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I wanted to know that through this question of mine. However, my perception of the quote was wrong there.

Anyways, are there any canon sources which can explain/infer how good was the Dark Lord in the art of Divination?

It is said to be a very difficult art to get right, as explained by Dumbledore to Harry at the end of Book - 3, and how he was impressed by Prof, Trelawney's overall second correct prediction in her career.


Related: How good was Voldemort at reading minds?

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    Divination, as shown in the books, seems to be a gift rather than a skill (the centaurs are a little better at the method but are still vague at best). You're either a Seer or you aren't, and there's zero in canon to suggest Tom was ever a Seer. – DavidS Feb 8 '16 at 12:54
  • @DavidS Yeah, but as it is being taught at the school, I guess people can improve their skills and master it too :) – Dawny33 Feb 8 '16 at 13:50
  • @Dawny33 Everything points to that not being the case. You're either a Seer - in which case you make prophecies without knowing you've done so - or you're not. Divination, as both a subject at Hogwarts and a "skill" in the larger Wizarding world, seems to be absolutely bogus. – Anthony Grist Feb 8 '16 at 16:00
  • Also worth considering that Divination was an optional subject from third year onwards, so there's no indication that Voldemort ever studied it at all. – Anthony Grist Feb 8 '16 at 16:18
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    Does anyone else take issue with a class where students are literally destined to fail? It's like "Being allergic to peanuts 101" with the final test being that you have to go into shock from eating peanuts. – Slacklord the Terrible Feb 8 '16 at 18:05
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True seers are very rare, and Cassandra Trelawney (great-great-grandmother of Sybill Trelawney) was one such canonnly known. Only those with gifted powers (or the so called inner-eye) can truly predict the future. So we can easily infer that non-gifted persons (particularly whose roots doesn't trace back to a gifted one) won't have the power of accurate future predictions.

And as far as we know, none of Voldemort's ancestor belonged to the seer family (because they were Slytherins and they considered them much above everyone to ever marry a common witch/wizard).

Hence even if there could not be a canon proof, we can logically deduce that Voldemort didn't have any divination skills. Still you may want to take a similar question I asked which could be more close to reality :

Could there been some “Seer” Blood in Harry Potter?

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Considering the fact that he relied so heavily on occlumency - he seems to have embraced another branch of that similar side of magic.

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    But that technically, doesn't rule out the possibility of his mastery in Divination, right? :) – Dawny33 Feb 9 '16 at 5:05
  • True. But I think it means he was less likely to focus on it. Voldemort was blind like that - he tried to master certain arts, and completely ignored others. Doesn't Dumbledore say that when talking about love and other ancient magics? – Thorson Hewell Feb 9 '16 at 14:45

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