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How come Remus Lupin transforms into such a scrawny werewolf?

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I LOVE werewolves. They are my favorite creatures! So imagine my surprise, first good then slowly diminishing, when I found out Remus was a werewolf! Then transformed into what looks more like a Wererat. Honestly I would've expected Peter Pettigrew to look like that if he ever contracted lycanthropy(Rodenthropy?) I hear all these stories and read all this info about Fenrir being such a frightening werewolf but we never get to see his form! Can anyone tell me why Remus looks like that, if there's anywhere they show an imagine of Fenrir fully transformed, and mayyyybe why fenrir's werewolf was never shown? Thank you in advance for any info!

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Hes rather skinny as a person so that would explain his form. Bear in mind his skin has to stretch over re formed bones so thats another reason he appears skinny.

I think that JK//The film directors wanted him to appear different to the typical macho-muscle werewolves in films and series like The Order or Van Helsing.

Maybe the potions and stuff makes him weaker and more like his human form as a werewolf?

Or maybe its the fact that he goes through so much pain on transformations?

It could even be down to the fact that he is quite poor, and is used to being fired or forced to resign from jobs because of his condition.

I dont really know to be honest :)

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To answer your enquiry, and to address the other speculations;

FIRST) Werewolf Lupin's Film look doesn't necessarily mean that's how he appears in the book, however I DO know that the reason he's not styled as a traditional hulking manwolf with big muscles (Like Van Helsing) is because this look was to be both a unique look compared to other werewolves in films AND to show how much Lupin suffers when he transforms, he looks deceased and ill, NOT a super powerful creature. I even read somewhere they used Aid patience for inspirations but I cannot remember the source of that comment. Lupin's wolf looks scraggly and weaker than other wolves because it represents tragic his character is.

SECOND) As for the theory that it's because he drinks wolf potions, in the film AND book, Remus Lupin forgot to take his potion on the night he transformed, meaning he had no control of his mind, in either case, it has no impact on his physical transformation.

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Might be because of the potion that he is taking to help him control the wolf part of him.

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He is usually seen as scrawny and sickly looking so it would make sense that he would look the same in his transformations.

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Harry Potter: 20 Strangest Details About Remus Lupin’s Anatomy

Remus Lupin was Harry's favorite Hogwarts professor in the Harry Potter series. This is because he was not only one of the best teachers the school had ever seen, but also because he was one of the most caring. Unlike many Hogwarts professors, Lupin would address each of his students by their first name as opposed to their last. He also made an effort to get to know them on a human level, in order to connect with them. These are just some of the reasons why the Harry Potter fans have connected with him as well.

Every character in J.K. Rowling's masterful story isn't precisely what they seem. In the case of Lupin, his lovable front masks the werewolf curse that lays within. As Rowling stresses in the novels and their film adaptations, a person's illness or medical condition shouldn't dictate their entire being. The delicacy that Rowling used when crafting this character was reflected in the way Lupin himself behaved. Not only was he a great teacher, but he was also a fierce friend and a strong ally of Harry's and of the Order of the Phoenix.

Even though Remus Lupin is an iconic part of the lexicon of the Harry Potter franchise, many fans would be surprised by certain elements of his anatomy. They'd be taken back by some of the unique qualities he has both in his human and in his magical creature form.

Without further ado, here are the 20 Strangest Details About Remus Lupin’s Anatomy.

20 He Became A Werewolf At 4

Remus Lupin's defining physical attribute is the fact that he was actually a werewolf, but the origin of his curse is even more tragic than one would expect. Lupin's father, Lyall, worked for the Ministry of Magic. During the trial of Fenrir Greyback, Lyall was the only one to realize that he was a werewolf. Having an anger for Greyback's crimes, as well as a bigoted opinion about werewolves, Lyall demanded that Greyback be put down.

This enraged Greyback, who decided to get revenge on Lyall by attacking Remus. Although Greyback wasn't able to take out Remus due to Lyall's spells, he was able to bite him. The result was Remus being cursed with lycanthropy for the rest of his life at age 4. It was a bitter wake-up call for Lyall, who was unable to cure his son.

