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Peeves was a poltergeist. It generally irritated people and rather then helping them as well as making fun of them.

  • Why was Peeves in the school?
  • What is/was the job or work assigned to Peeves?
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Peeves was never a person, therefore it never had a job of work assigned to them.

JKR spoke to this issue directly on the FAQ on her old website

Q : Peeves chews gum, how can he when he is a ghost? (Nearly Headless Nick can't eat).

A : Peeves isn't a ghost; he was never a living person. He is an indestructible spirit of chaos, and solid enough to unscrew chandeliers, throw walking sticks and, yes, chew gum.

She's also provided some extra clarity in a Leaky Cauldron interview in 2005

ES: Why does Dumbledore allow Peeves to stay in the castle?

JKR: Can't get him out.

ES: He's Dumbledore, he can do anything!

JKR: No, no no no no. Peeves is like dry rot. You can try and eradicate it. It comes with the building. You’re stuck. If you've got Peeves you're stuck.

ES: But Peeves answers to Dumbledore -

JKR: Allegedly.

MA: Allegedly?

JKR: Yeah. I see Peeves as like a severe plumbing problem in a very old building, and Dumbledore is slightly better with the spanner than most people, so he can maybe make it function better for a few weeks. Then it’s going to start leaking again. Would you want Peeves gone, honestly?

MA: If I was Harry I might, but as a reader I enjoy him. I enjoyed him most when he started obeying Fred and George at the end of book five.

JKR: Yeah, that was fun. I enjoyed that. That was satisfying. [Laughter.]

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Dobby wasn't a human, yet he procured employment at Hogwarts through Dumbledore. Firenze was a teacher and he was a centaur. Professor Binns was a ghost and a teacher. Hagrid was half giant, Lupin a werewolf. The latter two being half-human and human respectively. Just thought I'd point that out. Oh, in case we ever have need of it, remember that Professor Lupin taught us the spell Waddiwasi will shoot a wad of chewing gum from the Dark Arts classroom door's lock directly up Peeves' nose! :P Nice answer +1 –  Slytherincess Jun 22 at 18:47
    
@Slytherincess - Are you saying that Dobby isn't a person? –  Richard Jun 22 at 18:53
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@Richard she said human –  Philip Jun 22 at 19:25

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