A new magical power in the world of Harry Potter is revealed in the upcoming spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), who works a menial desk job in the Magical Congress of the United States of America has a magical power we have not yet seen in witches and wizards before. She’s a mind reader called a Legilimens. This power was wielded by famous dark wizards such as Salazar Slytherin. Snape also used it to try and breach Harry’s mind while teaching him Occlumency. In Fantastic Beasts, Queenie’s ability is not quite like we’ve seen before. Her power is more like an antenna, where she is able to pick up thoughts and feelings of people around her.
“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.” –Alison Sudol
See Queenie’s power in action when Fantastic Beasts enters theaters November 18, 2016.