Harry Potter Etymology | Gilderoy Lockhart
GILDEROY: A highwayman known for being handsome. May also come from the word “gilded,” which is defined as having a “pleasing, showy appearance, which covers something of little worth.” This is very fitting considering Gilderoy’s supposed good looks covered up the truth about his inability to function as a powerful wizard. The name “Roy” is Old French for “regal one” or “king.”
LOCKHART: Lockhart is a world renowned cognitive psychologist whose particular interest is in the study of memory and levels of processing. He did a lot of research in this area in the late 1970s. Town in Australia near Wagga Wagga (“Compose a poem about my defeat of the Wagga Wagga Werewolf”?). A possible play on words as he seems to have so many women’s “heart locked” on him.
I am done now.
“Harry, Harry, Harry,” said Lockhart, reaching out and grasping his shoulder. “I understand. Natural to want a bit more once you’ve had that first taste — and I blame myself for giving you that, because it was bound to go to your head — but see here, young man, you can’t start flying cars to try and get yourself noticed. Just calm down, all right? Plenty of time for all that when you’re older. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking! ‘It’s all right for him, he’s an internationally famous wizard already!’ But when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I’d say I was even more of a nobody! I mean, a few people have heard of you, haven’t they? All that business with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!” He glanced at the lightning scar on Harry’s forehead. “I know, I know — it’s not quite as good as winning Witch Weeklys Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row, as I have — but it’s a start, Harry, it’s a start.”
Book Quotes by Chapter (Chamber of Secrets)
Characters I Never Get Tired Of ⇒ Gilderoy Lockhart, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award.”
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