"We can only accept huntsmen whose heads have parted company with their bodies. You will appreciate that it would be impossible otherwise for members to participate in hunt activities such as Horseback Head-Juggling and Head Polo. It is with the greatest regret, therefore, that I must inform you that you do not fulfil our requirements. With very best wishes,"
Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore[src]
The Headless Hunt is an organisation of ghosts whose heads have been completely severed from their bodies. The organisation is headed by Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore.


The Headless Hunt participate in head-intensive events such as Horseback Head-Juggling, Headless Bowling, and Head Polo. The Gryffindor ghost, Nearly Headless Nick is annually denied admission to the Headless Hunt despite only a half inch of skin holding his head to his neck.


The Headless Hunt attended Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party. Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore, the leader of the Headless Hunt managed to offend Sir Nicholas by pointing out that he was not properly decapitated, but the other guests found him quite amusing. This left Sir Nicholas humiliated and embarrassed for the remainder of his party.

The Headless Hunt also made an appearance in 1998 when they flew by Harry Potter, just as he escaped the Room of Requirement with Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem during the Battle of Hogwarts. How they assisted is not known as ghosts cannot affect the solid world. However when Nearly Headless Nick attempted to grasp Harry's hands, Harry felt as though his hands were put in icy cold water.

The Headless Hunt may have startled or scared the enemies, but it is possible they might have acted as messengers between the various sections of the castle. For example, alerting the defenders of a breach in security or guiding combatants to and from sites of conflict.

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