19 Silver Won't Actually Hurt Him

Just like how vampires can't stand garlic, or how mummies are afraid of cats, in literature, a werewolf's greatest weakness is silver. The idea seems to date back to 18th century folklore called The Legend of the Beast of Gevaudan. However, some suggest that 19th Century authors went back and altered that telling. Regardless, silver being the thing that ends werewolves has become a staple of all literature.

This is not the case in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise. At no point does Rowling state that silver can actually harm Lupin in any way. In fact, there's much reason to believe that the metal would do nothing to him. After all, he's often surrounded by various silver artifacts, including in his Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom.

18 He Was A Talented Duelist

It should come as no surprise that Remus Lupin was a skilled duelist. After all, he was a member of the Order of the Phoenix and the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. One of the reasons he was such a proficient teacher was the fact that he knew magic inside and out. This definitely included dueling.

In both the books and the movies, Lupin takes part in various duels. Especially in the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lupin shows his skills in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, where he comes out unscathed. Unfortunately, he does meet his end at the hands of a more skilled duelist in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, he was able to use his magic long enough to put up a good fight.

17 CGI And Prosthetics Were Used To Create His Transition

As detailed in the behind-the-scenes video on the VFX process in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the filmmakers used both CGI and prosthetics to bring Lupin's transformation to life. Although the end result wasn't entirely perfect, the fact that the director Alfonso Cuaron and his team used both methods certainly made the scene stronger than it could have been.

They used various shots of actor David Thewlis in progressively heavier make-up, pieced them together, and then used CGI to blend them and enhance the more complex shots. This is the ideal technique as it also includes an actor's performance. After all, they get to physically be a part of the transformation process instead of leaving it all to the wonders of CGI.

16 His Patronus Was A Wolf

No witch or wizard has control over the animal that their Patronus takes the shape of. The same is true for a person's Animagus. Hard as a witch or wizard may try, their personality and magical make-up determine what animal will represent them. It's usually an animal that closely resembles them in some way, be it a physical attribute or an emotional one.

Unfortunately for Remus Lupin, his Patronus took the shape of a wolf. As a child, this really upset him as it constantly reminded him of his cursed werewolf status. It was basically something that haunted him in every corner of his life. Thematically, it makes sense for Rowling to have made this choice. It also further linked him to his best friend, Sirius Black, whose Animagus and Patronus were also a wolf.

15 His Personality Contrasted His Wolf-State

Another interesting choice that Rowling made when designing the character of Remus Lupin was emphasizing the dichotomy between his werewolf state and his human nature. When Lupin had transformed into a werewolf, he was mostly uncontrollable, vicious, and a threat to everyone and anything around him. Unlike an Animagus, being a werewolf is anything but fun.

However, in Lupin's human state, he was calm, collected and understanding. It's one of the reasons why he was such a great professor. His demeanor made him able to impart wisdom to his students, as well as keep control over the classroom without losing his temper. Could you imagine if he had to teach the class as a werewolf? That would be a whole different story entirely.

14 David Thewlis Based Lupin On His Old Teacher

In an interview, Remus Lupin actor David Thewlis explained that he based his performance on one of his old teachers. Although much of the character was mapped out for him in the script, as well as in J.K. Rowling's novels, he chooses to bring a little something of his own to him. Apparently, Thewlis could relate to the way Lupin reached out to his students as well as imparted wisdom to them. After all, he had experienced a similar circumstance with one of his own teachers.

Thewlis mentioned this when asked if he had put any preparations into being a werewolf. Rather than focusing on the mother, he found Lupin's role as a teacher far more interesting and important to the story.


Everyone knows that Bellatrix Lestrange was Lord Voldemort's favorite Death Eater. Not only that, but she was also one of his most powerful servants. Sometimes it's easy to forget that Remus Lupin was actually related to her by marriage.

This is because Lupin married Bellatrix's niece, Nymphadora Tonks. However, Bellatrix didn't see Tonks as her niece because she had disowned her sister, Tonks' mother Andromeda, for marrying a Muggle. This broke their pure-blood elite status as part of the Sacred Twenty Eight. Lupin's disdain for Bellatrix ran deep for many reasons. First and foremost, she represented everything he disliked. She also followed Voldemort, was bigoted against his wife, and took out his best friend, Sirius. Eventually, Bellatrix ended Tonks' life during the Battle of Hogwarts.


During the final years of Remus Lupin's life, he married his Order of the Phoenix colleague, Nymphadora Tonks. Soon after, the pair had a son named Edward "Teddy" Lupin. Luckily for Teddy, he didn't inherit his father's werewolf curse, but he did become a Metamorphmagus like his mother.

A Metamorphmagus is an extremely rare witch or wizard who has the ability to change their appearance without the use of Polyjuice Potion or any other form of difficult magic. Very little is known about Teddy Lupin, but we can only hope that this ability made him feel closer to his mother. We do know he changed his hair color multiple times throughout his young life since it was so easy for him.

11 Being A Werewolf Could Have Gotten Him Expelled And Fired

The fact that Lupin was a werewolf could have easily gotten him expelled from Hogwarts as a kid, as well as fired from his teaching post as an adult. This is because the wizarding community generally had a negative perspective on the creatures. It's one of the reasons why Voldemort targeted them for his army; they had a vendetta on the larger community for their bigotry.

If it wasn't for Albus Dumbledore, Lupin would have been gone in a heartbeat. When Lupin was a student, Dumbledore arranged for him to be kept in the Shrieking Shack during his transformations, in order to protect the other students. Later on, Dumbledore also made sure that his staff kept Lupin's status a secret, in order not to worry the parents who would have surely petitioned to remove Lupin from his position.

10 He Reacted Positively To Wolfsbane Potion

Dumbledore went beyond protocol when it came to making sure his Order of the Phoenix colleague was safe as a teacher at Hogwarts. He clearly believed that Lupin would benefit the students, as well as protect Harry from any dangers.

During Lupin's time as a teacher at Hogwarts, Dumbledore got Severus Snape to brew Wolfsbane Potion for Lupin. This allowed Lupin to retain his human mind during his transformations, giving him more control over his actions. However, in the moments where he couldn't take the potion before a transformation, he would revert back to his more animalistic state. Wolfsbane Potion is particularly tricky to make. At the time of Lupin's job, Snape was the only one who could make it. The potion couldn't rid him of his curse, but certainly, relieved some of the symptoms.


There were many moments of foreshadowing Lupin's secret life as a werewolf in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. One of the clues that Rowling gave was the distinctive injuries on Lupin's face. They were particularly noticeable after a transformation.

The exact cause of these facial scars was not given in the novels. However, Lupin does tell Bill Weasley (whom Greyback also attacked) that his scars were unlikely to heal. This is because werewolf-inflicted injuries are cursed. It's possible that Lupin received these scars from Greyback or from other werewolves during his transformation. Additionally, the scars could have been self-inflicted. After all, Lupin was deeply unhappy about his status. He could have harmed himself in his fits of anger.

8 His Transformations Ruined His Clothes

There are two main reasons for Lupin's shabby appearance in all of the Harry Potter books and movies. First and foremost, Lupin's monthly transformations caused him to go through clothes like crazy. They tended to rip, fray, or get utterly ruined when he became a werewolf.

Secondly, due to his status as a werewolf, it was particularly hard for Lupin to get or keep a job. Therefore, it's easy to determine that he didn't have all that much money to buy new clothing. Regardless of the precise reason for his poor wardrobe, Lupin was teased for it by Draco Malfoy during Prisoner of Azkaban. He could have also been pestered for it during his time as a student, but in all likelihood, the other Marauders came to his defense.

7 He Was Skilled At Wandless and Non-Verbal Magic

One of the truest signs of a powerful witch or wizard is their ability to use non-verbal and wandless magic. This means that they don't need the powers of a wand to harness or bring forth their own genetic abilities. Remus Lupin was one such wizard.

Numerous times during J.K. Rowling's masterful series, Lupin used his skills without so much as drawing his unicorn-hair core wand. He could easily open locks or relight candles just with the wave of his hand. This was very similar to Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, who were known to be some of the most powerful wizards in history, though Remus didn't use it at the same level.

6 His Transformation Screams Were Mistaken For Ghosts

During Lupin's time as a student at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore always had his back. After all, he was the one to arrange for Lupin to be taken to the Shrieking Shack during his monthly transformations. This prevented Lupin from accidentally harming other students or teachers when he lost control.

