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Countdown to Deathly Hallows – 3


Here we are at July 18th, and only 3 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. Share your examples of the number 3 that remind you of something from Harry Potter.

  • Madam Rosmerta is the proprietor of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.
  • “…born to those who have thrice defied him”.
  • Hagrid was expelled in his third year.
  • There were three grades of W.O.M.B.A.T. exams.

Conjure yours in the Pensieve!


Pensieve (Comments)

  • andris

    three loyal marauders

    the trio

  • Havsrosen

    Hermione makes three turns on the Time turner to go back three hours in time i order to save Sirius and Buckbeak

  • Havsrosen

    Fluffy has three heads

  • Alix

    Only third years and above are allowed to visit Hogsmeade. 3 schools participate in the Triwizard Tournament. There are alot and i can barely think of any! My mind must be in holiday mode.

  • Havsrosen

    JKR has three children

  • Havsrosen

    The Keeper of each team defends three goal posts.
    The Knight Bus is a triple-decker

  • Joan

    Tonks did an extra 3 years training after Hogwarts to become an Auror

  • Joan

    Dudley plays Mega Mutilation 3 on his PlayStation

  • Joan

    Ron & Remus Lupin have their birthdays in the 3rd month

  • Jon

    Harry finally met his Godfather in his 3rd year at Hogwarts.

    Harry’s 3rd year was the first time the castle has been breached during his time at Hogwarts.

    The ‘Trio’

    It takes 3 people to make an unbreakable vow.

    There are 3 magical substances to make a wand(I think? Correct me if I’m wrong)

    O.W.L, 3 words

    Harry Potter and the ‘PRISONER OF AZKABAN’ 3 words for the only part of the title that changes in each book, for his 3rd year.

  • Joan

    After his 3rd year at Smeltings Dudley was told to go on a diet by the school nurse

  • Joan

    In the Riddle of the Potions (COS) 3 of the bottles are poison

  • Havsrosen

    The british school year has three terms.
    The “bad” trio: Malfoy, Crabbe & Goyle

  • Carolyn

    Fred and George each got three O.W.L.s.

  • Havsrosen

    There are three Black sisters: Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa (even though Andromeda was disowned)

  • Joan

    There are 3 types of Troll: mountain, forest & river.

  • Havsrosen

    In the third book (PA) all three of Gryffindor’s quidditch matches are described (I think…)

  • Patrick

    When the imposter Moody cornered Harry at the end of book 4, THREE people came his imediate rescue: Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape.

    Three of the founder’s co-existed peacefully.

    Harry has so far encoutered Lord Voldemort (not including the Tom Riddle memory/Horcrux) thrice after the murder of his parents.

    There should have only been Three Twiwizard contestants.

    The Three Tasks.

    Umbridge along with three aurors attempted to sack Hagrid.

    Fred and George have three older brothers.

    Druella and Cygnus Black have three daughters: Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa.

    Harry begins receiving letters in the third chapter of book 1.

    And so much more!

  • Havsrosen

    Tilden Toots has three green thumbs

  • Joan

    Privet Drive is located within 3 miles of Little Whinging
    The mandrakes were re-potted in Greenhouse 3

  • Joan

    In COS when Wood was describing his new Quidditch training programe he had 3 boards of tactics

  • Havsrosen

    In the end of PA, in the Shrieking Shack, Hermione makes three accusations against Lupin (but only one was right)

  • Joan

    The Irish druidess Cliode has 3 magic birds to send the sick to sleep & cure them

  • Joan

    When the maid went into the drawing room at the Riddle house she found 3 dead people in there

  • Nannette

    Fred, George and Lee are another set of three. All the others have been used already

  • Joan

    A Runespoor is a 3 headed snake
    A ‘common’ rat has a 3 year life span

  • Jon

    There are 3 types of balls in quidditch.

  • Jon, Ollivander ony use three things in his wands (Dragon Heartstring, Unicorn Hair, Phoenix Tail Feather), but Fleur wand has Veela hair, her grandmother’s, and because of this I thing even more things can be used as well.

    Hagrid taps the wall 3 times in SS to make the entrance to Diagon Alley.

    Ron is three letters long.

    3 chasers per team in quidditch.

  • Joan

    Morfin Gaunt was sent to Azkaban for 3 years for hexing Tom Riddle

  • Jameswys

    There are 3 ministers (2 current, 1 former) in Chapter 1 of HBP.
    We read Slughorn get asked 3 times about horcruxes (2 memories once by Harry, all in the same fashion).
    And Chapter 3 (HBP) is 3 words “Will and Won’t”

  • Jon

    Thanks Pasault, I saw that that somewhere but it didn’t seem right. I was considering of putting Ron up too.. lol

    The dragon on the Deluxe Edition has 3 toes on its back foot. (that we can see)

  • Hagrid became a teacher in Harry’s 3rd year.

    Harry’s first year letter said they could bring one of 3 animals (owl, cat, or toad). How Ron got a rat in I’ll never know.

    Lupin only taught in Harry’s 3rd year.

  • recklesscatlover

    Three actions – three D’s – for Apparating, which I think are Deratization, Deflagration, Devolution.
    Or that was what Ron told me…

  • Havsrosen

    Ron’s got it wrong 🙂
    The three D’s in performing Apparition are: destination, determination, and deliberation

  • Macavity

    🙂 OK, hpboy13, You’re quite attentive, considering also I have some hours head start.
    As regards number THREE:
    In PS:
    – There are THREE letters in a post when Harry is supposed to get his Hogwarts Letter(postcard from aunt Marge, brown envelope – presumably some bill, and letter for Harry).
    – On the THIRD day there are THREE letters to Harry.
    – It is required for the first-years to have Three black robes.
    – To open passage to the Diagon Alley Hagrid is counting THREE bricks up and TWO to the front, then knocks THREE times.
    – The third wand Harry tries at Olivander’s is ebony with unicorn mane.
    – First-Years have Herbology THREE times a week.
    – Harry visits Hagrid for the first time at three o’clock
    – Corridor with Fluffy is located on the THIRD floor.
    – Quiddich practice is three times a week.
    – There are three Chasers
    – The longest Quiddich game lasted for three months.
    – Harry looked to the Mirror of Erised THREE times.
    – Harry spends THREE days in a hospital after the encounter with Voldemort.

  • lily

    Ginny had 3 boyfriends that we know about.

  • Jonie

    There were three triwizard schools.

  • Joan

    An Erkling is approx 3 feet tall

  • Joan

    When Lavender Brown was in her 3rd year at Hogwarts her pet rabbit Binky was killed by a fox

  • Joan

    As late ticket holders rushed to a Celestina Warbeck concert in Liverpool there was a 3 broom crash over the River Mersey

  • Jayni D.

    Ron ate 3 chocolate cauldrons laced with Romilda Vane’s love potion.

  • Bruce

    There are three Unforgivable Curses.

  • Bruce

    In HBP, Malfoy makes three attempts on Dumbledore’s life.
    There were three members of the Gaunt household.
    Voldemort killed three members of the Riddle family.
    Three DADA teachers (Quirrell, Lockheart, and Moody/Crouch) were frauds.
    There are three house elves mentioned by name and given speaking parts – Dobby, Kreacher, Hokey
    Harry plays against three other competitors in the Triwizard Tournament.
    During their first broom lesson, three students (Neville, Harry, Draco) actually fly.
    Moaning Myrtle has appeared in three of the books so far.
    Three people were at Aragog’s funeral
    The Dursleys would prefer to have only three people in their family
    John Williams has written the score for only THREE of the films.
    Sirius Black only appears in three of the books.
    At the time of the Prisoner of Azkaban, there are three maurauders alive.

    And IMO, three characters NEED to be vindicated by the end of “Deathly Hallows:” Snape, Petunia, and Pettigrew.

  • Martin

    -Harry had flying with 3 creature (Fawkes, Buckbeak, and Thestral.
    -Each year every house have 3 Quiddich Match.
    -Dobby appears 3 times in CoS.
    -Harry owns 3 beings (an owl, a hippogriff, and a House-Elf).
    -Harry witness 3 trial at GoF.
    -Harry only heard 3 Sorting Hat Songs so he miss 3 Sorting Hat Songs.
    -Harry and Ron had use 3 types of vehicle to go to Hogwarts.

  • Lasre

    Didn’t Harry have there three lessons with Dumbledore?

  • iszi

    harry knows three houselves by name, dobby, winky and kreacher.

  • -At the beginning of GoF, in Harry’s dream, there were three people : Wormtail, Frank Bryce, and Voldemort
    -Voldemort needed 3 things to be reborn: flesh, bone, and blood

  • Fonzman

    iszi, he knew four. He found out Hokey during one of his lessons w/ Dumbledore.

  • olivier

    Harry saved 3 Weasleys (so far): Ginny, Arthur and Ron!

  • CAM

    We have seen objects owned by only three of the four founders.
    I wounder what the fourth will be…….

  • -If Lily and james were alive, the Potters would be a family of 3
    -I found another “Trio” (sort of, but not really): Lavendar, Parvati, and Prof. Trelawney 🙂
    -Ronald has three ‘nicknames’: Ron, Wheezy (Dobby calls him that), and Won-Won (Lavendar calls him that)
    -The Grangers are a family of 3 (not including Crookshanks)
    -‘Cho’ has 3 letters in it
    -(excerpt from GoF, Chapter 12: The Second Task)”Just as it had before he faced the Horntail, time was slipping away as though somebody had bewitched the clocks to go extra-fast. There was a week to go before February the twenty-fourth (there was still time)…there were five days to go(he was bound to find something soon)…THREE days to go(please let me find something…please)…”
    -During the Second Task, Harry gave the merpeople THREE seconds to get away
    -Percy is the third weasley child, and, in this case, third time’s NOT a charm! 🙂

  • In book THREE, in Chapter THREE, the title has THREE words in it-THREE THREE’S!

  • Char

    Didn’t Snape sneer to Harry that one of the Potion ingredients during the first-ever Potions class had three different names, and they make the Draught of Living Death, or something like that?

  • Kelly

    The Potters were a family of 3
    The Longbottoms were a family of 3
    The Grangers are a family of 3 (as far as we know)
    The Malfoys are a family of 3- Draco, Narcissa and Lucius

    “Snape poured out 3 glasses of blood red wine”- 24 HBP
    The were 3 flames that came out of Bellatrix’s wand to bind the Unbreakable Vow- 37 HBP
    “3 years ago” Fudge told the Prime Minister that “Serious” Black had escaped from Azkaban :)- 7 HBP

    -Can you tell which book I am re-reading? 🙂

  • Bruce

    Harry saved three lives in PoA: Sirius, Buckbeak, and Wormtail.
    Three Weasleys have left Hogwarts so far in the books – Percy, George, Fred
    Only three Weasleys have not been prefects: George, Fred, and Ginny
    There are only three ghosts with prominent parts in the books: Myrtle, Peeves, and Nick
    Hagrid had three pets in the first book: Fluffy, Fang, and the dragon
    Harry has had three Quidditch accidents that resulted in a trip to the hospital wing.
    Chris Columbus was involved in three of the movies.

  • olivier

    The Dursleys are also a family of 3 (Thanks God and JKR that there are not more of them around)

  • Reader2

    Tom Riddle had killed 3 of his own family.
    On the current Black Family Tree we see that quite a few Black couples had 3 children.
    It might be some kind of family tradition.

  • Havsrosen

    ”Char wrote:
    Didn’t Snape sneer to Harry that one of the Potion ingredients during the first-ever Potions class had three different names, and they make the Draught of Living Death, or something like that?”
    Good catch, but not quite right… Snape did ask Harry three questions though! The Draught of Living Death is made from asphodel in an infusion of wormwood, but I guess you were thinking of the very poisonous plant called either aconite, wolfsbane or monkshood.

  • SGBG

    There were once 3 orphans in a cave by the sea. Two of them that came out would never be the same…

  • Literature Goddess

    in HBP, chapter 13, the secret riddle, Mrs. Cole, from the memory, had 3 glasses of gin

    Dumbledore’s three final words were Severus…Severus…please… then snape killed him 🙁 EVIL!!!!!!

    the last three words in HBP were Ron and Hermione

    three horcrux are destroyed, the locket(probably), the ring and the diary

    three DADA teachers were totally evil and in league with Voldemort

    three people were in the potter house when voldemort entered on that fateful Halloween night.

    three people “died” that halloween night, too

    the lightning bolt on harry’s forhead has three lines

    in the THIRD chapter of HBP(THREE letters)Kreacher says “Kreacher won’t” THREE times and the phrase “Kreacher won’t” has THREE syllables

    harry inhearits THREE physical things from Sirius’s will in the THIRD chapter of HBP: Buckbeak(recently rechrisined Witherwings), Kreacher, and Number twelve, Grimmauld pl

    harry has lost important people in his life in three seperate attacks- his mom and dad were in 1 attack by Voldemort, Sirius in another attack by Bellatrix and Dumbledore in the last attack be Snape.

    Voldemort’s real name has three parts- Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Dumbledore is buried in the 30th chapter of HBP

    three charactors that were in the ministry in OotP left with battle wounds, hermione was knocked unconsious, Ron was attacked by the brains and harry left with an emotional scar…

    when Dumbledore flickes his wand for the third time in the third chapter of HBP, one bottle of Madam Rosmerta’s finest oak-matured mead and five glasses appear, which pour themselves and serve themselvesto the five people in the room, although three go to waste on the three bewildered Dursleys

  • Patrick

    Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s wands all unite the THREE Ollivander’s cores.

  • Reader2

    Three chasers per Quidditch team.

  • Tom has 3 letters in it (Tom Marvolo Riddle)

    In book 3, chp 15: The Quidditch Final, on page 297, it says Harry 3 times on the page only, and the same with the word Hermione.

    Havsrosen…who is Tilden Toots?…Sounds like a troll-ish name to me…oh wait…was he on a Chocalote Frog card??….>:)

  • Havsrosen

    Quidditch5… Tilden Toots was Wizard of the month last March. I don’t really remember more about him than the three green thumbs… but I’m sure it’s in the great Lexicon somewhere 🙂

    Edit by Bel~: You can see Tilden (and all the WotM) here: WotM images archive. Thanks, Havsrosen!

  • -Agnes, a patient in the Janus Thickey ward for Permanent Damage in St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, shares the ward with 3 others: The Longbottoms (Frank and Alice), Broderick Bode (now deceased), and none other than ex-Defense Against the Drak Arts Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy Gilderoy Lockhart.
    -Cliodna, a druidness that can be found on Chocolate Frog Famous Witches and Wizards cards, had 3 magical birds that used song to heal the sick (however, this healing is different than the healing powers of a phoenix)
    -In the Sorcerer’s Stone, Professor McGonagall finds 3 Gryffindor students (and 1 Slytherin student)out of bed, and, thus, docked 150 points from Gryffindor (and 20 from Slytherin, I believe-correct me if I’m wrong!)
    -The 3 Broomsticks used to be the home of Hengist of Woodcroft, the founder of Hogsmeade, who can be found on Chocolate Frog Famous Witches and Wizards cards
    -In Greek mythology, Alecto (referring to Alecto Carrow, a Death Eater at Hogwarts the night of the Flight of the prince) was 1 of the 3 Furies.

    However, I have absolutley no clue as to who the “Furies” were. If anyone knows…:)

  • First off let me just say that I wrote the list before reading what other people had written. I will add this symbol (*) by ones that people had already put once I looked at the other entries.

