I don't know if it is necessary for them to eat. But it makes me wonder why there is pudding in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Nearly Headless Nick invited Harry to his Deathday Party.

(Feel free to edit and include the chapter)

  • Come on when do ghosts ever eat.
    – Misha R
    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:15
  • Honestly, did you carefully read what I posted before you commented?
    – Invoker
    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:44
  • You mean the part about pudding being near ghosts?
    – Misha R
    Jan 16, 2017 at 5:03

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The proof is in the pudding (ha!)

“Without any supper?” said Snape, a triumphant smile flickering across his gaunt face. “I didn’t think ghosts provided food fit for living people at their parties.”

“Now, Ron, the Sorting’s much more important than food,” said Nearly Headless Nick as “Madley, Laura!” became a Hufflepuff.

“ ’Course it is, if you’re dead,” snapped Ron.

Why is there food at Nick's deathday party? Because it's a party. However, the food is moldy and disgusting, not meant to be eaten by alive people.

“Can you taste it if you walk through it?” Harry asked him.

“Almost,” said the ghost sadly, and he drifted away.

  • Oh haha thanks btw. I didn't realize they just displayed those gross.
    – Invoker
    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:46
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    @BookStriker You're welcome.
    – CHEESE
    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:47

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