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  • Harry And Ron Predicted The Three Tasks Of The Triwizard Tournament on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#4) Harry And Ron Predicted The Three Tasks Of The Triwizard Tournament

    Harry and Ron mockingly, and unknowingly, predicted all three of the dangerous Triwizard Tournament tasks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, one whole year before the games take place.

    This piece of foreshadowing was thrown out in a seemingly lighthearted fashion, when Harry and Ron grew tired of their endless amounts of Divination homework in Prisoner of Azkaban. Instead of actually trying to read tea leaves and predict the future, the duo decided to start just kind of... guess. 

    Harry's predictions included that he would be in danger of burns, lose a treasured possession, be stabbed in the back by a friend, and come off worse in a fight. All of these eventually came true in Goblet of Fire, when he had to fight a dragon, save Ron from dangerous underwater mermaids, and was betrayed by Barty Crouch Jr. masquerading as Mad-Eye Moody. And, of course, he barely made it out alive from his graveyard fight with Voldemort.

  • Peter Pettigrew's Death Was Predicted By Dumbledore on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#7) Peter Pettigrew's Death Was Predicted By Dumbledore

    Peter Pettigrew's demise in Deathly Hallows was foreshadowed and set up by Albus Dumbledore near the end of Prisoner of Azkaban. After Harry talked Lupin and Sirius out of killing Pettigrew during their confrontation in Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore told Harry not to be too upset about Pettigrew escaping in the end. According to Dumbledore, Harry should look forward to the day when Pettigrew would have to honor his life debt.

    This, of course, came when Pettigrew let Harry and his friends escape from Malfoy Manor in Deathly Hallows. That action resulted in his auto-strangulation by Voldemort's metal hand. It was one of those book moments that was most noticeably missing from the film adaptations. 

  • The Centaurs Predicted The War Between Harry And Voldemort on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#13) The Centaurs Predicted The War Between Harry And Voldemort

    The centaurs accurately predicted the oncoming war between Harry and Voldermort during their first appearance in the second half of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the book, we learned that centaurs read the stars to form their predictions for the future. After Firenze saved Harry from Voldermort's attack in the Forbidden Forest, the centaurs kept repeating that "Mars is bright tonight." As Mars is also the Roman God of War, the centaurs' prediction here roughly translates to "war is coming."

  • The First Horcrux Was Introduced In Order Of The Phoenix on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#11) The First Horcrux Was Introduced In Order Of The Phoenix

    We first learned that Voldemort's locket Horcrux resided in Grimmauld Place early on in Order of the Phoenix, a full two books before Harry and his friends saw it again. Voldemort's locket was the first real Horcrux Harry, Ron, and Hermione went out of their way to destroy in Deathly Hallows. But, they would probably be very frustrated to know that they stumbled across the locket years before, when Mrs. Weasley told them to clean up Sirius Black's family home. 

    As Harry and his friends cleaned out some of the cabinets in the massive house, they itemized a list of objects they found while cleaning. Amongst the various knick-knacks, they uncovered a "heavy locket that none of them could open." As book readers know, that locket turned out to be one of the seven artifacts they needed to destroy Voldemort once and for all.

  • The Vanishing Cabinet Showed Up Years Before It Was Important To The Plot on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#5) The Vanishing Cabinet Showed Up Years Before It Was Important To The Plot

    The Vanishing Cabinet Draco Malfoy used to smuggle Death Eaters into Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actually made multiple appearances in prior installments of the series. A Vanishing Cabinet first showed up in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry ducked inside one to hide from the Malfoy family at Borgin and Burke's.

    Another Vanishing Cabinet was briefly mentioned in Order of the Phoenix, when Fred and George Weasley trapped a Slytherin classmate inside a broken Cabinet in the Room of Requirement. They even mentioned that the classmate disappeared, which, at the time, was shrugged off as just another existentially terrifying magical moment at Hogwarts.

    In the Half-Blood Prince, it finally became clear that the Vanishing Cabinet in the Room of Requirement was a vital magical object in the series' overall story. Furthermore, the one in Borgin and Burke's was actually its twin! This is J.K. Rowling's long-form set up at its very best.

  • The Room Of Requirement Showed Up Earlier Than You Thought on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#8) The Room Of Requirement Showed Up Earlier Than You Thought

    The Room of Requirement was indirectly introduced into the series for the first time by Albus Dumbledore in Goblet of Fire. Of course, the Room of Requirement wound up playing a huge role in Order of the PhoenixHalf-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows.

    Dumbledore mentioned The Room in passing, describing a time he stumbled upon a miraculous, secret bathroom in Hogwarts, only to never find it again. At first, it was shrugged off as nothing more than another funny magical Hogwarts moment. However, this disappearing room came back into play in a big way in subsequent installments of the series.

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