Now, as I was pondering houses and traits, I found myself thinking about Gilderoy Lockhart. He came up as I was thinking of the negative manifestations of Gryffindor traits. It makes sense— wanting to be known for adventure and good deeds— that Gilderoy would be a Gryffindor. He is dramatic, extroverted, seeks glory, and a tad (understatement) narcissistic.
To my surprise, I then found via Google that Lockhart was actually a Ravenclaw. Now, this makes sense in its own way as well. Obviously, to pull off a scheme as thorough as making an entire village believe that he saved them from werewolves, and doing it several times, Lockhart had to have a certain level of cleverness. And memory replacement spells surely aren’t easy magic. He also had enough wit and book-ishness to write highly successful novels detailing the accounts of these events. He then has to constantly be quick-thinking enough to hold up the facade and avoid prying minds. No one could ever make the claim that Gilderoy Lockhart isn’t highly intelligent.
However, it doesn’t ring quite truly Ravenclaw to me. In the end, his values and his motivations were based solely on glory. He didn’t learn for the sake of knowledge; he wanted to put it to a specific task.
Lockhart is clearly outed as a coward in The Chamber of Secrets, but that certainly doesn’t discount the rest of his traits. A good example of another Gryffindor like this would be Peter Pettigrew (completely ignoring his turn to the dark side in the end for now). Peter Pettigrew was a coward himself, but as McGonagall said, he worshipped his friends, who certainly took on the daring nature of the Gryffindors. It all comes down to values, as usual. Peter admires bravery and heroism in others above all other traits, but he does not live up to the nature himself, and so he surrounds himself with those who do.
Lockhart is the same. His elaborate lies were all part of a wish fulfillment to become a hero. He is a coward, like Peter, but he takes his living vicariously through others to the next level by claiming their accomplishments as his own. So, in my opinion, Gilderoy Lockhart is certainly a Gryffindor. Though there may be a chance that he went through a life changing event somewhere in his early adulthood, and that he really was a Ravenclaw when the Sorting Hat perched on his head.
So what do you think? Gryffindor or Ravenclaw?