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Did You Know Dumbledore’s Death Was Already Hinted In The Prisoner Of Azkaban?

By Monojit

Well, if you are a true fan of Harry Potter, then you must have watched the movies and read the books several times. A thousand times may be. Yet, I bet you missed this clue about one so important character in the story. Yes, I am talking about Professor Dumbledore.

J.K. Rowling has weaved the wizarding world of Harry Potter so elaborately that, hints and clues sprinkled throughout each and every corner are bound to be missed sometimes. And when we began reading Harry Potter probably for the ten-thousandth time, we discovered an amazing hint.

Harry Potter

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all busy with the vicious dementors and mysterious Sirius Black, J K Rowling was warning us about the approaching death of Dumbledore. Still don't follow?

If you remember, in the Chapter 11, Ron, Harry and Hermione appear at the 'Great Hall' for Christmas lunch. After arrival they find, the House tables are moved aside, to make way for a single table in the middle of the room meant for only twelve people.

Harry Potter

Already at the table are Snape, Flitwich McGonagall, Sprout, Dumbledore, and caretaker Mr. Filch. There are also three other Hogwarts students, whom Rowling describes as "two extremely nervous-looking first years and a sullen faced Slytherin fifth year."

So take a notice, the total head count adds up to 12 people.

As they are all about to start the lunch, suddenly comes in Professor Trelawney bursting down the Great Hall. Dumbledore with his characteristic politeness stands up to greet Professor Trelawney saying, "Sybill this is a pleasant surprise," and invites her to join them.

Harry Potter

Trelawney in reply says, "I dare not, Headmaster! If I join the table, we shall be thirteen! Nothing could be more unlucky! Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die!"

Obviously, no one takes her seriously that time as her predictions usually turn out to be a great mess.

Harry Potter

But, there were already 13 people sitting at the table, even before Trelawney arrived. How? Here it is... Ron had Scabbers in his pocket, who is none other than Wormtail. That means there were actually 13 at the table when Professor Dumbledore stood up. It means death was coming for Dumbledore.

Well now you know, Professor Trelawney's prophecies aren't always to be smirked at.

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