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Gilderoy Lockhart

Biographical information


26 January, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] 1964 [ 1 ]

Blood status

Half-blood [ 3 ]

Marital status

[ 3 ]



[ 4 ] British or Irish


  • Professor[5]
  • Seeker[6]


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Physical information


Human [ 7 ]


[ 7 ]


Hair colour

[ 7 ]


Eye colour

[ 7 ]


Relationship information

Family members

  • Mr Lockhart (father)[3]
  • Mrs Lockhart (mother)[3]
  • Two older sisters[3]

Magical characteristics


Lord Voldemort [ 8 ]


9 ”, Cherry, dragon heartstring [ 3 ]


[ 8 ] [ 9 ]




  • Author[10][11]
  • Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts (1992-1993)[11]


Ravenclaw [ 3 ] [ 12 ]


  • Lockhart family[3]
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (formerly)[3]
    • Ravenclaw[3]
    • Ravenclaw Quidditch team[6]
  • Dark Force Defence League (formerly)[5]
  • St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries[13]
  • Order of Merlin[5]

[ Source ]

Fame’s a fickle friend, Harry… Celebrity is as celebrity does, remember that.
— Lockhart’s dubious advice to Harry Potter[src]

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, O.M. ( third gear Class ), ( barn. 26 January, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] 1964 ) [ 1 ] was a half-blood ace, a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and former a celebrated wizarding celebrity who authored many books on dark creatures and his alleged encounters with them. [ 3 ] anterior to his tenure as Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, specifically during the 1992–1993 school year, he received many prestigious awards, such as order of Merlin, Third Class ; Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League ; and the Witch Weekly ‘s Most Charming Smile Award five times in a row. [ 5 ] He invented an Occamy egg egg yolk shampoo at some steer. This shampoo, however, was besides dangerous and expensive for open market ; it subsequently became his dream to be able to market and sell the intersection. [ 14 ] His favored color was lavender. [ 5 ] Lockhart claimed he did many heroic verse acts, but it was late found out that he did not actually do them. He alternatively used his considerable talent in memory Charms to force the actual people who had done them into forgetting what they did, while he took credit for the acts. Ironically, Lockhart lost all of his memory on 29 May, 1993 due to a backfire Memory Charm casting by Ron Weasley ‘s damaged scepter. [ 15 ] Lockhart then became a permanent resident of St Mungo ‘s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. He was institutionalised in the like ward as Neville Longbottom ‘s parents ( the Janus Thickey Ward for permanent wave spell damage ). [ 13 ] Following his hospitalization, he dictated his concluding book entitled Who Am I?. [ 16 ]


early life


It’s not all book signings and publicity photos, you know. You want fame, you have to be prepared for a long hard slog.
— Lockhart speaking about his life during a detention session[src]

Gilderoy Lockhart was born on 26 January, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] 1964, [ 1 ] to a Muggle serviceman and a enchantress, and had two elder sisters, both of whom were Squibs. [ 3 ] As the only one of her three children to exhibit charming ability, Gilderoy swiftly became their beget ‘s unashamed favorite, thus greatly inflating young Gilderoy ‘s sense of egotism. He and his mother forgot, in their agitation, that Hogwarts was a school for all british and irish wizards, and therefore his introduction into the educate along with everyone else was, in his eyes, extremely dull. [ 3 ]

Hogwarts years


Gilderoy Lockhart entered Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on 1 September, 1975, and was four years below James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape. He was Sorted into Ravenclaw, but he came close to being a Hatstall, as the Sorting Hat besides found him an excellent burst for Slytherin, [ 3 ] [ 17 ] but decided against it by a specialize margin. He had hoped to be greeted by fans and therefore become very popular, as in his thinker he was already a fully-fledged genius with an exceptional charming art ; the fact that he was merely ordinary, that more talented and endow children were there, and that cipher was particularly impressed by his naturally crinkled hair, disappointed him. He did have above-average abilities, and he was cleverer than most of his classmates, but he had a bad flaw in that he would not try unless he was confident that he was the best of whichever particular team, group, or class he happened to be with at the time. [ 3 ] Gilderoy did achieve thoroughly marks and his teachers did think that, with hard work, he might be able to make something of himself. even if he fell short of his ambitions that he would freely share with anyone who bothered listen ( he told them that he would succeed in creating the Philosopher ‘s Stone before leaving school and that he intended to captain England ‘s Quidditch team to World Cup glory, before knuckling down to becoming Britain ‘s youngest Minister for Magic ). [ 3 ] Despite this, according to him at some item during his education he managed to play as Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. [ 6 ] His conceit was such that he valued learning not for education, but because it granted him attention ; he craved attention and prizes, and begged the Headmaster to start a school newspaper strictly so he could see his own list in mark. When this exploit failed to grant him any attention, he took to grander, more dramatic means of garnering attention. Though he had never been popular with the other students, he did manage to achieve little notoriety by carving his key signature in twenty foot long letters into the Quidditch pitch ( which besides earned him a weeks ‘ worth of detentions ), creating a spell that shot a hologram of his own face into the flip in imitation of the Dark Mark, and sending himself eight-hundred Valentines, causing breakfast to be cancelled due to the number of droppings and feathers in the porridge. He increasingly devoted his talents to insincere shortcuts and cowardly dodges, focused on attention-seeking and neglecting true learn. [ 3 ] During his meter at Hogwarts, the curse Vaults were tampered with by a scholar called Jacob and caused problems in the school when their protective curses were unleash, but Lockhart was not known to have been affected by this .

Career as an author


Why, I remember the time when I was writing my second bestseller, Gadding with Ghouls . I believed that the more exposure I got in the press, the better my career would progress. Trouble was, I became overexposed! And it wasn’t until I went mysteriously missing for three weeks, subsequently leaking the story to the Prophet that I’d been captured by Trolls in the wilds of Stockton-on-Tees, that I managed to regain my former prominent position as the world’s most popular wizard.
— Lockhart talking about his early adventures[src]

After his gradation from Hogwarts in 1982 ( with a faint sigh of relief from the school staff ), Lockhart became an accomplished generator, travelling to exotic parts of the world and, having mastered Memory Charms shortly after his commencement, tricking accomplished witches and wizards into revealing their greatest deeds and then erasing their memories, pretending he had done the things they did in his autobiographies. This sole focus on memory Charms came at heavy monetary value. All his other charming abilities had degraded to the point they were beyond repair, which spelled the end of Lockhart ‘s fame when he became a Hogwarts Professor. [ 3 ] Each clock he returned to Britain, he brought with him a new reserve that chronicled an adventure that had purportedly happened over his travels. The books themselves were besides self-promoting and filled with a wealth of invent details that were nothing but amour propre, boast, conceit, gross exaggerations, sensationalizations, and idle speculations that were all hot air and bilge water ; [ 3 ] known victims of his trickery included an armenian warlock and a hag with a hairy chin. [ 15 ] His books were identical popular, and he reserved a limited quill of peacock feather equitable for bible signings. [ 11 ] He besides received many awards for his purportedly great deeds and was invited to join the Dark Force Defence League as an honorary penis, [ 5 ] all the while managing to successfully hide his fraudulence. His former teachers, who were unaware of his condition as a con artist, began to think that they might have misjudged him, due to his supposed fearlessness and resilience in combating the Dark Arts. [ 3 ] According to Lockhart, he initially believed that the more exposure he got in the press, the better his career would progress. By the clock time he was writing his second best seller, Gadding with Ghouls, he became overexpose, something that damaged his popularity. He then went cryptically “ missing ” for three weeks, after which he leaked to the Daily Prophet that he had apparently been captured by trolls in the wilds of Stockton-on-Tees. The report boosted his popularity once again. Through this experience, he claimed that one must be “ sparing with [one’s] public appearances, at first “, as one might become overexpose. [ 18 ] At some steer after the passing of Wanderings with Werewolves, Gilderoy held a Wagga Wagga Werewolf symposium centred around his allege experiences fending off the Dark Forces to talk about his presuppose defeat of the Wagga Wagga Werewolf. many influential people attended, including Cecil Lee of the Werewolf Capture Unit. [ 19 ] During this event, he gave a populace demonstration of the Homorphus Charm, [ 19 ] which he claimed he could cast so efficaciously as to cure werewolves. [ 20 ] During the like league, he besides said that werewolves were weakened by sunlight, which was incorrect. [ 19 ] Outside of compose, Lockhart was an amateurish potioneer. He invented a shampoo that guaranteed lustrous locks of hair, one of his few claims that proved to be true. ascribable to its main ingredient being besides dangerous and expensive to procure, it was never produced for bulk market. [ 14 ]

