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In the Beginning

I really should have parsed it together earlier, and subconsciously, I had. It explains why I was drawn to the cave long before Dumbledore ever told me of my lineage.

As a small boy, I learned to read quickly. There was precious else to do in the orphanage. I was not interested in playing with the other children, all of whom were both weak and stupid. I held myself aloof for better things, though I did not yet know what they were. I had no desire to sully myself with Muggle acquaintances even before I knew what the word meant.