As most Harry Potter fans know, The Shrieking Shack is not far outside of Hogsmeade village. It was known as one of the most haunted buildings in all of Britain. This is because the citizens of Hogsmeade constantly heard shrieking coming from the old home. Even the Hogwarts ghosts were afraid of going inside. However, the shrieks coming from within weren't from spirits; they were actually from Lupin's horrible transformations. Like everything in Rowling's series, the Shack wasn't as it first appeared.


One of the most lovable aspects of Lupin was that he always had a piece of chocolate on hand. He believed that chocolate was one of the best medicines for any ailment, be it physical or emotional. It's highly likely that Lupin was allergic to the very thing he loved to give to children and eat himself, because he was a werewolf.

In literature, including Rowling's series, werewolves have similar chemical make-ups to real canines. As all dog owners know, chocolate is one of the most awful things to feed a canine, because it contains a significant amount of theobromine as well as caffeine, both of which can be lethal if a dog consumes enough of it. Perhaps Lupin only ate a little bit of chocolate as he knew he would be harmful to him. Either way, it was just another aspect of his terrible curse.

4 His Charms Skills Helped Create The Marauder's Map

Charms were one of the magical skills that Remus Lupin showed proficiency for at a young age. It was a trait that he and his fellow Marauders (Sirius, James, and Peter) all had in common. It's what gave them the ability to create such a unique and detailed magical object as the Marauder's Map.

For those who can't remember, the Marauder's Map was an enchanted parchment that portrayed the castle and grounds of Hogwarts in full-detailed. It also showed the whereabouts of every student, teacher, and staff member that occupied the school. For the Marauders, it was an essential tool that helped them sneak around undetected. Additionally, Lupin was able to cast a corporeal Patronus, which was concerned to be a very advanced form of Charm magic.

3 Much Of Lupin Was Cut From The Movies

One of the most unfortunate parts of the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series was the fact that so much had to be cut out. Among the story cuts were many scenes that included Remus Lupin. For instance, Lupin was far more important in The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince, but so many scenes from that story didn't end up in the film.

Lupin also had an important scene that didn't end up in Deathly Hallows Part 1. This was when he visited Harry at Grimmauld Place to attempt to escort him on his Horcrux quest. In the book, the argument between the two was hugely important to their relationship and Lupin's arc. Too bad it was cut from the film.

2 Dolohov Ended Him

Lupin was easily one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter series. Therefore, it makes sense that J.K. Rowling decided to end his life in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After all, she had a habit of taking away some of Harry's strongest allies. It's one of the reasons the books felt like they had real consequences.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Lupin was taken out off-screen by one of Voldemort's Death Eaters. Although Lupin was a talented duelist, Antonin Dolohov was seen as one of the best. In the end, Dolohov was taken out by Filius Flitwick, who was more powerful than both of them. Chances are, Lupin was able to put up a good fight before meeting his end, but in both the book and movie, we never actually saw his final moments.

1 He Was Supposed To Survive

It's often the case that a writer reveals story decisions far after a series has concluded. This is because fans are so curious about every single detail that they hound a writer until they unload some of their secrets. This was certainly the case with J.K. Rowling when she was asked why she ended Remus Lupin by the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Rowling revealed that Lupin wasn't actually supposed to pass away at the end of the series. In fact, she was arguing with herself if she was going to eliminate him or Arthur Weasley. For some reason, it was between the two of them, probably because both acted as father-figures to Harry, and therefore would have hit home for both him and the audience. Unfortunately, Rowling ended up picking Lupin as the casualty and the rest is history.

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Harry Potter: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Remus Lupin

The Harry Potter universe features deep backstories for many of the main characters. Throughout the series, we learn a lot about Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Voldemort, and Snape to name a few. One pivotal character who is still kind of shrouded in mystery is Remus Lupin.

Lupin makes his first appearance in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and we learn that he's a werewolf, as well as a childhood friend of Harry's father. Though there's a fair amount that we know, we've come up with ten things most fans don't know about him.

10 He Fought Hard For Werewolf Rights

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, werewolves are highly discriminated against. It's part of why Remus stayed away from most of civilization before coming to Hogwarts and why parents wouldn't be happy knowing he was teaching their children.

