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VIII. Poltergeists

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POLTERGEISTS

 

A poltergeist is an "indestructible spirit of chaos.". They haunt one specific location at time, generally those inhabited by a large number of adolescents, and either "[came] with the building," or chose to enter it at some point. They occasionally haunt the homes of Muggles. They are among the creatures classed as non-beings.

Poltergeists generally do not have a physical form. Poltergeists can fly and delight in vandalism, malicious mischief, and the general aggravation and embarrassment of living persons. They could unscrew chandeliers, write rude words on chalkboards, throw water balloons at people, throw walking sticks at people, stuff keyholes with chewing gum and other such acts, simply for their amusement. Poltergeists are notably unruly and have developed a misconception that there is no way to get rid of a poltergeist once it has moved into a location. More destructive poltergeists who have inhabited a location for a longer period of time are harder to expel, but it is not impossible to do.

Whilst similar, poltergeists differ from ghosts in a number of ways. Firstly, ghosts are incorporeal, whereas the poltergeist, despite not normally having a physical form, is solid enough to move objects with physical force. Poltergeists have never once been living humans either. The latter trait may indicate amortality, the condition of never having died and being unable to die, as one was never alive to start. Poltergeists with form have enough physicality that they can have gum fly up their noses, and they are vulnerable to some of the same hexes as humans, including Langlock.

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