From Ch - 1 of GoF, Voldemort is quoted as:

"You have no wife", said the cold voice, very quietly. "Nobody knows you are here. You told nobody that you were coming. Do not lie to Lord Voldemort, muggle, for he knows.. he always knows.."

As Dumbledore says in the third book that Divination is a very difficult art, and he also considers a raise for Prof. Trealawney just for her second correct prediction in years.

So, how good was Voldemort at that art? Or is it just due to a background check on the Riddle House, or just a speech of grandeur?

Related discussion: How good was Lord Voldemort at Divination?

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    What does Divination have to do with anything in that chapter?!? Feb 8, 2016 at 5:29
  • @JanusBahsJacquet for he knows.. he always knows.. sounded more like the art of Divination to me :)
    – Dawny33
    Feb 8, 2016 at 5:30
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    Divination is about seeing the future. Knowing when someone is lying to you is an entirely different set of skills, more along the lines of mind reading (which is what Legilimency is to minds that “lack subtlety”, as Snape describes Harry). Feb 8, 2016 at 5:34
  • Unrelated to this question, but I wonder, how good was Voldemort at Divination? Are there any canonical examples?
    – ibid
    Feb 8, 2016 at 6:34
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    5. Voldemort was 5 good at legilimency.
    – user40790
    Feb 8, 2016 at 21:10

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It's actually Voldemorts impressive skill at Legilimency, according to Snape in OotP:

“The Dark Lord is highly skilled at Legilimency —”

“What’s that? Sir?”

“It is the ability to extract feelings and memories from another person’s mind —” He smirked. “It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly. The Dark Lord, for instance, almost always knows when somebody is lying to him. Only those skilled at Occlumency are able to shut down those feelings and memories that contradict the lie, and so utter falsehoods in his presence without detection.”

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    Might be worth adding where that quote is from and who is talking - that's a conversation between Snape and Harry in the Order of the Phoenix.
    – Luna
    Feb 8, 2016 at 14:20
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    In his conversation with Bellatrix at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince, Snape calls Voldemort the most accomplished Legilimens the world has ever seen. While this is in favour of his argument at the time, Bellatrix doesn’t seem to disagree.
    – chirlu
    Feb 8, 2016 at 15:03
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    The young Tom Riddle was already very advanced in this art, and actually shocked when it didn’t work on Albus Dumbledore: ‘Tell the truth!’ He spoke the last three words with a ringing force that was almost shocking. It was a command, and it sounded as though he had given it many times before. His eyes had widened and he was glaring at Dumbledore, who made no response except to continue smiling pleasantly. After a few seconds Riddle stopped glaring, though he looked, if anything, warier stil. ‘Who are you?’
    – chirlu
    Feb 8, 2016 at 15:05

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