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Remus' own father was vocal about his feelings on werewolves. He considered them to be soulless, evil, and that they should die. His viewpoint changed when his son was turned, but that was how most people looked at them. Remus fought against the prejudices towards wolves whenever he could. And more often than not, he found success.

9 Why His Wolf Form Looked So Frail

When most people think of a werewolf, they picture a creature that is vicious and terrifying. That's certainly the vibe that Fenrir Greyback gives off whenever we see him. So why did Remus Lupin look so unintimidating when he turned in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

The idea was that Remus' werewolf form should mimic how he lived outside of it. His condition caused him to socially alienate himself from most of the world and he was noted to almost always look sickly. His wolf form was thin and mostly hairless. It also played into how he combated werewolf stereotypes.

8 The Condition On Which He Accepted His Teaching Job

Considering the way wizards and witches viewed werewolves, it makes sense that Remus would be wary of taking on a teaching job at Hogwarts. But there was another factor outside of potential backlash. Remus knew he had no control of his werewolf side and didn't want to hurt any students.

To get Remus to agree to come work for him, Albus Dumbledore promised him an endless supply of the wolfsbane potion. This potion didn't prevent Remus from turning, but it relieved some of the effects. It would be brewed consistently for him by master potions maker Severus Snape. That's why Remus always felt gratitude towards Severus, even if he didn't like him.

7 He Was Awarded The Order Of Merlin

For those who aren't completely immersed in the world of Harry Potter, the Order of Merlin is a very prestigious award. It is given to wizards and witches who have accomplished something great. They come in levels from First Class down to Third Class, but all are honors.

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Throughout history, winners included Newt Scamander (Second Class), Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall (both First Class). Remus Lupin was awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class, for his efforts during the Battle of Hogwarts and his time with the Order of the Phoenix. He made history as the first werewolf to receive this honor.

6 How Dumbledore Recruited Him For Hogwarts

For most kids, getting the acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a special day. But for Remus Lupin, it was something truly incredible. Due to his knowledge of Remus' lycanthropy condition, Albus Dumbledore visited him personally to invite him to Hogwarts.

Dumbledore did not agree with the discrimination that werewolves faced, so he did everything he could to accommodate Remus. That included the commissioning of the Shrieking Shack as a place for Remus to turn every full moon. Dumbledore also played up the rumors of the shack being haunted to keep visitors away.

5 His Parents Met Because Of A Boggart

The most memorable lesson we ever read about or see on screen that Remus Lupin teaches in Defense Against the Dark Arts is focused on boggarts. These little shapeshifting creatures take the form of whatever the person who encounters it fears the most. But boggarts actually play a major role in Remus' life.

Remus' father Lyall met his mother Hope because of a boggart. While walking through the woods, Hope came upon a boggart that shifted into a scary man. Lyall rescued her and dealt with the boggart. Being a muggle, Hope had no clue that a boggart was ultimately harmless. She fell for the man who saved her and Lyall eventually told her the truth.

4 The Meaning Of His Family's Names

If you know anything about Roman mythology, you may have guessed that Remus would be revealed as a werewolf. That's because Roman myths say the founders of Rome were Remus and Romulus, both raised by a wolf. Diving a little further, his father's name shared a similar background.

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Lyall is a name derived from the word liulfr, which is the Old Norse word for wolf. While Lyall himself wasn't a wolf, it worked as another hint of what was to come. Even more, the name Lupin is a play on Lupus, which is the Latin word for wolf. Remus' name is filled with nods to wolf mythology.

3 JK Rowling Hated Killing Him Off

JK Rowling has been quite open about her feelings while writing the final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A lot of characters were killed off and she was emotional about most of them. However, she's admitted that Remus ranked near the top.

Rowling called Remus one of her most beloved characters of the entire series. His name usually comes up with Harry, Hermione, and Dumbledore among the favorites. Rowling also let it be known that it came down to killing either Remus or Arthur Weasley. Since Arthur lived, Remus had to go. It also made sense so Teddy's beginnings could mirror Harry's.

