Sybill Trelawney reads Hermione Granger's palm

"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,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Palm lines


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'[4] and -mancy from Old French -mancie, via late Latin -mantia from Greek manteia 'divination'.[5]


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Notes and references

Trelawney's first Divination lesson in the trio's third year
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 · 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)
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