Hogwarts House Ghosts

“About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall, pearly-white and slightly transparent…”

After a thousand years of magical inhabitation, Hogwarts is the most heavily haunted building in Britain. Among the various has-beens of Hogwarts, there are four ghosts who have the distinction of representing each of the school houses.

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The Hogwarts Founders

“Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen”

The renowned founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over a thousand years ago, Rowena Ravenclaw dreamt of following a warted hog to a mountainside loch. The rest as they say, is history…

Gilderoy Lockhart

“I didn’t get rid of the Bandon Banshee by smiling at her!”

Fame-hungry, vain and utterly inept Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Lockhart achieved his fame through a combination of relentless self-promotion and stealing credit for the deeds of other (less photogenic) wizards by obliterating their memories. His days of (allegedly) travelling with trolls, holidaying with hags and gadding with ghouls come to an end when Lockhart accidentally wipes his own memories, and he ends up a long-term resident of St Mungo’s Hospital. But he can do joined-up writing now, you know!

Parvati & Padma Patil

“I still can’t work out how you two got the best-looking girls in the year.”

Parvati and Padma might be identical, but they’re quite different. Parvati enjoys dancing, juicy Hogwarts gossip, horoscopes and divination (particularly when taught by a certain blue-eyed centaur), and she can usually be found giggling with her best friend Lavender. Ravenclaw prefect Padma is more serious and studious – and yes, her nose is dead-centre.

Cho Chang

“If they think I’m not going to fight You-Know-Who after what happened to Cedric…”

Cho’s charmed life at Hogwarts as the popular, pretty Ravenclaw Seeker is blown apart by the death of her boyfriend. When Cedric is killed by Lord Voldemort, Cho is motivated to fight the Dark Side and defies her parents to join Dumbledore’s Army. She spends a lot of time trying to reconcile her “mixed-up, painful” feelings for Harry with her grief for Cedric.