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Sybill Trelawney

Sybill Trelawney is a fictional character who appears in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Sybill is the teacher of Divination at Hogwarts.

Sybill P. Trelawney is professor of Divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is great-great-grandaughter of the celebrated seer Cassandra Trelawney. Sybill talks in ethereal and misty tones, which seems to annoy Harry and his friend Ron Weasley, who consider Trelawney to be nothing more than an old fraud, which the teachers (particularly Professor Minerva McGonagall) are inclined to agree with. Trelawney unusually starts her classes by predicting the death of one of her students, and keeps this sharad up for the rest of the time she teaches that pupil. Trelawney dons many gauzy bangles, cloaks and shawls, all covered with shining sequins, which in Harry's opinion make her look like an oversized drangonfly. She also dons thick glasses, which magnify her eyes to about ten times their normal size.

Trelawney will be played by Emma Thompson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(2004).

Trelawney has been at Hogwarts since 1979 (sixteen years) and since then has made two accurate peedictions. Both of them involve Lord Voldemort. The first prediction is:

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches...born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies...and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not...and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives...the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."

This prediction states that Harry Potter (who was born at the end of July) is the only person to have the power to vanquish Voldemort; however, it is later revealed that the prediction could also have applied to Neville Longbottom. It also says that neither one can live at the same time, and that either Harry will end up a murderer or a victim, and vice-versa for Voldemort. This prediction came true on the night of October 31st 1981, when Potter stripped Lord Voldermort of his powers. The second prediction is:

"It will happen tonight. The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight... the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant’s aid, greater and more terrible than ever he was. Tonight... before midnight...the servant...will set rejoin...his master...."

This prophecy states that Lord Voldemort's servant would set out to rejoin him. This came true when Peter Pettigrew's true identity was revealed and he escaped to nurse Voldemort back to health. In the year of 1996, Professor Trelawney was put on probation by Dolores Umbridge, Hogwarts High Inquisitor. This led to her becoming increasingly paranoid, and becoming obsessed that Umbridge was haunting her. Her fears grew to the extent that she actually turned to drink, and was always seen drunk with a bottle of sherry in her hand. Eventually, she was given the sack by Umbridge, who, in her great dislike for Trelawney, almost threw her literally through the door, ignoring the fact that Trelawney was in paroxysms of grief over her sacking. She was replaced by a centaur named Firenze. However, after Umbridge was removed by a group of centaurs and was returned to the Ministry of Magic, Trelawney got her old position back, though Firenze would also continue to teach Divination.