"A wonderful book from Gilderoy Lockhart, who really knows his household pests."
— Description[src]

Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests was one of the many books written by Gilderoy Lockhart. It included advice on how to get rid of household pests, such as garden Gnomes[1] and Doxies.[2]

Presumably, Gilderoy Lockhart was not the progenitor of the collected information, due to the fraudulence of his other writings,[4] although the source was never identified.


A copy of this book
"This book, by Gilderoy Lockhart, gives advice about the nature of magical household pests, and on how best to remove them."
— Introduction[src]

Molly Weasley used it to find instructions on how to get rid of the Doxies that were in the curtains at 12 Grimmauld Place,[2] and at The Burrow, to help Harry, Ron, and Fred and George get rid of the gnomes in the Burrow's garden, but the twins said that they already knew how without the help of the book. In Mrs Weasley's opinion, it was a "wonderful book" and she felt that Lockhart really knew his household pests.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Unlike most of Lockhart's other works, it actually provides practical and accurate advice, though most if not all of it was likely devised by other wizards or witches, whose memories were later removed via Memory Charms.
  • As with Lockhart's other works, the cover image, rather than concerning the subject, instead features a portrait of the author.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
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