Voyages, Vampires, and Valentines !

In 1988, Lockhart came to visit Hogwarts concisely before Valentine ‘s Day as a part of his book tour. He invited six Hogwarts students to his book sign at Flourish and Blotts, claiming the students were randomly selected. [ 21 ] After the book sign language, he and the six students went to Madam Puddifoot ‘s Tea Shop, where he informed the students that they were extra guests and planners of an event called Voyages, Vampires, and Valentines! held at the tea shop on Valentine ‘s Day. In world, he was planning to use this as an opportunity to learn the students ‘ stories and Obliviate them afterwards in order to use these stories for a newfangled book. At some point, he talked about his design on the Grand Staircase, where it was heard by the portrait of Sir Cadogan. [ 21 ] During the event, Gilderoy Lockhart interviewed the students. During the interviews, two of the students involved, one of whom was Jacob ‘s sibling, figured out that Lockhart was using the students and planned to inform Albus Dumbledore. In order to avoid exposure, Lockhart cast a Memory Charm on the students. As the while was cast hurriedly, the students only forgot parts of their late memories. Lockhart soon escaped the tea denounce by Apparating. [ 21 ]

Outdoor celebration of charming

Lockhart returned to Hogwarts in the 1988–1989 school year and gave a manner of speaking about himself at the outdoor celebration of magic trick. He demanded to clear the dance area to demonstrate his duelling expertness, but Jacob ‘s sibling intervened and duel Lockhart themselves on the Training Grounds. After losing the duel, Lockhart still did not want to leave, so Jacob ‘s sibling transfigured a gobstone into a pot, which sprayed Lockhart, forcing him to leave. [ 22 ]

employment by Dumbledore

Nice big smile, Harry, together, you and I are worth the front page.
— Lockhart demonstrating his vanity in front of Harry Potter in Flourish and Blotts[src]

Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster during Lockhart ‘s time, happened to know two of the wizards whose memories Lockhart erased and well deduced the truth behind Lockhart ‘s fame and decided to make Lockhart wage for his crimes. He correctly believed that dragging Lockhart into a normal, school air would reveal his fraudulence, and with a vacancy in Defence Against the Dark Arts having opened up in June 1992, tracked down the writer and offered Lockhart a job at Hogwarts ( something Lockhart had not been excessively keen to do, as he saw how well his career as an generator was progressing and because those who knew him from his meter as a student like Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape were inactive there a well ). [ 3 ] Dumbledore craftily hinted that Harry Potter was a sophomore scholar at the school, and being a teacher to the “ celebrated Harry ” would propel Lockhart ‘s fame into the stratosphere. Ego, fame-hunger, and glory-thirst overrule caution, and Lockhart took the caper. The other teachers remembered Lockhart as the objectionable attention seeker rear then, regardless of his “ late achievements ”, and were baffled at Dumbledore for inviting Lockhart to teach ; Minerva McGonagall, in particular, asked Dumbledore what possibly could be learned from such a big man, in which the headmaster replied that there was enough to learn from even a bad teacher : what not to do, how not to be. [ 3 ] Hagrid correctly deduced that Lockhart merely got the job because he was the only applicant for the hex position ascribable to the fact that no one at the Ministry who was a specialist in Defence Against the Dark Arts with faultless credentials or who was a discipline master who worked in either the Auror Office or the Dark Force Defence League wanted the job because of what happened to Quirinus Quirrell at the end of the 1991–1992 school year. [ 23 ] Lockhart thus became the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher for the 1992–1993 educate year, and several of his books were assigned for the course that year, resulting in an unusually expensive book list ( his books alone amounted to 35 galleons ). [ 10 ] In August of 1992, Lockhart went to Flourish and Blotts to sign books to his fans and announce his employment ; it was there that he met Harry Potter for the first time. He became quite stimulate and dragged Harry to the front, taking as many pictures as he could with the celebrated male child and then gifting him all of the located books in an attack to garner some of Harry ‘s affection. The incident, in fact, embarrassed Harry, who gave his books to Ginny Weasley, both because he could afford his own set and besides because he did not peculiarly cherish his interaction with Lockhart. [ 11 ]

career at Hogwarts


early classes

Being the entirely volition applicant for the jinx military position, Gilderoy Lockhart became Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1992–1993 educate year. His classroom and office at Hogwarts were decorated with pictures and portraits of himself ( before the class started, Fred thought that the teacher must be a fan of Lockhart, for which he was surely correct ) [ 5 ] which moved and smiled ( there was even one of himself as a classical artist painting another medieval version portrayal of himself ). [ 24 ] He besides decorated the function with copies of his publications. [ 23 ] For his first example, he showed everyone in his class what he actually was. He first did this when he gave his sophomore class a “ little quiz “ which was filled with questions that had nothing to do with Defence Against the Dark arts, but alternatively concerned his autobiography, Magical Me, and the parts of his books just referring to him, such as what his front-runner discolor and his ideal birthday present was ; he plainly wanted to see how much the class has read his books. Despite his call of “ fiddling ”, it ran for three pages with fifty-four questions, and only Hermione got all of them correct. [ 5 ] Lockhart, delighted with Hermione ‘s perfect score, awarded Gryffindor ten house points. He showed his on-key colours a second prison term when he then proceeded to release a batting cage full of “ newly catch ” cornish Pixies into the classroom, causing a large sum of chaos. He showed his true colors further a third time when he tried to stop them with a spell that had absolutely no consequence on the pixies and then irresponsibly instructed Harry, Ron, and Hermione to clean up after the mess while running back into his office. [ 5 ] He was not the least snatch popular among his mate Hogwarts staff members and constantly gave them unasked pieces of advice on their specialities. Harry and his friends ( except for Hermione Granger ) besides found him quite objectionable and could not take him badly as a Professor. evening Rubeus Hagrid, the Gamekeeper, who normally refrained from criticising a teacher, showed public reject for Lockhart. [ 23 ] many male students, such as Ron Weasley, immediately saw that Lockhart was an annoying and an bungling fritter whose argue for doing so ailing was because he had no idea what he was doing, and gave him very little esteem outside of his presence. however, Lockhart ‘s charms had attracted many schoolgirls such as Hermione Granger and Susan Bones. Muggle-born students who have recently been introduced into the wizarding world, such as Justin Finch-Fletchley and Colin Creevey, [ 5 ] besides admired Lockhart due to their lack of experience with the charming community, and easily ate up his tall tales .
After the elf chaos, Lockhart did not bring any more live creatures into class, but rather read from his books and re-enacted respective portions of his “ achievements, ” sometimes dragging Harry to help him with it. The only reason Harry agreed to do then was to get signed permission from Lockhart for a book in the Restricted section of the library, which Lockhart signed without even paying attention to what koran they wanted ( Hermione claimed she was matter to in reading more about Slow-acting venoms, but in world she wanted to learn how to brew Polyjuice Potion ). [ 25 ] His mind of homework included composing a poem of one of his alleged achievements and offered a bless imitate of his autobiography as a reward to the best composer. [ 25 ] due to Lockhart ‘s overall poor people performances, the class did not learn anything about true Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Ron claimed that he only learned not to set pixies idle, and would have dropped the run had he been allowed to. [ 26 ] Lockhart ‘s once brawny electric potential had been wasted from years of misuse and disregard, resulting in him being unable to properly teach ( or even understand what he was attempting at times ). [ 3 ]

