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Tag for general questions about ghosts. Use [ghost-1990] for questions about the 1990 film featuring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.

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TV Series - A girl living in a hotel has a ghost friend that only she can see

When I was a kid in Iran, around 1999, I remember there was a TV series where a girl and her family had bought a hotel and were living there. The girl had a fringe haircut and had become friends with ...
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Ghost story film

I'm trying to identify the following film if possible (I watched this ghost story a couple of years ago on TV). All I remember is: It started with a guy getting into a new apartment, the previous ...
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Why did Peeves think a ghost could become invisible?

In PS (16) the Trio, headed to the Forbidden Corridor under the invisibility cloak, encounters Peeves, who hears them and says Know you're there, even if I can't see you. Are you ghoulie or ...
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In Harry Potter, do ghosts “live” forever? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it's ever brought up in the books or other sources about the wizarding world whether or not ghosts can pass on into the afterlife. Are there any documented instances of this ...
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The rich playboy is dead, and he's a ghost, but his wife still loves him

I remember this one comic book way back, in the 1990s, where a man in a blue ski outfit and his wife are out shopping to get the latest ski outfits. She gets this very sexy thing, in various colors of ...
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post-apocalyptic story: Civilization destroyed, Liberian survivors travel to Denver

This is a post-apocalyptic story I think I read in Analog Magazine. I can't recall the title. Illustrated on the first and second page of the story, showing an airship with a ladder let down, and ...
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What would happen if a werewolf or animagus turned into a ghost?

If, for instance Sirius Black happened to turn into a ghost when he died, would he have been able to turn into his dog form as a ghost? Also, if Remus were to turn into a ghost, would he turn into a ...
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Haunted house movie with a scary mirror scene

I probably saw this movie in the late 80s or early 90s. It may have been a children's movie, but since neither my parents nor school had the best track record in picking appropriate movies, it may ...
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A novel about ghost set in England

There was a book I had read about 5 years ago. It was a novel where an American family move into an mansion which is haunted by a ghost. The ghost had been living there since about three hundred years....
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Book - Intertwined ghost stories [closed]

Looking for the title and author name of a book about supernatural and ghost stories that are all intertwined and re-use characters in the same town. I think the author's first name is Charles (not ...
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Why didn't the ghosts and the portraits know about the Basilisk? [duplicate]

The ghosts of Hogwarts have been around the castle for a very long time, and possibly should remember the first time this happened, 50 years ago, when Tom Marvolo Riddle opened the Chamber and killed ...
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How many ghosts haunt Hogwarts?

The PotterMore website says Hogwarts is the most heavily haunted dwelling place in Britain (and this is against stiff competition, as there are more reported ghost sightings/sensings on these damp ...
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Why didn't the Hogwarts ghosts know about the Chamber of Secrets?

This question got me to wonder why Hogwarts ghosts never knew about the Chamber of Secrets. Some ghosts have been around Hogwarts for centuries. Plenty of time to explore the school grounds, talk to ...
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Looking for a short story about selling ghosts

There is a short story that I'm sure I own but cannot find because my collection is too huge, it involves a supernatural detective who investigates a murder by buying the ghost of the victim at some ...
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Why doesn't the Hogwarts staff stop Myrtle from spying on students taking their baths?

Moaning Myrtle, the resident ghost of one of the Hogwarts bathrooms, has a bad habit of leaving her bathroom and spying on male students in various stages of nudity. She makes Harry very uncomfortable,...
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How was Moaning Myrtle able to help Harry?

[possible spoilers in the question] This question Why didn't any Death Eaters come back as ghosts had a couple of answers that rely upon the same quote: Having chosen a feeble simulacrum of mortal ...
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Why are the people in Hogsmeade scared of the Shrieking Shack?

It is explained in the third book that they think the shack is haunted, the noises Lupin made when he was locked in there periodically during his school days were attributed to these spirits, and it ...
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Why didn't this character from Harry Potter become a ghost? [duplicate]

We know that characters in HP world become ghosts after their deaths if they were scared of death and they have chosen to die. "I was afraid of death. I chose to remain behind. I sometimes wonder ...
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YA sci-fi/fantasy story collection (most notable story being about a dinosaur-possessed crane)

Basically, I remember having this old paperback (which was apparently published in the 70s, although I think my Dad got it second-hand) which was a small anthology of various fantasy/sci-fi/horror ...
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Where in history do Dryads come from?

I believe it's Norse, but can't seem to find a definite answer on the web. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! P.S: I heard once they are a sister-spirit of Banshees, is there ...
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Does Filch ever clearly see or hear a ghost?

I have always had the impression that Squibs in Harry Potter cannot be distinguished from Muggles in any way but their parentage. If you know of convincing evidence otherwise, please post it as an ...
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Kindle book about a woman who helps remove ghosts from houses

I read this as a Kindle book. Unfortunately, I read dozens of Kindle books in a given year, and I have even more in my library that I have not read but picked them up for free. I think this was one of ...
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Book about paintings/music, students, and dead artists and a profiteering head mistress

About twenty years ago I read a book about a school that was off in the woods. Synopsis: The main character and her friend have to do a meeting with the head mistress. While the friend does well in ...
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Young adult fiction about a group of kids training to be astronauts

I remember reading a book back in primary school, 5 or 6 years ago, about a group of kids who were part of a program to become astronauts. I vaguely remember that they were the second program, the ...
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If the ghosts only come out at night, how can they change the daysettings?

