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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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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?
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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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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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Caribbean ghost story anthology c. 1980s/90s

Not James Berry's work but a collection by a woman whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. All stories based on traditional folk tales. The two story titles I think I remember are 'Rose Hall' and ...
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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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1940's movie about a house being fakely haunted, turns out to actually be inhabited by two ghosts

I remember seeing an old 1940's B&W movie when I was a kid about a house that was supposedly haunted. All I remember was that there was a group of people in the house and a lot of comically ...
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Where does the lore about salt and ghosts originate?

I have watched Supernatural through season seven and always thought the salt thing was particular to the world of "Supernatural." I have not watched or read a lot of "ghost stories." While watching ...
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Where can I learn more about this creepy diary?

I saw this on 9 gag, etc. Is this fantasy or some kid actually make this up? Where can I found more info about this.
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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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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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Anime movie about a boy in a ghost town

I saw this movies in the 2000s. I don't know when it came out. This is a kids movie! It is about a boy who goes to a ghost town. He goes to some bar and meets a little fire spirit that follows him ...
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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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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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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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Can Ghosts hold on to their Intellectual property? [closed]

In the TV series Supernatural, and many other movies/stories we see that ghosts stay on Earth because of some item of theirs instead of going to Heaven/Hell. And burning/destroying that item is the ...
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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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Horror story where vietnam veterans are pursued by ghosts

Looking for a ghost/horror story involving group of Vietnam vets pursued by ghosts from a Vietnamese cemetery. Locale is west coast USA, I believe.
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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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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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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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Movie (or TV show) story with haunted house and organ playing

I was trying to remember some strange story I saw as a kid. It was on TV, but it don't remember if it was a TV show or a movie. I remember that the camera work was in color, and had that weird gamma-...
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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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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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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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Is the ghost of Harry Morgan real? [closed]

Recently re-watching Dexter I've noticed that Harrison Morgan sometimes seems to have information and motivations not entirely aligned with Dexter's. Is it an actual ghost, or is it all in Dexter's ...
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How to logically explain a talking goat even if it is possessed? [closed]

In the movie Drag Me to Hell the demon moves from possessing a human to possessing a goat, whereupon the goat says something like "you tricked me...". How can the goat be talking, even though it is ...
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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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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 ...