Who is Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter?

Harry Potter, a renowned young wizard from all over the world, spent many years attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During that time, he picked up useful skills. A few of the instructors he met along the way imparted wisdom to him that was irreplaceable, particularly in the areas of morals and magic. 

Professors at Hogwarts

Everyone who was actively involved in teaching or doing research inside the wizarding academy was granted the honorific title of Professor. Teachers at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Durmstrang Institute were among the most prominent users.

Professors at Hogwarts had the authority to grant and dock points (to decide the winner of the house cup competition), to issue detention, and to write notes for specific locations and activities that were normally off bounds.

Sybill Trelawney


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Sybill Trelawney is a Harry Potter universe character. She is the professor of Divination, however as of 1996, she shares this role with the centaur Firenze. She was the author of the prophesy that prompted Lord Voldemort to attempt the murder of Harry Potter.

Who is Professor Trelawney?

On March 9, Sybill was born into the half-blood Trelawney family to a Muggle mother and a wizard father. She is the great-great-granddaughter of a famous Seer named Cassandra Trelawney. Sybill went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which she called her home. Because of her background, she may have been a member of the Slug Club before being sorted into Ravenclaw in 1973. Sybill apparently chose Divination as one of her electives in her third year, and she received great marks in her O.W.L and N.E.W.T.

It was said that Professor Trelawney was a slender lady who wore gauzy shawls, cloaks, and bangles that were all covered with brilliant sequins and glittering strings of beads. She was also regarded as having a sharp intellect. Her big spectacles had the effect of greatly magnifying her eyes, making them seem to be around 10 times as large as they really were. Her voice might be described as ethereal, delicate, and misty; nevertheless, when she was furious or agitated, she would become abrupt and sharp in her speech.

Professor Trelawney Abilities and Skills

Professor Trelawney Abilities and Skills

Divination. Professor Trelawney is often regarded as a fraud, however there is evidence that this is not the case. Almost every prediction she made during the series (including those she didn’t make while under the effect of Second Sight) came true.

Non-verbal spellcasting. Trelawney could cast spells and charms even though she didn’t know how to say the words. During the Battle of Hogwarts, she showed this when she used her wand to throw crystal balls at her enemies.

Duelling. Professor Trelawney is well-known for her dueling prowess, having participated in and prevailed in the Battle of Hogwarts when she uses enormous force to knock a Death Eater off a tower.

Charms. Trelawney was able to make a non-corporeal Patronus, which is a sign of advanced magical skill given how hard and advanced the spell is to cast and how powerful it is.

Sybill Tries To Get into Hogwarts

Sybill Trelawney wanted to teach at Hogwarts in 1979/80. Albus Dumbledore, who was the headmaster at the time, agreed to meet her at the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade, even though he didn’t want to hire her because he didn’t think Divination should be taught. Sybill failed to make an impression on Dumbledore. She did not exhibit any of her mother’s powers in the realm of divination. He conveyed the news to her in a kind manner that she would not be receiving the job. However, while he was doing these tasks, Sybill entered a true trance and made a prophesy concerning Lord Voldemort.

Sybill as a Divination Professor


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Divination was a subject offered as an option at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It offered many rites and strategies for divining the future or obtaining insights into future occurrences. The magic taught in this lesson, as well as the capacity to predict the future, belonged to a branch of magic known as “Divination.”

Professor Trelawney taught Divination on the seventh level of the North Tower, which was available to students beginning in their third year. She highlighted to her pupils the relevance and difficulties of her subject.

Sybill Trelawney and Dolores Umbridge

Due to Sybill Trelawney’s poor performance, on March 8, 1996, Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge and Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge signed the Order of Dismissal, which resulted in her being expelled from the school. However, none of them were granted permission to expel Trelawney from the school grounds since Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster, retained the right to do so and made the decision to let Trelawney stay. Dumbledore restored Sybill as the Divination instructor at Hogwarts when Umbridge was expelled from the school later that same year. Umbridge’s expulsion from Hogwarts in the next year led to Sybill’s reinstatement as the school’s Divination instructor, which Dumbledore facilitated.



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Typically, a Seer would offer a prophesy while in a trance-like condition. They talked with a strange accent and did not seem to recall the incident. Sybill Trelawney would assume she had just slept off. Sybill Trelawney made two prophecies that came true.

The First Prophecy

Sybill Trelawney’s first prophecy, which is also called the Lost Prophecy or just The Prophecy, is what she told Albus Dumbledore at the Hog’s Head Pub in early 1980. It was about a boy who would be born at the end of July in 1980 and would be strong enough to beat Lord Voldemort (which Voldemort took to mean Harry Potter). 

Sybill Trelawney’s Second Prophecy

In her second prohecy, Sybill Trelawney said that Peter Pettigrew would escape and go back to his master, Lord Voldemort. This prophecy happened in 1994, when Harry Potter took his last Divination test. Harry says that she fell into a trance and that a deep voice came out of her and said the following. It was her second prediction because she had already said something about Lord Voldemort and the person who would be able to defeat him.


During her life, Sybill Trelawney, who was a Seer, made many predictions. Sybill’s predictions were not the same as her prophesies. She was aware she was doing it, and the consequences were little and hazy. Sybill made several predictions, many of which came true. 

  • In a Divination lesson, Sybill foretold that she would lose her voice in February and that the flu would interrupt her classes.
  • In a Divination lecture, Sybill predicted that one of her pupils will leave the class permanently at Easter 1994. Easter occurs in spring, which is also the season in which Hermione Granger abruptly left her class and never came back.
  • She said that on October 16, the thing Lavender was afraid of would happen. On that day, Lavender got a letter telling her that a fox had killed her pet rabbit, Binky.
  • At first, Trelawney didn’t want to join the table for Christmas lunch, because when thirteen people eat together, the first one to get up is the first one to die. Albus Dumbledore was the first person at the table to die. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley were the first to get up from the table. But Ron was with Scabbers at the time, and no one knew that Scabbers was really Peter Pettigrew. This meant that thirteen people were eating at the table. Dumbledore was the first person to get up and greet her, and he was also the first person to die. Dumbledore’s death was foreseen by Trelawney years before it happened.

Battle of Hogwarts

Battle of Hogwarts

Professor Trelawney took part in the Battle of Hogwarts, just like the rest of the school. She fought by dropping crystal balls on the heads of her enemies. When Fenrir Greyback tried to attack Lavender Brown, she was able to knock him out. She tried to save Lavender, but the werewolf hurt her so much that she couldn’t be saved. Trelawney kept throwing crystal balls on the heads of Death Eaters with her wand. The Death Eaters were eventually defeated, as did Voldemort, who was finally defeated by Harry Potter.

Trelawney survived the Second Wizarding War and remained teaching until the 2010s, following her pattern of forecasting her pupils’ death. Firenze and Trelawney continued to work together as a Divination professor.