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The Chamber of Secrets was described as being far below the school. Likely deeper than the dungeons: It was like rushing down an endless, slimy, dark slide. He could see more pipes branching off in all directions, but none as large as theirs, which twisted and turned, sloping steeply downwards, and he knew that he was falling deeper below the school than ...


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They don’t seem to be able to pass into the afterlife. Harry asks Nearly Headless Nick about ghosts after Sirius died, and Nick seems to somewhat regret his decision to become a ghost. While it’s not proof, from what he says, it doesn’t seem like he’d be able to choose to “go on” at this point. “You’re dead, aren’t you?’ said Harry exasperatedly. ‘Who ...


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They probably don't know that she's doing it. The quote from chapter 25 that you included makes this clear: "Have you been spying on him, too?" said Harry indignantly. "What d’you do, sneak up here in the evenings to watch the Prefects take baths?" "Sometimes," said Myrtle, rather slyly, "but I’ve never come out to speak to anyone before." Harry ...


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At the end of Order of the Phoenix, Harry asks Nearly-Headless Nick about the nature of ghosts, after the recent death of another character. This is the most detailed explanation in the series of how ghosts work, and who comes back as a ghost: “Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely where their living selves once trod,” ...


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We notice after Nearly Headless Nick is petrified that: McGonagall conjured a large fan out of thin air, which she gave to Ernie with instructions to waft Nearly Headless Nick up the stairs. This Ernie did, fanning Nick along like a silent black hovercraft. - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12: The Duelling Club This indicates that ...


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Yes, the 'Wailing Widow' and various other ghosts attended the Death-day celebration for Nearly-Headless Nick and traveled from outside the castle. "Not a bad turnout. The Wailing Widow came all the way up from Kent… It's nearly time for my speech, I'd better go and warn the orchestra…" Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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Ghosts can still inflict psychological damage. The concept of a threatening ghost might indeed seem strange in a magical context. There is no physical damage which a ghost can inflict on a living person (contact with a ghost is described as being like putting your hand in ice-cold water). However, ghosts can also inflict psychological damage. Moaning ...


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The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde It's actually a novella and was published in 1887, and was the first of Wilde's works to be published. It was a novel where an American family move into an mansion which is haunted by a ghost. The story is about an American family who move to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who killed his wife and ...


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That line is paraphrased from a quote from J.K. Rowling: ES: MuggleNet “Ask Jo” contest winner Asrial, who’s 22, asks, “If Voldemort saw a boggart, what would it be?” JKR: Voldemort's fear is death, ignominious death. I mean, he regards death itself as ignominious. He thinks that it's a shameful human weakness, as you know. His worst fear is death, but ...


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This is addressed in the film's screenplay. The very short answer is that walking on the ground is a function of his mental state: GHOST: It's your mind, you idiot. It's all in the mind. The problem is you think you're still real, that you're standin' on the floor, that you're wearin' those clothes. Bullshit! You don't even have a body anymore. It's ...


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In Chapter Eight of Chamber of Secrets when Nearly Headless Nick invites Harry to his deathday party he says: Friends will be coming from all over the country. As these friends are ghosts, there are clearly ghosts all over the country.


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We see what ghosts consider "eating" in The Chamber of Secrets,during the deathday party for Nearly Headless Nick. The ghosts pass through a table of rotten food and state that they can almost taste it. Since that is how they "eat" they most likely just passed the potion through him in order for it to unpetrify him. Possibly they modified the potion to ...


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There are seven named ghosts in the books Nearly Headless Nick: Gryffindor House Ghost The Fat Friar: Hufflepuff House Ghost Helena Ravenclaw: Ravenclaw House Ghost The Bloody Baron: Slytherin House Ghost Professor Binns: History of Magic teacher Moaning Myrtle: Basilisk victim Sir Patrick: Head of the Headless Hunt We also know that there are at least 20 ...


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I would like to add that the main issue with a goat being able to speak English is the hard palate and teeth of the goat's mouth, and not the vocal cords. Goats are very loud, and make bleating, honking sounds like a whiny human children very often (I suspect they can tell it bothers humans so they do it more). In the lore of most demonic stories, demon ...