Irritating Harry Potter

You could’ve fried an egg on your face.
— Ron Weasley commenting on Lockhart embarrassing Harry Potter[src]

For the majority of the class, Lockhart kept hounding on Harry, trying to use him to boost his own fame, much to Harry ‘s humiliation and excitation. Lockhart made it look as though Harry was trying to use his fame of defeating Lord Voldemort to make a mention in the wizarding world, that the Flying Ford Anglia he rode on to school was a publicity stunt, and that he was enjoying his company with Lockhart and ignored much of Harry ‘s try contradictions to these absurd hypotheses. [ 5 ] After Hagrid told him that Harry was more celebrated than him without trying, Lockhart personally requested Harry to help him answer his winnow mails for detention while bombarding Harry with his advice for fame and thought Harry would think of this as a treat, much to the reverse. In fact, Harry practically begged Professor McGonagall to be in Ron ‘s detention in assisting Argus Filch in cleaning the Trophy Room alternatively, though the rigid Transfiguration teacher refused. Harry then suffered several farseeing hours of dull boredom, addressing envelopes. When Harry hear cryptic voices during this detention, Lockhart thought Harry was merely tired. [ 23 ] Following the black episode in which he released “ impertinently caught ” cornish pixies in course, Lockhart staged dramatic readings from his books and often choose Harry to participate in re-enactments, much to Harry ‘s aggravation. [ 25 ] After a Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, in which the Gryffindor Seeker Harry had his branch broken by a rogue bludger, Lockhart offered to help repair his arm. Ignoring Harry ‘s refusal, stating that Harry did n’t know what he was saying, he by chance vanished all the bones in his sleeve with the spell Brackium Emendo. [ 25 ] Lockhart founded a ephemeral Duelling Club for students. He made a fritter of himself at the very first base touch by first being disarmed by Severus Snape and then falsely claiming that he had allowed Snape to do so. He besides angered a snake conjured by Draco Malfoy by launching it into the air rather than vanishing it, causing it to aim at Justin Finch-Fletchley. Lockhart was besides indirectly responsible for bringing out Harry ‘s full-fledged Parselmouth ability because if he had vanished the snake successfully, there would be no need for Harry to run at the snake and need it to leave Justin alone. The snake was subsequently successfully vanished by Snape immediately afterwards. [ 27 ] When Hermione Granger was in the Hospital Wing for a malfunction dose of Polyjuice Potion, Lockhart sent her a get-well circuit board, with an unnecessarily long introduction of himself as a signature. Hermione slept with this under her pillow, much to Ron Weasley ‘s disgust. [ 28 ]

Valentine ‘s Day

Snape : “ I certainly remember you saying you were sorry you hadn’t had a crack at the monster before Hagrid was arrested, Didn’t you say that the whole affair had been bungled, and that you should have been given a free rein from the first?
Lockhart: “I — I really never — you may have misunderstood —
McGonagall: “We’ll leave it to you, then, Gilderoy, Tonight will be an excellent time to do it. We’ll make sure everyone’s out of your way. You’ll be able to tackle the monster all by yourself. A free rein at last.
Lockhart: “V-very well, I’ll — I’ll be in my office, getting — getting ready.
— Lockhart reveals his cowardice and incompetence in front of all the other Hogwarts Professors[src]

During Valentine ‘s Day, Lockhart, wearing lurid pink robes, wholly redecorated the Great Hall with pink flowers and raining cordate confetti as a morale-booster to cheer up the climate against the Chamber of Secrets incident, much to the antipathy of Ron Weasley and the teachers. Lockhart received at least forty-six valentines, one of which was from Hermione Granger, and made unwelcome suggestion about performing Entrancing Enchantments and brewing Love Potions, suggesting that they should ask Professors Flitwick and Snape, respectively. This made Flitwick bury his face in his hands in embarrassment, and Snape angry enough for Harry to make a stake that he would force the first person who dared to ask him for a Love Potion to consume poison. [ 28 ] He flush had dwarfs wear golden wings and carry harps to deliver valentines throughout the school, which they did ( even if they have to do so forcibly ), much to Harry Potter ‘s embarrassment when one forced him to listen to one from Ginny Weasley by knocking him down. This event was, ironically, reasonably a reprise of his undertake to earn attention during his youth in Valentines Day, being evenly as annoying. [ 28 ] When the Chamber of Secrets was opened, Lockhart made fake claims that he knew where the Chamber was and what Salazar Slytherin ‘s monster was all along. He even claimed that he knew Rubeus Hagrid was guilty all along when the Minister for Magic arrested the gamekeeper, tied though it was only done as a precaution. While the early teachers were serious and tense from all the attacks, Lockhart was the merely one who remained relax and unconcerned about these security measures. For case, after Ginny Weasley was taken into the Chamber, he walked into the Hogwarts staffroom and just told the other give Professors “ So sorry — dozed off — what have I missed? “, showing his dispatch miss of awareness and smug nonchalance. [ 15 ]

The Chamber of Secrets

The adventure ends here, boys! I shall take a bit of this skin back up to the school, tell them I was too late to save the girl, and that you two tragically lost your minds at the sight of her mangled body — say good-bye to your memories! Obliviate !
— Lockhart’s attempt to erase Ron and Harry’s memories, his final mistake[src]

