Yes, Ron Weasley Could Secretly Predict The Future In ‘Harry Potter’


Too many people don’t get how great Ron Weasley is. Well, the people who only watch Harry Potter movies, at least.

He’s fiercely loyal, incredibly grounded, and sharp enough to beat both Harry and Hermione at chess. He’s an understated character at times—sometimes grumpy and quick to anger. But he’s also the life of the Potter trinity, and for good reason.

But that’s enough anti-Ron shaming. There’s another grain of the character that often gets lost in the conversation. Yes, Harry’s signature spell is the Disarming Charm and Hermoine is fantastic at potions, Transfiguration, and being embarrassingly book smart. But what’s Ron’s hidden talent?

You know…besides fashion…


OK, fine, his mother gave him that dress. But Dumbledore help us, Rupert Grint pulls that look off.

True, the books and even one of the movies gets it across that Ron’s a competent Quidditch player (at least when he’s not bogged down emotionally). But going further, he’s actually adept at predicting the future, and the books quietly provide this insight throughout.

I actually came across this interesting revelation on Quora, where Jakub Handlíř outlined this convincing theory:

Book 2 – (about why Riddle received the award for special services to the school): “Maybe he got thirty O.W.L.s or saved a teacher from the giant squid. Maybe he murdered Myrtle” – Riddle truly murdered her and in a roundabout way truly received price for it.

Book 3 – In his first attempt at reading tea leaves, he predicted that Harry would receive “a windfall, unexpected gold” – Harry received gold as a prize for winning the tournament (book 4) and inheritance from Sirius (book 6).

Book 4 – to Harry when doing housework for Trelawney: “Why don’t you get stabbed in the back by someone you thought was a friend?” – Harry is truly later betrayed by his best friend (Ron) both in book 4 and book 7. 

Book 4 – when discussing Crouch sr. disappearance in the Forbidden Forest and Snape’s involvement in it: “Not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something,” said Harry…“Wouldn’t put it past him,” Ron muttered. – Snape gains ability to fly in book 7 while using a bat-like wings.

I couldn’t agree more, and I would add that this is exactly why Divination was given so much attention by Rowling throughout the books, despite Hermoine dismissing the class early on. Of course, Ron jokes with Harry all the time about their fake predictions, but as noted above, he was actually pretty good without realizing it. With the tea leaves, he even predicts that he will one day work for the ministry.

Agree? Disagree? Have more evidence of Ron being a secret prophet? Sound off below.

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24 thoughts on “Yes, Ron Weasley Could Secretly Predict The Future In ‘Harry Potter’

    • Additionally, in book 7, Ron kept saying that You-Know-Who’s name was taboo, and he was right.

  1. More of the predictions in GoF when both Harry and Ron were making up divinations homework where they actually predicted Harry’s Triwizard Tournament:
    They guess they’ll be in danger of burns (first challenge with the dragons), lose a treasured possession (second challenge in the lake), get stabbed in the back by someone they thought was a friend (Mad-Eye Moody/Barty Crouch Jr), and come off worse in a fight (against Voldemort in the graveyard). Not just Ron’s predictions but very cool nonetheless.

  2. HAHA never thought of it that way. Cute post(:

  3. Ron is truly my favorite character from the books. So much of his personality was lost from page to screen. But Rupert Grint’s nuanced portrayal made up for that. Ron was the heart of the trio. He knew what was up even when he didn’t realize he knew.
    Thanks, Jon for a great post!

  4. Snape gets bat wings!? when did that happen?

  5. I’m so intrigued by this theory. And appreciate anyone who gives proper respect to Ron for being the best.

  6. The first book, right before the sorting hat ceremony. I don’t have the exact quote, but it wouldn’t be hard to find. Ron says something like “it’s just a hat? Free and George said we would have to wrestle a troll. Well guess what happens later in the book….

  7. Hasn’t anyone questioned why Ron took divination in the first place? Maybe he knew he was a seer.

  8. I just started re-reading the hp series , I read them as a kid growing up from Elementary through high school. Anyway only read each book once, so obviously only after re-reading the series does this theory become overtly apparent. Now as the epiphany didn’t fully hit me until I got to his two tea leaves predictions (I wish he hadn’t been interrupted I could’ve completed his third), but I noticed the ones you’ve mentioned in the first two books as well, plus you seemed to have missed one, i’m guessing there are more in the first two, that I didn’t notice ( during the first two books I just thought JK rowling, was using the character as a literary tool, like in the first one with Snape as the red herring, Ron foreshadows. If you think about it’s kind of clever after I have most of the hp books, if not all, are in part mystery novels. By Ron turning the truth into one of Ron’s sarcastic comments, we are inclined on first impression to laugh and disregarded as plausible. It’s the inverse or opposite of a red herring.

    • Adding to yours,
      Year one;
      He warned harry to stay away from the mirror of eroded. Ron said he had a funny feeling, Harry nearly died in front of the mirror.
      Year two;
      Ron cringes when he sees time riddles diary, warning Harry that it was dangerous. The diary turns out to be lord Voldemort first horcruxes, which nearly kills harry.
      Year three;
      The leaves predictions, You have his Second prediction you’re missing his first one , he sees a bowler hat, “maybe you’re going to work for the Ministry of Magic.” In the new book or play, Harry is indeed employed there.

  9. Keep in mind, Ron also made the prediction in GoF that he’d drown twice, then pulled it back to once. He was definitely underwater for challenge 2!

  10. Do not forget when ron predicted that voldemorts name is being jinxed before he heard it from the snatchers

  11. Why no one remember one very interesting prediction in PoA when he reads Harry’s tea leaves?

    “Right, you’ve got a crooked sort of cross…” He consulted Unfogging the Future. “That means you’re going to have ‘trials and suffering’ — sorry about that — but there’s a thing that could be the sun… hang on… that means ‘great happiness’… so you’re going to suffer but you’ll be happy about it…”

    This became true at the end, he thought Sirius had batrayed his parents, just to have him tell him that it was Peter who did it, so he suffered, but at the end he was happy that he found his godfather and had someone he could really call family and hoped he could one day live with and leave the Durleys.

  12. In the last book, Ron gets obsessive about not using Lord Voldemorts name.

    Several times while on the run, Ron stops Harry and Hermione from almost saying “Voldemort”. Harry questions Ron as to why he’s suddenly so distraught by the name, and Ron replies (something like) “I don’t know… it feels like it’s jinxed or something”. This continues for a while, Harry or Hermione almost say the name and Ron tells them off.

    Sure enough, when Ron returns to Harry and Hermione after abandoning the mission, he tells them that Voldemort put a Taboo on the name when he took over the ministry. Voldemort – knowing that only his enemies say his name, cursed it so that anyone who said it would be instantly trackable. That’s how the death eaters had found the trio in the cafe after the wedding (and again before actually capturing them and taking them to the Malfoys house). Lucky Ron suddenly got a ‘gut feeling’ or else they would have been caught long before that!

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  15. In the enchanting world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Ron Weasley stands as a beloved character who captures the hearts of readers with his loyalty, humor, and unwavering friendship. As one of Harry Potter’s closest companions, Ron’s journey from the very first book to the final installment is marked by growth, courage, and a steadfast commitment to his values.

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