2 He Couldn't Stand His Patronus

In an interesting note, neither the books nor the movies ever reveal what Remus' Patronus is. That's particularly odd because it is Remus who teaches the spell to Harry and it's such a major spell throughout the series. Fans wondered for a long time what form his Patronus took.

JK Rowling disclosed the information that his Patronus was an ordinary wolf. It was something that made Remus very uncomfortable and that's why he never really showed it off unless he absolutely had to. Remus often decided against casting corporeal Patronus spells.

1 He Was Turned Into A Wolf Out Of Revenge

Early on, many believed Remus was born a werewolf. We soon found out that he was turned in an attack by Death Eater Fenrir Greyback. But what many still don't know is that this happened when he a small child and that it wasn't a random happening. Greyback chose Remus as a measure of revenge.

Lyall Lupin worked at the Ministry of Magic and his harsh words about werewolves deserving nothing more than death ruffled some feathers. He was upset when Greyback received lenient treatment while being questioned. Greyback took this personally and targeted Lyall's son. He climbed in through Remus' window and bit him, turning him when he was just four years old.

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Remus Lupin

Fictional character from the Harry Potter universe

Remus John Lupin is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. He first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor. Lupin remains in the story long after resigning from this post as a friend to the central character, Harry Potter. In the films, he is portrayed by David Thewlis as an adult, and James Utechin as a teenager.[1]

Fictional character biography

Lupin is a half-blood, born, according to the series, to a wizard and a Muggle woman on March 10, He was bitten by the vicious werewolfFenrir Greyback when he was a small child, and became infected with lycanthropy; the condition being incurable, he was doomed to live his life as a werewolf. Lupin and his parents feared he would be unable to attend Hogwarts, but headmasterAlbus Dumbledore allowed him to enrol&#;provided certain protective measures were taken. A house was built in Hogsmeade with a secret passage leading to it from under the Whomping Willow. Lupin was smuggled into and confined in this house for his monthly transformations. The transformation from human to werewolf is difficult and painful, and if the creature is isolated, it will become frustrated and harm itself if unable to attack. The villagers mistook Lupin's howling as extremely violent ghosts. The house was dubbed "the Shrieking Shack" and became known as the most haunted building in Britain. Although it was never actually haunted, Dumbledore promoted this rumour to discourage curious villagers from exploring. It eventually became the Marauders' secret hangout when they achieved complete Animagi transformations.

When Lupin started Hogwarts, his condition was kept secret, but James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew deduced the truth in their second year. By their fifth year, they secretly (and illegally) learned how to become Animagi to keep Lupin company during his transformations. His lycanthropy was not transmittable to them in their Animagus forms, nor was he a threat to them while they were animals. Additionally, James and Sirius' Animagi (a stag and a large dog) were large enough to control a werewolf. His friends nicknamed him "Moony" for his condition. When Severus Snape became curious about where Lupin disappeared to each month, Black played a prank on him in their sixth year (although Sirius, James and Peter hated Snape, Lupin claimed he had no reason to hate him until their sixth year). Sirius told Snape where Lupin went every month, although he neglected to mention he was a werewolf and knew Snape could be killed if he approached Lupin in his transformed state. Snape, determined to get them in trouble, followed Sirius' directions. When James learned what Sirius did, he stopped Snape before he reached the Shrieking Shack, saving his life. Snape, however, had seen Lupin in werewolf form and was sworn to secrecy by Dumbledore. Snape never forgave Sirius and believed James' only motive in foiling the plan was to avoid expulsion from Hogwarts.

In his fifth year, Lupin was made a prefect, although he had trouble disciplining James and Sirius. He did not become Head Boy, however. In an interview, J. K. Rowling linked this to Lupin's desire to be liked, "because he's been disliked so often." Lupin's main failing is, "he's always so pleased to have friends, so he cuts them an awful lot of slack."[2] In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius said Lupin was the "good boy," and Rowling says he was the "mature" one. According to Sirius, Lupin did not participate in his and James' bullying (of Snape, in particular), but Lupin regrets never having told them to stop. He is also one of the co-creators of the Marauder's Map, which later falls into Harry Potter's ownership.

Lupin loathes and fears his monthly transformations: when he faces boggarts, they take the form of a globular full moon. These transformations became less severe in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Wolfsbane Potion provided by Snape allowed him to have some control over them, and to retain his mind. It is shown that Lupin wears brown colored New & Lingwood brand shoes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when packing.

Lupin was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Professor Lupin first appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in which he taught Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is first seen on the Hogwarts Express, asleep, and "looked as if one good curse would be able to finish him off". However, when Dementors appeared in the train, Lupin finally wakes up "holding what seemed to be a handful of flames". There is evidence to suggest that Lupin is a more powerful wizard than he lets on. While on the train during Prisoner of Azkaban, he summons fire without a wand (wandless magic being difficult to perform) and holds it in the palm of his bare hand. Later, in Order of the Phoenix, he is the only fighter besides Dumbledore who was not wounded, killed or knocked unconscious in the battle at the Department of Mysteries. This could be an indication of controlled wandless magic, something very few characters have been seen to do in the Harry Potter universe. At the end of the year, Severus Snape, furious over Sirius Black's escape and his resultant loss of the Order of Merlin promised to him by Cornelius Fudge, made public that Lupin was a werewolf, whereupon Lupin resigned in anticipation of the public outcry against a werewolf teaching at Hogwarts. During his tenure, he gave Harry private lessons in casting the Patronus Charm, the only known means of defence against Dementors. His students, excepting a few from Slytherin, held him in extremely high regard and loved his hands-on teaching style. Harry and his friends considered him to have been their best Defence teacher.

Until the climax of Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin believed Sirius Black was guilty of murdering 12 Muggles, betraying Lily and James Potter, and killing Peter Pettigrew. He eventually discovered the truth &#; that Sirius was innocent, and the very much alive Peter was the traitor. He helped Sirius to explain the truth to Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Shrieking Shack, and they all confronted Peter, who had been disguised for the previous twelve years as Ron's pet rat, Scabbers. However, Remus had forgotten to take the Wolfsbane potion, which prevented him from becoming violent while a werewolf. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione were distracted by Lupin, Peter assumed his Animagus form and escaped.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Lupin reappears as an Order of the Phoenix member in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but his role in the book is smaller than in Prisoner of Azkaban.

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin is described as having "light brown hair" that is greying, and he wears shabby, patched clothing. In Order of the Phoenix, he has a pale face with premature lines. Because there are few employment opportunities for werewolves, as most in the wizarding world are prejudiced against them out of fear of the violent transformations, Lupin depends primarily on the kindness of others for support. When additional anti-werewolf laws are passed by the Ministry of Magic under Dolores Umbridge's direction in Order of the Phoenix, Lupin becomes nearly unemployable. Lupin joins the newly reformed Order of the Phoenix in the fifth book and is part of the advance guard who escorts Harry from the Dursley family home in the book's opening chapters. Lupin lives in Grimmauld Place, the Order of the Phoenix headquarters with Sirius Black, but does not stay there often as he is usually sent on secret tasks for the Order. Later, he participates in the battle at the Department of Mysteries where he duels Lucius Malfoy. He came out unscathed while Lucius was bound by invisible ropes by Dumbledore.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Lupin's role is small when compared to that in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In Half-Blood Prince, he is working undercover as a spy amongst his fellow werewolves, who are under the leadership of the werewolf Fenrir Greyback, who bit Lupin as a child, and joined forces with Voldemort. Remus admits to Harry that due to prejudice in the wizarding world, he has found the werewolves' siding with Voldemort hard to counter, as the Dark Lord offers them more freedom than they are currently allowed.

At the end of the book, it is revealed that Nymphadora Tonks has fallen in love with Remus (Remus is 13 years older than Tonks). He resisted becoming involved with her because of the risks from his being a werewolf, and he said he is, "too old, too poor, and too dangerous," for her. However, the two are seen holding hands in one of the book's last scenes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Lupin appears in Deathly Hallows as even more tired-looking and anxious than before. He takes part in the Order's retrieval of Harry from Privet Drive and just prior to their departure, Tonks reveals that she and Remus were married recently. However, on various occasions he does not appear to be happy but rather tense.

