"They passed a group of gloomy nuns, a ragged man wearing chains, and the Fat Friar, a cheerful Hufflepuff ghost, who was talking to a knight with an arrow sticking out of his forehead. Harry wasn't surprised to see that the Bloody Baron, a gaunt, staring Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains, was being given a wide berth by the other ghosts."

This ghost attended Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party on 31 October, 1992. He stood around the edge of the dance floor, and wore chains.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown if this ghost resided at Hogwarts Castle or if he only came there to celebrate Sir Nicholas's Deathday.
  • The Ghost's description is reminescent of the famous ghost created by Charles Dickens, Jacob Marley. It is possible that he is, in fact, Marley; an interpretation of the Deathday Party scene holds that all the unnamed ghosts are actually sneaky cameos, with the Knight with an arrow sticking out of his forehead being Harold II Godwinson, and the Portly ghost being Daniel Lambert, among other things.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
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