Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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The Gryffindor ghost, named because his beheading wasn't entirely successful, and his head is still attached to his body by a small bit of flesh. Harry seeks Nick out after Sirius dies to ask him if it's possible for Sirius to come back as a ghost. Nick sadly explains that becoming a ghost is only something that people who fear death to an extreme degree choose, and most people pass on.
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Nearly Headless Nick Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Nearly Headless Nick appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eleven
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
...Ron and Hermione into the Great Hall and sits down with Neville and Nearly Headless Nick. They notice that Hagrid isn't at the staff table and wonder if he's still on... (full context)
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...the outside world, and if the students don't unite, the school will crumble. Nearly Headless Nick notes that the hat has given advice before in difficult times. (full context)
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
When the sorting is over, Dumbledore announces the start of the feast. Hermione and Nick discuss the Sorting Hat's warning, and Nick suggests that since the hat lives in Dumbledore's... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
...and cover themselves in the Invisibility Cloak to walk to Hagrid's. They pass Nearly Headless Nick humming "Weasley is our King" and shuffle through the snow. Hagrid lets them in and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...to talk to Sirius. He races down to the entrance hall and finds Nearly Headless Nick. Nick seems to have been expecting Harry and acts uncomfortable. Nick says that students often... (full context)