Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor Trelawney Character Analysis

The Hogwarts Divination professor. Harry describes her as being like a "glittering insect," as she wears lots of scarves, jewelry, and glasses that magnify her eyes. She attempts to behave mysteriously and act as though she's all-knowing, but she's generally considered a fraud among the staff and students at Hogwarts. Professor Umbridge capitalizes on this by targeting her and firing her. Harry struggles to empathize with her; Trelawney has a habit of predicting his untimely death and doesn't like Harry much, as he doesn't take Divination seriously. After putting Trelawney on probation, Umbridge fires heer and attempts to throw her out of the school. At this point, the rest of the staff rallies around Trelawney and on Dumbledore's orders, help her return to her chambers. Harry learns later that Dumbledore won't let Trelawney leave the school because as incompetent as she seems, Trelawney is actually a real Seer and has made two prophecies in her lifetime. She was the one who, when Dumbledore went to interview her, made the prophecy that Voldemort would choose a boy born in July to kill, "mark him as his equal," and that Voldemort or that boy must kill the other.
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Professor Trelawney Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Trelawney appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twelve
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...Hermione have stopped arguing, but asks Harry to stop taking out his temper on them. Trelawney welcomes the class before Harry can reply. She mentions O.W.L.s, but says that grades don't... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...say that Umbridge inspected Flitwick and it went fine. Harry and Ron find Umbridge in Trelawney's tower, ready to conduct her inspection. Trelawney looks disturbed as she sweeps around the room... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...Snape angrily Vanishes Harry's foul-smelling potion and assigns him an extra essay. In Divination later, Trelawney seems oddly upset and explains to Parvati and Lavender that she's on probation. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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Umbridge now supervises all of Harry's Divination and Care of Magical Creatures lessons. Both Trelawney and Hagrid seem nervous and jumpy, and Hagrid forbids the trio from visiting him. The... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...forbidden from mentioning The Quibbler to Harry, several professors give Harry extra points or sweets. Trelawney even predicts that Harry will live to old age. Both Cho and Seamus thank Harry... (full context)
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Harry and Snape head for the entrance hall and Harry sees a crowd surrounding Trelawney. Her trunks are next to her and she shrieks with grief. Umbridge happily says that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...because of a prophecy, made before Harry's birth, that Voldemort heard only half of. Professor Trelawney made the prophecy to Dumbledore. (full context)
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
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...out his Pensieve, puts a thought in the basin, and prods it. An image of Trelawney appears, and speaks the prophecy. She says that the person with the power to kill... (full context)