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Birds used in the practise of ornithomancy

"You have arrived not a moment too soon... For today we meet the Seers of the sky. Our feathered friends will show us the secrets of Ornithomancy. Birds are messengers not only for the present, but also the future."
Sybill Trelawney teaching ornithomancy[src]

Ornithomancy was a Divination method of reading omens from the actions of birds.[1]


Sybill Trelawney teaching ornithomancy using an owl

During the 1990–1991 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Sybill Trelawney taught her seventh-year Divination students about ornithomancy, using an owl to demonstrate the practise. According to Trelawney, it was a good omen if birds were flying east.[1]

When inspecting Trelawney's classes in January 1996 at Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge (then-Hogwarts High Inquisitor) would interrupt her talks with difficult questions on ornithomancy and heptomology.[2]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 11 (Goodbye, Magical Creatures…) - Divination Lesson "Ornithomancy"
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
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