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Questions tagged [divination]

For questions about the branch of magic in Harry Potter that involves attempting to foresee the future.

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Why can’t “one who dislikes the questioner” be right?

In Half-Blood Prince, as Harry is going towards his first ‘class’ with Dumbledore, he passes Trelawney in one of the corridors. Hiding behind a statue, he overhears her Divining with a pack of tarot ...
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Did Ron Weasley have some sort of seer blood or prophetic powers?

“So we’ve just got to try on the hat!” Ron whispered to Harry. “I’ll kill Fred, he was going on about wrestling a troll.” -The Philosopher's stone And they did in fact, wrestle a troll. “My ...
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What exactly did the centaurs read in the stars in Philosopher's Stone?

Note the following exchange between Firenze and Bane. "My name is Firenze," he added, as he lowered himself on to his front legs so that Harry could clamber on to his back. There was suddenly a ...
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Why did Dumbledore appoint Firenze to teach Divination?

I assume Dumbledore allowed the subject of Divination to continue at Hogwarts in order to protect Professor Trelawney. If that is the case, why would Dumbledore bother to find another Divination ...
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What was the use of the subject Divination?

Why was divination taught at Hogwarts? Just for that subject, Dumbledore had to hire a fraud like Sybill Trelawney. I know it was because of her prophecy that Dumbledore and wizarding world knew ...
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Had Professor Trelawney ever predicted something that turned out to be true? [duplicate]

Because she always talked rubbish about omens, deaths, the Grim, etc, which never happened. Even Professor McGonagall told students not to pay attention to her nonsense. I also wonder why Dumbledore ...
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Why does Hermione love Arithmancy so much?

"Double Divination this afternoon," Harry groaned, looking down. Divination was his least favorite subject, apart from Potions. Professor Trelawney kept predicting Harry's death, which he found ...
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How many of Trelawney's prophecies have come true?

Throughout the Harry Potter series, Professor Trelawney makes many different prophecies and predictions. Although most of them are implied to be nonsense, often enough they still get fulfilled. Which ...
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Can you actually *learn* Divination through studying? [duplicate]

In the world of Harry Potter, it appears that Divination is a mostly hereditary field; the only seers shown in the books are all related. Students studying the field in class, however, appear to have ...
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Did JKR mean to show the Divination subject as a mockery of the actual Muggle divination practices?

The Divination subject in Hogwarts is practically a copy of the most common muggle divination practices like: horoscopes interpretation of dreams reading the future in tea leafs palm reading It is ...
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Could there been some “Seer” Blood in Harry Potter?

The heat was overpowering and his nostrils were stinging with the perfumed smoke wafting from the fire beside them. He thought of what Ron had just said, and decided to pretend. "Er --" said ...
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What is Divination, as practiced by Wizards, really like?

What is Divination really like when it is not just a school subject, but is practically applied by a competent Wizard? Is there a definition of what counts as Divination in the Harry Potter universe? ...
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Has anyone other than Sybill Trelawney made a real prediction/prophecy in HP world?

We know that there are tons of prophecies held in the Ministry of Magic, but those are just records of past predictions, and we don't know who made them. Aside from two prophecies made by Sybill ...