Things You Didn't Know About The Marauders If You've Only Seen The Movies

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There are few students who left their mark on Hogwarts as well as the Marauders did. The group was comprised of Harry Potter's father James, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. The four friends are known to fans of the movie series as the people who created the Marauder's Map, but there's a whole lot more information about them in the books. Significant details about their time together and aspects of each particular character greatly add to their characterizations.

Those who have only watched the Harry Potter films will be surprised to learn just how much they've missed out on regarding the Marauders, and it's worth finding out all about them.


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    The Marauders Became Animagi To Support Lupin During His Werewolf Transformations

    The Marauders Became Animagi To Support Lupin During His Werewolf Transformations
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    The movie never elaborates on why Sirius and Peter took on the ability to turn into animals, but the novel reveals that they, along with James, became Animagi for Remus's sake. The three friends learned about Remus's status as a werewolf and decided to accompany him.

    James, Sirius, and Peter were able to complete all the requirements to become Animagi but never registered because they were underage - no one apart from themselves knew of their secret powers. 

    Remus tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione that werewolves only harm humans, so the presence of a stag (James), a dog (Sirius), and a rat (Peter) kept him sane during his transformations.

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    The Whomping Willow Was Planted For Lupin To Have A Safe Place To Transform Into A Werewolf

    The Whomping Willow Was Planted For Lupin To Have A Safe Place To Transform Into A Werewolf
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    Moviegoers might feel as if the Whomping Willow is just a conveniently placed tree at Hogwarts when its true purpose is a lot darker. As revealed by Remus in Prisoner of Azkaban, the Whomping Willow was planted right before he started school.

    The tree attacks anyone who comes close so that they can't access the entrance to the Shrieking Shack contained inside. The tree has a sensitive spot that renders it immobile in order for designated people to enter it.

    Its only purpose was for Remus to have a safe place to transform into a werewolf, both for his sake and everyone else's. There was an assortment of furniture placed around for Remus to tear apart because he otherwise would take to biting and clawing on his own body.

    The Marauders learned about the Whomping Willow's weak spot from Remus, as the friends used to plan out their nights in such a way that they led the werewolf Remus into the grounds of Hogwarts in their Animagus forms.

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    The Marauders Were Quickly Sorted Into Their Hogwarts Houses, Except Peter

    The Marauders Were Quickly Sorted Into Their Hogwarts Houses, Except Peter
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    A hatstall is a term for a student who takes more than five minutes to be sorted into a house at Hogwarts. Peter qualifies as one because the Sorting Hat deliberated for a long time if he was more suited to Gryffindor or Slytherin; it decided on the former, but the hat has never admitted it was wrong despite Peter's future cowardice.

    The remaining Marauders were quickly sorted into Gryffindor - it's implied that Sirius actually chose to be in the house since he told James at the Hogwarts Express that he wanted to break his family's exclusive history with Slytherin. 

     

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    Remus Convinced Sirius And James To Befriend Peter

    Remus Convinced Sirius And James To Befriend Peter
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    Many fans wonder why Sirius and James - who were the popular ones at Hogwarts - kept Peter around since he was perceived as untalented and weak. The truth is that neither was inclined to befriend Peter until Remus became friends with him.

    Sirius and James were fond of Remus from the moment they met him, but Peter wasn't given much attention until Remus asked the two to include him, as well. Remus connected with Peter's quiet demeanor because he had similar traits, while Sirius and James gave Peter a shot on Remus's word.

    Peter's time as an outsider didn't last long, though, as Sirus and James genuinely became friends with him when Peter started to share in their brand of dangerous fun.

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    Sirius And James Began Their Rivalry With Snape By Insulting Him In Their First Meeting

    Sirius And James Began Their Rivalry With Snape By Insulting Him In Their First Meeting
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    Sirius and James are to blame for the Marauders' antagonism of Snape because they fired the first shot that kicked off their rivalry. As fate would have it, Snape and Lily chose to sit in the same compartment as Sirius and James on the Hogwarts Express before they reached the school.

    James overheard Snape's conversation with Lily where Snape expressed hope that his friend would be in Slytherin. This led to James insulting Snape for thinking Slytherin was a good house, while claiming that Gryffindor was where the best students were sorted into.

    Snape's retort back to James drew a sarcastic remark from Sirius, who had already befriended James, and the two proceeded to mock him by giving him the "Snivellus" nickname. James and Sirius's hostility with Snape was eventually shared by Peter, as well, which meant the majority of the Marauders considered him as their enemy.

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    The Marauders Were Not Part Of The Slug Club

    The Marauders Were Not Part Of The Slug Club
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Potions Master Horace Slughorn loves to induct students with considerable talents and a celebrated magical history into the Slug Club. But the Marauders were never members.

    Remus and Peter were easy exclusions since neither had a notable family history and weren't standout students. On the other hand, Sirius was from the famous pure-blood House of Black and James was the son of noted Potioneer and inventor Fleamont Potter, so their exclusions are significant.

    It's likely that the Marauders were simply uninterested in the Slug Club because they didn't have elitist mentalities and their rival, Snape, was an inducted member.

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