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?

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    I think it was implied that he was captured before he got to Hogwarts. Hence the incident at his house with his enchanted trash cans. Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:08
  • This question is motivated by this discussion which digresses in comments as to whether Real Moody is a good teacher. I want to know if he was a teacher at all Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:10
  • @SynchronizeYourDogma Would you mind clarifying your question? I’ve tried to answer both whether he taught in Harry’s fourth year and if he ever taught at all, but I’m not sure which you actually want.
    – Obsidia
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 16:20
  • Mentioning here what is mentioned in comments below: The question is not specific enough. Moody never taught DADA in year 4; he almost certainly never taught at Hogwarts ever. But he almost certainly helped train Aurors on the job, which can be considered teaching. Commented May 4, 2018 at 17:44
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    @RossPresser I have updated the question to make it a more specific. Commented May 4, 2018 at 17:53

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No - Moody was captured before he could start teaching.

Barty Crouch Jr. captured Moody before Moody actually began teaching at Hogwarts. He and Wormtail captured Moody in his own yard, before the school year had started. Barty Crouch Jr. most likely did this because it’d be harder to get at Moody once he was teaching at Hogwarts.

“Forced him into a compartment of his own magical trunk. Took some of his hair and added it to the Potion. I drank it, I became Moody’s double. I took his leg and his eye. I was ready to face Arthur Weasley when he arrived to sort out the Muggles who had heard a disturbance. I made the dustbins move around the yard. I told Arthur Weasley I had heard intruders in my yard, who had set the dustbins off. Then I packed up Moody’s clothes and Dark detectors, put them in the trunk with Moody, and set off for Hogwarts.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)

The “Moody” we see teaching at Hogwarts was always Barty Crouch Jr. and never the real Moody. After Barty Crouch Jr. was caught, the real Moody didn’t take over - Defense Against the Dark Arts was canceled, because the teacher was a fraud and the real Moody was in no shape to teach. Moody actually mentioned to Harry that it didn’t make sense calling him “professor” because he didn’t do much teaching.

“Professor Moody?’ he said uncertainly.

‘I don’t know so much about “Professor”,’ growled the voice, ‘never got round to much teaching, did I?”
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)

He didn’t end up teaching Harry at any point during Harry’s fourth year, and his comment on the title “professor” could imply he hadn’t been one at any other point - if he had, he might be used to it.

Moody doesn’t seem to have taught at any other point either.

After Harry’s fourth year, he doesn’t come back to teach in another year. He dies in what would have been Harry’s seventh year, so he certainly couldn’t teach after that. He doesn’t seem to have been a teacher at Hogwarts any time before Harry’s fourth year either - he’s only ever mentioned as being an Auror before his retirement.

“Who is Mad-Eye?’ asked Harry.

‘He’s retired, used to work at the Ministry,’ said Charlie. ‘I met him once when Dad took me into work with him. He was an Auror – one of the best … a Dark-wizard-catcher,’ he added, seeing Harry’s blank look.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 11 (Aboard the Hogwarts Express)

No one ever mentions him having taught at Hogwarts at any time prior to Harry’s fourth year. It seems like he was only ever an Auror until he retired, and he seems to have only became a teacher in Harry’s fourth year as a favor to Dumbledore, perhaps because Dumbledore wanted the students to learn from someone more practically experienced in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

  • Sorry thought canceled was a typo, didn't realise that was the American spelling.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:50
  • @TheLethalCarrot That’s okay, I don’t mind! Thanks for fixing my word omission! :)
    – Obsidia
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:54
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    I've updated this question as the current best answer. I have also updated the original question to ask if he was ever a true teacher at any time. Just FYI. Thanks for your work. Commented May 4, 2018 at 17:56
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    "...certainly couldn't teach after [dying]". Wasn't the history teacher Cuthbert Binns a ghost, and therefore teaching long after he was dead?
    – Suppen
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 20:21
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    @Bellatrix "...Moody doesn't seem the type to return as a ghost" Maybe not as a teaching ghost, but I could absolutely seem him returning as a ghost to haunt any of his adversaries still living. Although I'm not sure how ghosts work outside Hogwarts. I suppose thats another question entirely. Commented May 5, 2018 at 16:50

As a Hogwarts Professor, no (as other answers have stated). But he did train Aurors if that counts.

"I don't know so much about 'Professor,' never got round to much teaching, did I?" - Moody to Harry in OotP

Tonks was described as Moody's protégée which implies he was actively involved in her training.

Clever, brave and funny, pink-haired Nymphadora Tonks was a protégée of Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody, the toughest and most grizzled Auror of them all.

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    How does this answer the question?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:50
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    @TheLethalCarrot Because the question doesn't exactly specify the DADA position. It does mention the DADA position, but never actually says that "teach" is only meant to be "teach the DADA position in 1994".
    – Cubic
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:53
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    @TheLethalCarrot It shows that Moody did not consider himself a Professor because he didn't do any teaching at Hogwarts but that he taught students of another type during their Auror training.
    – Bishop
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:54
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    @Cubic I think it is quite obvious the question is about DADA not ever...
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:55
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    @TheLethalCarrot My original question was somewhat vague. I've updated it to be more specific with the broader question: Did he teach, ever? Commented May 4, 2018 at 18:07


He was captured before the start of term. Barty Crouch Jnr. spent the whole year impersonating him. This was only discovered after the Triwizard Tournament.

There was still some of the term left after this but it seems the real Moody didn't teach.

The only person apart from Ron and Hermione that Harry felt able to talk to was Hagrid. As there was no longer a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, they had those lessons free. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37, The Beginning

  • Thanks - I feel like this answer best addresses as to whether or not he ever taught. I should have been more specific in my question though. Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:44
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    Can you provide any quotes or the like that show that Moody was captures before the term started? The quote you provide only shows that he was released (but did not teach) before the term ended...
    – Doc
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 16:29
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    "chapter 10"? That can't be right.. "The Beginning" is the last chapter, which I recall being 34 or 35
    – eques
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 17:42

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