fictional characters All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked  

Aaron Edwards
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List Rules Characters who taught Defense of the Dark Arts during the time of the Harry Potter books only.

Every time a person first opened a newly released Harry Potter book, you can guarantee one of the burning questions in their mind was "Who will be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher this year?" While it may be the teaching position in Hogwarts with the least job security, it sure was the most interesting. All the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, the best and the worst alike, had a supreme effect on Harry, Ron, and Hermione. These teachers set the tone for their year and the story being told, often finding themselves at the center of the wizarding world's drama.

Spies, werewolves, frauds, and bureaucrats occupied the position. Each bringing their own unique lessons and challenges for their students. But which ones were the best? Which ones truly prepared the students for Hogwarts for the challenges they'd face outside the castle? Which of them covered the best spells? Which ones failed to make an impact on both students and readers? Have your say below!
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Professional Fate: Fired after endangering students in his werewolf form.

His famous boggart lesson instilled in his students much needed knowledge and confidence. He also taught Harry the Expecto Patronum spell, which Harry got much use out of in later years.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, + more

Powers/Abilities: Magic in Harry Potter

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#8 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

#10 on The Best Fictional Teachers

#2 on The Very Best Teachers at Hogwarts, Ranked

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Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Professional Fate: Left to join Voldemort's Death Eaters as a double agent for Dumbledore. Returned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Hogwarts Headmaster.

Snape longed to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts, and in Harry's sixth year he got his wish. His biggest contribution to his student's development was teaching them how to cast nonverbal spells.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, + more

Powers/Abilities: Flight, Magic in Harry Potter, Occlumency, Legilimency

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Alastor Moody is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Professional Fate: Revealed to be Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise. 

Sure, he may have actually been an irredeemable agent for Lord Voldemort, but Barty Crouch Jr. actually taught his students a lot while impersonating Mad Eye Moody. They learned the unforgivable curses and spells that included hex-deflections and counter-curses.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter

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#19 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

#9 on The Very Best Teachers at Hogwarts, Ranked

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Quirinus Quirrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Fate: Killed by protective magic guarding Harry Potter.

While he may have been an agent working for Voldemort, Quirrell still did his job teaching the children of Hogwarts basic first year spells to defend against the Dark Arts. The children learned about curing werewolf bites, gnomes, the knockback jinx, and the wand-lighting charm.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter

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#68 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

#62 on The Best Fictional Teachers

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Gilderoy Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Gilderoy Lockhart


Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Fate: Lost his memory due to a backfired spell.

Lockhart was committed to St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. He was, in actuality, a fraud who had no real experience battling the Dark Arts. As a result, he really only taught some basic charms, including the (admittedly important) disarming charm, as well as tickling and banishing charms.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter

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#43 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

#21 on The Very Best Teachers at Hogwarts, Ranked

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Amycus Carrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Amycus Carrow


Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Fate: Sent to Azkaban after the Battle of Hogwarts.

While the school was under Death Eater control, Carrow transformed the class into simply "The Dark Arts." He also had students use the Cruciatus Curse on people who had earned detentions.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter

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#90 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

#27 on The Very Best Teachers at Hogwarts, Ranked

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Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers, Ranked
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Book Taught In: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Fate: Taken captive by centaurs.

The one teacher who pretty much taught nothing at all. Official parts of the Ministry plant's curriculum included "conflict avoidance" and"fleeing."

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter

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#64 on The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

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#7 on The Biggest Bullies of TV and Film

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