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Gilderoy Lockhart

Race: Human

Occupation: Author
Marital Status: Single
Group affiliation: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry staff
Base of operations: St. Mungo's Hospital, U.K.

Story: Gilderoy Lockhart was a successful author and an idolized hero of the wizarding world. According to his books, he had traveled the World, taking on all manner of fearsome foes and saving the innocent [1].

In 1992 he became the teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the year he was there, a basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets began roaming the halls. At first Lockhart boasted that he could defeat the monster, but when faced with the actual possibility of a fight he tried to flee instead. Ron and Harry forced him on a rescue mission in the Chamber of Secrets [1].

While on the mission Lockhart revealed to Harry and Ron that he hadn't done any of the thing he claimed, others had done those. Lockhart only mastered one spell and that was the Memo Charm. With this he made the actual heroes forget their deeds and took the credit. After revealing this to Harry and Ron, he tried to erase their memories too, but he used Ron's broken wand, so the spell backfired and ruined his own memories instead [1].

Gilderoy Lockhart became a resident in the long-term spell damage ward of St Mungo's Hospital, where he attempted to regain his memory [1]. He was last seen at St Mungo's Hospital with no recollection of his time at Hogwarts, writing autographs to imaginary fans [2].

Skills & abilities: Lockhart only mastered one spell: The Memory Charm, a spell used to erase memories. Otherwise he is an inept magician.

Continuity: Harry Potter
Company: Bloomsbury
First app.: Books: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
Movies: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Creator(s): J.K. Rowling
Country of origin: United Kingdom UK

Background notes: In the movie adaption of Chamber of Secrets from 2002, Gilderoy Lockhart was played by Kenneth Branagh. Lockhart's second appearance in Order of the Phoenix was not included in the movie adaption from 2007.

Related links/characters:
- Harry Potter
- Hermione Grainger
- Ron Weasley

References: 1: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix