J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is full of colourful, complex and wonderfully terrifying characters, but when it comes to the best heroes and villains that the series has to offer – Remus Lupin is quite easily one of the best of the best! First introduced as Harry, Ron and Hermione’s new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Remus Lupin plays a major role in the Harry Potter movies – but there’s a great deal you’ll only learn about the character if you’ve read the books.
The Harry Potter film franchise did a great job when it came to Remus Lupin, largely thanks to David Thewlis’ performance throughout the series, but there is an incredible amount of information that the movies never revealed about Harry’s favourite Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. For our latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, we’re ranking five details that only fans of the books will know about Remus Lupin.
5 – He Was Bitten By Fenrir Greyback As A Child
While the film series does a good job when it comes to showing Remus’ struggles with his werewolf transformations, the movies never reveal how he became a werewolf in the first place. In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Remus reveals to Harry that he was bitten as a child by Fenrir Greyback, an infamous werewolf in the wizarding world, in an act of revenge against his father.
4 – Dumbledore Personally Invited Him To Hogwarts
After being bitten by Fenrir Greyback, it seemed like Lupin would never be able to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore being Dumbledore, however, didn’t see any reason why being a werewolf should stop Remus from attending Hogwarts. The headmaster personally invited the young werewolf to the school and even arranged a safe space for Remus to transform.
3 – He Was A Hogwarts Prefect
You would think that being best friends with James Potter and Sirius Black, two of Hogwarts’ greatest trouble makers, would mean that Lupin would never be recognised for his good behaviour. In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, however, Lupin reveals to Harry that despite the immense amount of trouble James and Sirius’ caused while they were at Hogwarts – he was made a Hogwarts prefect in his fifth year.
2 – He Offered To Help Harry, Ron and Hermione Hunt The Horcruxes
During their stay at 12 Grimmauld Place in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Lupin finds Harry, Ron and Hermione – but things don’t exactly end well. Lupin asks Harry to let him join them on their hunt for the Horcruxes, saying that he believes it is what Harry’s father would want him to do. This leads to a massive argument between Harry and Lupin, however, as the latter sees that Lupin is simply trying to avoid his responsibilities as a father and husband.
1 – He Didn’t Believe Himself To Be Worthy Of Love
The Harry Potter movies skim over a lot when it comes to the supporting characters, but Lupin and Tonks’ relationship feels especially random. In the books, it is revealed that Lupin continuously rejects Tonks in the beginning, as he has been conditioned to believe that he is somehow unworthy of her love. He also believes that Tonks’ status and career would be at risk if she fell in love with a werewolf. Thankfully, Remus gets his act together just in time and gives in to his feelings for Tonks.
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