(German for noisy ghost
) is an invisible entity (ghost
) that moves (and throws) objects and causes electrical malfunctions by telekinesis
. Doing so classifies them as (inter)active spirits
, in contrast to non-interactive
ones which engage only in minimal action such as showing themselves. Poltergeister (German plural) are mischievous beings, and connected to an object (usually a building) or a person. The haunting by a poltergeist is called infestation
. Most classic poltergeist stories and (presumably) incidents originate in England
Famous (said-to-be) poltergeist infestations :
Both the word and the concept poltergeist
became famous by the Poltergeist movies
and the TV series Poltergeist - The Legacy.
There is a poltergeist named Peeves in the Harry Potter books.