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

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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. Commented Oct 19, 2012 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! :) Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 18:01
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    @NominSim Not in the Harry Potter universe. Commented Oct 19, 2012 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. :) Commented Oct 19, 2012 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
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 3:11

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