Hi! My name is Trisha, and I’m a Potterholic. Welcome to the 2nd monthly installment of Confessions of a Potterholic!
Just about everybody knows the basic premise of Harry Potter, even if they haven’t read the books or seen the movies (ie: they live in a cave). Most people know the names Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but much of my fascination with the world of Harry Potter (especially as an adult) has been with the ghosts of Hogwarts. Given that it’s October and almost Halloween, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the ghoulish semi-dead guys (and gals) many of us have grown to love!
Each Hogwarts house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin for the cave-dwellers) has its resident ghost:
Gryffindor: Nearly Headless Nick
Nick is a jovial guy. Unlike many of the Hogwarts ghosts, he seems to enjoy interacting with the students and even invited Harry and his friends to his death-day (like a birthday, but backwards) party. He was killed in an attempted decapitation gone wrong, and unfortunately has been rejected by the headless hunt for centuries.
Hufflepuff: The Fat Friar
Like the house itself, not much is known about the fat friar. He greets the first year students upon their entrance to Hogwarts and more or less fades into the background for the rest of the story.
Ravenclaw: The Grey Lady
The Grey Lady, or Helena Ravenclaw, is the daughter of Ravenclaw’s founder Rowena Ravenclaw. Helena is a melancholy ghost who comes into the spotlight during the battle of Hogwarts (HP7) when she tells Harry where to find her mother’s lost diadem (tiara). She was killed by her estranged fiance after she refused his implorations to visit her dying mother.
Slytherin: The Bloody Baron
Is it any surprise the the ghost of Slytherin is creepy as hell?! He floats around in chains, is covered in blood and rarely if ever speaks. He committed suicide after killing The Grey Lady.
Including the house ghosts, there are at least 20 ghosts residing on the Hogwarts grounds. I won’t discuss them all here, but some of the more well known ones are Professor Binns (the only ghost professor at Hogwarts), Peeves (who is actually a poltergeist… a different creature altogether), and my favorite, Moaning Myrtle.
I don’t know why, but I love Moaning Myrtle. I dressed up as her for every midnight showing and every book release I attended. She’s creepy, she’s weird, and she might be the most obnoxious entity in all of Hogwarts. To be fair, a lot of people would have said that about me in high school (and probably still do).
Moaning Myrtle, a Ravenclaw (my house!), was killed by a giant basilisk (snake with a deadly gaze) who lived in the pipes in the 2nd floor girls’ bathroom of Hogwarts. She was hiding in there because she was being bullied. I guess I could identify with that too, as can many of the current generation of readers who are discovering Harry Potter. As a result of her death, she mostly resides in the U-bend of the toilet stall in which she died. However, she can occasionally be found in the prefects’ bathroom spying on the male students while they erm….bathe.
Side note: Although she was killed by a basilisk, Hagrid was blamed for Moaning Myrtle’s death and was expelled from Hogwarts, later becoming the schools’ gamekeeper.
All that being said, I guess the point of my post is this, a question to fellow Potterholics (because few others will actually read this post):
Who is your favorite Hogwarts ghost and why?