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For one thing "Prophecies" in Tolkien's work aren't the "Nostradamus" kind of prophecies that we are used to, it's not a fortune teller saying "you'll meet a tall dark witch-king and end him". Neither is it a fairy tale curse or enchantment Before your 16th summer you shall prick your finger . . . there by forcing fates hand. These are not a Tolkien prophesy....


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You are assuming the act of "marking Harry as his equal" has to be intentional, when in fact the point is that Voldemort did mark Harry as his equal, but unintentionally. Consider this: when Voldemort heard just part of the prophecy, he became afraid that Harry would defeat him. If he had chosen to ignore Harry, dismiss this as impossible, then he would be ...


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Because they study mysterious stuff. The Department of Mysteries is all about studying and unravelling the deepest and most inscrutable mysteries of magic and the universe. Prophecies count as mysterious, so they're all stored there, where the people working in that Department can study them at their leisure. Why does the Department of Mysteries keep ... ...


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No Divination is a branch of magic. Therefore requires magical ability to use it. Professor Trelawney delicately rearranged her shawl and continued, ‘So you have chosen to study Divination, the most difficult of all magical arts.' Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 6: Talons and Tea Leaves Professor McGonagall broke off, and they saw that her nostrils ...


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It's not explained how Voldemort knew that Harry or Neville were the "chosen one" mentioned in Trelawney's prophecy but we can make some educated guesses: We know that both Harry and Neville's parents openly defied Voldemort's request to join him (Defiant act #1) We know that both the Longbottoms and the Potters were involved in the founding of the Order of ...


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It wouldn’t help - the prophecy escaped when the ball broke. It might have been possible to mend the glass sphere that encased the prophecy, but the reason the Dark Lord wanted it was for the prophecy inside the sphere, which escaped when it shattered. “He gave another stupendous heave and Neville’s robes tore all along the left seam – the small spun-...


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The "prophecy" you're referring to is actually a part of Boromir's prophetic dream; In this evil hour I have come on an errand over many dangerous leagues to Elrond: a hundred and ten days I have journeyed all alone. But I do not seek allies in war. The might of Elrond is in wisdom not in weapons, it is said. I come to ask for counsel and the ...


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Sybill is the great-great granddaughter of a genuine Seer, Cassandra Trelawney. Cassandra's gift has been much diluted over ensuing generations, although Sybill has inherited more than she knows. Half-believing in her own fibs about her talent (for she is at least ninety per cent fraud), Sybill has cultivated a dramatic manner and enjoys impressing her more ...


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No, the thing is, the prophecy that the Witch-king would not be slayed by a man was just that: a prophecy. It was a prediction of the future. So, what happened was, Glorfindel probably looked into the Witch-king's future and saw that no man would kill him. This looking into future business is finicky, unless you use Galadriel's mirror. With the mirror, you ...


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He could; Voldemort is also a subject of the Prophecy, if the name card underneath it is any indication: [Harry] stepped forwards. Not as tall as Ron, he had to crane his neck to read the yellowish label affixed to the shelf right beneath the dusty glass ball. In spidery writing was written a date of some sixteen years previously, and below that: S.P....


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Harry also asked so, and Bellatrix answered him: Voldemort expected to remain discreet: "Why couldn’t he come and get it himself?” “Get it himself?” shrieked Bellatrix on a cackle of mad laughter. “The Dark Lord, walk into the Ministry of Magic, when they are so sweetly ignoring his return? The Dark Lord, reveal himself to the Aurors, when at the moment ...


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In short, I think not. There are two potential factors here, the Neville that we know, and how he would have been changed if Voldemort had killed his parents. We'll assume his mother died for him as Harry's did for Harry, and so he survived. First, Neville as we know him. I think, as brave and nice as he is, he does not have the initiative, ability, or ...


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I believe the premise of the question is incorrect. It could not have been necessary for Voldemort to intend to mark Harry as his equal, because Voldemort did not even know that part of the prophecy: As Dumbledore tells us at the end of Order of the Phoenix: “He heard only the first part, the part foretelling the birth of a boy in July to parents who ...


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What it appears is that the "commotion" between Snape and the Bartender interrupted Snape from hearing the rest of the prophecy. "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord ...


