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Nearly Headless Nick

Nearly Headless Nick greets guests at his Deathday Party

Partially decapitated resident ghost of Gryffindor tower

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Full Name

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington




Providing directions around Hogwarts castle


Re-enacting his botched beheading


31st October 1492, incompletely beheaded. Hit forty-five times in the neck with a blunt axe

Binns teaches the class about the Chamber of Secrets

Hogwarts Ghosts

By J.K. Rowling

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Nearly Headless Nick

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I don’t think I’ve introduced myself? Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington at your service. Resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower.

Nearly Headless Nick
Guests dancing at Nearly Headless Nick's deathday party


By J.K. Rowling

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The secret lives of the Hogwarts ghosts

The Great Hall at Halloween with the ghosts

A haunting reenactment

‘Half an inch of skin and sinew holding my neck on, Harry! Most people would think that’s good and beheaded, but oh no, it’s not enough... '


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

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Nick 'Petrified'

Nearly Headless Nick greeting guests to his Deathday party

Sir Nicholas greets his guests

Took forty-five goes 'til he floored me.

And so I was dead, but my faithful old head,

It never saw fit to desert me


Extract from Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

By J.K. Rowling