Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Remus Lupin

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Remus Lupin made an immediate impression on the students of Hogwarts as well as the readers when he first appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Despite being one of the more popular characters there is still a lot about Lupin that wasn't fleshed out on the page or in the movies. These fans and J.K. Rowling herself have helped shed more light on the professor.


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    Lupin Lived In Poverty After School

    From Redditor u/gohankr via

    By the early 1990s, Lupin was living in poverty, in a tumbledown, semi-derelict cottage in Yorkshire. Albus Dumbledore tracked Lupin down in the summer of 1993, and offered him the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts.

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    Lupin's Parents Met Because Of A Boggart

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesey94 via

    On an investigative trip into a dense Welsh forest in which a particularly vicious Boggart was supposed to be lurking, Lyall ran across his future wife. Hope Howell, a beautiful Muggle girl who worked in an insurance office in Cardiff, had taken an ill-advised walk-through of what she believed to be innocent woodland. Boggarts and poltergeists may be sensed by muggles, and Hope, a particularly imaginative and sensitive person, had become convinced that something was watching her from between the dark trees. Eventually, her imagination became so overactive that the Boggart assumed a form: that of a large, evil-looking man, bearing down on her with a snarl and outstretched hands in the gloom. Hearing her scream, young Lyall came sprinting through the trees, causing the apparition to shrink into a field mushroom with one wave of his wand.

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    He Was Homeschooled For Years To Hide His Condition

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesey94 via

    [Rowling said] They adored their son, but they knew that their community - already beset with fears at the mounting Dark activity around them - would not be lenient on an uncontrolled werewolf. The hopes that they had once had for their son seemed in ruins, and Lyall educated Remus at home, certain that he would never be able to set foot in school.

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    Dumbledore Himself Invited Lupin To Hogwarts After Learning About The Boy Through Spies

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    [Rowling said] Shortly before Remus's eleventh birthday, no less a person than Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts, arrived uninvited on the Lupins' doorstep. Flustered and frightened, Lyall and Hope tried to block his entrance, but somehow, five minutes later, Dumbledore was sitting at the fireside, eating crumpets and playing Gobstones with Remus.

    Dumbledore explained to the Lupins that he knew what had happened to their son. Greyback had boasted of what he had done and Dumbledore had spies among Dark creatures. However, Dumbledore told the Lupins that he saw no reason why Remus should not come to school, and described the arrangements that he had made to give the boy a safe and secure place for his transformations. 

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    Voldemort's First Defeat Left Lupin Incredibly Lonely And With All His Friends Gone

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    [Rowling said] The downfall of Voldemort, such a source of jubilation to the rest of the wizarding community, marked the beginning of a long stretch of loneliness and unhappiness for Remus. He had lost his three close friends and, with the Order disbanded, his previous comrades returned to busy lives with families. His mother was now dead, and while Lyall, his father, was always delighted to see his son, Remus refused to endanger his father's peaceful existence by returning to live with him.

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    He Spent Years As A Child Being Taken To Different Healers To Fix Him

    From Redditor u/gohankr:

    He spend six years without any friends and going from healers to healers, just to have some kind of cure. Think of a child, unaware of what was done to him and completely isolated from everyone else.

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