Further into the book, Remus stumbles upon the trio hiding at Grimmauld Place and offers his assistance to help complete whatever task Dumbledore assigned them. A heated argument between Harry and Lupin over his motives for wanting to join them results in the revelation that Tonks is now pregnant; he believes his marriage to Tonks has made her an outcast, believing even her own family is disgusted by their alliance, and the unborn child, to whom he feels guilty for potentially passing on his lycanthropy, would be better off without him. Hermione tries to assure him that a child could never think that of his father; but Harry, who lost his own father (and godfather) at such a young age, and also does not want to put Remus in danger, criticises him for abandoning his family, going so far as to call him a coward. Lupin attacks Harry with his wand, smashing him into a wall, and leaves in a rage. Inevitably, he recognizes the truth in Harry's words and returns to Tonks' side.

Lupin remains active in the Order of the Phoenix throughout the year, while their increasingly desperate situation drives members such as Aberforth Dumbledore to quit. Loyalists with the wizarding wireless hear him run the casualty reports section on the pirate radio station Potterwatch under the pseudonym of Romulus (a tribute to the twins Romulus and Remus who were raised by wolves). Late in the year, Tonks gives birth to a healthy baby boy named Teddy Remus Lupin, who demonstrates Metamorphmagus tendencies instead of lycanthropy. Harry was named his godfather.

Lupin commands a group of defenders on the school grounds during the Battle of Hogwarts and is last mentioned to be duelling Antonin Dolohov. Both Lupin and Tonks die in combat, killed by Dolohov and Bellatrix Lestrange, respectively,[3] leaving Teddy an orphan with Harry Potter as his godfather and Andromeda Tonks as his guardian. JK Rowling has since stated that she originally intended for both Lupin and Tonks to survive. (see JK Rowling interview)

When Harry uses the Resurrection Stone, a younger-looking Lupin, along with Sirius, James, and Lily accompany Harry through the Forbidden Forest as he approaches Voldemort and an apparently imminent death. Harry apologizes to them all for their deaths, most especially to Lupin, for he would no longer have a chance to raise his son. Lupin tells Harry that he is sorry too, but also that his son will know what his father died for - a world in which his son would lead a happier life - and hopes that he will understand. The four spectres ward off Dementors as they travel through the forest, much like Patronuses, and are invisible to all but Harry. They disappear when Harry drops the Resurrection Stone as he goes to face the Dark Lord.

Rowling stated in an interview that Lupin and Tonks died to compensate for the last-minute reprieve she gave to Arthur Weasley when he survived a would-have-been fatal attack in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.[4] Rowling also stated that it was Antonin Dolohov who killed him.[5]


Actor David Thewlis was Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron's first choice to play the role of Lupin. Thewlis had earlier auditioned for the role of Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone but lost out to Ian Hart, who in turn encouraged Thewlis to take the role of Lupin.[6] Thewlis appears as Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and finally in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. A teenaged version of Lupin briefly appears in Order of the Phoenix played by James Utechin during Snape's memories.

Name etymology

This character's name is a clear example of Rowling's use of descriptive names for her characters, settings and other story elements. His first name, "Remus," is an allusion to Romulus and Remus,[7] the legendary twin founders of Rome, who as infants were cared for by a she-wolf. Lupin borrows the name of the other twin, "Romulus," as a nom de guerre in Book 7.

His last name, "Lupin," recalls the English word "lupine" (meaning "characteristic of or relating to wolves"), which in turn is derived from Latin lupus ("wolf"). In the folklore of northern France, lupin is also the term used to refer to a type of werewolf, noted for its shyness (in contrast to the more aggressive and violent loup-garou). "Lupin" is also the name of a genus of flowering plant.


The fact that he's a werewolf and needs to take a potion to avoid hurting people for the rest of his life makes him a symbol of the consequences of prejudice and segregation, as well as society's often negative reaction to the ill and the disabled.[8] Lupin is often listed as one of the best characters in the Harry Potter lore. IGN ranked Lupin as the 14th best character in the franchise stating, "An old friend of Harry's parents, he was able to give Harry personal, intimate insight into who they were that no one else had been able to provide."[9] The character's death during the Battle of Hogwarts during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is often regarded as one of the most emotional deaths of the series. Author J.K. Rowling has apologised for killing the character in the years following.[10][11][12]


External links

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remus_Lupin

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