Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood. He was right next to Malfoy who, Harry was pleased to see, didn't look too pleased with the seating ar-rangements.

--Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Over seems to mean across in the context. Does it mean Harry looked across/over students at the Slytherin?


Over in contexts like this—over there, over to, over at, combined with another locative and without an object of its own—usually implies a shift of focus: farther away and/or in a different direction.

Here’s where we are, on Locust Street ... and over here’s the museum we’re trying to get to.

Look over there!

Could you run over to the stockroom and get us a case of printer paper?

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