He turned back to Harry. "You'll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there."
He held out his hand to shake Harry's, but Harry didn't take it.
"I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks," he said coolly.
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Is ‘there’ a deictic indicating Hogwarts school where they’re going now, or does it have an adverbial meaning ‘at that point’?

  • Kiam got it; but I might add that deictic just means 'pointing', so it's a deictic adverb. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 30 '13 at 22:46

"I can help you there." in that case means "I can help you with choosing the right friends."

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    Yes. Or, to preserve the spatial metaphor of there, "I can help you in that matter." – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 30 '13 at 13:13
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    @StoneyB: Or to more explicitly stick to the metaphor, "I can help you in that area." – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 30 '13 at 16:18

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