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  Lockhart 'not based on JK's ex'
Updated 23 August 2004, 15.50
Kenneth Brannagh as Gilderoy Lockhart
JK Rowling has denied that her ex-husband was the inspiration for Gilderoy Lockhart.

A number of newspapers had claimed that the self-obsessed Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher was based upon her first husband, a Portuguese journalist.

But a spokesperson for the author told CBBC Newsround: "JK Rowling says categorically that Gilderoy Lockhart is not based on her ex-husband."

The newspaper claims came after JK's appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

She is now married to Neil Murray, and is expecting her third child next year.

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