15Professor Trelawney’s Creepy Prediction – The Prisoner of Azkaban
Sybill Trelawney could never been confused with a comforting, stable influence. Trelawney is a Seer and Professor of Divination at Hogwarts, and, most importantly, she made the original prophecy concerning Voldemort and the Chosen One who would defeat him.
But that’s not the prophecy we are referring to here. In The
Prisoner of Azkaban, Trelawney – already a fragile eccentric who may or may not have control over her abilities – becomes seemingly possessed as she prophesies to Harry in private. What she says is disconcerting enough on its own – part of what erupts from her mouth is “innocent blood shall be spilt… and servant and master shall be reunited once more” – but even more disconcerting is how it comes out of her.
Staring at nothing, forehead veins bulging, Trelawney essentially vomits the prophecy in that cavernous baritone that audiences understand to be distinctly demonic. It supports the idea that Trelawney isn’t a Seer, but a vessel – that she lacks control over the truths she does see and that they are seemingly pried from her by force. And while she could at times be very wrong, in this instance Sybill Trelawney – possessed or not – was all too right.