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"...in wizarding families the ghoul often becomes a talking point or even a family pet."
Newt Scamander on the roles ghouls play in wizarding homes[src]

A ghoul is an ugly creature that resembles a slimy, buck-toothed ogre. They tend to live in the attics or barns of wizards and witches. They are relatively harmless creatures and are just seen as nuisances because of the noise they make. They are relatively dimwitted, and live off of bugs and other household pests. At most, they will groan and throw objects.[1]

A Ghoul Task Force exists at the Ministry of Magic, under the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. The Task Force is used to remove unwanted ghouls from houses that have passed in to Muggle ownership. There is a variety of ghoul, called the Chameleon Ghoul.

The attic in the Weasley family's home, The Burrow, is also home to a ghoul who occasionally bangs on the pipes, when it feels the house is too quiet. In 1997, Ron's family transfigured their Ghoul to look more like Ron. The idea was to make the ghoul look like Ron to replace him when he, Harry and Hermione set off to find the Horcruxes in case any Ministry workers were suspicious of Ron not attending school. The Ghoul had a contagious look to him so when the Ministry workers went to the The Burrow to check, the family said that he had a highly contagious disease called Spattergroit.

There was a "murderous old ghoul" in a toilet in 12 Grimmauld Place, which was encountered by Ron, Harry, Hermione, and Tonks when they were cleaning the house in 1995.

Ghouls are taught about at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Ghoul Studies classes. The subject is taught in a classroom off the Serpentine Corridor.

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Notes and references

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. A ghoul is available in the "Downloadable Character Pack" DLC for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The ghoul is called "Ron Weasley (Ghoul)" because it is the Weasley family ghoul, which was transfigured to look like Ron in 1997.


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