On 29 May, 1993, after the aforesaid happening, the other teachers, after giving him granitic looks of hate, told Lockhart to go down to the Chamber and deal with the monster, in response to his arrogance and many claims that he knew how to solve the problem. rather of trying to rescue Ginny, Lockhart attempted to run away from the school, but was caught by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley when they came to his office to give him information regarding the Chamber, and he revealed his life style of fraudulence. [ 15 ] At baton luff, Harry and Ron forced Lockhart to take them to the bathroom. once there, Harry asked Myrtle about her death in the hope that she would confirm his guess. She claimed that she heard a boy ‘s voice speaking a strange language and then saw a pair of great chicken eyes. When he far inspected the washbasin, Harry found a break pat with a snake engraved in the treat. He spoke to the engrave in Parseltongue, and the entrance to the Chamber opened, the entrance behind the sink was a pipe large adequate for a man to crawl through. fix to take the plunge, Harry and Ron forced Lockhart into the first step and followed. [ 15 ] There, Lockhart seized Ron ‘s break wand and attempted to perform a sum Memory Charm on Harry and Ron, planning on taking a objet d’art of basilisk peel back up to the surface and tell everyone that he was besides former to save Ginny and that the two “ tragically ” lost their minds at spy of her lacerate body. The scepter backfired and the charm hit Lockhart alternatively, blasting him against the rocks and causing him to lose all of his memories, giving him dispatch amnesia. [ 15 ] Lockhart was finally rescued from the bedroom with Dumbledore ‘s pet Phoenix Fawkes, along with Ginny, Harry and Ron after Harry slayed the Basilisk, with him proclaiming, the whole site was “ just like magic trick “. [ 29 ] An amnesic Lockhart then arrived in Minerva McGonagall ‘s office with Ron, Harry and Ginny, where a returned Dumbledore was salute, who then derided the clueless Lockhart of his holocene memory loss, having achieved his mission of exposing his fraudulence, before sending Ron to take him to the Hospital Wing. His departure from school was met with the joy and celebration of many students and teachers, as he had ceased to be universally popular at Hogwarts. [ 30 ] He was then became a permanent resident of St Mungo ‘s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, in the Janus Thickey Ward, for permanent spell price. [ 13 ]

permanent incapacitation


But as he stepped on to the landing he came to an abrupt halt, staring at the small window set into the double doors that marked the start of a corridor signposted SPELL DAMAGE. A man was peering out at them all with his nose pressed against the glass. He had wavy blond hair, bright blue eyes and a broad vacant smile that revealed dazzlingly white teeth.
— Lockhart in the Janus Thickey Ward at St Mungos[src]

Blissfully ignorant of his own fraudulence, or of anything else, for that matter, Lockhart ‘s many crimes were never actually revealed to the public, presumably because his former employer, Professor Dumbledore, felt that Lockhart had already got what he deserved and decided against making his destiny any worse by exposing him to the wizarding worldly concern and see him treated with contempt for the stay of his life for wrongdoings he had no estimate he had even committed. This is apparent by how not evening the Healers at St Mungo ‘s had been informed about the details around his entree, as Miriam Strout, one of the employees at the long-time ward he was admitted to, spoke casually about how Gilderoy had been “ quite well-known a few years ago “ and were affirmative to the prognosis of Gilderoy ‘s signs of improvement belated in his treatment. [ 13 ] due to this, the ex-professor was allowed to continue his career as an generator, after a fashion, getting person to help him write the book Who Am I?. [ 16 ] Based on Miriam ‘s argument, it appears that the wizarding earth in general came to forget about Lockhart .
On Christmas, 1995, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Ginny Weasley saw Lockhart at St Mungo ‘s in the Janus Thickey Ward. He had regained his memory to the extent that he could write in longhand ( “ with joined-up letters ” ), and still enjoyed signing autograph. Ron felt reasonably guilty since his malfunctioning scepter was creditworthy for damaging Lockhart ‘s memories, but Harry felt less sympathetic, for it was Lockhart ‘s attack to remove their memories in the first place that resulted in this backfire. Overall, Harry observed Lockhart had not changed much and voiced this opinion, making Ginny giggle. [ 13 ] It is known that Gilderoy never got visitors, suggesting that his syndicate was either die or did not care for him. however, Lockhart even received sports fan mail including weekly letters from Gladys Gudgeon ( foster attest that the foundation of falsehood on which he had built his career as an writer never became common cognition ), though he had no idea why. He besides kept his peacock-feather flight feather, though it had become reasonably battered by that meter so that he could keep signing autograph. [ 13 ] Though he retained some memories, Lockhart never amply recovered. fortunately, however, he was known to be happier that way. [ 31 ] [ 3 ]

forcible description

There was a big photograph on the front of a very good-looking wizard with wavy blond hair and bright blue eyes.
— A physical description of Gilderoy Lockhart[src]

Gilderoy Lockhart was a dandified, big ace with wavy blonde hair and particularly uncoiled and glistening teeth. [ 7 ] He was known for wearing royal poinciana, flashy and incredibly extravagant robes in a wide categorization of colors. [ 11 ] [ 5 ]

however, during his moments of cowardice, Lockhart ‘s handsomeness was lost, as he looked weak-chinned and anserine in the midst of his worthlessness. [ 15 ]

personality and traits

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking! ‘He’s an internationally famous wizard already!’ But when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I’d say I was even more of a nobody! I mean, a few people have heard of you, haven’t they? All that business with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named! I know, I know — it’s not quite as good as winning Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row, as I have — but it’s a start, Harry, it’s a start!
— Lockhart displaying his arrogance as he talks to Harry[src]

Gilderoy Lockhart ‘s defining characteristics were his extreme arrogance, exceeding dressing table, amour propre, egomania, self-love, crust, insensitivity, inconsideration, and self-obsession. [ 11 ] [ 5 ] [ 15 ] He was a rapacious self-promoter and claimed to have done many bang-up deeds, though in actuality he was just a imposter who merely stole the credit for other wizards and witches ‘ accomplishments and whose claims about himself were for the most share nothing but amour propre, boast, and dressing table and whose claims about other things were idle speculations, gross exaggerations, and pure sensationalism ; [ 15 ] he went ampere far as to claim his succeed of the Witch Weekly ‘s Most Charming Smile Award five times in a row was more impressive than Harry Potter surviving an attack by Lord Voldemort himself. [ 5 ] He besides made exorbitant claims and suggestions, whether about other people ‘s professions or in times of risk, in order to make himself look more important and brawny than he rightfully was. Like Stan Shunpike, Gilderoy tends to come up with fabricated concepts on the spot preferably frequently precisely to impress his admirers. flush as a scholar, he already made far-fetched claims of his goals such as creating a Philosopher ‘s Stone before graduation, intending to captain England ‘s Quidditch team to World Cup glory, before knuckling down to becoming Britain ’ s youngest Minister for Magic, none of which he actually accomplished. His attempts to earn himself more fame besides led him to attempt spells without amply understanding them ( such as removing Harry ‘s bones alternatively of mending them, and launching a hydra into the air travel alternatively of making it vanish ). [ 27 ] It is besides possible that he invented some incantations and names for spells that did not actually exist, such as Peskipiksi Pesternomi ( a prove nonsense incantation ), [ 5 ] and possibly the Transmogrifian Torture, [ 32 ] along with the Homorphus Charm. [ 25 ] indeed, many of his books contained a boastfully number of fabricate details to promote his presuppose feats. [ 3 ] Lockhart was very proud of his books, since his falsely-acquired achievements recorded within were highly popular with its readers, and would constantly make address to them whenever giving advice based on his alleged know .

