The prophecy

A figure rose out of it, draped in shawls, her eyes magnified to enormous size behind her glasses, and she revolved slowly; her feet in the basin. But when Sybill Trelawney spoke, it was not in her usual ethereal, mystic voice, but in the harsh, hoarse tones Harry had heard her use once before:

‘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:’

The slowly revolving Professor Trelawney sank back into the silver mass below and vanished.

The silence within the office was absolute. Neither Dumbledore nor Harry nor any of the portraits made a sound. Even Fawkes had fallen silent.

‘Professor Dumbledore?’ Harry said very quietly, for Dumbledore, still staring at the Pensieve, seemed completely lost in thought. It .. did that mean: what did that mean?’

‘It meant,’ said Dumbledore, ‘that the person who has the only chance of conquering Lord Voldemort for good was born at the end of July, nearly sixteen years ago. This boy would be born to parents who had already defied Voldemort three times.’

Harry felt as though something was closing in on him. His breathing seemed difficult again.

‘It means – me?’

Dumbledore surveyed him for a moment through his glasses.

‘The odd thing, Harry,’ he said softly, ‘is that it may not have meant you at all. Sybill’s prophecy could have applied to two wizard boys, both born at the end of July that year, both of whom had parents in the Order of the Phoenix, both sets of parents having narrowly escaped Voldemort three times. One, of course, was you. The other was Neville Longbottom.’ ‘

But then: but then, why was it my name on the prophecy and not Neville’s?’

‘The official record was re-labelled after Voldemort’s attack on you as a child,’ said Dumbledore. ‘It seemed plain to the keeper of the Hall of Prophecy that Voldemort could only have tried to kill you because he knew you to be the one to whom Sybill was referring.’

‘Then – it might not be me?’ said Harry.

Source: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K.Rowling

P.S: I miss reading ’em! 😦 Wish Rowling brings the 7th book soon. But then, the 7th is the last – what will I do after that?!


4 thoughts on “The prophecy

  1. “But then, the 7th is the last – what will I do after that?!”

    Exactly! I hope 7th book never releases the day before I die, because if it did release a lot earlier, there will be nothing to look forward to 😦


  2. I know I shouldn’t be asking a fellow lady this, but, how old are you now, Krithika? I mean,just wanna know how long I have to wait before I see the 7th one. 😉

    Jokes apart, it will be bad after the 7th. And if the 7th is anything like HBP, I’m seriously contemplating giving up reading altogether. 😦

    **sits in a corner, crying** How could she (Rowling) do that?! Dumbledore! Of all the people! **uncontrollable crying**


  3. Dude, you’re kidding right?!! But that’s ok – things like this have been heard before about the earlier books, even from ‘serious’ sources, so..I’m just gonna wait till I read the 7th till the last word 🙂


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