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"Wand-carriers," repeated Harry: the phrase fell oddly upon his ears as his scar prickled, as Voldemort turned his thoughts northwards, and as Harry burned to question Ollivander, next door.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I think "turned his thoughts northwards" probably means Voldemort literally thought about something in the north. But I'm not sure if that's correct. It doesn't seem to be relevant to the context though. Any ideas?

  • It does mean what you say. Is Voldemort thinking about Harry in a place to the south of where Harry is, or thinking about something else in the north? – Kate Bunting Dec 12 '19 at 9:38
  • @KateBunting, Voldemort should be at Hogwards school and Harry Bill and Fleur's Shell Cottage. I'm not sure of their locations in the map though. – dan Dec 12 '19 at 9:49
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Warning: You might not want to read this answer unless you have already read on a bit in the story from this sentence, as this might spoil some things for you.

You are correct that the phrase means more-or-less that Voldemort thought about something in the north. In context, this is a reference to Hogwarts. Hogwarts is often described as being north (e.g. when they ride on the train). At this point in the story Voldemort – and Harry through Voldemort's mind – is piecing together clues towards the Elder Wand. While Harry had been trapped in Malfoy Manor, Voldemort had been interrogating Grindelwald, a previous owner of the wand. He realized that Dumbledore had won the wand from Grindelwald and therefore he would need to take it from Dumbledore. Dumbledore was buried at Hogwarts, so upon dealing with his minions back at Malfoy Manor he directed his attention towards the next goal – retrieving the wand from Dumbledore's grave.

Thus he turned his thoughts northward, that is towards Hogwarts and specifically towards claiming the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.

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