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Character of the Month (February ’18) | Remus Lupin

Note: This post may contain spoilers from the Harry Potter series. 

Originally, I’d planned this month’s character to be one from a romance novel, considering I’m posting this on Valentines day. However, I’ve decided against that, due to yesterday’s top five, and my severe lack of knowledge of romance novels. I’m not usually one to care for those, having only read one popular romance novel and my connection to the character is pretty limited outside of ‘sweet’. So, I settled for a character I’ve felt connected to since I was a child and ignored everything about Valentines.

Remus Lupin | The Harry Potter Series

Credit to artist. (Click image) 

I’ve been a huge fan of the Harry Potter series since I was a child. There’s a special place in my heart for all the characters, however, one I feel especially connected to is Remus Lupin.
His character is one that’s been special to me throughout the series, with his kindness, courage and heartbreaking backstory. However, what I loved most about him is his connection to Harry. Since his introduction in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin has made it a priority to protect the boy. His devotion for Harry span from his childhood friendship with Sirius and James, however, the best thing about him was that he didn’t follow his friends footsteps. Although, he was one of the infamous pranksters, the marauders, he didn’t indulge himself in bullying – yes, he didn’t stop it, but also didn’t involve himself with it. Since becoming the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry’s third year, he takes it upon himself to teach Harry self-defence, bringing out his potential and being one of the best teachers to him at Hogwarts. Plus, the guy carries chocolate around with him all the time, so readers could learn a thing or two from Remus Lupin.
Finally, need I mention the fact that his name translates to ‘Wolf Wolf’ and yet thought he could keep his identity a secret? 

Who is Remus Lupin?

  • Gryffindor and Prefect. He was a good student, but also a prankster – known as one of the Marauders; Moony.
  • Former Defence Against the Dark Arts professor.
  • Member of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Husband to Nymphadora Tonks, and father to Edward “Teddy” Lupin.
  • Half-blood Wizard and only son of Lyall and Hope Lupin.
  • Known as compassionate, intelligent, selfless, level-headed and good-natured. Unlike the other three Marauders, Remus never partook in bullying.
  • Extensive knowledge of Dark creatures, and is capable of wandless and non-verbal magic. He is also a talented duellist.
  • He was afflicted with lycanthropy during his childhood, because of Fenrir Greyback’s revenge against Lyall. Due to this, he suffered the fear of rejection and deep feelings of shame throughout his life.
  • During education, to secure the safety of fellow students he was sent to the Shrieking Shack once a month for transformations. The transformations were painful, and was what created the rumour that the Shack was haunted by violent ghosts.
  • Once his friends, James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew discovered his secret, they became Animagi to keep him company during transformations. By their fifth year, Remus’s transformation was tame.
  • Had difficulty finding employment due to his affliction as a werewolf.
  • Fought in both Wizarding Wars; 1978-1981 and 1995-1998.
  • During the second Wizarding War, he participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (1996), the Battle of the Astronomy Tower (1997) and the final battle in 1998.
  • Remus was murdered by Death Eater, Antonin Dolohov, during the final battle of Hogwarts. His death was avenged by Filius Flitwick.

Note: Remus Lupin is portrayed by David Thewlis in the Harry Potter film adaptations.

Remus Lupin Aesthetic

Favourite Quotes

“Did you like question ten, Moony?” asked Sirius as they emerged into the entrance hall.
“Loved it,” said Lupin briskly. “Give signs that identify the werewolf. Excellent question.”

“D’you thnk you managed to get all the signs?” said James in tone of mock concern.
“Think I did,” said Lupin seriously, as they joined the crowd thronging around the front doors eager to get out into the sunlit grounds. “One: He’s sitting on my chair. Two: He’s wearing my clothes. Three: His name’s Remus Lupin…”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

“I see,” said Lupin thoughtfully. “Well, well… I’m impressed. That suggests what you fear most of all is – fear. Very wise, Harry.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“Your parents gave their lives to keep you alive, Harry. A poor way to repay them – gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“How come she married him?” Harry asked miserable, “She hated him!”
“Nah, she didn’t,” said Sirius.
“She started going out with him in seventh year,” said Lupin.
“Once James had deflated his head a bit,” said Sirius.
“And stopped hexing people for the fun of it,” said Lupin.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

“I am sorry too,” said Lupin. “Sorry I will never know him – but he will know why I died and I hope he will understand. I was trying to make a world in which he could live a happier life.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows



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