- "The voice was growing fainter. Harry was sure it was moving away — moving upward. A mixture of fear and excitement gripped him as he stared at the dark ceiling; how could it be moving upward? Was it a phantom, to whom stone ceilings didn't matter?"
A phantom is a magical creature with the ability to move around unseen. In his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter conjectured that the disembodied voice he heard moving throughout the school was perhaps a phantom. Later, that same school year, while witnessing a memory of fifty years prior, by means of T. M. Riddle's Diary, he thought of himself as "little more than a phantom, completely invisible to the people of fifty years ago".
Behind the scenes
- It is unknown, given that the creature is never explicitly mentioned to be such, whether the phantom is a real creature, or if perhaps it is merely referring to a feeling of invisibility and unimportance.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)