I think it's safe to assume that Potterheads the world over emitted a collective gasp of agony the moment Dumbledore fell to his tragic death. I, for one, found myself stammering over the words in disbelief, struggling to process the fact that the endlessly wise wizard was no more. But, those who were paying close attention knew the headmaster's morbid fate was sealed, years before it was ever even printed. Did you pick up on J.K. Rowling's prophetic hidden message?
Before I let you in on the secret, take a moment to relive that heartbreaking moment, if you can bear to:
A shocking surprise, huh? Well, perhaps not. User pocketsized-prophet pointed out a startling discovery on his Tumblr account, which proves Rowling told us Dumbledore would die way back in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, to be precise, this woman told us...
At Christmas, the professor of Divination joins several of her pupils and fellow teachers for dinner, but it's the number of guests at the meal that you need to pay attention to. As pocketsized-prophet points out:
"There’s only 12 people around the dinner table. Trelawny comes along and Dumbledore stands up to draw her a chair."
"She freaks out, I must not! When 13 people dine together, the first to rise is the first to die!"
"Except Ron had Scabbers in his pocket. Which means that there wasn’t 12 people when Trelawny arrived. There was already 13. And Dumbledore stood up."
Sure enough, providing Derek and two other unnamed students didn't die before Dumbledore's death in 1997, the omen proved true.
Readers have noticed that many of Sybill Trelawney's other predictions also turned out to be accurate. If only everyone had taken her superstitious ramblings more seriously!
8 years after the epic tale came to end, we're still plundering the hidden depths of Rowling's narrative. How many other undiscovered secrets are lurking inside those pages?