Nearly Headless Nick

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
John Cleese portrayed Nick in the first two films.
ActorJohn Cleese
Died31 October, 1492
AffiliationHogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Also known asSir Nicholas
Nearly Headless Nick is a fictional character from the Harry Potter Universe.


[edit] Background

Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, or Nearly Headless Nick, is the house ghost of Gryffindor. His date of birth is unknown, but he celebrates his Death Day on October 31st. He is a noble man dressed in tunic and tights and usually will be wearing a plumed hat. As his nickname implies, his head is not fully connected. When he was alive, back in the fifteenth century, he was asked to straighten Lady Grieve's teeth, which didn't go as planned - he made her grow a tusk instead. Even though he promised he could fix the error, the death penalty was forced upon him through means of decapitation. The axe that was used was very blunt, so instead of one smooth cut, he was forced to endure forty-five consecutive blows until the executioner was too tired to go on and left him with a head that was still attracted, if only by half an inch of skin and sinew. Nick decided that he would stay on Earth as a ghost, and at times said that he regretted his decision.

[edit] History

[edit] Philosopher's Stone

Nick, showing first-year students his neck.
Nicholas was introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He made only minor appearances, first introducing himself to the Gryffindors, and showing them his neck to demonstrate how he was 'nearly headless'. He later appeared talking with the Grey Lady about Harry Potter becoming the new Gryffindor Seeker.

[edit] Chamber of Secrets

A petrified Nick being found by Harry Potter.
On the 31st October of Harry's second year, he, Ron and Hermione were invited to Nick's five-hundredth deathday party. Later that year, Nick was petrified by the Basilisk let out of the Chamber of Secrets. He had tried to save Justin Finch-Fletchley from being killed by the Basilisk's gaze, and so Justin was only petrified after seeing it through Nick, while Nick was petrified himself because he was a ghost, and couldn't die again.
Last edited by CJames on 3 September 2012 at 11:33
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