The phone rings and you pick it up, only to find that it is from the friend you were thinking about. How did that happen? Were you subconsciously sending him a signal? Coincidence, or did he just read your mind?
Telepathy is the astounding magical ability to read minds. Nearly everybody has tried it at least once. It is disappointing that this amazing concept has hardly got any scientific backing. But then, when did science ever stand in the way of believers?
When we speak of mind reading, we aren’t addressing the art of reading someone’s body language and emotions, or guessing their actions beforehand. Remember that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix where Severus Snape tries to read Harry’s mind (called Legilimency in the wizard world) and Harry blocks it, entering Snape’s mind instead. This is the kind of mind reading we wish to explore.
Most people are known to have telepathic abilities with varying degrees of power.