The Slytherin ghost

Harry gets his first glimpse of the Bloody Baron, the Slytherin ghost

Extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Looking pleased at the stunned looks on their faces, Nearly Headless Nick flipped his head back on to his neck, coughed and said, ‘So – new Gryffindors! I hope you’re going to help us win the House Championship this year? Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron’s becoming almost unbearable – he’s the Slytherin ghost.’

Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face and robes stained with silver blood. He was right next to Malfoy who, Harry was pleased to see, didn’t look too pleased with the seating arrangements.

‘How did he get covered in blood?’ asked Seamus with great interest.

‘I’ve never asked,’ said Nearly Headless Nick delicately.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling