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Ruby Lee's Magical Mysteries: Poltergeists

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Dear Ruby,
How does one become a poltergeist?
- Mischievous, Leeds

 

Hi Mischievous,

 

Short answer: you can’t, so you’ll have to satisfy your desire for chaos before you die.


Long answer: poltergeists aren’t ghosts! This is one of those cases where we have something waddling, quacking and suspiciously duck-shaped but it definitely is not a duck. Poltergeists were never living humans; they’re amortal spirits of chaos tied to specific locations. We call them “non-beings”, along with boggarts and dementors, and unlike ghosts they can both affect and be affected by the physical world and are also vulnerable to many of the same spells as other not-dead things.

 

We don’t really know what causes the birth of a poltergeist, although many theorise it’s simply due to a lot of chaotic energy localised in one area. There is some work ongoing now in Germany where researchers are attempting to intentionally recreate different kinds of chaos in different areas to see if we can predict where a poltergeist will be born. Their next experiment will probably be in seeing if they can get rid of them…

 

Yours, Ruby <3


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