• Areas of knowledge A type of Divination which relies on star charts and the time and date of a person’s birth. Read More
• Areas of knowledge The study of celestial bodies and their movements. In typical Muggle usage, “astronomy” denotes a scientific discipline. In the wizarding world, astronomy encompasses astrology. Read More
• Character Ancient Greek Seer who tried to defeat another Soothsayer, Mopsus, in a contest of their powers. Calchas lost (FW)… Read More
• Areas of knowledge A form of Divination where playing cards are used to tell the future. Read More
• Character Cassandra Trelawney was the great-great-grandmother of Sibyll Trelawney. Cassandra was a “very famous, very gifted” Seer in her day (OP37). Read More
• Magical discipline Firenze the Centaur explained the kind of Divination his race practices as follows: “I know that you have learned the names of the planets and their moons in Astronomy, and that you have mapped the stars’ progress through the heavens. Centaurs have unravelled the mysteries of these movements over centuries. Read More
• Creature Centaurs are intelligent creatures with the head and torso of a human joined to the body of a horse. They have a rich history and are known for being skilled in healing, divination and astronomy. Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors A classroom located down the corridor leading off the Entrance Hall on the side opposite the Great Hall. This is one of several unused classrooms on the ground floor. Dumbledore arranged for this room to look like the middle of a forest clearing; Firenze, who couldn’t easily negotiate the stairs,… Read More
• Hogwarts academics A crystal ball is used in Divination as a method of fortune telling. The crystal ball is called an ‘orb’ by Professor Trelawney (PA15). The third years in Divination studied how to use the crystal ball, although nobody in the class seemed to be able to see anything through… Read More
• Timelines and calendars Life at Hogwarts revolves around classes, naturally. However, as the castle is also the students’ home for most of the year, daily life consists of far more than just academics. The students arrive at Hogwarts on September 1 by Hogwarts Express. For the next nine or ten months they eat, sleep,… Read More
• Magical discipline Divination is magic which attempts to foresee future events. Many in the wizarding world consider this branch of magic to be imprecise at best. There are several types of Divination. The most imprecise is what is commonly known as “fortunetelling,” and this is what Trelawney teaches at Hogwarts. This involves… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Divination is magic which attempts to foresee future events. Many in the wizarding world consider this branch of magic to be imprecise at best. There are several types of Divination. The most imprecise is what is commonly known as “fortunetelling,” and this is what Trelawney teaches at Hogwarts. The second kind… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors The Divination classroom is located at the base of the North Tower. It is accessed through a circular trap door, which releases a silver ladder. It is the “strangest-looking classroom” that Harry had ever seen, looking “like a cross between someone’s attic and an old-fashioned teashop” (PA6). The classroom is round and… Read More
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A theory as to the nature and functioning of Divination as a magical art…  Divination is almost always misunderstood as “predicting the future”. Yes, it certainly is meant to do that, but successful Divination does not predict the raw future. Divination really predicts a future based on events that are currently happening outside of the wizard’s or witch’s… Read More
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I am an astrologer, and I observed the types of astrology Trelawney and Firenze teach (and presumably practice) are two different types. Trelawney’s astrology is natal or genethiliacal astrology. It consists of personal birthcharts and what will happen when Mars and Saturn make an angle. As Parvati said, it has to do with individuals and their… Read More
• Character Firenze is a centaur with white-blond hair, palomino body, and blue eyes (PS15). He trusts humans more than the rest of the centaurs; he let Harry ride on his back in order to bring him to a safe place and helped him understand that Voldemort was lurking in the Forbidden Forest and planning to get the Philosopher’s… Read More
• Source The fourth-year students gather bubotuber pus in Herbology, study Blast-Ended Skrewts with Hagrid, study Astrology in Divination, and Malfoy delights in pointing out that Mr. Weasley is in the paper again. In the argument that follows, Malfoy attacks Harry, but Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret, bouncing him around the… Read More
• Source The fourth-year students learn about the Unforgivable Curses in their first lesson with Moody, Moody takes Neville to his office, Harry and Ron fake their Divination homework, Hermione starts SPEW, and Harry receives a letter from Sirius saying he’s returning to Britain.  … Read More
• Source HRH discuss Crouch, Fred and George discuss blackmail, and Moody discusses Crouch. Harry prepares for the Third Task, dreams of Voldemort in Divination, and reports to Dumbledore. Read More
• Creature The Grim is a ghostly image of a large dog-like beast; seeing one portends death (PA6). Read More
• Ministry of Magic A room located in the Department of Mysteries on Level Nine of the Ministry of Magic (OP34)… Read More
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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” — Albus Dumbledore While Dumbledore’s statement above makes good sense, it wouldn’t do Harry any harm to try to analyze his dreams a little more than he does. Often there are important clues in his… Read More
• Source Hermione finds out about Eileen Prince in the library and she thinks Eileen may be connected to the Half-Blood Prince. Dumbledore asks Harry to come to his office immediately. On the way there, Harry runs into Trelawney, learning from her both that Malfoy is incredibly happy and that Snape was the one… Read More