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Ghost Hunting with Darth Wheezy


Ghost Hunting with Darth Wheezy
Words: Bonnie Burton

Paranormal Investigator Brian Harnois knows when to follow ghosts and when to run, on the Sci-Fi Channel shows Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International. StarWars.com chats with Harnois about phantom hunting, finding ectoplasm, and whether or not Obi-Wan Kenobi made a decent ghost.

EXCERPT:

How did you become interested in the paranormal?

I got into the paranormal when I was about 11 years old. I was sleeping over my friend Josh Gravel's house one night. As anyone knows, when parents tell kids to go to sleep they never do. Josh had bunk beds in his room and I was on the top bunk and he was in the bottom bunk. It was about midnight and we were joking around like kids do. All of a sudden a full body apparition walked through one wall of his room, walked right in front of us and through the opposite wall. I couldn't believe what I saw. Needless to say we didn't sleep in that room that night. But after that experience I was hooked. I started reading everything I could about ghosts. I went to all the libraries and did all the research I could. Then I started to do little cemetery hunts when I was 15 or 16, and the rest is history.

Considering your ghost hunting background, and your Star Wars fandom, what's your take on the whole Obi-Wan is a ghost theory from the original trilogy?

I think the Obi-Wan ghost makes perfect sense. Considering there are ghosts in our world, how come there can't be ghosts in the Star Wars world -- especially when someone is very strong in the ways of the Force? As we all know now, Qui-Gon Jinn was the first one to actually come back from the great beyond to communicate with Yoda, and he taught Obi-Wan how to communicate with him. So having a ghost in that universe actually makes more sense than in this world considering we don't know how ghosts manifest themselves here.

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Ghost Hunting with Darth Wheezy (Starwars.com)