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Why didn't the Hogwarts ghosts know about the Chamber of Secrets?

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 ...
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In Harry Potter, do ghosts "live" forever?

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 ...
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Why doesn't the Hogwarts staff stop Myrtle from spying on students taking their baths?

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

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 ...
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Why are the people in Hogsmeade scared of the Shrieking Shack?

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 ...
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Old movie (1950?) where a ghost protects a woman from her husband

Pretty sure this is The House in Marsh Road (1960). Jean Linton (Dainton) has inherited £1000 and a country house, Four Winds, from her late aunt. She and her husband David (Wright), an alcoholic ...
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A novel about ghost set in England

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 ...
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A novel or novelette length ghost story, "You can't trick me the same way twice"

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a low fantasy novel for children by Penelope Lively, first published by Heinemann in 1973 with illustrations by Anthony ...
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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

Is this The Midnight Hour (1985)...? The film takes place in the fictional town of Pitchford Cove, Massachusetts, on Halloween. The protagonist, Phil Grenville, is a shy, a bespectacled high schooler ...
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How many ghosts haunt Hogwarts?

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

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 ...
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Can ghosts affect the physical world?

Ghosts affect liquids and gasses, but not solids. This is best shown by the Rowling's Pottermore writing on Ghosts. Ghosts can pass through solid objects without causing damage to themselves or ...
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Why didn't the Hogwarts ghosts know about the Chamber of Secrets?

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, ...
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World war 2 time travel film

Could this be From Time to Time? Near the end of World War II, teen-aged Tolly (Alex Etel) goes to spend Christmas at his grandmother's large country estate, Green Knowe. Tolly's soldier father has ...
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Short story about a phantom hot rod the police can't catch

This is "The Legend of Joe Lee" by John D. MacDonald. I read it in Judy Merrill's 1965 collection "10th Annual Edition: The Year's Best SF" The story is written in the PoV of a ...
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In what game do you play as a knight inside a ghost castle and you're supposed to save a girl

This sounds like it could be Ico on PS2. Here's Ico, the player character, and Yorda, the girl you need to rescue. Ico isn't a "knight" exactly, but his horns and headwrap look a little like ...
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Why didn't this character from Harry Potter become a ghost?

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 ...
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How was Moaning Myrtle able to help Harry?

Taken literally and their knowledge and outlook remains at the level it had attained during life Pottermore is clearly contradicting the books multiple times, as we have seen all of the ghosts ...
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Anime about a ghost girl that is some kind of urban myth who shows up and helps people

Boogiepop Phantom (2000)...? From Wikipedia: Boogiepop Phantom (Japanese: ブギーポップは笑わない Boogiepop Phantom, Hepburn: Bugīpoppu wa Warawanai, lit. "Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh") is an anime ...
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Why are the people in Hogsmeade scared of the Shrieking Shack?

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 ...
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Trying to identify 1920s/30s British ghost story with twist in the tale about a ghostly harpsichordist

This sounds very like the delightful semi-comic short "Ghost of Honour" (1936) by Pamela Hansford Johnson. Though the ghost - who is named Jeremiah Dunbow - plays the organ, not the ...
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In what game do you play as a knight inside a ghost castle and you're supposed to save a girl

Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts? Since you mentioned PlayStation 1. Possibly Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts (aka Cho Makaimura) ? The woman you save has blue hair (and not white), but she is caucasian and wears a ...
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Archaic short-story with two men, one a railroad switch operator. Supernatural warning apparition

"The Signal-Man", an 1866 short story by Charles Dickens, available at Project Gutenberg; BBC TV adaptation available at YouTube. Description from Wikipedia: "The Signal-Man" is a ...
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Does Filch ever clearly see or hear a ghost?

Not that I can find I searched my copies of the books (including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) for all (several hundred) instances of Filch’s name, and I couldn’t find any unambiguous instance ...
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YA sci-fi/fantasy story collection (most notable story being about a dinosaur-possessed crane)

This is the 3rd Armada Monster Book. The story with the dinosaur and the crane is one I remember fondly, it's called The Machine Monster (Daphne Froome). The one with the hot and cold dragons is ...
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The rich playboy is dead, and he's a ghost, but his wife still loves him

This sounds similar to Valiant's original The Second Life of Doctor Mirage. The title character was Hwen Mirage, a doctor, his wife was Carmen Ruiz. He died in a white-and-black ski outfit, on ...
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Have a ghost and zombie ever been created from the same person?

In the Monkey Island video game series, LeChuck is first seen as a ghost in The Secret of Monkey Island (1990). After his spirit form is destroyed by Guybrush, he is resurrected as a zombie in Monkey ...
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Book where a girl lives on a farm and plays with a ghost boy only she can see

The Valley of the Wolves (2000) by Laura Gallego García, the first book in the Chronicles of the Tower series. It was published prior to the date you said you read the book in question. The cover has ...
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'80s movie where a guy falls in love with a girl, then finds out she's a ghost

Could this be Susie Q (1996)? The final scene is very much as you describe, with the female lead in her prom dress being picked up in a 1950s car while the male lead watches. The film tells the story ...
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TV series in 70s - 80s about a lady ghost and a young man

Jennifer Slept Here aired in 1983, lasted just one season on NBC, and somewhat matches your description. I watched a few episodes when I was a kid only because of Ann Jillian. It wasn't a great show ...
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