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Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Gilderoy Lockhart

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Gilderoy Lockhart may not have been the worst Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts but he was no great person either. There are plenty of interesting bits about Lockhart's backstory that are lesser-known but point to the egomaniac that he would become.

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    Lockhart Was A Toss Up Between Ravenclaw And Slytherin

    From Redditor u/bananacreampie123:

    Lockhart was actually fairly intelligent-- he had to track down the right people, learn enough about their stories so that they become his own, and perform complex memory charms strong enough to last forever. His ambition and cunningness are certainly Slytherin qualities, but his intelligence and wit are Ravenclaw ones. He also has an annoying but goofball-ish personality and is very friendly, which are definitely not Slytherin traits (they're not exactly Ravenclaw ones either, but friendly Ravenclaws are a lot more common than friendly Slytherins in the books). So if you combine all of his qualities, he has Slytherin and Ravenclaw elements, but the Ravenclaw side wins out.

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    Lockhart Was Hired At Hogwarts Because Dumbledore Knew About His Memory Charms

    From Redditor u/potterarchy:

    Many staff were baffled as to the reason that Albus Dumbledore chose to invite Gilderoy Lockhart back to Hogwarts as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. While it was true that it had become almost impossible to persuade anybody else to take the job (the rumour that it was cursed was gathering strength both inside and outside Hogwarts), many teachers remembered Lockhart as thoroughly obnoxious, whatever his later achievements.

    Albus Dumbledore’s plans, however, ran deep. He happened to have known two of the wizards for whose life’s work Gilderoy Lockhart had taken credit, and was one of the only people in the world who thought he knew what Lockhart was up to. Dumbledore was convinced that Lockhart needed only to be put back into an ordinary school setting to be revealed as a charlatan and a fraud.

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    Lockhart Didn't Expect Hogwarts To Be Full Of Other Magical Students

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    [Rowling said] The young Lockhart’s arrival at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was not the triumph that he and his mother had expected. Somehow, Lockhart had not appreciated that he would be in a whole school full of witches and wizards, many of them more accomplished than himself. (In fact, he had visualised for himself an entrance into Hogwarts not unlike the one that Harry Potter experienced, decades later. He had imagined walking down the corridors to excited whispers of his magical prowess, it never having occurred to him that every student at Hogwarts had had similar experiences before starting school.) In Lockhart’s own mind he was already a fully-fledged hero and genius, and it was a most unwelcome shock to discover that his name was unknown, his talents were unexceptional and that nobody was particularly impressed by his naturally wavy hair.


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    He Was The Only One Of His Siblings To Be Born Magical

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    [Lockhart said] Born to a witch mother and a Muggle father, with two older sisters, Gilderoy Lockhart was the only one of his parents’ three children to show magical ability. A clever, good-looking boy, he was his mother’s unashamed favorite, and the realisation that he was also a wizard caused his vanity to blossom like a particularly pernicious weed.