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Hermione Granger: "I don't think it looks like a Grim."
Sybill Trelawney: "You'll forgive me for saying so, my dear, but I perceive very little aura around you. Very little receptivity to the resonances of the future."
Hermione Granger and Sybill Trelawney[src]

An aura is a magical phenomenon of unclear nature.

Description

In vernacular Muggle use, an "aura" refers to the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.[1]

Within the wizarding world, aura seems to have a distinct magical connotation: an aura may surround a place or person touched by magic and can be analyzed by Aurologists to determine the type of magic in question. For instance, the presence of an Obscurus in New York created a "sinister aura", and it was hoped that Aurologists could study it to determine its eact origin[2]; the aura of a witch or wizard is different from that of a muggle or squib[3]; and Professor Sybill Trelawney claimed that there was a distinct correlation between a witch or wizards' "amount" of aura and whether or not they would be competent at Divination[4] (although, like a lot of Professor Trelawney's teachings, this should be taken with a grain of salt).

Squibs occasionally have a magical aura around them after birth, which can cause the Quill of Acceptance at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to incorrectly identify them as a wizard at first. True wizards, however, will show signs of magic later in life, whereas Squibs will eventually have their aura fade.[5] This suggests that the newborn squib must have temporarily carried some of his mother's aura, which would later dissipate to reveal the individual's own, non-magical aura.

History

In the 6 December 1926 issue of The New York Ghost, C. Williamsum reported that there was a "sinister" aura around New York, and that master aurologists had been called in from Seoul, Korea to investigate it.[2]

During a Divination class in 1993, Sybill Trelawney told Hermione Granger that she perceived very little aura around her, indicating that she had "very little receptivity to the resonances of the future".[6] Conversely, she once claimed Ronald Weasley's aura was "pulsing" during a divination session.[7]

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