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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A movie about haunted house

It was probably a TV movie. It was black and white, probably 1940smth-1960smth. It was about a family who lived in a haunted house on some kind of hill by the sea. The house was haunted by three ...
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2D RPG Fantasy PC Flash Game with 3 Characters - Ghost, Witch and Vampire

I couldn't find the game or the name of the game I played in the 2000s and was looking to see if anyone remember it. It wasn't a very popular game, and I believe I played it on PC on an online ...
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Looking for a collection of scary stories for children

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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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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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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Point and click game where there were a handful of ghosts you had to help “release”

So when I was younger, around 8 years ago, I remember playing this point and click hidden object horror Big Fish game, but basically there were a handful of ghosts you had to help “release” (?) and ...
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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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Short film with a young adult female talking to her boyfriend over video chat about the ghosts in her apartment

I watched this somewhere in the last five years, I think as part of an anthology (or maybe just a collection) of horror shorts. The opening has a young adult female (might have been Asian?) talking to ...
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How to “kill” a ghost in Harry Potter universe?

Is it ever mentioned in the movies or the books whether it is possible to vanquish or get rid of a ghost forever? I am not talking about a ghost somehow moves on by itself, more like an evil ghost ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Children’s books about a ghostly or magical world that intermingles with our own - not Harry Potter

I read these books in the late 1980s, no earlier than 1987 and no later than 1988. The setting of the books is the modern world, but with a ghostly or hidden world intermingled with it - in a similar ...