A Spirit is one of of the three classifications used by the Ministry of Magic to catalogue the various magical creatures that inhabit 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.
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.
Creatures that fall under this category can be further classified into the following groups:
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Introduction
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Boggart" at Pottermore - "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."
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin" at Pottermore - "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."