Prophecy Record-0

The prophecy that altered Harry's life forever

A prophecy is a prediction made by a Seer— someone with the ability to see into the future. They can take many different forms, but are often rendered in cryptic language that does not allow easy or direct interpretation. The words of prophecies may be stored in spun-glass spheres referred to as Prophecy Records.

Although prophecies often hold great importance, they can also cause significant harm if interpreted incorrectly. If a person believes that they are the subject of a prophecy, they may go to great lengths to ensure that it comes true (if positive) or take great pains to avoid it (if negative). These efforts can have a ripple effect that harms innocent bystanders- simply for being close to the subject, or if the subject believes those bystanders are obstacles to be overcome in their pursuits.

Making a Prophecy

Technically, prophecy is a form of divination, but there are key differences between true prophecy and more traditional "fortune-telling" methods such as tea leaf reading, palmistry, or crystal-gazing. Unlike those methods, prophecy has no technical procedures to follow, and the art is not even something that can be actively taught or practiced; a Seer begins reciting a prophecy involuntarily, entering into a trance-like state and uttering the words in a distinctly different voice from their own. If Sybill Trelawney's experience is any indication, the Seer is left exhausted afterwards and may not even remember making the prophecy. On at least one occasion after reciting a prophecy, Trelawney assumed she had simply "dozed off".[1]

Tycho Dodonus' prophecies

"A son cruelly banished
Despair of the daughter
Return, great avenger
With wings from the water.
—A prophecy from The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus[src]

Tycho Dodonus was an acclaimed Seer whose prophecies were often rendered in poetic verse. At some point before 1927, his prophecies were collected into a book entitled The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus.

After the obscurial Credence Barebone wreaked havoc on New York City, people began to suspect that he was in fact Corvus Lestrange, the long-lost son of the pure-blood Lestrange family. Prophecy 20 of Dodonus' book was cited as evidence for this belief, though it was eventually proven by Leta Lestrange that this prophecy could not refer to her half-brother, as she had inadvertently killed him herself many years before.

Sybill Trelawney's prophecies

First prophecy

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."
Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy[src]

Trelawney's first known prophecy was witnessed by Albus Dumbledore in 1980, foretelling the birth of a boy who would be capable — though not assured — of defeating Lord Voldemort, that Voldemort would "mark him as his equal", and that either the boy or Voldemort would ultimately kill the other. This boy was revealed to be Harry Potter.[2]

Harry was completely unaware of the Prophecy until it was revealed to him by Dumbledore after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[2]

Second prophecy

"It will happen tonight... The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight... the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant's aid, greater and more terrible than ever he was. Tonight... before midnight... the servant... will set out... to rejoin... his master..."
Sybill Trelawney's second prophecy[src]

Trelawney's second known prophecy was witnessed by Harry Potter in 1994 — it foretold Peter Pettigrew's imminent return to Voldemort's service.[1]

Ministry of Magic's records

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A Prophecy Record

Main Article: Prophecy Record

A Prophecy Record is a spun-glass, spherical object used to record a prophecy. The orbs contain swirling mist and are kept in the Hall of Prophecies inside the Department of Mysteries. Many were subsequently destroyed in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Only those mentioned in the Prophecy can remove the record from the Hall.[3]

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

Main Article: Battle of the Department of Mysteries

Baited by false visions of Sirius Black suffering under torture at the Ministry of Magic, instilled within his mind by Voldemort's use of Legilimency, Harry Potter, along with Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ginevra Weasley and Luna Lovegood rushed to the Ministry in the hopes of rescuing Sirius. Using the details from Harry's vision to guide them, the group located the Hall of Prophecies, where Ron found a prophecy record inscribed with Harry's name. It read[4] :

S.P.T to A.P.W.B.D
Dark Lord
and (?) Harry Potter
Prophecy copy

Harry Potter with his prophecy

S.P.T are the initials of Sybill Patricia Trelawney; A.P.W.B.D, the initials of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. A question mark (?) was used in place of the as-of-then uncertain subject of the prophecy.[2]

Unbeknownst to the group, Death Eaters lay in wait for Harry to retrieve the Prophecy Record. Harry, seeing his name was on it, took it, causing the Death Eaters to reveal themselves. They subsequently chased the group through the Department of Mysteries, in an attempt to steal the Prophecy Record. During the following violence, the Record fell from Harry's pocket, was kicked away accidentally by Neville, and it was broken.[3]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 16 (Professor Trelawney's Prediction)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34 (The Department of Mysteries)
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