Are the ghosts in the Harry Potter universe limited to magic users?


No there are no muggle ghosts in the wizarding world, because yes ghosts are limited to magic users.

Nearly Headless Nick hesitated, then said, “Not everyone can come back as a ghost.”

“What d’you mean?” said Harry quickly.

“Only… only wizards.

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    Sigh. I thought, perhaps, Peeves was a former tennis pro. – Major Stackings Oct 19 '12 at 17:47
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    @MajorStackings - Ah, but Peeves is a poltergeist, which is not a ghost. I will now go to my grave believing that Peeves is a tennis pro. It's canon! :) – Slytherincess Oct 19 '12 at 18:01
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    @NominSim Not in the Harry Potter universe. – Gabe Willard Oct 19 '12 at 18:10
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    @NominSim - Technically not. A Poltergeist, although it means "noisy ghost" in German, is considered more of an manifestation of negative energy, that tends to attach itself to an individual person rather than a place (such as Hogwarts). Yes, I realize Peeves doesn't fit this mold, but I'm just addressing the meaning of the word. Since you're okay with the Wiki, here is the link to Poltergeist. :) – Slytherincess Oct 19 '12 at 18:11
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    @NKCampbell Don't forget the Fat Friar (who was, indeed, a friar; witches and wizards don't seem to have any trouble being religious, despite the historic attitudes of religious Muggles towards magic). – JAB Jun 13 '18 at 3:11

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