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A ghost, one of the most well known types of Spirit

A Spirit was one of of the three classifications used by the Ministry of Magic to catalogue the various magical creatures that inhabited the wizarding world (the others being Beast and Being). The classification was created in 1811 by Minister for Magic Grogan Stump, who formed the Spirit Division as part of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.[1]


The Spirit Division was formed when ghosts complained that it was insensitive to classify them as "beings" when they were so clearly "has-beens". Banned from Burdock Muldoon's first definition of Beings since they glided instead of walked, they were classified as Beings under Elfrida Clagg's revision of the definition. However, they left Clagg's summit in disgust at the way the meeting focused more on the matters of the living than on the matters of the dead.[1]

Related creatures

Several creatures appear to fall within the Spirit definition but have never been directly classified as such.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Introduction
  2. Pottermore - Animal Ghosts of Britain
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  5. Pottermore
  6. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Castelobruxo" at Wizarding World
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Boggart" at Wizarding World - "Like a poltergeist, a Boggart is not and never has been truly alive. It is one of the strange non-beings that populate the magical world, for which there is no equivalent in the Muggle realm."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin" at Wizarding World - "Lyall Lupin was a very clever, rather shy young man who, by the time he was thirty, had become a world-renowned authority on Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions. These include poltergeists, Boggarts and other strange creatures that, while sometimes ghostlike in appearance and behaviour, have never been truly alive and remain something of a mystery even to the wizarding world."