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The Weasley family ghoul disguised as Ron with spattergroit in the attic of the Burrow

A slimy buck-toothed creature that generally resides in wizard dwellings. They eat spiders and moths.

Ghouls fact file


Like a slimy, buck-toothed ogre

Magic Abilities

None to speak of


Could growl alarmingly at someone

Typical Habitats

Attics or barns

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Ah, Gadding with Ghouls! Possibly my very favourite book. You enjoyed it?

Gilderoy Lockhart

The ghoul in the attic howled and dropped pipes whenever he felt things were getting too quiet ...


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

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Yeah, Mum’s always wishing we had a house-elf to do the ironing. But all we’ve got is a lousy old ghoul in the attic and gnomes all over the garden

George Weasley
The Weasley family ghoul disguised as Ron with spattergroit

A false bout of spattergroit

A horrible half-sucking, half-moaning sound came out of the square hole, along with an unpleasant smell like open drains.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

The ghoul, though ugly, is not a particularly dangerous creature. It resembles a somewhat slimy, buck-toothed ogre ...


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By J.K. Rowling

Photograph of a paper model of a Hidebehind, by artist Andy Singleton

Accidental offspring

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Maybe it can make itself invisible. Or maybe it can disguise itself – pretend to be a suit of armour or something. I've read about Chameleon Ghouls.

Hermione Granger