Let me introduce my assistant, Professor Snape, He tells me he knows a tiny little bit about duelling himself and has sportingly agreed to help me with a short demonstration before we begin. Now, I don’t want any of you youngsters to worry — you’ll still have your Potions master when I’m through with him, never fear!
— Lockhart foolishly underestimating Snape’s far superior duelling skills[src]

In summation to his self-promoting nature, he was besides highly impractical, to the point of being foolhardy, in many situations. When the Chamber of Secrets opened, he made many pointless suggestions and assumed volunteers despite the earnestness of the situation, and his “ esprit de corps booster ” outright disturbed classes rather of building up confidence. [ 28 ] His school lectures and materials were merely selling his excessively expensive autobiographies while reading out chapters from these uninformative books and even theatrically reenacting them, therefore lacking any educational purposes. [ 25 ] He insisted on mass-producing his own shampoo despite the ingredients being excessively dangerous and expensive to procure, particularly for something vitamin a superficial as hair-care. [ 14 ] With a little flatter, Hermione Granger was able to get Lockhart to sign a permission class for a book within the library ‘s Restricted section, to which Lockhart did not even bother to look at the koran she wanted, a lot less question her for reasons for wanting a potentially dangerous document, which early teachers would not be therefore foolhardy. [ 25 ] Later, being the entirely teacher to not take the reopen of the Chamber of Secrets badly, he neglected his duties of leading his students to their following class when Harry and Ron flattered him, as Ron pointed out, in decree to fix his hair. even in his time as a scholar, his antics of garnering attention caused huge amounts of disturb that earned him reject and loathing rather of the popularity and the praise that he desired. [ 3 ] Lockhart ‘s overbearing egoistic personality and insensitivity irked most of the people he encountered who were not included among his fans. His unprofessional behavior earned him the dislike of the Hogwarts faculty, equally well as many of the students. however, his arrogance did have limits and he recognised that Albus Dumbledore, his employer and Headmaster of Hogwarts, was a greater ace than he was, as he never considered himself to be a better charming than Dumbledore. besides, like many charming tribe ( human and nonhuman alike ) Lockhart feared Voldemort to the charge where he could not call him by his name. Lockhart was overall considered a joke by many people at Hogwarts, and when he left the school due to memory loss, the majority ( if not the entirety ) of the school was happy to see him go. [ 30 ]

Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough.
— Ron Weasley regarding Lockhart[src]

He besides seemed to be wholly forgetful to the reactions he elicited from early people or misinterpreted them wholly. When Ron looked revolted at his ostentatious peacock flight feather, Lockhart thought that Ron was admiring it. He ignored Harry ‘s many attempts to contradict his theories of enjoying his ship’s company and attention, deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as Harry ‘s pleas for Lockhart to leave his broken branch entirely, and besides completely failed to notice the looks of hate he received from the remainder of the faculty for his ignorance. He asserted that Hogwarts was safe from the monster of Slytherin after Hagrid was arrested, claiming extra security was no long necessity, and though prove wrong about immediately, Lockhart stubbornly refused to retract his earlier claims, and continued to complain about how the extra security was tiring him out. His ignorance, arrogance, and self-serving nature ultimately led to his fall when he attempted to use Ron ‘s damaged wand to perform the building complex Memory Charm despite seeing the backfires it has caused over the year ( chiefly in the Duelling Club ), obviously forgetting the dangers of attempting such a feat ( or that the wand was even damaged ). [ 15 ] When he faced with true danger, Gilderoy showed his true nature of a self-serving coward. He attempted to flee from Hogwarts when the early teachers pressured him into entering the Chamber of Secrets after Ginny Weasley ‘s abduction ( though this was more to get him out of the direction so the teachers could get the real work done ), and claim that his books can be misinform, contradicting his past conceited support on them. even after the placement of the Chamber ‘s entrance was discovered, he was willing to leave Ginny Weasley to die, attempting to modify Harry and Ron ‘s memories to cover himself. [ 15 ] Although Lockhart started out as a apt and identical skilled scholar, being sorted into Ravenclaw house, his main flaw was that he would never try in his studies ( or anything ) unless he was the very best at it, having been spoiled by his mother ‘s excessively affection and his own ego. even in his childhood, he already expected the students and teachers to greet him with wonder and exhilaration, as he deluded himself into thinking he is a genius above all others of undeserved rights, and was very disappoint and dulled when he was not given any particular treatments. He studied not for education, but for attention and awards, and spent much of his fourth dimension with annoying conceit projects for fame and aura that alternatively earned him a belittled notoriety. [ 3 ] He was never an incompetent or untalented charming, precisely a faineant one who increasingly directed his talents to insincere shortcuts and cowardly dodges ; his gifts wasted away, as the only enchantment he focused on was the Memory Charm. His abilities finally deteriorated about beyond the bespeak of recovery, which went past that decimal point when he was struck with his own backfire Memory Charm .

Teach? Me? Did I? Taught you everything you know, I expect, did I? Well, how about those autographs, then? Shall we say a round dozen, you can give them to all your little friends then and nobody will be left out!
— An Amnesiac Lockhart demonstrating his remaining vanity and extravagance[src]

Despite his awkwardness in most early areas of charming due to long-run neglect and pervert, Lockhart was skilled in memory Charms, it being the one while he focused on for his entire life, and was conniving adequate to deceive other wizards and witches to thoroughly reveal their workplace to him before erasing their memories and claim the credits for himself. He besides appeared to have been a skilled writer, publishing many books consisting primarily of his embellishments of other people ‘s achievements, taking credit rating for them as his own. Given his leaning for lie, however, it can not be said for certain that Lockhart himself actually wrote any of the books, though he did understand that the readers would not be about half as interested in his books if they realised his feats were no more than novelize plagiarism. He besides added many invented details in such feats to promote himself further, distorting facts with fabricated concepts. [ 3 ] Lockhart ‘s deceitful life style has proven a sealed degree of cunning, resource and disregard for rules, qualities that fall under the specifics of Slytherin, which he was narrowly able to avoid being sorted into. In addition to his early flaws, Lockhart may have had a despiteful streak in him. After learning from Hagrid that the Gamekeeper had n’t read any of his books and that Harry Potter was more celebrated than Lockhart without trying, Lockhart was put out and late insisted that Harry serve detention with him so he could show off his fan mail to Harry and gloat about it. After Hagrid ‘s arrest, Lockhart openly claimed to be certain that Hagrid was rightfully guilty, [ 15 ] but whether this was a real hint of ill will or another sign of Lockhart ‘s ignorance is unknown. By his own claims ( written in his many published works ), his darling color was lilac, his secret ambitions were to rid the world of evil and to commercialize his own range of hair’s-breadth wish potions, and that he desired harmony between magic and non-magic peoples as a birthday salute. [ 5 ] Given his egotistic and self-serving cowardice attributes, some of these may have been fabrications to boost Lockhart ‘s own reputation as opposed to truth. His vacate ambition shown since his studentship, such as claiming to create a Philosopher ‘s Stone before graduation, captain the England Quidditch team into backing before knuckling down to become the youngest Minister for Magic so far accomplishing none of which he speak, it is very probably his “ secret ambition ” and “ ideal birthday present ” were just the same meaningless claims to gain attention. After losing his memory, however, Lockhart became a much more humble and happier person, even if he did not particularly know it. Upon seeing Harry and Ginny after the spell hit him, he greeted them cheerfully and spent most of the time humming to himself absently. When addressed as Professor, he expressed surprise at the idea and remarked that he must have been hopeless, without any reluctance at all. Despite forgetting his desire for fame and attention, he continued to enjoy signing autographs and responding to fan letters, a trait that Harry noted had not changed. [ 13 ] however, by the time of the publication of his death script Who Am I?, Lockhart appears to have gone harebrained ascribable to not having any memories .