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Ghosts in Harry Potter aren't the product of 'Unfinished Business' as they often are in other fictional universes; they are produced by someone dying in a state where they are terrified of death or unwilling to 'move on' and face what they might find in the afterlife. (There are some hard to explain exceptions, like Professor Binns, who we can make guesses ...


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According to the wiki, they can't. In the article on History of Magic (the Hogwarts class), there's a statement under the Behind the Scenes heading about Cuthbert Binns: As Binns became a ghost, he can no longer move beyond the veil, and will remain earthbound for all eternity. This means that unless he resigned or was sacked, he would be the History ...


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In the wikia it says that she was serene, white is usually seen as serene but since she is a ghost she is instead grey. That is one theory. She carried herself in a serene manner http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Helena_Ravenclaw The next is that she is a ghost and that could be the reason. Another is the fact that it has something to do with her ...


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If a ghost did go hunting for the Chamber of Secret of his own accord it too might have been petrified. It was Nearly Headless Nick, no longer pearly-white and transparent, but black and smokey, floating immobile and horizontal, six inches off the floor. -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter Eleven (The Dueling Club). This might ...


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Another type of spectre, in particular, what Dumbledore calls an "echo," something less than a ghost. Dumbledore explains this phenomenon to Harry and Sirius after Harry escapes from the Little Hangleton graveyard: "Priori Incantatem", [Dumbledore] muttered. ... "Which means ... that some form of Cedric must have reappeared." Harry nodded again. ...


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...so what is the scientifically coherent rational explanation that a goat that is possessed by a demon... Once you start talking about "possessed by a demon" then "scientifically coherent rational" goes out the window. One is magic, the other one science. If you can suspend disbelief enough to allow for demonic possession, then a talking goat should be ...


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The answer is a very definitive yes, they can indeed interact with physical matter but, as the Harry Potter Wikia notes, they can "pass through solid objects without damaging themselves or the material, but create disturbances in water, fire and air". This description seems pretty consistent with both the books and the films. Myrtle gave a tragic sob, ...


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Fear cuts both ways. This question covers why none of the Death Eaters came back. But if you're asking about Peter in particular, there's the manner of his death. It may have been different in the movie, but in the book, because he hesitates to kill Harry, the hand given to him by Voldie chokes him to death. Now, this was a sort of booby trap laid in place ...


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As seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, magical creatures like dragons and unicorns were often spotted by Muggles in the past, which is why Muggles have these creatures in stories or art. Similarly, Muggles have many ghost stories, which undoubtedly come from Muggles actually spotting ghosts somewhere. There is also a Spirit Division in the ...


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A ghost haunts the place that has meaning to them. Ravenclaw's daughter haunted where her mother lived. Bloody Baron was like a typical lovesick teenager and tagged along. We don't have canon info of what attracted Nearly Headless Nick to Hogwarts, but it could be because it was the only place where he could freely socialize (and he's painted by JKR as a ...


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Ghosts aren't always your harmless-Hogwarts-ghost variety in the wizarding world. If we take "ghosts" to be imprints of humans who have incurred mortal damage to their bodies and that haunt a certain place then, surely, Voldemort's form after his curse backfired would fit the definition. Unsurprisingly, the prospect of a dark wizard's spirit haunting a place ...


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Maybe The Boggart (1993) by Susan Cooper? A timeless spirit of mischief, the boggart has lived in Castle Keep since ages past, wreaking havoc upon the MacDevons who've lived there. His job, as far as he's concerned, is to keep life "interesting" for his beloved family. He's been too busy filching apples, knotting shoelaces, and trashing the kitchen to pay ...


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Sleeping Planet by William R Burkett, Jr. (Amazon has reviews). A thoroughly enjoyable book. From Amazon: As long as "The Unaffected" fought the Llralans, Earth would not die in its sleep! Lulled into a coma by the exotic fumes from a strange plant, the people of Earth experienced terrible dreams while orange-skinned invaders quietly began taking control....


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