The Fat Friar glides into the room where the first-years are waiting, alongside almost twenty other ghosts. He is heard telling one of the other ghosts that they should forgive the poltergeist Peeves, and give him a second chance. He smiles around at the first-years, and tells them that he hopes to see some of them in Hufflepuff, his old house.
The Hogwarts ghosts held a council meeting to decide whether to allow Peeves to attend the start-of-term feast. The Fat Friar was ready to give the poltergeist a chance and allow him to go but was ultimately overruled.