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The Grim in Harry Potter's cup

Ronald Weasley: "Right. What can you see in mine?"
Harry Potter: "A load of soggy brown stuff."
— Harry Potter's first attempt at tessomancy[src]

Tessomancy[1] is the art of reading tea leaves to predict events in the future. Tessomancy is taught as part of the Divination course at Hogwarts.[2]

Known readings

"Well, Harry's got a wonky sort of cross -- that's trials and suffering. But this here could be the sun -- that's happiness. So... you're going to suffer but you're going to be happy about it."
Ron Weasley reading Harry Potter's tea leaves[src]
In third year, during one of the Divination lessons, Professor Trelawney read the tea leaves in Harry Potter's cup and saw four things: the falcon, a deadly enemy; The club, an attack; The skull, danger in your path and the Grim, a spectral dog which is an omen of death. During the same Divination lesson, Trelawney read the tea leaves in Neville Longbottom's cup and commented that it was not good. She asked if his grandmother was well.[2]

Tea leaf symbols

From Unfogging the Future, pages five and six:

  • Acorn - "windfall, unexpected gold"
  • Club - "an attack"
  • Cross - "trials and suffering"
  • Falcon - "a deadly enemy"
  • The Grim - "death"
  • Skull - "danger in your path"
  • Sun - "great happiness"


The terms "Tessomancy", "Tasseomancy" and "tassology" derive from the French word for teacup; "tasse", and the Greek suffixes, "-graph", "-logy", and "-mancy".


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 2 (Curses and Prophecies)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)

External links

B3C6M2 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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