In Doctor Who Series 9, episode 3: Under the Lake, The crew was evacuated to the faraday cage, and told the Doctor and Clara about the ghosts, who were currently trying to kill them. They tell us, ...
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What UK 80s TV kids show had a ghost in a hat and coat looking for treasure?

Does anyone recognise this ITV children's show from the 80's? It was in-part a ghost story, which involved a ghost looking for treasure he had hidden in a house. At one point he causes a car to crash ...
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Old 1960's Fantasy Film (Possibly Sword & Sandal type movie)

Movie from the 1960's where mad scientist or wizard/warlock keeps people in cage in his underground lair and blinds them with some type of laser or light beam. This could have been a foreign "sword ...
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Fantasy TV series from the 80s with a ghost and suit of armour?

I am looking for a children's television series from the 1980s, it has a boy going into a haunted castle in which there was a ghost and a suit of armour that could both talk, they didn't like each ...
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Movie about a ghost with blue hands

I remember watching an Asian horror movie (possibly from Hong Kong?) some time between 2010 and now. It was not older than 5 years by that time, I think. The movie repeatedly featured a ghost that ...
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Paperback YA novel where protagonists assume ghost's unfinished business is charity clothes drive

This is a vague memory one. I read it somewhere in the 1990s, almost certainly as a Young Adult paperback, in English and in the United States. I might have gotten it from the library. There was a ...
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Archaic short-story with two men, one a railroad switch operator. Supernatural warning apparition

I read this in 6th grade, I think. It wasn't long at all (maybe 20 pages). I'm not sure if the story was contemporary (1970s) and used archaic language because the story was set some time ago, or if ...
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YA book about a ghost boy and the attempt to put him to rest

This is another one of those books that I remember from my childhood that I just can't place. I read it as a paperback book, probably from Scholastic, somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s, ...
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Anime movie: kids wearing masks in abandoned city/town to protect against spirits

I saw this anime movie in the early 2000s and unfortunately I don't remember much. All I really remember is that it revolves around a bunch of kids that go to an abandoned city/town and they have to ...
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Short story: dripping tap summons up ghosts

I read a short story some time in the mid-2000s; I believe it was part of a collection of stories published in one volume and not all by the same author. The viewpoint character's grandmother has ...
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Does Nearly-Headless Nick have a sense of smell?

He clearly has a sense of sight, he responds to auditory stimuli so he has a sense of hearing, but does he ever react to a smell? Does his beheading being the method of death affect any of his senses?
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How long has Professor Binns been a professor at Hogwarts?

How long has Professor Binns worked at Hogwarts for, dead or alive? I'd also be interested in a date of death.
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Are vampires a type of ghost? [closed]

Me and my friends are having somewhat of a debate to find out if a vampire is a type of a ghost or not. I am convinced that vampires are a kind of ghost, yet they are not the exact same thing; as how ...
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Trying to find a short story about the ghost of a french officer who woos lady, kills husband

This was a really neat ghost story. The plot: writer moves his family to an island to write in solitude his wife starts acting weird, is being seduced by the ghost of a French officer the ghost ...
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How Was Nearly Headless Nick affected by the Basilisk?

When he saved Justin by letting him see the Basilisk through his own body, Nearly Headless Nick was also affected. Did he see the Basilisk directly to eye? What would have happened if he saw a ...
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Can a dementor kiss a ghost (or affect it in any way)?

We know that ghosts in Harry Potter are wizards whose soul does not move on after they are no longer alive A ghost still seems to retain their essence from since they were alive (memories, ...
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Ghostly book I can't remember the name of

I once read a book about a family that moved into an old Manor house. The family experience ghostly writings on a wall, and if I recall correctly they carry out a written conversation with the author ...
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80's movie with creepy dog?

This might be a long shot with how little I remember of the movie. I only remember one scene, where a small dog flies through a window knocking a man out. Then it shows the man laying there while ...
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Why are the spirits in Deadbeat injured?

In the show Deadbeat, why do the ghosts of the dead still have their mortal wounds? Isn't an injury specific to the flesh, and not so much the spirit? Was this ever explained on the show?
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Flash point-and-click game where you are a newly risen ghost

I don't remember exactly when I played it... within the last decade and a half. It was a game that I played online in a browser, almost certainly in Shockwave Flash. I'm almost entirely certain it was ...
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Movie about a secret room with skeletal remains of an old man

Guess I watched this in the late 90s. Remember only a few things - There is a girl in a huge old fashioned house. She found a book which had a nicely crafted cover. The cover had a heart shaped ...
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Children's Ghost/Horror short story collection from 1970s

I am looking for the name of a book I had as a child, it was a book of short stories, with ghost themes, nothing super scary, as I was younger than 9 or 10 when I read it. It would've been purchased ...
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What can ghosts make physical contact with? [duplicate]

Moaning Myrtle could go through anything you can name, but makes physical contact with water in her toilet, and can turn on taps. Why's that? What can ghosts touch and what can't they touch?
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Is there any Harry Potter canon that says Ghosts are really disembodied spirits?

The HP wiki states: "A ghost is the disembodied spirit of a once-living wizard or witch... These fleshless spirits were either afraid of death or have some extraordinarily strong connection to the ...
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Story about children who gained abilities to interact with ghosts/spirits

If I remember correctly, the book was about a group of kids playing a game which became real around them. I think they each got a different power to deal with ghosts/spirits. If memory serves, one ...
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Why is Nearly-Headless Nick a ghost, and Harry's parents aren't?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Nearly-Headless Nick and some other ghosts can visit the Hogwarts students, but why can't other deceased people - such as Harry's parents?