• Plants Centaurs burn this, observing the fumes and flames to refine the results of their stargazing (OP27). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 2.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Selina Sapworthy was the author of Xylomancy, a guide to divination by using twigs (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 2.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Occupations A Seer is a witch or wizard with the Inner Eye, that is, the ability to see into the future. Practitioners Cassandra Trelawney was a famous, talented Seer (FW, WW, OP15). Her great-great-granddaughter Sybill Trelawney also possesses the Inner Eye, but she has only… Read More
• Event The celebrated seer is remembered for her skill in divination and for writing the divination textbook Unfogging the Future (FW, PA4). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 2.8MB)… Read More
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N.B.: Dates for this essay are based on the timeline in the Lexicon. Notes on sources from outside the canon are at the end. Sibyll Trelawney is named after an ancient prophetess from classical mythology—or, more accurately, she is named after a whole group of prophetesses from classical mythology. The name Sibyll was… Read More
• Magical artifacts In Dumbledore’s day (although not in Armando Dippet’s), the office contained a number of spindly-legged tables supporting various frail “curious silver instruments” (CS12), the function of which Harry did not know. They usually whirred and emitted little puffs of smoke. Podcast:… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future meaning “danger in your path.”   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 2.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event When Dumbledore met at the Hog’s Head with Sybill Trelawney as a “courtesy” to interview her for the post of Divination Professor, she suddenly launched into a real prophecy about a child with the ability to vanquish the Dark Lord. (OP37) Lurking outside the door and listening at the… Read More
• Character The Sorting Hat is an ancient wizard’s hat which is used at the beginning of every school year to sort incoming students into their Houses. The hat resides in the Head’s office at Hogwarts. Originally the pointed wizard’s hat of Godric Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat was bewitched… Read More
• Communication A prophecy from an unknown source stating: “When spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: then will the Dark Lord return” (CC3.19, CC3.21). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
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Note: This piece is not about the class Charms, and I’ve left aside the vexing question of the difference between Charms and Transfiguration (e.g., why are winged keys a Charm and giant moving chess pieces are a Transfiguration?). Rather, I’m looking at Charms in the general sense, as a synonym for spells, that is,… Read More
• Event Harry and the others in his Year sit their Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) examinations. The first day is Charms, with a written exam in the morning and a practical exam in the afternoon. O.W.L.s occurs over the span of two weeks. Here’s the full schedule. First week of O.W.L.s: Monday… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future which means “great happiness.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 2.8MB)Subscribe: Google… Read More
• Character Sybill Patricia Trelawney is the Divination professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Cassandra Trelawney, a very gifted, very famous Seer (OP37). She “has cultivated a dramatic manner and enjoys impressing her more gullible students with predictions of doom… Read More