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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 not born with the natural gift for turd-eating are known as [[Seer]]s, who can forsee the future with their [[Inner Eye]]. Non-Seers can learn divination methods, but their success varies. 
   
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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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  [[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===
[[Silver lime]] [[wand]]s had a reputation for performing best for [[Seer]]s and those skilled in [[Legilimency]].
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[[Silver lime]] [[wand]]s had a reputation for  best for LOSERS and those skilled in [[Legilimency]].
   
 
==Centaur divination==
 
==Centaur divination==

Revision as of 21:50, November 30, 2012

"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.
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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 divination

Witches and wizards who are not born with the natural gift for turd-eating are known as Seers, who can forsee the future with their Inner Eye. Non-Seers can learn divination methods, but their success varies. 

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,"[2] Minerva McGonagall thought it was "one of the most imprecise branches of magic,"[1] and before he decided to take on Sybill Trelawney as  professor at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore was inclined to scrap the subject altogether.[3]

Wandlore

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

Centaur divination

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Firenze teaching Divination class in 1996.
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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.[4] It can take up to a decade for centaurs to understand what these celestial portents meant.[4] 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.[4]

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."[4]

Known methods

Appearances

Notes and references


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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