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"Gilderoy Lockhart explains how he trapped a ghoul using only a tea-strainer."
—Description[src]

Gadding with Ghouls was a book written by Gilderoy Lockhart, part of his collected works. The book was a required textbook during the 1992–1993 school year, one of seven along with Break with a Banshee, Holidays with Hags, Travels with Trolls, Voyages with Vampires, Wanderings with Werewolves and Year with the Yeti.[1]

History

"Why, I remember the time when I was writing my second bestseller, Gadding with Ghouls. I believed that the more exposure I got in the press, the better my career would progress. Trouble was, I became overexposed! And it wasn't until I went mysteriously missing for three weeks, subsequently leaking the story to the Prophet that I'd been captured by Trolls in the wilds of Stockton-on-Tees, that I managed to regain my former prominent position as the world's most popular wizard."
—Lockhart talking with Harry Potter at Flourish and Blotts[src]
During the period in which Gilderoy Lockhart was writing Gadding with Ghouls, he became extraordinarily well known and overexposed in the eye of the public, draining his popularity. Lockhart then went mysteriously missing for three weeks, after which he leaked to the Daily Prophet that he had been captured by trolls in the wilds of Stockton-on-Tees. The story boosted his popularity once again, and Gadding with Ghouls subsequently became Lockhart's second bestseller.[2]

Gadding with Ghouls is one of the books Lockhart assigns to students in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes.

While getting Lockhart to give her permission to get a book in the Restricted Section, Hermione Granger revealed that there is a mention of slow-acting venom in this book. Lockhart stated that this book was "possibly my very favourite" and Hermione replied that he was very clever in the way he trapped the last ghoul with a tea-strainer.

Later that year, Harry expressed his desire to throw his copy of this book at Lockhart's face for his insistence that Rubeus Hagrid was guilty of opening the Chamber of Secrets.
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Gilderoy Lockhart, the author of the autobiography

Behind the scenes

  • This book is a bit of an odd one out. While the rest of Lockhart's works deal with dangerous creatures, ghouls are only be classified as XX creatures, and normally don't do anything worse than growl at intruders.[3] However, these may have been Chameleon Ghouls, which are known to be more aggressive. Alternatively, this may be another indication on Lockhart's oversight and exaggeration on all the information he provided.

Appearances

Notes and references


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Subjectsdada
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts
Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Teacher's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Professors
Arsenius Jigger · Albus Dumbledore · Galatea Merrythought · Patricia Rakepick · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Bartemius Crouch Junior (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape · Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls · Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
Spells studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Aqua Eructo Charm · Boggart-Banishing Spell · Counter-curses · Counter-jinxes · Counter-spells · Curse of the Bogies · Defensive Charms · Densaugeo · Deprimo · Disarming Charm · Ebublio Jinx · Everte Statum · Freezing Spell · Full Body-Bind Curse · Green Sparks · Hex-Breaker· Hex-deflection · Hex Zapper · Homorphus Charm · Impediment Jinx · Knockback Jinx · Knockback Jinx Duo · Lacarnum Inflamari · Melofors Jinx · Nonverbal spells · Orbis Jinx · Patronus Charm · Red Sparks · Reductor Curse · Revulsion Jinx · Salvio hexia · Seize and Pull Charm · Shield Charm · Smokescreen Spell · Snake-Vanishing Spell · Stunning Spell · Tickling Charm · Tongue-Tying Curse · Trip Jinx · Ventus Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Wand-Lighting Charm Duo · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Killing Curse
Creatures studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Banshee · Boggart · Cornish Pixie · Dementor · Erkling · Ghost · Ghoul · Grindylow · Gytrash · Hag · Hinkypunk · Iguana · Imp · Inferius · Kappa · Nocturnal beasts · Red Cap · Snake · Troll · Vampire · Vampire bat · Werewolf · Yeti · Zombie
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