the 6th book was released… JKR never comes right out and says Molly or Arther are 7th children… but its implied.. Here is the quote…

    JKR: The backstory with Ginny was, she was the first girl to arrive in the Weasley family in generations, but there’s that old tradition of the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and a seventh son of a seventh son, so that’s why she’s the seventh, because she is a gifted witch. I think you get hints of that, because she does some pretty impressive stuff here and there, and you’ll see that again.

  • adding onto my own earlier, so does Regulus, Horcrux, Florean (Fortescue), Alastor, Mafalda, Hopkirk, Parvati, Charlie, Diggory, Galleon, and Derrick (Derrick and Bole are Slytherin Beaters in POA, Chapter 15: The Quidditch Final)

  • Spies Like Us

    One instruction for making the Draught of Peace tells Harry to let it simmer for seven minutes.

  • Sebastian

    Deathly Hallows is going to be released on the 21st of the 7th month. 21 is a multiple of 7. (does this count?)