charming abilities and skills

Harry, Harry, it’s not nearly as simple as that. There was work involved. I had to track these people down. Ask them exactly how they managed to do what they did. Then I had to put a Memory Charm on them so they wouldn’t remember doing it. If there’s one thing I pride myself on, it’s my Memory Charms.
— Lockhart explaining to Harry Potter his gift for Memory Charms[src]


  • Wand: Lockhart’s wand was made of cherry wood and had a dragon heartstring core. According to him, it was expensive.[18]
  • Luggage set: Lockhart possessed a large set of fine luggage to hold his many belongings from his years of ill-earned fame, mostly related to his vanity. These include his many robes of varying colours, portraits and photos of himself, and a false hair piece. He tripped over one of the trunks when Harry disarmed him.
  • Peacock quill: Lockhart possessed a quill crafted from a peacock’s feather. He saved it for special occasions, such as signing autographs and was rather proud of it. He completely misread Ron’s revolt at the quill as admiration. After his memory loss, Gilderoy continued to use the quill to sign autographs, but it became battered since.[13]
  • Lilac Ink: Lockhart owned a bottle of lilac ink, which he used to sign his many autographs with.
  • Broomstick: Lockhart owned an elegant broomstick, which he even vainly christened with a personal name. He would have used this broomstick whilst he played Quidditch as a Hogwarts student.

Known published works

For full details, see my published works.
— Lockhart referencing his advice to his books[src]

Lockhart was an accomplished author, with twelve of his books shown. Although nine of them were supposed to be about eradicating dark forces, they were in fact just recollections of his experiences ( of which he stole from other people ) and his personal profiles, reasonably an extension of his autobiography, and contained a good deal of invented details as opposed to pure facts. [ 3 ] [ 15 ] All of these ( with the exception of Who Am I? ) were published at some point between 1982 and 1992, before his scrimp as a Hogwarts professor. Due to the huge popularity, the books were very expensive ; he gifted an integral set to Harry Potter as a publicity stunt at Flourish and Blotts, which Harry donated to Ginny Weasley. [ 11 ] Lockhart assigned seven of these books to be his textbook for his defense Against the Dark Arts course, though it was just an apology for him to sell his works to the students, [ 11 ] as none of them had any educational utility. He gave an excessively farseeing “ little quiz “ during the beginning example to test out how much his students took in from his collected works, but most show short interest and did ill. [ 5 ] After the first lesson ended up in disaster, Lockhart simply read from these books aloud and sometimes reenacted the contents to the class in a theatrical manner. [ 25 ]



Gilderoy was born in the Lockhart family, with a Muggle church father, wiccan mother, and two elder sisters, both of whom were Squibs. His mother loved him more than she did her two daughters, which, when combined with Gilderoy ‘s uncover genius and acceptance into Hogwarts, lead his vanity to grow like a weed. Both mother and son were besides excited to remember that Hogwarts accepts all charming students from Britain and Ireland, and she was ampere deceive as her son in think that he was especial amongst all children of his old age. Due to Mrs Lockhart ‘s excessively love and pampering, she wholly spoiled and deluded her son, which would lead to a very negative impact on his future. [ 3 ] When Gilderoy was admitted to St Mungo ‘s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries due to self-inflicted amnesia, none of his family members nor relatives visited him. This implies that they excessively despised him and had no desire to spend time with him, or that they were even unaware of his inauspicious predicament, or had simply cut all contacts with him before. evening his beget who excessively doted him did not visit, suggesting that she was either dead person or came to hate him for his conceited and annoying antics. [ 13 ]


Most of Lockhart ‘s fans were composed of middle-aged housewives, such as Molly Weasley, [ 10 ] [ 11 ] and young schoolgirls, such as Hermione Granger and Susan Bones. [ 5 ] They were charmed by his looks and impressive claims but neglected to notice other dimensions of his personality, like his self-love and general incompetence. Lockhart ‘s luminary fans, such as Gladys Gudgeon and Veronica Smethley, regularly wrote him adoring winnow mail. [ 23 ] Once Lockhart suffered permanent amnesia and disappeared from the public eye, the majority of his fans most probable lose concern in him, though some of them continued to send him letters at the hospital. [ 13 ]

Hogwarts residents

That’s got him out from under our feet.
— Professor McGonagall expressing her happiness at sending Professor Lockhart away[src]

During his time as a Hogwarts student, Lockhart was already unpopular with the school ‘s residents, students like The Marauders and Severus Snape and the staff alike, about immediately due to him being a spoiled child with a terror ‘s sense of entitlement, self-delusions, and objectionable personality. He was expecting everyone to whisper and stare about him and found it dense and disappointing when they did not, specially when they were not particularly impressed by his naturally wavy hair, of which he was identical gallant. His attempts to gain himself more attention did him little estimable ; rather they made him more of an annoying troublemaker when he begged Headmaster Albus Dumbledore to start a school newspaper entirely for his own name to appear in its print, carved his name into the Quidditch deliver ( earning him a weeks ‘ worth of detentions ), shooting a hologram of his own face into the flip like the Dark Mark, and sending himself eight-hundred Valentines, causing breakfast to be cancelled due to the number of droppings and feathers in the porridge. His consume of his own talents and refusal to take his studies badly besides earned him the reject of his teachers, when they once hoped that if he had worked unvoiced, he might have made something positivist of his gifts. Lockhart ‘s graduation was met with a faint sigh of relief from the entire staff. It was easily apparent that all of them would not hesitate to and possibly flush looked for opportunities to punish Lockhart out of sheer annoyance of his troublemaking and attention seeking personality, with the alone Professor who did n’t resent Lockhart and was will to tolerate his antics appeared to be Dumbledore, as he obviously saw Lockhart ‘s antics as amusing quite than irritating, evidenced by the fact that Lockhart ‘s pleads for Dumbledore to start a school newspaper was the lone clock time where Lockhart managed to get aside unpunished. When word of his speculate accomplishments of Defence Against the Dark Arts have reached his erstwhile educators ‘ and, in Snape ‘s character, peers ears, they began to think that they had misjudged him due to his seeming resilience and fearlessness, unaware he was a mere mountebank who stole the credit of accomplishments made by true heroes. This misinterpretation, however, did not change their public opinion on his annoy, attention-seeking personality, and they would later see him as the incompetent imposter he was. [ 3 ]

Dear me. Impaled upon your own sword, Gilderoy!
— Dumbledore mocking Lockhart after his memory loss[src]

