At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
Cartomancy was the art of reading cards to gain insight into future events. There were special kinds of cards designed especially for this purpose, known as a tarot cards, but standard playing cards could also be used.
In September 1993, when Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger arrived in the Divination classroom for their first-ever lesson, the shelves lining the walls were stuffed with packs of worn playing cards and other items.
In 1996, Harry Potter was going down a corridor when Sybill Trelawney came around the corner, shuffling through and reading a deck of playing cards as she walked. Harry ducked behind a statue to avoid being seen, but when Trelawney came to the knave of spades — which she said indicated "a dark young man, possibly troubled, one who dislikes the questioner" while speaking to herself — she stopped right in front of it. However, she quickly convinced herself this reading must be incorrect, and continued on her way.
On 30 July 1997, the night in which Albus Dumbledore died, Harry again encountered Trelawney in a corridor. She told him that she had done several tarot readings, drawing the lightning-struck tower every time, an extremely ill omen. She also remarked that Firenze, who she had consulted about this portent, knew nothing of cartomancy.
Playing cards, according to Sybill Trelawney:
- Two of spades — "conflict"
- Seven of spades — "an ill omen"
- Ten of spades — "violence"
- Knave of spades — "a dark young man, possibly troubled, one who dislikes the questioner"
- Five of clubs — "new friends and alliances" (if torn — "ill fortune for this burgeoning alliance")
Playing cards, according to Barnaby Lee:
- King of hearts — "a fair-haired man with a good nature"
Tarot cards, according to Sybill Trelawney:
- The lightning-struck tower — "calamity" and "disaster"
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 7 (Niffler Hunting) - Divination Lesson "Cartomancy"
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10 (The House of Gaunt)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "A BAD OMEN" Achievement
|Professors: Sybill Trelawney · Firenze|
|Known Seers: Calchas · Cassandra Vablatsky · Cassandra Trelawney · Gellert Grindelwald · Inigo Imago · Johan Hoffman · Liz Tuttle's mother · Mopsus · Professor Mopsus · Susie Sooth · Tycho Dodonus · Unidentified Canadian Seer · Unidentified female Seer · Unidentified male Seer|
|Textbooks: The Dream Oracle · Unfogging the Future|
|Methods: Astrology · Bibliomancy · Cartomancy · Catoptromancy · Crystal-gazing · Crystal ball · Dream interpretation · Fire-omens · Heptomology · Ichthyomancy · Myomancy · Ornithomancy · Ovomancy · Palmistry · Scrying mirror · Tarot cards · Tessomancy · Xylomancy|
|Divination at Hogwarts: Divination (class) · Divination Classroom · Divination staircase · Sybill Trelawney's office · Classroom 11 · Xylomancy (class)|