Questions tagged [ghost]

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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How was Nearly Headless Nick unpetrified?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we see that Nearly Headless Nick is petrified (for lack of better description) at one point by the basilisk: It was Nearly Headless Nick, no longer pearly-...
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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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Why didn't Voldemort come back as a ghost?

We know that "ghosts are imprints of souls of [...] deceased wizards and witches" (hp wikia). And we know "wizards who fear death are likely to become ghosts" (ibid). Finally, we know (and I like the ...
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Could ghosts in Harry Potter move on?

In Harry Potter, we know ghosts became ghosts when they are too afraid of death to go on - I thought about it and I'm quite certain they all go to their own version of Harry's King's Cross and become ...
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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?
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Can ghosts affect the physical world?

In the movie production and book Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, we see ghosts floating through walls, without affecting them (i.e. smashing through them and leaving rubble behind). In the ...
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Children's book/story about ghosts allergic to wood

I have vague memories of reading a story/book as a child, ~15 years ago. Story points: The vast majority of the world's inhabitants are ghosts These ghosts turn normal humans into other ghosts by ...
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Does Priori Incantatem produce ghosts or another kind of specter?

In the graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire, when Voldemort's and Harry's wands connect, Priori Incantatem occurs (i.e. Voldemort's wand spits out the last spells it has performed). First, Wormtail's ...
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How Do You “Punish” a Ghost?

I started thinking about this question when I saw an answer to another question about whether Muggles can see ghosts. The answer says that they can, but typically (ghosts) do not reveal themselves; ...
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Novel about a young woman, and the doctor who mistakes her for a poltergeist

So, this is super vague and I apologize, but something sparked my memory and it's been bothering me, so here goes... I'm looking for a young-adult book I read probably in the early 2000's. It was ...
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Old science fiction book about an alien invasion thwarted by robot-made ghosts

I read a sci-fi book about 30 years ago about a war with another race where a plant extract put the entire earth population asleep, except for one guy who used robots to create "ghosts" which scared ...
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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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How Did the House Ghosts End Up at Hogwarts?

In Tales of Beedle the Bard, Sir Nicholas (Nearly Headless Nick) is described as having been a wizard at the royal court before he was executed. His ghost then went on to Gryffindor Tower at Hogwarts. ...
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Where can ghosts go?

So there are quite a few ghosts in Harry Potter, but none of them seem to go anywhere exotic. They mostly hang around familiar places or decide to haunt some building (the Hogwarts ghosts "haunt" ...
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What is the Bloody Baron's story?

In the Harry Potter series, there are several ghosts at Hogwarts. They all seem to have interesting back stories. The story of Nearly Headless Nick was explained early on in the series, but I don't ...
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How come Patrick Swayze didn't fall through floorboards in Ghost

Caught the end of Ghost last night on Sky Living. It struck me as odd as there is a whole section on how he can't interact with living objects through touch. He goes and gets guidance from the train ...
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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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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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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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Did any of the Harry Potter characters that we loved leave a ghost behind upon death?

Of the more important characters who die in the series, in particular in Deathly Hallows, do some of them have a ghost? I think they qualify as having unfinished business.
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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?