Thoughts on Mind-Reading

August 2003


I know I've said this probably a dozen times already but I am getting SO much out of HP1 now that I've read through 5.

About Snape marking Harry during their first year: "Snape was so horrible to Harry. Could Snape possibly know they'd found out about the Sorcerer's Stone? Harry didn't see how he could-- yet sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds."
Well now... if he's that skilled in Occlumency who's to say he's not just as skilled in Legilimency? He certainly uses it enough on Harry in the fifth book... why not a little bit in the first?

And now I'm wondering the whole time how very much of Harry's adventures Dumbledore is not only is aware of, being able to make himself invisible and all (as he states during the Mirror section), but possibly even in control of to some extent- pushing Harry on somehow mentally- the dreams, the emotions, the desires, etc. I have such terrible feelings about the ending of the fifth book- what if Dumbledore had been there for a lot longer than just at the end? Grrr... I really don't know what to make of that man.