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The esteemed Seer Cassandra Vablatsky

"True Seers are very rare, and Professor Trelawney..."
Minerva McGonagall being dubious on Sybill Trelawney's ingenuity as a Seer[src]

A Seer was a gifted wizard or witch who had the ability to see into the future with their Inner Eye.[1]


Seers predicted prophecies, which were then recorded and stored in the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries.[2][3]

According to Minerva McGonagall, true Seers were extremely rare, and she had doubt that Sybill Trelawney could be considered as one despite her sporadically accurate predictions.[1][4]

Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter that seeing into the future was incredibly difficult because of the complexity of every single action and their consequences.[5]

Centaurs were Seers with their own brand of Divination, which differed from that of humans.[6]

Hermione Granger expressed scepticism of Divination as a branch of magic, regarding it as imprecise at best and entirely fabricated at worst. Her lack of respect for Divination notably placed her squarely at odds with Sybill Trelawney.[7]

Naming Seers

Main article: Naming Seer

Known Seers


Notes and references

B3C6M2 Trelawney's first Divination lesson in the trio's third year.jpg
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 · Capnomancy · 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)