harry potter - Why Voldemort sent some of his best men to occupy the DADA job if he had cursed it?

We all know that Voldemort had cursed the DADA job (or if he didn't do it explicitely, that he has at least the knowledge about this job beeing cursed because nobody has been able to keep this job for more than a year since 1957).Then why did he choose to send some of his best allies to occupy this cursed job, knowing that they would probably fail in their mission because of this curse?Maybe he could have made a try with Professor Quirrel, to see what happens; but even after this first failure, he keeps going on on that downward road: Barty Cro...Read more

harry potter - Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most.Some people who know more than others, might believe that this is because it was cursed by Voldemort after Dumbledore denied him that position (see HBP).Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position? As in, is there a canonical/JKR proof/confirmation that it was, indeed, the actual cause from him, as opposed to a plausible conspiracy theor...Read more

harry potter - Did "Defense against the Dark Arts" before Barty Crouch teach any actual Defense against the Dark Arts?

Looking at what the DADA classes taught, prior to Barty Couch Jr. taking the position in Harry's fourth year, it seems to me that the class should have been called "Defense against Dangerous Creatures" instead - no matter whether it was taught by evil Quirrell, incompetent Lockhart, or a great DADA teacher Lupin.Was there a single topic covered in DADA before GoF that had to do with defending against actual Dark Arts as practiced by other wand-bearers?(Dueling club in CS doesn't count as it was NOT part of DADA class proper)....Read more

harry potter - Is there any evidence that Alastor Moody taught the Defense Against the Dark Arts (or any other) class?

Alastor Moody took the position of DADA (Defense Against the Dark Arts) teacher in 1994. He was abducted by Barty Crouch Jr. at or before the start of the Hogwarts school year as part of the latter’s plan to bring Harry Potter to Voldemort . Is there any evidence that Moody ever actually taught DADA (or any other) classes at any time, either before or after his abduction?...Read more

harry potter - Does Hogwarts follow any specific syllabus for DADA?

It seems to me like the DADA class syllabus is not set in Hogwarts. In book 2, Lockhart set all his books as the year's syllabus for the class. In book 5, Umbridge set her own syllabus - sort of pre-Hogwarts baby books for fifth, sixth, and seventh year at Hogwarts. Although the OWL examiners had their expectations from the 5th year students, and students were judged on those levels, it seems like what happens inside classes could be as irrelevant to the syllabus and nobody would bother. What was even more strange that in book 2, when Harry and...Read more

harry potter - Who was the victim of the curse on the DADA position in The Goblet of Fire?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor Moody accepted a job as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. However he never actually went in class since he was kidnapped and impersonated for the whole year by Barty Crouch Jr. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Moody is no longer a DADA teacher and as we know the DADA curse does not have to kill the teacher - take Lupin as example. He/she just lasts for one year. So were both Moody and Crouch Jr. affected by the curse - one spent the whole year kidnapped and one received a Deme...Read more

harry potter - How Did Dumbledore Know to Summon Winky Before He Knew Barty Crouch Jr's Identity?

In Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr, impersonating Mad-Eye Moody, strong-arms Harry from the Triwizard maze against Dumbledore's orders that Harry remain near Dumbledore until he was able to fully attend to Cedric Diggory. When Crouch Jr removes Harry from the scene, Dumbledore is immediately suspicious, follows Harry and "Moody" to the castle, and overhears Crouch's confession that he is the Death Eater at Hogwarts. Once Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape have subdued Crouch, Dumbledore orders Snape to fetch the Veritaserum and Winky the House-e...Read more

harry potter - Barty Crouch Jr uttering Lord Voldemort's name?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr (as an imposter of MadEye Moody) utters Lord Voldemort's name soon after Harry returns to Hogwarts from the graveyard. He asks Harry if Voldemort has really returned and whether Voldemort punished the Death Eaters, and so on. As far as I know Death Eaters never spoke Lord Voldemort's name. This seems inconsistent. Any ideas on this?...Read more

harry potter - Was it out of character for "Mad Eye" Moody to punish Draco Malfoy the way he did?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we see Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody dole out punishment to Draco, by turning him into The Amazing Bouncing Ferret. Of course, later we learn that it wasn't really Alastor Moody, it was a poly-juiced Barty Crouch Jr.So was it something ole' Mad Eye would've done, or was it more Barty Crouch Jr. acting out revenge on the son of whom he probably considered a traitor?...Read more

harry potter - Why did Alastor Moody grow rusty in his duelling skills at his old age, while Dumbledore can still fight Voldemort in his old age?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it was mentioned that Moody was defeated by both Bartemius Crouch Jr. and wormtail, but Moody is the most powerful auror the Ministry has ever had. How come? However, Dumbledore is much older than Moody is, yet Dumbledore can still take on Voldemort with no problem. Is that a plothole? Can someone explain?...Read more