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Legilimens

Queenie and Jacob

A spell that lets the caster see into the mind of another person. This is also the term for a witch or wizard with this ability


Legilimens fact file


Purpose

To see inside another witch or wizard's mind

The effect it has on the recipient

Makes their thoughts and memories visible to the caster

Famous moment a wizard or witch uses it

Professor Snape uses this on Harry while attempting to teach him Occlumency, the magical defence of the mind

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Only Muggles talk of “mind-reading”. The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by any invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter – or at least, most minds are


Severus Snape

‘Clear your mind, Potter,’ said Snape’s cold voice. ‘Let go of all emotion …’


Extract

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

The Sorting Ceremony

The Sorting Hat

By J.K. Rowling


Snape in his potions class room from the Order of the Pheonix

Close your mind


He raised his wand: ‘One – two – three – Legilimens!’


Extract

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

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Aww, don't worry honey. Most guys think what you was thinking, first time they see me


Queenie Goldstein
Queenie Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Queenie's powers are 'a lot to take on', says actress Alison Sudol


Voldemort stares ahead while in Malfoy Manor in a film still from the Deathly Hallows Part .

The Dark Lord


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You think he is mistaken? Or that I have somehow hoodwinked him? Fooled the Dark Lord, the greatest wizard, the most accomplished Legilimens the world has ever seen?


Severus Snape
Photograph of a paper model of a Wampus, by artist Andy Singleton

Nature's Legilimens