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Magic comes from a variety of places within the Harry Potter universe, a.k.a. the Wizarding World. Often times we see it conjured from wands, but these immense forces have also been seen elsewhere, like from an ancient artifact or within a living being. The upcoming spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is introducing a new power that falls into the latter category, and it will be demonstrated through Alison Sudol's character, Queenie Goldstein.
Speaking with EW, Sudol revealed that Queenie is a Legilimens, meaning she's able to peer through the layers of a person's mind. Muggles/Mo-Majs would simply call her a mind reader. However, while Severus Snape used his Legilimency spell as a way to attack a resistant mind, Sudol explained that Queenie's natural version of this works more like an "antennae," as she can pick up the thoughts and feelings of the people around her. Sudol continued:
She's basically a complete and utter magical empath. She's able to read people --- so it's not just reading somebody's thoughts. She's can read into someone's story, she can see people's goals. And so even though she's able to do magic with her wand, a lot of her magic is actually internal, which makes her a different type of wizard or witch. And she's incredibly fun, playful, joyful, and free-spirited, kind and wise, and also has a sort of stillness about her because she's always tuning into people, so she's quite an interesting character to play --- very vivacious and lively, yet very centered and aware.
We haven't seen much of Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts trailers so far, but in her few appearances, she definitely seems to give off that kind and joyful vibe that Alison Sudol was talking about. Because of these empathic abilities, she's able to understand and connect with others in a way that few can. That said, it's unclear whether she was born as an empath or whether it was somehow magically imbued into her when she was younger. At the moment, we're guessing the former. It was also noted that Legilimency has primarily been used by dark wizards, but not to worry, moviegoers won't have to worry about Queenie going down that path...at least I hope not.
It was also noted in the article that Queenie will be working at a "menial desk job" at the Magical Congress of the United States of America in Fantastic Beasts. However, her life will soon get more excited when she helps her sister Tina (played by Katherine Waterston) assist Newt Scamander and his No-Maj friend Jacob Kowalski track down the beasts that escaped Newt's magical suitcase. Unfortunately, not only will the U.S. wizarding authorities be on their tail, but they'll also have to contend with the No-Maj Mary Lou and her group of magic-hating, extremists followers from the New Salem Philanthropic Society.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will work its magic in theaters on November 18.