When Lockhart had erased the memories of two wizards Dumbledore knew personally, Dumbledore, having never been fooled by Lockhart ‘s improbable tales and always being leery of how Lockhart came to fame due to knowing barely what kind of a person Lockhart was, well deduced the truth behind Lockhart ‘s fame and saw through his charade and decided to track him down and make him pay for his crimes. Dumbledore offered Lockhart a position as the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, under the correct belief that school is the best location to expose the fraud for what he was. Lockhart was reluctant at first base, as he was more interested in his successful career as an generator, but was instantaneously swayed when Dumbledore mentioned Harry Potter ‘s fame, which Lockhart would believe as a hike to his own. [ 3 ] The other professors, who remembered Lockhart as objectionable, were baffled at Dumbledore ‘s choice to invite Lockhart back to Hogwarts, and Minerva even asked what potential benefits could students gain from such a bootless man ; [ 3 ] according to Hagrid, the main reason for Lockhart ‘s date was that he was the only applicant for the hex position after what happened to Quirrell something the other teachers agree on, but still thought Lockhart ‘s personality outweighed the desperate motivation for a new teacher. Dumbledore appeared to be the only one who Lockhart did n’t express superiority to and possibly held some level of esteem for his erstwhile headmaster. During his tenure in the 1992–1993 school year, Lockhart made an express mess out of the capable due to his incompetence and ignorance. He besides annoyed most of the teachers ( some of whom remembered during his time as a scholar ) [ 3 ] by making unasked advice to look as though he was superior to them in every one of their fields while constantly proving otherwise with his systematically awful performances. As such, his coworkers found him extremely objectionable and could not take him seriously as a professor. Lockhart ‘s insensitive nature embarrassed Snape and Flitwick on Valentine ‘s Day, when he made comments about Love Potions and Entrancing Enchantments regarding them, respectively, while disgusting everyone else by barely overdecorating the Great Hall, and releasing shadow throughout the school to deliver Valentines, interrupting classes in build up. [ 28 ] By the end of the year, the other teachers were please to see him leave, going american samoa far as to join in the students ‘ applause of the announcement. [ 30 ]

Givin’ me advice on gettin’ kelpies out of a well. Like I don’ know. An’ bangin’ on about some banshee he banished. If one word of it was true, I’ll eat my kettle.
— Hagrid’s disdain for Lockhart[src]

even Rubeus Hagrid, who normally would never have criticised a teacher, publicly expressed condescension for Lockhart and did not believe any of Lockhart ‘s fabricated claims, saying that he would eat his kettle if one word of it were true. [ 23 ] Lockhart, on the early hand, did not seem to notice the resentment that the teachers had for him, and rather kept on annoying everyone. When Hagrid was sent to Azkaban based on Cornelius Fudge ‘s mislead impression, Lockhart adamantly believed Hagrid to be guilty of opening the Chamber of Secrets, despite future events and the continuous tension of the standard atmosphere proved otherwise. [ 26 ] This might have been the result of Hagrid claiming that he never read Lockhart ‘s books and that Harry would not be giving out signed photographs due to being more celebrated than him without trying, both of which made Lockhart disappointed .

Lockhart: “I’ll make it. I must have done it a hundred times, I could whip up a Mandrake Restorative Draught in my sleep –” : “
Snape: “Excuse me. But I believe I am the Potions master at this school.
— Lockhart irritating Severus Snape[src]

Gilderoy was particularly disliked by Professor Snape for not only taking the teach post he coveted indeed much but besides for his constant and assumptive attempts to advise Snape with largely nonsense suggestions : In fact, Lockhart was probably on top of the list of the DADA professor that Snape resented the most, with the only possible exception being Remus Lupin, who even then still got along better with Snape than Lockhart despite Snape ‘s resentment. Snape looked as though he was prepared to kill Lockhart during the Duelling Club, as Harry described, and something even Lockhart finally saw when he looked at Snape ‘s expression. [ 27 ] He was the most measly of the teachers of Hogwarts when Lockhart held a Valentine Day celebration, to the sharpen Harry described Snape at this point as “ looking arsenic if he had been forced to drink multiple Skele-Gro “ and when Lockhart encouraged the students to ask Snape to teach them how to brew Love Potion, Snape looked as if he would force-feed poison to anyone who dared to ask him. [ 28 ] When Ginny Weasley was taken into the Chamber of Secrets, Snape immediately sent Lockhart to deal with the freak within. The other teachers agreed unanimously, in the hopes of scaring Lockhart away, specially considering he had walked in obliviously while the other teachers were devastated by Ginny ‘s at hand doom ; it was during this situation that they were all glaring at him with genuine hatred, something that he remained oblivious to. In revenge, they took Lockhart ‘s earlier claims and used it against him, while ignoring his attack to stammer his means out with decrepit excuses. [ 15 ] While he was unpopular during his fourth dimension as a scholar, [ 3 ] Lockhart, as a teacher, had a shuffle relationship with the students of Hogwarts : about half of them admired him for his fame condition, while the other half resented him for being objectionable and forge. however, by the end of the year, when Lockhart revealed his own fraudulence and leave school due to his accidental self-induced amnesia, pretty much every scholar gave their round of applause at the news. [ 30 ] The half of the students who initially admired him were largely girls like Hermione Granger and Susan Bones, who fell for his thoroughly looks, and Muggle-born students who actually believed in the accomplishments in his books, such as Justin Finch-Fletchley and Colin Creevey. [ 5 ] They remained ignorant of Lockhart ‘s true color, even when he revealed them fiddling by little throughout his awful performances. however, when he was ultimately exposed as a fraud, the boys most likely abandoned their religion in him. much like most of the staff, the other half of the students simply found Lockhart to be annoying. Many of them showed fiddling cognition or interest in his history or published works, as they all did rather ailing on his “ small ” quiz that strictly consisted of questions about him. [ 5 ] Him not teaching them anything utilitarian had caused a rift for their department of education experience. even those who showed no outright sympathy either for or against Lockhart, such as the Slytherins, appeared to have no respect for and could well enjoy and mock him behind his back, as Draco Malfoy mocked Harry for being dragged into the spotlight by the professor, [ 11 ] and along with the early Slytherins cheered when Snape effortlessly grounded Lockhart at the Duelling Club with the Disarming Charm. [ 27 ] It appears that the lone one in the Staff and about all of Hogwarts who had any amount of feel for and compassion for Lockhart and his current express was Dumbledore himself. While he had purposefully intended for Lockhart to be exposed as a fraud to the Wizarding World and obviously disapproved of Lockhart ‘s attention-seeking, Dumbledore notably chose not to expose Lockhart ‘s crimes to the public. Despite Lockhart ‘s deceitful nature, Dumbledore probably thought that the loss of his memory was punishment enough. Since Lockhart would not remember either the so predict accomplishments or his deceitful behavior, it would be cruel to expose him to a likely conviction in Azkaban. It is besides celebrated that unlike all the other professors, Dumbledore was always civil and affable to Lockhart despite knowing of his crimes, far implying while Dumbledore decided to expose Lockhart, he bore no personal animosity to him and only did so to protect more heroes from being denied their rights to be acknowledged for their deeds. Lockhart himself intelligibly admired and respected Dumbledore, as he never claimed to surpass Dumbledore and was always civilized to him and he never annoyed him directly or indirectly, which is a acuate contrast compared to his interactions with the other teachers, indicating that despite his amour propre, Lockhart ‘s acknowledgment of how great Dumbledore besides came with the recognition that Dumbledore obviously surpassed him, a fact that was very much true. It appears that before he lost his memories that Dumbledore was the only staff member that Lockhart always had any esteem for. [ 3 ]

Harry Potter

Harry yearned to throw Gadding with Ghouls right in Lockhart’s stupid face.
— Harry Potter’s feelings towards Lockhart[src]

