- "Don't complain, this means we've finished palmistry. I was getting sick of her flinching every time she looked at my hands."
- —Harry Potter[src]
Palmistry is the art of predicting events in the future through the study of the palm. It involves the studying and interpretation of one's palm lines.
Palmistry, also known as chiromancy, is taught to the third-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter and other students in his year learned from Professor Trelawney as part of Divination class in 1994.
In 1996, Harry sat his Divination OWL, which involved palmistry as its last part. As with the rest of his Divination exam, this part went very badly; he mixed up the life and head lines in his examinator's hand, thereby informing her that she ought to have died the previous Tuesday.
Palmistry is Late Middle English from palm + -estry (of unknown origin), later altered to -istry. The older term chiromancy is from chiro- from Greek kheir 'hand' and -mancy from Old French -mancie, via late Latin -mantia from Greek manteia 'divination'.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Notes and references
|Professors: Sybill Trelawney · Firenze|
|Known Seers: Calchas · Cassandra Vablatsky · Cassandra Trelawney · Inigo Imago · Mopsus · Professor Mopsus · Unidentified Canadian Seer · Unidentified female Seer · Unidentified male Seer|
|Textbooks: The Dream Oracle · Unfogging the Future|
|Methods: Astrology · Cartomancy · Catoptromancy · Crystal-gazing · Crystal ball · Dream interpretation · Fire-omens · Heptomology · Ichthyomancy · Palmistry · Ornithomancy · Tarot cards · Tessomancy|
|Divination at Hogwarts: Divination (class) · Divination Classroom · Divination staircase · Sybill Trelawney's office · Classroom 11|