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==Human divination==
 
==Human divination==
[[Wizards|Witches and wizards]] who are born with the rare natural gift for [[prophecy]] are known as [[Seer]]s, who can forsee the future with their [[Inner Eye]]. Non-Seers can learn divination methods, but their success varies. [[Divination (class)|Divination]] is taught as an elective subject from the [[third year]] on at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 4</ref>
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[[Wizards|Witches and wizards]] who are born with the rare natural gift for [[prophecy]] are known as [[Seer]]s, who can foresee the future with their [[Inner Eye]]. Non-Seers can learn divination methods, but their success varies. [[Divination (class)|Divination]] is taught as an elective subject from the [[third year]] on at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 4</ref>
   
Learned wizards and witches seem to regard the practice of divination with scepticism. [[Hermione Granger]] once described it as "woolly" and "a lot of guesswork,"<ref name="poa6">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' Chapter 6</ref> [[Minerva McGonagall]] thought it was "one of the most imprecise branches of magic,"<ref name="poa5" /> and before he decided to take on [[Sybill Trelawney]] as Divination [[professor]] at Hogwarts, [[Albus Dumbledore]] was inclined to scrap the subject altogether.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 37</ref>
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Diviniation has been practiced since ancient times. The earliest known method of human fortune-telling is the product known in the West as [[Chinese Fortune Sticks]].<ref name=WWHP>''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''</ref>
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Learned wizards and witches seem to regard the practise of divination with scepticism. [[Hermione Granger]] once described it as "woolly" and "a lot of guesswork,"<ref name="poa6">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' Chapter 6</ref> [[Minerva McGonagall]] thought it was "one of the most imprecise branches of magic,"<ref name="poa5" /> and before he decided to take on [[Sybill Trelawney]] as Divination [[professor]] at Hogwarts, [[Albus Dumbledore]] was inclined to scrap the subject altogether.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 37</ref>
   
 
===Wandlore===
 
===Wandlore===
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==Centaur divination==
 
==Centaur divination==
[[File:C27--the-centaur-and-the-snake.jpg|190px|left|thumb|[[Firenze]] teaching [[Divination (class)|Divination class]] in [[1996]].]]
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[[File:C27--the-centaur-and-the-snake.jpg|thumb|190px|[[Firenze]] teaching [[Divination (class)|Divination class]] in [[1996]].]]
[[Centaur]]s have a way of practising divination distinct from that of [[human]]s, apparently mainly based around observing the movement of planets, moons, and stars, which they had been doing for centuries by [[1996]].<ref name="ootp27">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 27</ref> It can take up to a decade for centaurs to understand what these celestial portents meant.<ref name="ootp27" /> They may attempt to narrow their prediction of when an event will take place by burning certain herbs, such as [[sage]] and [[mallowsweet]], and looking for various shapes and symbols in the fumes.<ref name="ootp27" />
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[[Centaur]]s have a way of practising divination distinct from that of [[human]]s, apparently mainly based around observing the movement of planets, moons, and stars, which they had been doing for centuries by [[1996]].<ref name="ootp27">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 27</ref> It can take up to a decade for centaurs to understand what these celestial portents meant, and even then, the results were rarely precise.<ref name="ootp27" /> They may attempt to narrow their prediction of when an event will take place by burning certain herbs, such as [[sage]] and [[mallowsweet]], and looking for various shapes and symbols in the fumes.<ref name="ootp27" />
   
 
Centaurs seem to have had a low opinion of human methods of divination. [[Firenze]], who taught Divination at Hogwarts, described what "humans call fortune-telling" as "self-flattering nonsense," and voiced the belief that humans obsess over mundane, day-to-day predictions because they are "blinkered and fettered by the limitations of [their] kind."<ref name="ootp27" />
 
Centaurs seem to have had a low opinion of human methods of divination. [[Firenze]], who taught Divination at Hogwarts, described what "humans call fortune-telling" as "self-flattering nonsense," and voiced the belief that humans obsess over mundane, day-to-day predictions because they are "blinkered and fettered by the limitations of [their] kind."<ref name="ootp27" />
   
 
==Known methods==
 
==Known methods==
*[[Astrology]] — observing the movements of planets and stars<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 13</ref><ref name="ootp27" />
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*[[Astrology]] — observing the movements of planets and stars<ref name="ootp27" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 13</ref>
 
*[[Cartomancy]] — reading [[Tarot cards]]<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 10</ref><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 25</ref>
 
*[[Cartomancy]] — reading [[Tarot cards]]<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 10</ref><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 25</ref>
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*[[Chinese Fortune Sticks]]<ref name=WWHP />
 
*[[Crystal-gazing]] — looking into a [[crystal ball]]<ref name="poa15">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 15</ref>
 
*[[Crystal-gazing]] — looking into a [[crystal ball]]<ref name="poa15">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 15</ref>
 
