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Why Gilderoy Lockheart for Defence Class?

While re-watching the Harry Potter series, I really have to wonder…what was Dumbledore thinking when he hired Professor Gilderoy Lockheart? Had he completely lost his mind, or was there a method behind the old man’s madness?

The first option that comes to mind could be that Dumbledore, like most others, was fooled by Lockheart’s books. However, we have to remember that Dumbledore is old, possibly old enough to witness when the achievements were really brought that Gilderoy stole credit for. Even if it were the case that Dumbledore was fooled, he’d have figured it all out fairly soon after the school year started after knowing how Lockheart runs his classroom. And yet, Professor Gilderoy Lockheart remained as a Hogwarts professor all year (at least until he lost his memory while in the chamber).

Another option I can think of is possibly the fact that Lockheart is truly a master of memory charms, which can be used in self-defense, and is used a few times by Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Perhaps Dumbledore knew that a memory charm would be required for the three heroes to complete their journey and save the Wizarding and Muggle Worlds, and hoped that Lockheart would teach them the proper way to use memory charms.

Well, another thing we could do is look at his…few virtues. Gilderoy Lockheart, as stated earlier, is a master with memory charms. He can very easily wipe your memory clean of the past 24 hours, or your whole life if he so chose. Something else he has is, believe it or not, tact. During the dueling club, Lockheart called Harry and Ron to be the first duel. However, when Snape protests against Ron even participating, he calls Draco in his place. In case you hadn’t noticed, Lockheart is tense during the whole duel because he knows Harry and Draco are rivals and would not hold back. Seeing that his original plan to have Harry battle someone who doesn’t have bad blood with him didn’t work, he added the rule that they could only have dis-arming charms.

….Well….that’s about it. In both, the book and movie, Gilderoy Lockheart, Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor, was portrayed as a liar, peacock, coward, and a simple douche bag. I’m sorry, I thought for sure I could find the answer as to what Dumbledore was thinking when he hired Gilderoy Lockheart.

Well, did I forget something? If you guys can do what I couldn’t, then PLEASE leave it in the comments below and don’t forget to have a beautiful rest of your day.

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