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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chapter Twenty-Five:
The Seer Overheard

Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 535 - 554
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 500 - 518
Timeframe: an afternoon in June, 1997 [Y17]

In which Hermione finds out about Eileen Prince, Dumbledore asks Harry to come immediately, and on the way Harry runs into Trelawney, learning from her both that Malfoy is incredibly happy and that Snape was the one who overheard the prophecy. Dumbledore asks Harry to accompany him on a quest for the Horcrux, but first Harry confronts him again about Snape; finally, Harry runs off to fetch his invibility cloak, giving Ron and Hermione his map and Felix Felicis, and he and Dumbledore apparate to the seaside.

The Seer Overheard

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

the lightning-struck tower

A real Tarot card, labelled as "The Tower" in a Waite-Ryder Tarot deck but also known by the name Trelawney uses here. Her interpretation is pretty standard, as far as I know.

the centaur - knows nothing of cartomancy

That is, the art of divining the future through the use of cards.

I must confess that, at first, I thought he seemed ill-disposed toward Divination

In fact, by Dumbledore's own admission at the end of Harry's fifth year, he had at the time been considering discontinuing Divination as a subject taught at Hogwarts (OP37).

he himself was seeking a job at that time

Snape said during Umbridge's evaluation of his class (OP17) that as of that time, he had taught at Hogwarts for fourteen years, which would place the start of his teaching career sometime after Harry's birth since Umbridge's interrogation took place when Harry was 15.

he ran past her, around the corner into Dumbledore's corridor

That is, Harry is still on the seventh floor, since he and Trelawney were just outside the Room of Requirement. This conflicts with statements about the location of Dumbledore's office in previous books.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • None

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Still to come....

Spells and Potions:

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "You'd think people had better things to gossip about," said Ginny, as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry's legs and reading the Daily Prophet. "Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it's true you've got a hippogriff tattooed across your chest."

  • "And what did you tell her Ron's got?"
    "A Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."

  • "You filthy hypocrite! What about you and Lavender, thrashing around like a pair of eels all over the place?"

Strictly British:


All we know about this chapter is that, aside from a brief conversation at the beginning, the entire thing takes place in one afternoon in June just prior to O.W.L.s.


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