When Harry gets his new class book list for the coming semester, he sees the majority of books are written by Gilderoy Lockhart. Some titles include Break with a Banshee, Gadding with Ghouls, and Holidays with Hags. Fred Weasley thinks the new Defense Against the Arts Teacher is a woman. That just makes Mrs. Weasley’s day. She happens to be a big fan of Gilderoy Lockhart.
So the Weasleys plan to go to Diagon Alley with floo powder. That turns out to be a rather sickening adventure for Harry as he ends up spinning really fast in green flames while being transported off to Diagon Alley.
Except he ends up in a very different place. He ends up in a store with some rather weird stuff, like human bones and evil masks. It also turns out that Harry is in the wrong place at the wrong time, as Draco Malfoy and his father are there complaining about Harry. Draco’s father, Lucius, is planning on selling some…unmentionable items. Draco almost catches Harry in his hiding spot while wandering around looking for a present (what kind of present would this boy be looking for in such a bizarre place anyway?).
Harry ends up escaping, only to be almost kidnapped by scary looking people. Hagrid happens to rescue Harry, and takes him off to Diagon Alley. The Weasley boys of course are thrilled that Harry went in Knockturn Alley…their mother never let them in.
So off go Harry and the Weasleys into Flourish and Blotts. There they find the one and only Gilderoy Lockhart in all of his glory. He’s got his dazzling smile with brilliently white teeth and blue robes that exactly match his eye color. A reporter from the Daily Prophet steps on Ron’s toe, and Ron complains about it. Lockhart then looks up and recognizes Harry, causing him to want a picture with Harry. He can’t pass up an opportunity to be seen with Harry in the public spotlight! Oh, and that’s just the perfect time to announce that he’s going to be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry can’t walk into a bookstore without causing attention. Just lovely.
The crowd whoops and cheers in the little bookstore. I doubt that the owner of the shop ever had so much enthusiasm in this store over a book.
That excitement continues when Lucius Malfoy runs into Mr. Weasley. They have a little fight in the bookstore because Lucius insults the Weasley family. Hagrid has to break the two up. Mrs. Weasley reprimands Mr. Weasley, talking about what a “fine example” he set for their kids and what Gilderoy Lockhart must have thought.
Gilderoy Lockhart seemed pleased though. He asked the reporter from the Daily Prophet to work the little fight into his article.
Does everything revolve around Gilderoy Lockhart? Apparently so. He can turn a situation that has nothing to do with him into one that boosts his publicity.
© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings