An elegant ghost
The Gryffindor ghost is the resident ghost of Gryffindor House in the Harry Potter books and films. His real name is Nicholas De Mimsy Porpington and he was an English nobleman who was placed in Gryffindor House during his time at Hogwarts. He later became a member of the royal court but was executed after a spell went wrong on some court ladies in 1492. Unfortunately, the executioner missed and Nick’s head was left hanging from his neck by a single piece of skin. Which he now regrets because it means he can’t join the headless hunters’ club. If his role in the movies is quite limited, being only important when he is petrified by the basilisk in the second movie, we see him much more often in the books. He is there to welcome the new students every year and help them if they are lost. Harry also comes to see him and Peeves when Sirius dies, hoping that he can find him as a ghost. Nick then explains to him that he remained a ghost because he was too afraid of death and that if Sirius is not there, it probably means that he is at peace.
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