Gilderoy Lockhart

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Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts 1992-1993, Order of Merlin (Third Class) and five times winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award.


[edit] Character Conception

Gilderoy Lockhart is the only character in the books based on someone that J. K. Rowling actually knows.

"I have only once set out to depict somebody I have met and, unlikely though it might seem, the result was Gilderoy Lockhart. I assure you that the person on whom Gilderoy was modelled was even more objectionable than his fictional counterpart. He used to tell whopping great fibs about his past life, all of them designed to demonstrate what a wonderful, brave and brilliant person he was. Perhaps he didn't really believe he was all that great and wanted to compensate, but I'm afraid I never dug that deep.
"You might think it was mean of me to depict him as Gilderoy, but you can rest assured he will never, ever guess. He's probably out there now telling everybody that he inspired the character of Albus Dumbledore. Or that he wrote the books and lets me take the credit out of kindness."[1]

[edit] Appearances

[edit] Second Book

[edit] Fifth Book

[edit] Portrayals within films

Gilderoy Lockhart is portrayed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Kenneth Branagh.

[edit] Characterisation

[edit] Outward Appearance

There was a big photograph on the front of a very good-looking wizard with wavy blond hair and bright blue eyes.[2]

Gilderoy Lockhart is described as a handsome man who dresses well. He attracts the attention of witches, including Hermione Granger and Molly Weasley.

[edit] Personality

Lockhart is a vain man who cares about his appearance. He loves the limelight and publicity as well as giving advice on the many subjects he claims to have great knowledge of. This makes him rather unpopular with those who specialise in their subjects and who Lockhart tries to lecture.

[edit] Magical accomplishments and skills

Lockhart claimed to have achieved a great deal in his books, from curing a werewolf and getting rid of the Bandon Banshee, to playing as Seeker in Quidditch well enough to be asked to join the National Squad. He later proved to have lied about his achievements in his books, however. He had managed to take credit for what other witches and wizards had done by tracking them down and wiping their memories, using his genuine talent with Memory Charms.

[edit] Bibliography

Break With a Banshee

Gadding With Ghouls

Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests

Holidays With Hags

Magical Me

Travels With Trolls

Voyages With Vampires

Wandering With Werewolves

Year With The Yeti

[edit] References

  1. J. K. Rowling's Official Website, Section: Extra Stuff, Gilderoy Lockhart
  2. J. K. Rowling, CoS 3