    1. 3 Marauders alive* in 3 books
    2.Tri(3)Wizard tournament
    3.Supposed to be 3champions*
    4.Only 3 champions mentioned in Rita Skeeter’s first article
    6.First years need 3 sets of robes (black)*
    7.As far as I KNOW there are only 3 Gryffindor girls in Harry’s year, Hermione, Lav-Lav, and Parvati,
    8.As far as we know Ginny has had 3 boyfriends, Michael Corner, Dean Thomas, Harry Potter*
    9. Fleur has been (at least mentioned) in 3 books (to date)
    10.3 known ingredients to the Potion to give Voldemort a body, dear daddy’s bone, wormtail’s hand, Harry’s blood
    11.I believe that only 3 “MADAM”s have spoken (Rosmerta, Pomfrey, Bones) I don’t think that Madam Puddifoot ever said anything- I may well be wrong

    Now to those who have already written in the Penseive:

    1. Macavity- He looked in the Mirror of Erised FOUR times 3 timees during winter break and once with Quirrel/Voldemort
    2.Bruce- Peeves is a POLTERGEIST not a ghost
    3.Martin- Harry doesn’t have 3 pets in HBP, he gives Buckbeak/Witherwings to Hagrid

  • Reader2


    3 Furies were the goddesses of vengence.
    Pictured a woment with wings and snaces instead of hair.
    They haunt those who committed crimes against theor own famiy and cause them to go insane.

  • Literature Goddess

    in the third chapter of HBP, three newspaper articles that are sitting on harry’s desk have their title’s and partial stories written in the book

  • i believe in GoF(?) The Weasley’s, Harry, and Hermione took 3 taxis to King’s Cross Station

  • i wrote something earlier that was completely wrong. The Madams thing. Anyways I wasn’t sure if the lady who asked Harry and Cho if they wanted Anything in Madam Puddifoot’s Was Madam Puddifoot. I still don’t because I didn’t look it up. However I read something above about Madam PINCE. Sorry. The list of twos tomorrow is going to go on forever.

  • hpboy13

    Thanks, Macavity, I must say I relish your challenge (and the other emmebers here are also rising magnificently). However, I have a few finds I’m very proud of.
    In CS, DD’s “choices” line is on page 333.
    Rita Skeeter’s debut is on page 303
    THREE movies so far have paid attention to canon: SS, CS, and OP – despite whether you liked the third and fourth movies, they were shockingly devoid of canon details
    Also, I can’t believe nobody’s mentioned the auxiliary trio yet.
    The Pensieve seems to be getting fuller each day. Yesterday we finally had more than 50 comments, today I’m breaking 70.

  • ghost_chicken

    Three is a very powerful number in magic and is considered good luck in Celtic lore. There are many references to groups of three and multiples of three, especially twelve, although nine is considered a triple triple, which is the ultimate in good luck.

  • Ashley

    airam, Umbridge is a madam as well. SO there are four MADAMS’S even if she’s completely evil.

    Harry first appears is chapter three of HBP. Harry tries to bring up the Sorcerer’s stone three times before Dumbledore anwers his questions.

  • Amy

    Three Marauders were Animagi.

    If I remember my Sorcerer’s Stone DVD correctly, Baby Harry was played by “the Saunders TRIPLETS”.

    There are THREE female Gryffindors in Harry’s year that we know of.

  • clock_maker

    IMHO the 3rd book is best

  • Kristin

    First year students were required 3 sets of plain work robes (black) and the first flying lesson was at 3:30 in the afternoon

  • KnightRider

    Three letters that keep us in mistery: R. A. B.

  • Ashley- There are quite a few Madam’s more than 4, Pince, Pomfrey, Bones, Hooch, Puddifoot, and (as you said) Umbridge. My guess though is that the list goes on forever if we knew more characters,

    Anyways, In GoF Hermione is asked to go to the Yule Ball by 3 different people, Krum, Neville, and Ron.

    Three guys compete as school champions in GoF

  • In PoA-the THIRD book- THREE people rode Buckbeak at the same time

  • Havsrosen

    Harry has been put under all three unforgivable curses