type=Magical artifact or occurrence|
features=Prediction of the future|
../../Books/Prisoner of Azkaban|''Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'']]}}
== Overview ==
A '''''Prophecy''''' is a valid prediction of the future, as opposed to the "fortune-telling" of [[
== Extended Description ==
The term Prophecy is used to refer to two different objects. The first and more expected for Muggles is the actual utterance, the description of things yet to come. The second is the glass sphere which is used to contain a record, a memory of that prophecy, in order that it may be acted upon or checked for validity at a later time.
While Divination, as a means of predicting the future, tries to achieve the same validity as Prophecy, its methods remain laughable to those who care to analyze them. However, the one person we see in the series who is capable of Prophecy is the Divination teacher, [[
../../Characters/Sibyll Trelawney|Professor Trelawney]]. It is possible that the mysticism inherent in Divination does make the mind more open to Prophecy, but it is equally possible that a family history of Prophecy impels one towards a career in Divination.
During the course of the story, we actually see only two Prophecies, both provided by Professor Trelawney. The first concerns the escape of [[
../../Characters/Peter Pettigrew|Peter Pettigrew]], and his return to [[ ../../Characters/Lord Voldemort|"the Dark Lord"]], and is couched in terms that [[ ../../Characters/Harry Potter|Harry]] cannot understand until after the named events have taken place. Part of the perceived ambiguity in the prophecy is the use of the term "his greatest servant" to refer to Pettigrew; at this point, all of the characters in the story believe Voldemort's greatest servant to be [[ ../../Characters/Sirius Black|Sirius Black]].
The second prophecy that we hear was actually made prior to Harry's birth, and concerns Harry and his interaction with Voldemort. We see this prophecy in [[
../../Characters/Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore's]] memories, near the end of [[ ../../Books/Order of the Phoenix|''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'']]. However, we are told of this prophecy much earlier, and it is the prophecy that drives much of the action in the book, as Voldemort seems to be blindly reacting to it.
== Analysis ==
== Greater Picture ==
[[Category:Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter]]