Harry Potter: 10 Things Only Book Fans Know About Remus Lupin
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Remus Lupin was an old friend to Harry Potter’s father. He is an interesting characters in the series, but only book fans know these things about him.
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Harry Potter’s world is pretty dark and bleak up until the events of the Prisoner of Azkaban. He struggles to settle into life at Hogwarts during the Sorcerer’s Stone and is accused of petrifying muggle-borns in the Chamber of Secrets, despite it clearly being Lord Voldemort behind such horrors. However, when Remus Lupin enters his life, the Boy Who Lived immediately takes to his new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.
Lupin is a good ally to Harry during their sole year at Hogwarts together and, when Lupin leaves, they still become closer. The movie did a good job at bringing the werewolf to life, but they didn’t cover every detail. Here’s 10 things from the books they missed out.
10 He Was Bitten By Fenrir Greyback
Potter movie fans know Lupin is a werewolf. This is revealed in the third movie of the series, with the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher’s secret uncovered by Hermione Granger. He very nearly mauls Harry, Hermione, and Ron Weasley to death but they’re saved from a horrible fate by a combination of Severus Snape and Sirius Black.
What’s not mentioned, however, is that it was Fenrir Greyback who turned him into the creature. Remus openly discusses this during the Half-Blood Prince, revealing how the savage beast nipped him when he was young in order to turn the wizarding world against him. It works, too, with the majority shunning him. We wouldn’t, though, because we think he’s a pretty standup guy for the most part.
9 He Nearly Killed Severus Snape
Snape and Remus were at Hogwarts together, with both students joining in September 1971. Yet Lupin very nearly kills the future Potions Master during their time at the castle.
This, really, is the work of Sirius. Knowing that Snape is interested in where Lupin goes every full moon, the Gryffindor pupil tries to trick his enemy into encountering the werewolf fully transformed in the Shrieking Shack. Fortunately, this fails at the last minute with James Potter coming to the rescue. But it’s certainly something Severus never forgets…
8 He Was A Prefect
Harry is disgruntled in the Order of the Phoenix book when Hermione and Ron are made prefects at Hogwarts. After all he’s been through, with continuously battling Lord Voldemort and watching Cedric Diggory die right in front of his very eyes, the Boy Who Lived has every right to feel aggrieved. He does his best to mask his mood during celebrations but Lupin lifts his spirits during a sweet, personal conversation.
Remus reveals that while he himself was made a prefect, Sirius and James weren’t given the honor due to the fact they could never stay out of trouble. This makes Harry feel slightly better as a result and we can’t say we’re surprised. Fred and George Weasley aside, did Hogwarts ever have such a big pair of mischief-makers?
7 He Taught Students About More Than Boggarts
In the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, fans get to see Remus teaching two things. The first is Boggarts, bringing about a memorable scene that sees Neville Longbottom force Snape into his grandmother’s clothes. And the second is the Patronus Charm, a spell used to repel Dementors.
However, he does far more than this during the source material. Remus educates his pupils on creatures such as Hinkypunks, Red Caps, Kappas, Grindylows, Vampires, Werewolves, and Nocturnal beasts, enhancing their knowledge of the magical world in the process. He’s widely considered as the best Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher the school has had but that doesn’t stop him from resigning after just a year in the role.
6 He Was Mocked Over His Shabby Robes
Lupin struggles for years and years after leaving Hogwarts, with many members of the wizarding community shunning him because of his condition. As a result, by the time he’s finally employed at Hogwarts, he hasn’t got much cash to his name. And this means that he’s mocked by students for his shabby attire.
The Prisoner of Azkaban film shows Slytherins taking aim at Rubeus Hagrid but it’s Lupin who arguably gets the rougher treatment. They’re rude to him constantly but he ignores their insults and carries on living his life like normal, much to his credit. A lesser man would have quit but Remus only does this when he’s got no other option.
5 He Reassured Harry Over His Father
In the Order of the Phoenix blockbuster, Harry goes back in time through Snape’s old memories. Once there, he sees a difficult scene involving his father, Sirius, Lupin, Pettigrew and his Potions Master. Much to his horror his dad and his friends torment Snape without reason, bullying him for the amusement of other students at the school.
Afterwards, in the book, Harry uses Floo Powder to get some clarification on the matter. Remus then appeases him, admitting that he and his old friends overstepped the mark and that their relationship with Snape wasn’t too dissimilar to Harry’s own with Draco Malfoy. This brings him some comfort but still doesn’t make what he saw easy to comprehend.
4 He Confronted The Dursleys
Harry is dreading going back to Privet Drive at the end of his fifth year, especially after seeing his godfather Sirius killed right in front of his eyes by the loathsome Bellatrix Lestrange. Therefore, when he gets off the train, he’s stunned to see Remus, Alastor Moody, and the Weasleys waiting to greet him.
Together, they all gang up on the Dursleys and tell them they’ll be straight over if they get any wind of Harry being mistreated. It’s a sweet moment, one that would have been entertaining to see play out on the big screen. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
3 He Had Doubts About Tonks
Remus and Nymphadora Tonks become an item in the Half-Blood Prince movie. And fans solely of the movies can be forgiven for thinking that it all was easy when it came to them coupling up. That’s not the case, however, as the book of the same name explains in detail.
For a long time, Lupin rejects Tonks. He fears what her being with a werewolf would do for her status and her career and this impacts her greatly. She has difficulty changing her appearance and it looks for a long time as though they’re not destined to be. Albus Dumbledore’s death changes things, though, and Remus ends up giving in to his feelings and embracing their romance. It’s not without hitches, though…
2 He Has A Child
Bafflingly, neither Deathly Hallows movies address the birth of Teddy Lupin.
Tonks falls pregnant early on in the book of the same name, but Remus isn’t happy. He fears for his child, believing they’d struggle in a world that hates his kind and anybody associated with them, while also being worried that they may inherit the same condition as himself. This leads him down a dark path, which leads us onto our last point…
1 He Nearly Leaves Tonks And Teddy
Another scene we’re amazed didn’t make it onto the big screen was Lupin visiting Harry, Ron, and Hermione while they’re hiding out at 12 Grimmauld Place during the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie.
In the source material, Remus begs the trio to allow him to go with them on their mission to hunt down Horcruxes. He’s expecting them to say yes because, after all, an experienced pair of hands wouldn’t hurt. However, a blazing row then breaks out with Harry telling Lupin his father would be ashamed to see him leaving his family behind. Fortunately, the pair reconcile shortly before Remus’ death.