The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Moaning Myrtle floods a bathroom because she's upset about a book being thrown at her.

Moaning Myrtle is a ghost, and as such shouldn't be able to interact with solid objects. So how did she flood the bathroom?


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Myrtle can apparently interact with water.

There are several cases where she interacts with water:

Myrtle gave a tragic sob, rose up in the air, turned over, and dived headfirst into the toilet, splashing water all over them and vanishing from sight, although from the direction of her muffled sobs, she had come to rest in the U-bend.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, chapter 9


"Don't ask me," Myrtle shouted, emerging with a wave of yet more water, which splashed onto the already sopping floor.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, chapter 13

So apparently she can interact with water, although no explanation is given why.

Apparently, in the movie adaption, she does touch the taps, whereas in the books it doesn't show anything about the taps, as it directly states that the taps have never worked:

"That tap's never worked," said Myrtle brightly as he tried to turn it.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, chapter 16

So the movies shouldn't be taken seriously everywhere (they mess things up).

  • She didn't interact with water though, in this case- she interacted with the metal taps that dispense water. Mar 16, 2017 at 8:24
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    I don't see anything about taps - in fact, it's stated that the tap has never worked. All I see is she blocking the water, overflowing it, and flooding.
    – Mithical
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:47
  • I watched the film a few days ago, and noticed that the taps were on. Mar 16, 2017 at 12:06
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    Ehhh. The movies aren't canon ;)
    – Mithical
    Mar 16, 2017 at 12:06
  • I must have only been half paying attention to the movie, because I got the impression that it was the thrown diary that had landed in and blocked some kind of overflow pipe and caused the flood.
    – delinear
    Mar 17, 2017 at 9:21

Ghosts can affect water, fire, and air.

In the JKR Pottermore writing on ghosts, it’s explained that though ghosts can pass through solid objects without having any affect on them, but they create disturbances in fire, water, and air.

Ghosts can pass through solid objects without causing damage to themselves or the material, but create disturbances in water, fire and air. The temperature drops in the immediate vicinity of a ghost, an effect intensified if many congregate in the same place. Their appearance can also turn flames blue. Should part or all of a ghost pass through a living creature, the latter will experience a freezing sensation as though they have been plunged into ice-cold water.
- Ghosts (Pottermore)

Myrtle could flood the bathroom because as a ghost, she was able to affect water, so could make the water from her toilet overflow.

  • 'Their appearance can also turn flames blue.' Surely they were just blue candles? Aug 10, 2019 at 9:50

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