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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Potter, Lily Evans
Riddle, Tom Marvolo (as Voldemort)
Snape, Severus (as the Half-Blood Prince)
(unnamed) girls gossiping about Harry and Ginny
(unnamed) wizard ejected from the Three Broomsticks
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Spells and Potions:
Links and Resources:
"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?"
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.