harry potter

We should have known. J.K. Rowling doesn't mess around when it comes to prophecies. So while Hogwarts' own Professor Trelawney might seem scattered and even a little harebrained when doling out predictions based on tea leaves, there's almost always something important in what she's saying. Even if she doesn't always realize it. 

After bouncing around the internet for a while, a convincing fan theory popped up on Reddit suggests that something Trelawney says in book three that has reprecussions all the way in book six. As user xAnuq points out, the divination teacher appears to have predicted Dumbledore's death years earlier. It wouldn't be the first time one of Trelawney's prophecies came true. Remember when Dolores Umbridge was dragged into the forest by centaurs and you never felt so vindicated in your life? Trelawney saw that one coming too. 

But for the subtle Dumbledore revelation, we have to jump back to chapter 11 of Prisoner of Azkaban. It's Christmastime, and almost everyone in Hogwarts has gone home except for a few staff and students, who are left eating lunch at a small table. Trelawney shows up, specifically citing a vision she saw in her crystal ball that saw her uh, eating lunch with friends. But when Dumbledore offers her a seat, Trelawney recoils in horror.

"I dare not, Headmaster! 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!"

There does in fact appear to be twelve people already sitting at the table. Rowling even goes so far as to call each of them out; Snape, McGnagall, Sprout, Flitwick, Filch and Dumbledore are there, along with three random students. That's 9. When Harry, Ron and Hermione join the table, that makes 12. While Trelawney does eventually agree to sit down, she flips out when Harry and Ron get up from the table. She wants to know which one will rose first, because according to her superstition, that person will be the first to die

But there was something that Trelawney wasn't counting on that day: Ron Weasley. More specifically, Ron's rat, Scabbers.


Nobody at the table knew at the time, but we all know now that Scabbers was secretly Peter Pettigrew in disguise. That would mean that there were really 13 people at the table before Trelawney sat down. And just before she made a headcount, Dumbledore greeted his colleague by rising from the table

"Sybill, this is a pleasant surprise!" said Dumbledore, standing up

And just like that, before Trelawney even mentioned the unlucky number, Dumbledore sealed his own fate. 

You know, a disturbing amount of Trelawney's premonitions have come true... maybe we should take another look at those tea leaves.