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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there any mention of ghosts who live outside the Hogwarts castle?

Hogwarts seems to house many ghosts but has it ever been mentioned in the narrative, of ghosts that reside outside the castle? At Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, for instance? Or at the Ministry? It's ...
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Why was Helena Ravenclaw named "The Grey Lady" after death?

In the books, we can find the reasons behind the names of the Ghosts. For example Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington is called Nearly Headless Nick (for obvious reason). Helena Ravenclaw is called The ...
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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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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...
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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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Old romantic horror movie about a guy that fell in love with a girl and later found out she's a ghost

I watched this movie when I was very young and I can't remember the name of the movie. The movie could be from the 80s or 90s. I only remember parts of the movie. I kinda remember a nerdy looking guy (...
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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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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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What is the origin of sheet covered ghosts (in film & in books)?

I'm interested in this because it should have an answer. Perhaps Disney were the first to use it?
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Can Muggles see ghosts? If so, what measures are taken to prevent that?

In relation to a question: Are there muggle ghosts in the Wizarding World?, it says that only wizards may become ghosts. But, can a Muggle see a (wizard) ghost? Ghosts may roam the places they used ...
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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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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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Old British black-and-white humorous ghost movie, with surprise ending

Saw this only once on late night television, many years ago. Looked liked it was shot in 1930s or 1940s, shot in black and white, as I recall. It was set in the British Isles about a castle/mansion ...
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A novel or novelette length ghost story, "You can't trick me the same way twice"

Between 1995 and 2004, when I was a teen, I have rented a book from the library.I think was YA fiction book which got some sort of an award. I think it was written either in 70s, 80s, or 90s. The ...
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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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World war 2 time travel film

I am trying to identify a film: It's a sort of time travel / ghost film, probably made for TV It features an American or Canadian soldier in the UK in World War II This is what I remember about the ...
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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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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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Old movie (1950?) where a ghost protects a woman from her husband

A man keeps trying to kill his wife, but a ghost keeps stopping him. In the end the husband is in the bedroom with his mistress and the ghost kicks out an ember from the fireplace to start a fire.
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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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Short story about a phantom hot rod the police can't catch

I'm looking for a particular short story about a hot rod that speeds along the back country roads at night, and the local sheriff's department keeps setting up these ever more elaborate traps to catch ...
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Anime about a ghost girl that is some kind of urban myth who shows up and helps people

I don't really remember much, but it is called something "bigaboo phantom". It is an older supernatural/horror anime from the 1990s and recently got a reboot or something in the end of the ...
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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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Movie where a group go to a cabin with an evil spirit, once the spirit is killed it moves into the body of the person who killed it

I remember watching a movie where a group of people go to a house that sits alone in the woods, for a vacation or something. The thing is, there's this evil, possessed person inside a locked door. ...
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Story Identification - Boy invites in a female ghost who was standing under a tree outside his house

This is probably a book (or story in an anthology) from the 80s (or very early 90s). The gist that I recall is that there's a brother and sister who see a woman standing under a tree outside their ...
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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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Old black & white horror movie (maybe on Shock Theater) where a man escapes a mansion then a lightning rod impales him

I watched a movie in the mid 1970s as a child and would really love to see it again with my 13 year old son. It could have been on Shock Theater. It was a very old black and white movie, possibly 30s ...
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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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Short story where man awakens in a grave, escapes and then realizes he has become a ghost

I remember reading a gist of some famous ghost story/novel in a newspaper in my childhood. It was published in the newspaper because the time when it was published in the newspaper was Halloween. So ...
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Movie about family that moves to a ranch to keep horses, and there's a lady ghost searching for "Ian"

In 1999/2000 I recorded a movie on VHS that I watched often and even showed my friends but later lost the tape. In the opening credits a boy drowns in a pond in the 1800's. Then in the 1990's a family ...
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Short story about supernatural police detective buying a victim's ghost to investigate a murder

There is a short story that I'm sure I own but cannot find because my collection is too huge. I have the feeling it was only about 20 pages worth of story but I'd really like to read it again. I'd ...
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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 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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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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Post-apocalyptic story: Civilization destroyed, Liberian survivors travel by airship to Denver and find a giant cube

This is a post-apocalyptic story I think I read in Analog magazine. It's illustrated on the first and second page of the story, showing an airship with a ladder let down, and people standing in front ...
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Can Ghosts Interact With Each Other?

Can the ghosts in Harry Potter interact with each other? I think I remember some games they played that indicated they were able to have physical contact. Is that right? Can they interact with each ...
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Trying to identify 1920s/30s British ghost story with twist in the tale about a ghostly harpsichordist

I've been struggling to recall the name and author of a short British ghost story. I have an idea it was a prewar tale, possibly from the 1920s or 1930s, and it was reminiscent of E.F. Benson in its ...
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Ghost house where the house only appeared once a year for it was the ghost

I remember reading a short story in a Marvel annual many years ago where a group of young adults were bet they couldn't spend a night in a haunted house. So they took the challenge and spent the ...
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Book about a teenage boy who helps ghosts stop a poltergeist and they help him win at football

A book about a teenage boy named Bart or Burt. He and his little sister (maybe more than one sibling) and their parents recently moved into a new house. Bart/Burt used to be a bookworm and nerd but ...
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Collection of scary stories for children: boy changes into a bat at night, girl sees a horse's ghost

I am looking for at least two books. Each book contained a collection of scary stories. I used to borrow them from the library where they were in the children section (up to age 12, but I'm unsure ...
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