A vision was a visual impression that could be experienced by a Seer, an Animagus or a Legilimens.

Seers sometimes get visions of the future. A seer's vision could be made visible to non-seers, including Muggles, through the use of magical objects such as a magical hookah.

Once their training was complete, an Animagus had a vision revealing their new animal form.[1]

A Legilimens also get visual impressions of their victim's memories.[2] Once he had realised their Horcrux connection, Voldemort was able to send Harry Potter a fake vision of his godfather, Sirius Black, in the Department of Mysteries.[3]


In 1926, Gellert Grindelwald told Credence Barebone that he had a vision of himself, Credence, Mary Lou Barebone and a powerful Obscurial, though he did not recognise that Credence himself was the Obscurial.[4]

The next year, Theseus Scamander told his brother Newton that Gellert Grindelwald was rumoured to have had a vision of himself ruling over the wizarding world. Grindelwald showed a vision of Credence Barebone to his followers and a vision of World War II to a large audience.[5]

In the 1984–1985 school year, Jacob's sibling had visions of unknown origin showing Hogwarts covered in ice and an animated suit of armour.[6] In the following school year, when they tried to open a Cursed Vault on the fifth floor, Jacob's sibling experienced another vision of two unknown rooms and Lord Voldemort. During the 1988–1989 school year, it was revealed that these visions were messages sent to him/her by their older brother Jacob, as both of them were natural Legilimens, and he had sought to warn them of dangers ahead.[6]


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