*[[Dream interpretation]] — analysing the meaning of dreams<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 12</ref>
 
*[[Dream interpretation]] — analysing the meaning of dreams<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 12</ref>
*[[Fire-omens]] — unknown, possibly related to observing flames<ref name="poa6" />
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*[[Fire-omens]] — unknown, possibly related to observing [[Fire|flames]]<ref name="poa6" />
 
*[[Heptomology]] — unknown, possibly related to the number [[seven]]<ref name="ootp25">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 25</ref>
 
*[[Heptomology]] — unknown, possibly related to the number [[seven]]<ref name="ootp25">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 25</ref>
 
*[[Palmistry]] — reading the lines on a person's palm<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 12</ref>
 
*[[Palmistry]] — reading the lines on a person's palm<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 12</ref>
*[[Ornithomancy]] — unknown, possibly related to birds<ref name="ootp25" />
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*[[Ornithomancy]] — unknown, possibly related to birds<ref name="ootp25" /> In history, Greeks studied the actions of birds
*[[Ovomancy]] — cracking open eggs and observing which way the yolks fall<ref name="pottermore">[[Pottermore]] introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/9001220525/ravenclaw-spoilers-stop-reading-if-you-dont-want-to here])</ref>
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*[[Ovomancy]] — cracking open [[egg]]s and observing which way the yolks fall<ref name="pottermore">[[Pottermore]] introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/9001220525/ravenclaw-spoilers-stop-reading-if-you-dont-want-to here])</ref>
 
*[[Tessomancy]] — reading tea leaves<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''</ref>
 
*[[Tessomancy]] — reading tea leaves<ref name="poa6" /><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''</ref>
*[[Xylomancy]] — analyzing pieces of burning wood<ref>''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'' {{see image|File:PSClassTimetable.jpg}}</ref>
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*[[Xylomancy]] — involving twigs<ref name="pottermore2">[[Pottermore]] - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/trunk/books/item/xylomancy/3 Xylomancy trunk description]</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st Mention}} {{C|Mentioned as "fortune-telling"}}<ref name="PS15">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 15 - (''The Forbidden Forest'') - Hermione tells Harry that what he's saying sounds like "fortune-telling," which Professor McGonagall says is a very imprecise branch of magic.</ref>
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter|Harry Potter LEGO Sets]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter|Harry Potter LEGO Sets]]''
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*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 14:54, February 14, 2014

"Many witches and wizards, talented though they are in the area of loud bangs and smells and sudden disappearings, are yet unable to penetrate the veiled mysteries of the future."
Sybill Trelawney[src]
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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley unenthusiastically gaze into a crystal ball in Divination class.

Divination is a branch of magic[1] that involves attempting to foresee the future, or gather insights into future events, through various rituals and tools.

Human divinationEdit

Witches and wizards who are born with the rare natural gift for prophecy are known as Seers, who can foresee the future with their Inner Eye. Non-Seers can learn divination methods, but their success varies. Divination is taught as an elective subject from the third year on at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]

Diviniation has been practiced since ancient times. The earliest known method of human fortune-telling is the product known in the West as Chinese Fortune Sticks.[3]

Learned wizards and witches seem to regard the practise of divination with scepticism. Hermione Granger once described it as "woolly" and "a lot of guesswork,"[4] Minerva McGonagall thought it was "one of the most imprecise branches of magic,"[1] and before he decided to take on Sybill Trelawney as Divination professor at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore was inclined to scrap the subject altogether.[5]

WandloreEdit

Silver lime wands had a reputation for performing best for Seers and those skilled in Legilimency.

Centaur divinationEdit

C27--the-centaur-and-the-snake

Firenze teaching Divination class in 1996.

Centaurs have a way of practising divination distinct from that of humans, apparently mainly based around observing the movement of planets, moons, and stars, which they had been doing for centuries by 1996.[6] It can take up to a decade for centaurs to understand what these celestial portents meant, and even then, the results were rarely precise.[6] They may attempt to narrow their prediction of when an event will take place by burning certain herbs, such as sage and mallowsweet, and looking for various shapes and symbols in the fumes.[6]

Centaurs seem to have had a low opinion of human methods of divination. Firenze, who taught Divination at Hogwarts, described what "humans call fortune-telling" as "self-flattering nonsense," and voiced the belief that humans obsess over mundane, day-to-day predictions because they are "blinkered and fettered by the limitations of [their] kind."[6]

Known methodsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5, "Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic" - Minerva McGonagall
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 6
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12
  14. Pottermore introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available here)
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  16. Pottermore - Xylomancy trunk description
  17. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 - (The Forbidden Forest) - Hermione tells Harry that what he's saying sounds like "fortune-telling," which Professor McGonagall says is a very imprecise branch of magic.


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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