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  • 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.

  • A Bezoar Tutorial From The First Book Proved Invaluable Later In The Series on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#10) A Bezoar Tutorial From The First Book Proved Invaluable Later In The Series

    The very first lesson Severus Snape taught Harry turns out to be a vital for the Boy Who Lived later on in the series.

    In Sorcerer's Stone, Harry attended Snape's Potions class for the first time. The notoriously nasty professor wasted no time in ridiculing Harry in front of all of his classmates. However, while chiding Harry for his apparent arrogance and lack of magical knowledge, Snape also mentioned to Harry that a bezoar provides a quick way to stop the spread of poison.

    This knowledge became useful during Half-Blood Prince, when Ron ingested a deadly poison while sharing a drink with Harry and Professor Slughorn. Thinking quickly, Harry grabbed a bezoar from one of Slughorn's reserves and shoved it into Ron's mouth, saving his best friend's life. 

  • Barty Crouch Jr.'s Foe-Glass Gave Away His True Identity on Random Utterly Genius Foreshadowing In Harry Potter

    (#1) Barty Crouch Jr.'s Foe-Glass Gave Away His True Identity

    Barty Crouch Jr. actually saw Snape in his Foe-Glass near the end of The Goblet of Fire. This quickly, and subtly, revealed Snape's true allegiance in the conflict between Harry and Voldemort.

    Book readers could be forgiven for missing this small moment of foreshadowing in the fourth book. After all, it happened amidst the chaos of Dumbledore and the other Hogwarts professors saving Harry from the machinations of the undercover Barty Crouch Jr. But it's a noteworthy moment all the same, since the first thing Snape did when he arrived in Crouch's Hogwarts office was to approach the Death Eater's Foe-Glass.

    Remember, a Foe-Glass is a magical object that allows the owner to see their true enemies at all times. Snape appearing in the mirror at first seemed like a bad sign to Harry, since Crouch spends most of the book masquerading as the heroic Mad-Eye Moody. However, when it's later revealed to be Crouch's Foe-Glass and not Moody's, Snape's appearance is a smart and subtle way for Rowling to communicate to book readers that Snape was on Harry's side all along. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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