They tend to live in the attics or barns of wizards and witches. They are relatively harmless creatures and are just seen as nuisances because of the noise they make. They are relatively dimwitted, and live off of bugs and other household pests. At most, they will groan and throw objects.
A Ghoul Task Force exists at the Ministry of Magic, under the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. The Task Force is used to remove unwanted ghouls from houses that have passed in to Muggle ownership. There is a variety of ghoul, called the Chameleon Ghoul.
The attic in the Weasley family's home, The Burrow, was also home to a ghoul who occasionally banged on the pipes, when it felt that the house was too quiet. In 1997, Ron's family transfigured their Ghoul to look more like Ron. The idea was to make the ghoul look like Ron to replace him when he, Harry and Hermione set off to find the Horcruxes in case any Ministry workers were suspicious of Ron not attending school. The Ghoul had a contagious look to him so when the Ministry workers went to the The Burrow to check, the family said that he had a highly contagious disease called Spattergroit.
During the 1993–1994 school year at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy, with the help of Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe released a ghoul to attack Neville Longbottom in the Muggle Studies Classroom as a cruel prank. Thankfully, Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley managed to rescue Neville from the fearsome ghoul.
Ghouls are taught about at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Ghoul Studies classes. The subject is taught in a classroom off the Serpentine Corridor. In the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts, ghouls were taught in a fifth year Defence Against the Dark Arts class by the then Professor Patricia Rakepick.
Behind the scenes
- The Ghoul, originally spelled ghūl, originates from Arabic folklore, in which it is a type of Djinn that dwells in burial grounds and feeds on human flesh.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Mentioned on book) (Disc 2)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 1 (Year Five Begins) - Defence Against the Dark Arts Lesson "Ghoul"
- ↑ Pottermore
- ↑ A ghoul is available in the "Downloadable Character Pack" DLC for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The ghoul is called "Ron Weasley (Ghoul)" because it is the Weasley family ghoul, which was transfigured to look like Ron in 1997.
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