Harry Potter particularly disliked Lockhart for dragging him into the spotlight against his will, beginning with the book-signing during which Lockhart made a spectacle out of Harry as a promotion stunt, [ 11 ] and for making Harry seem as though he was constantly seeking attention only to ultimately get told by Hagrid that Harry was more celebrated than him without trying ; the only reason Lockhart returned to Hogwarts to teach was under the presumption that getting airless to Harry would boost his own popularity. Lockhart only further infuriated Harry by doing far more price than help oneself when he vanished Harry ‘s arm bones rather of mending them when they were broken by Dobby ‘s meddle Bludger, requiring him to use Skele-Gro. [ 25 ] Their first base moral was enough to make Harry realise that Lockhart was an incompetent fritter who had no theme what he was doing, [ 5 ] he would spend much of the school year avoiding Lockhart to the best of his power, and practically begged Professor McGonagall to allow him an alternate detention when he was assigned to help Lockhart answer his fan-mails, which Lockhart think was a treat, when Harry thought differently. [ 23 ] Lockhart would frequently drag Harry to the front man of the classify to reenact some of the more dramatic portions within the textbooks ‘ contents in a theatrical manner, as separate of the “ call on the carpet ”, something Harry would have refused if he did not have a very good argue then. [ 25 ] Lockhart even offered Harry some private Quidditch lessons, to which Harry refused. Harry would far dislike Lockhart for insisting that Rubeus Hagrid is guilty of opening the Chamber of Secrets, plainly based on the Minister ‘s incorrect move of arresting Hagrid as a preventive measure, and scantily resisted the urge to throw a bible into his face. [ 15 ]

So you’ve just been taking credit for what a load of other people have done?
— Harry Potter confronting Lockhart[src]

Because of his growing hatred for Lockhart, Harry would use Lockhart ‘s ignorance against him with pleasure, by requesting him to sign a permission err for a library book in the Restricted section that no other teachers would therefore well do, [ 25 ] and then have Lockhart return to class prematurely so Harry and Ron can sneak off from all security measures set. When Snape easily sent Lockhart flying backwards at the Duelling Club, Harry did n’t felt any sympathy for him despite the fact that it was Snape who did it. Upon Lockhart unwittingly revealing his fraud in his refusal to enter the Chamber of Secrets, Harry ‘s disfavor and ferocity intensified, and swiftly disarmed Lockhart with such pull that he sent the man falling back on his trunk. Neither Harry nor Ron had any qualms about attacking Lockhart and forcing him to enter the Chamber, and they even made him go first as a buffer for any border on damage. [ 15 ] Harry ‘s sympathy was highly limited when Lockhart lost his memories after his memory Charm backfired, as it was entirely his fault for attempting it on Harry and Ron in the first place in addition to his purpose to flee and leave Ginny for dead. [ 13 ]

Ron Weasley

I haven’t learned anything from him except not to set pixies loose.
— Ron Weasley dismissing Lockhart’s lessons[src]

Ron Weasley, who was already annoyed the book-signing at Flourish and Blotts made it look as though his family was unimportant, [ 11 ] saw Lockhart for what he actually was during their first lesson, when the professor gave a test completely irrelevant to the subject, and then released a boisterous group of pixies he was unable to contain. [ 5 ] When Snape easily sent Lockhart flying backwards at the Duelling Club, Ron did n’t felt any sympathy towards him despite the fact that it was Snape who did it. Ron ‘s disgust deepened over the year, when Lockhart ‘s continuous awkwardness annoyed him repeatedly, going arsenic far as wanting to drop out of Lockhart ‘s course because of it, [ 26 ] feeling very revolted ( alongside the rest of the staff ) with Lockhart ‘s over-decorative “ esprit de corps supporter ” on Valentine ‘s day, [ 28 ] sickened by Lockhart ‘s excessively lavish peacock flight feather ( something Lockhart completely misinterpreted as wonder ), and reached a critical flush when Lockhart attempted to flee while allowing Ron ‘s baby to die in the Chamber of Secrets ; when they ultimately discovered where the fabled Chamber was, and that Lockhart unwittingly admitted himself as a fraud, Ron demanded that Lockhart go first into the Chamber as a trial subject. [ 15 ] however, three years late, upon meeting Lockhart in the St Mungo ‘s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, Ron showed some guilt for Lockhart losing his memories due to his Memory Charm backfire from using Ron ‘s damaged baton. [ 13 ] however, Ron ‘s sympathy towards Lockhart was extremely restrict considering Lockhart attempted to wipe out his memory along with Harry ‘s and closely cost his younger sister, Ginny ‘s life .

Hermione Granger

Why have you outlined all Lockhart’s lessons in little hearts?
— Ron Weasley upon seeing Hermione’s timetable[src]

Unlike Ron and Harry, Hermione Granger was a boastful fan of Lockhart, showing exhilaration at the expectation at meeting him at Flourish and Blotts, saying that he has written about the entire book number. [ 11 ] When Lockhart taught at Hogwarts, Hermione, unlike Harry and Ron, wholly dismissed his mistakes, when normally she would become annoyed whenever anyone cast a individual spell incorrectly, such as after Lockhart ‘s first example, she insisted that Lockhart just wanted to give them some hands-on know by bringing pixies to the classify, and refused to see that he did not know what he was doing. [ 5 ] She besides dismissed his blunders as the common honest mistakes, such as when he de-boned Harry Potter ‘s branch, [ 25 ] and talking about “ all the amazing things he’s done. ” [ 5 ]

To Miss Granger, wishing you a speedy recovery, from your concerned teacher, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League and five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award.
— Lockhart’s ‘Get Well’ card to Hermione Granger[src]

Ron Weasley besides noticed that she had outlined Lockhart ‘s lessons on her timetable with hearts. It was presumed she was shocked when Lockhart was exposed as a fraud. It was possible, however, that she just fell for his effective looks, as she was described to be breathless when she saw him at St Mungo ‘s, despite Lockhart ‘s true nature already having been revealed. [ 13 ] Hermione claimed that she admired “ the amazing things he had done ”, [ 5 ] but she had showed signs that she lone admired his good looks, no matter what she said to the contrary. besides, when she claimed that she did n’t like person just because they ‘re handsome in their fourthly year, Ron coughed the word “ Lockhart ”. [ 35 ]

Miriam Strout

Gilderoy, you naughty boy, where have you wandered off to?
— Miriam Strout finding Gilderoy wandering around[src]

When Gilderoy was admitted into St Mungo ‘s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries ascribable to his self-inflicted amnesia, the Healer in charge of his ward, Miriam Strout, took big worry of him. She was very maternally to him, catering to his condition with an affectionate tone, leading him back into his room when he slipped out while speaking kindly to him as though he was a child out of place. She besides took pity on him for the fact that cipher visited him, not even any of his family members. [ 13 ]


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Gilderoy was a diagnose that J. K. Rowling found in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. According to the dictionary, the identify belongs to two different highway men who were both described as fabulously fine-looking. [ 36 ] Gilderoy is an irish and scots diagnose that refers back to Gilroy, which means “ son of the red-haired servant ”, or “ son of the king ‘s handmaid. ” interestingly, “Gilderoy” is similar to the condition “ aureate ”, which means both to cover something in a flimsy layer of gold to appear valuable and golden ( when in reality it is n’t ), and “ affluent and privileged ”, both of which apply well to Gilderoy ‘s character. J. K. Rowling found the name Lockhart on a war memorial [ 36 ] at a church in Edinburgh, and found it to be “ a hollow kind of name ”, befitting of the character. [ 37 ] Others have noted that ‘Lockhart ‘ sounds like ‘lock-heart ‘, which is evocative of Lockhart ‘s practice of memory charms to lock his victims ‘ memories, though that is largely held to be coincident. The news Lockhart is of scottish origin and is said to mean “ brave ” and “ hardy ”, which is dry compared to his character .

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