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Cassandra Vablatsky
Cassandra Vablatsky
Biographical information
Born

1894

Died

1997 (aged 103)

Title(s)

Seer

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Brown

Skin colour

Light

Affiliation
Occupation

Author

Cassandra Vablatsky (1894 - 1997) was a celebrated Seer, and author of Unfogging the Future, a Divination textbook required at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Etymology

Cassandra means "oracle". In Greek mythology, Cassandra means "she who entangles men" and she was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. Apollo, god of archery and poetry, as well as oracles, fell in love for her beauty and gave her the gift of prophecy. However, when she did not return his love, Apollo placed a curse on her so that no one would ever believe her predictions and her visions would only be of tragic events yet to come.

Vablatsky is a nod to Madam Helena Blavatsky, who was founder of the Theosophy movement and early proponent of New Age philosophy. She is known for fusing ideas of modern science with esoteric tenets of Eastern spirituality.

Behind the scenes

This could be a reference to the Seer's skills, given that she could have predicted her own death.

  • She was likely named after Madame Helena Blavatsky, a 19th century psychic and founder of Theosophy, but who was declared a fraud in 1885 by the Society of Psychical Research.

Appearances


Divination
Professors: Sybill Trelawney · Firenze
Known Seers: Calchas · Cassandra Vablatsky · Cassandra Trelawney · Inigo Imago · Mopsus · Professor Mopsus · Unidentified female Seer · Unidentified male Seer
Textbooks: The Dream Oracle · Unfogging the Future
Methods: Astrology · Cartomancy · Tarot cards · Crystal-gazing · Crystal ball · Dream interpretation · Fire-omens · Heptomology · Palmistry · Ornithomancy · Tessomancy
Divination at Hogwarts: Divination (class) · Divination Classroom · Divination staircase · Sybill Trelawney's office · Classroom 11
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