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In the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Luke Skywalker asks Leia what she remembers of her real mother. She tells that she only remembers a little bit about her ,as a kind person - 'images, mostly'. Is there a explanation for this, or is it just a retroactive continuity in Revenge of the Sith?

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The Force...... – AlasdairCM May 21 '13 at 8:00
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I have always put this down to the fact that the story for episode three changed slightly between 1983 and 2005.

In world explanation? Leia's ability with the force has been described as being more empathic allowing her to be a better diplomat. The complete line is "Just...images, really. Feelings." perhaps her early Force abilities helped her to hold onto the few moments of contact she had?

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Also realize that the Force can be used to see the past as well as the future.She could very well be seeing images of her mother from before she was born. – John Sensebe May 9 at 14:12

I've always worked on the assumption that Leia didn't know she wasn't an Organa for real. She never knew she had a "real" mother because Breha was her mother. Breha also died while Leia was between 12-16. This is roughly 10-15 years before "New Hope"(my guess). Things happen, and that could be why her memories of her mother are fading.

There is, however, no evidence that she knew or didn't know she was adopted. The only thing we have to go on is Luke's choice of words:

LUKE: Do you remember your mother? Your real mother?

This COULD lead us to believe that not only did Leia know, but others knew as well. If you go off that, then the only explanation of how she remembered Padme is with the help of the Force.

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I hadn't considered this option... Although if you'd been asked that question and you didn't you were adopted I suspect you'd react differently "What!? What do you mean my REAL mother!?" – Liath May 22 '13 at 8:12

Probably she saw a few family heirloom holograms and photos. Or maybe stories were told to her when she was little and, as the mind tends to do, internalizes them into memories of the original without the storyteller in between.

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