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ZookTheMagpie

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Post February 11th, 2018, 6:44 am

Ghost paper

So in Chambers of secret we get to know more about the ghosts of the wizarding world, however there is one detail that seems to remain unexplained.

When Harry meets Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington after his Quidditch training session, Nick is holding his rejected application for the headless hunt.
And there is the detail, how by Merlins unwashed pants can a ghost hold a piece of paper.

Now I do have a theory, however for it to make sense a few clarifications and assumptions needs to be made.


1. When a witch or wizard dies, his or her matter of death shapes this ghostly form, with that I mean. If as with Nick your head is nearly cut off, then your ghost will also have a nearly cut of head. Another examples of this could be Helena Ravenclaw aka. the grey lady, who has a bloody spot on her dress where the bloody baron stabbed her.

2. When a witch or wizard the way they see themselves are how they'll remain as a ghost, but only in the form of clothing or objects they possess. This is to explain why the ghosts have anything and are not floating around naked. So in our cases; Nick floats around in his finery, the grey lady in a simple but elegant dress, the fat friar in his monk robes, and lastly the bloody baron dressed as a baron.

2.5 (Now what follows takes some clues from the movies) The ghost also has items that they are connected to or associates with, and these to appeared when they become a ghost. Examples of which are the fat friar holding a mug, Nick has his sword and the bloody baron has chains. And this is the important part, when he died there were no chains around, which means he associated them with himself when dead. This could be because of his remorse for killing Helena.

3. Ghost cannot interact with the physical world, but they can interact with the ghostly world. Pretty explanatory, a ghost can walk through a person but not another ghost.

4. Items can't die and become ghost.


So with that out of the way, the theory.
After some pondering I came up with a possible solution to this, which is that there are at least one scribe ghost out there. A person so connected to his papers and writing that they became a part of his ghostly form.
The scribe could then be commissioned to write ghostly letters which then other ghost could read. How the letters would be sent is another matter, maybe there are ghost owls or maybe they use delivery boys. That however is a discussion for another time.



What do you think?
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Post February 12th, 2018, 1:43 am

Re: Ghost paper

How does Binns write anything on his student's papers?
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ZookTheMagpie

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Post February 13th, 2018, 5:37 am

Re: Ghost paper

Grrarrggh wrote:How does Binns write anything on his student's papers?


Pure speculation, but since Binns is or rather were an old wizard it's not inconceivable that he have always used house elfs for that. I.e. The house elfs reads the papers for him and he says a grade for the house elfs to note down.
The only thing "similar" could be how Slughorn made a house elf taste test all of his bottles.

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