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On top of Rand al'Thor's answer, think about why a library (in the real world) keeps a copy of every book ever printed, and often a copy of every local or national newspaper, rather than just relevant or important ones. As a reference, and in case it's needed.


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He unintentionally ‘marked’ Harry by going after him, not Neville. The Dark Lord didn’t intentionally mark Harry as his equal. He did it by singling Harry out, although there were two boys who fit the wording of the prophecy, and attacking Harry. The time when Harry was ‘marked’ physically was when he got his scar - and the piece of the Dark Lord’s soul - ...


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I think your assumption that Sauron knew this prophecy is unfounded. See this quote from The Tale of Years, Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings, in the Third Age: 2953: [...] Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf [Saruman] sets spies to watch all his movements; and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and the Southfarthing. ...


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The prophecy came true but the valonqar (brother killing her) was never a part of the prophecy in the show. In the show Cersei is only meant to be cast down by someone younger and more beautiful... and as she is cast down by someone younger and more beautiful (YMMV) it has come true. Maggy: Three questions you get. You won’t like the answers. Cersei: ...


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Because there was no point in destroying it. Voldemort was seeking the prophecy because he thought it would help him to destroy Harry Potter. In reality, the information in the prophecy was NOT in any way helpful to him, even if he had heard it; which is why Dumbledore didn't bother. “The one with the power to vanquish the - Dark Lord approaches… born ...


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I've been thinking about this and I feel like Neville's courage and wisdom shown in the last book, together with his key role in killing Nagini, is a way for JK Rowling to show that history would have been exactly the same if Voldemort had made Neville the chosen one. At the end of the day the overall message is about how Voldemort was wrong, and as so ...


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This is actually bigger than, "They study Mysterious stuff", and while that is an acceptable answer, I don't think it is the whole answer. Realize that these people are wizards, and while we are never shown exactly how far professional magic goes, we do know that the first magic you ever learn is how to levitate stuff. We also know that magic is actually ...


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Your question shows signs of linear thinking. Note that in a later episode (DS9: Accession) it becomes apparent that a man from an earlier era entered the wormhole before Sisko. The wormhole aliens, however don't perceive time in that way. As far as they're concerned, Sisko was the first and that's the end of it. By the same token, It's certainly possible ...


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Dumbledore takes it seriously because her ancestor was a famous Seer... I had gone there to see an applicant for the post of Divination teacher, though it was against my inclination to allow the subject of Divination to continue at all. The applicant, however, was the great-great-granddaughter of a very famous, very gifted Seer and I thought it common ...


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I think you're dismissing AND THE DARK LORD WILL MARK HIM AS HIS EQUAL a little too quickly. Throughout the books, even after Voldemort is defeated by Harry as a baby, defeated by Harry while inhabiting Quirrel, defeated by Harry in the graveyard, through all of that, Voldemort is still operating under the impression that Harry is nothing, simply a ...


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Thirteen people were together at the Burrow after the Battle of the Seven Potters over Little Whinging. Several of them participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, and four of them were killed in that battle. Mr. Weasley Mrs. Weasley Bill Fleur Fred - killed in Battle of Hogwarts George Ron Ginny Harry - killed in Battle of Hogwarts but returned to life ...


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In short, I think Voldemort would never have gone for Neville. Let me explain why: a key point in Dumbledore's explanation of the prophecy to Harry was that the prophecy was partially, but not completely, self-fulfilling. Voldemort heard a part of it, second-hand, through Snape, who himself only heard the same part before being discovered listening at the ...


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First, a nitpic. You said: But clearly Voldemort was smart enough to see that there was no mechanism that would kill him just because Harry stayed alive. This may be applicable to a muggle world. But in the magical world, Prophecies are basically seen by everyone - with reason - as causative (e.g. if it's prophecied that Harry's survival will kill ...


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The short answer is yes and no. The next three novels in the series (Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune) have prophecy as their central and defining theme. Without spoilering the books, Paul and his children are trapped in a web of prophecy and need to find a way to escape. His son's plan is to create a "golden path" that will preserve ...


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All the previous references to hybrids are listed in this Wikia page. There have been several over the course of the show, most notably River Song, Donna Noble, and possibly - according to the Eighth - the Doctor himself. But the first reference to a Time Lord prophecy about hybrids was in Davros's taunt in Series 9 episode 2, The Witch's Familiar: “There ...


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