"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 a wizard of unknown nationality and an accomplished Seer, who prophesied in verse.[2] At some point, many, if not all of Dodonus's prophecies were compiled in a book called The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus.[3]

Apparently, Tycho Dodonus's prophecies were not universally accepted; Porpentina Goldstein dismissed his work as nothing more than poetry, a notion that Yusuf Kama did not seem to challenge[2] even though he evidently was a firm believer in the prophecies.[4]


  • "Tycho" is derived from the Greek "Τυχων" meaning "hitting the mark". It is also derived from "Tyche", the Greek goddess of luck.
  • "Dodonus" is derived from "Dodona", a location in Greece that was the seat of one of Zeus' oracles.

Behind the scenes

  • Tycho Dodonus may be reference to Nostradamus, a 16th-century French physician and reputed seer who published Les Propheties, a collection of quatrains that, allegedly, accurately predicted many major world events.
  • The name Tycho may be taken from the Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, who in his lifetime also had been a astrologer. Brahe had once made out a horoscope for King Frederick II of Denmark's son, the future King Christian IV.


Notes and references

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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