The Thing You Missed In Professor Trelawney’s Harry Potter Predictions
Sybill Trelawney wasn’t necessarily the most reliable professor at Hogwarts, but her Divination skills were more legit than you think. Turns out she accidentally predicted Dumbledore’s death three books into J.K. Rowling’s series, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Yes, really.
Let us explain. In chapter 11, Dumbledore invites Trelawney to join his Christmas dinner in The Great Hall.
Trelawney refuses, declaring, “If I join the table, we shall be thirteen! Nothing could be more unlucky! Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die!”
But a keen Harry Potter fan noticed that Scabbers, aka Animagus Peter Pettigrew, was hiding out in Ron’s pocket at this time. So the table already had 13 people, and Dumbledore was the first to rise. You see where J.K. Rowling was going with this?
Mind. Blown. ????
BuzzFeed pointed out that Rowling continued this foreshadowing throughout the series. In chapter five of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 13 people dined together at Grimauld Place, and Sirius Black was the first person Rowling had “rising” from the table:
“Sirius started to rise from his chair. ’Molly, you’re not the only person at this table who cares about Harry,’ said Lupin sharply. ’Sirius, sit down.’ Mrs. Weasley’s lower lip was trembling. Sirius sank slowly back into his chair, his face white.”
Fast-forward to the Battle Over Little Whinging, also called the Battle of the Seven Potters, in chapters four and five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Order saves Harry from Number 4, Privet Drive by disguising everyone with Polyjuice Potion. The Death Eaters kill Hedwig (????) and Mad-Eye Moody (????????) as they fly to safety. Once they arrive at The Burrow, Lupin is the first to leave the table, offering to look for Moody’s body.
Damn, Rowling. Back at it again with the Harry Potter easter eggs.