Remus Lupin

Remus Lupin, who change the people’s bad influence about werewolves with his heroism, was both student and teacher at Hogwarts. He has very important influence on wizarding history about werewolves.


Professor Remus John Lupin was born in 10 March 1960. He is a half-blood wizard who was born from Lyall and Hope Lupin. He experienced passed interesting and very dangerous childhood.

Because of his father, Lyall Lupin’s disputes with Fenrir Greyback, Lupin’s childhood was very dangerous. When Greyback attacked to Remus Lupin to get revenge from Lupin’s father, Lupin came down with a rare disease called lycanthropy that causes people to transform into werewolves. From that day on, Lupin transforms into a werewolf time by time.

Remus Lupin started his wizarding education at Hogwarts in between years of 1971 -1978 and sorted into Gryffindor house. Also, Lupin was one of the Marauders who were created Marauder’s Map.

Remus Lupin’s life after Hogwarts was very unsteady. After he had graduated from Hogwarts, he joined to Order of Phoenix and battled in First Wizarding War that he lose his best friends. With the despondency of this situation, he also lost James and Lily Potter and became more depressed. He wasn’t found the true happiness until he met Nymphadora Tonks.

He gave lessons at Hogwarts in between 1993 – 1994. He knowns as the best Professor of Defence Against Dark Arts ever. Lupin also taught Harry Potter to how to do patronus spell. He continued his lessons in Hogwarts until Severus Snape announced his Lychanthropy in public. After that he resigned from Hogwarts.

Lupin was not only in first Wizarding War, also fought against Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort in every war. He was one of the most important characters of the wizarding world.

Remus Lupin’s Life


Remus Lupin born in 10 March 1960. Meanwhile, her father was an employee of the Ministry of Magic and he found out Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf. And right after this discovery, Fenrir Greyback was charged for killing two children. Even the cases against the Greyback were dropped, Lyall Lupin stated his opinion against, that caused the hatred of Fenrir Greybeck.

Greyback attacked to Remus Lupin to get revenge from his father and turned him into a werewolf when he was only 5 years old. After Lupin caught the disease of Lychanthropy, he couldn’t have treated even his family spend on a fortune for it.

Under normal circumstances, Remus Lupin wasn’t allowed to enter Hogwarts but he attend his courses with a special permission given by Albus Dumbledore.

Education at Hogwarts

Remus, started his education at Hogwarts in 1971. He sorted to Gryffindor house and challenged his disease in his schooldays. He was isolated by himself every month at the time of full moon by himself to prevent attacking other students.

Every month, Remus Lupin did his transformation in a house called Shrieking Shack in Hogsmade village. While he was transforming in there, the sounds he made were scared the locals and he caused the rumors around the village about ghosts. Although Dumbledore was aware about the situation, he didn’t make a statement or explanation about noises to protect Lupin’s identity.

The sounds of Remus Lupin have caused the Shrieking Shack to be known as Britain’s most frightening and haunted building.

Remus Lupin was very close to Sirius Black, James Potter and Peter Pettingrew in Hogwarts but despite that he didn’t mention to them he is a werewolf. Instead of this, he said his mother was sick and he was visiting her each month.

Soever he was trying to hide this situation, his friends noticed it in the second year of Hogwarts and they kept it as a secret. Meanwhile, Lupin’s friends James, Peter and Sirius learned Animagi spell to help Lupin during his transformations with transforming into animal forms.

Werewolves only attacks humans. They are harmless against animals.

Remus Lupin’s grades were good and student life was very successful. He achieved to create Marauder’s Map with his gang called The Marauders.

First Wizarding War

After he graduated from Hogwarts, he joined Order of Phoenix with his friends and fought against Lord Voldemort and Death Eaters after him.

Even he was very effective in wars, Sirius Black was suspected Remus Lupin was a double agent for Lord Voldemort. Because of this suspicion, Lupin wasn’t in team to protect Harry Potter.

When he found out Lily and James Potter’s death, he was in the North of the country for a mission related to Order of Phoenix. When he learned the bad news he was badly affected by it. Sadly, just after one day he learned two more friends were dead in battle caused him to enter his life’s most traumatic era.

After the war, his emotions had been worsened and he worked on jobs that he was overqualified. Especially, finding jobs were very hard to Lupin because of his disease. He always forced to do errand and he tried to earn money in those jobs. Until he invited for being professor at Hogwarts in 1990, his life was always hard.

Because Remus Lupin has a difficulty to find a job because of his disease, Harry Potter helped him all along his life, financially.

Second Wizarding War

With Voldemort’s return Remus Lupin joined the Order of Phoenix again but he wasn’t very active in the second Order. Lupin especially worked in missions at different cities. Except those missions he was also in the team that founded to escort Harry Potter to Hogwarts.

Battle of Astronomy Tower

Remus Lupin actively fought against Death Eaters and he neutralized many dark wizards. When he was duelling with Thorfinn Rowle, he was almost hit by a death spell but he managed to escape by close call.

Lupin married with his love of life Nymphadora Tonks at the end of this war. Tonks confessed his romantic interest to Nymphadora after they fought against Death Eaters in Astronomy Tower.

Lupin and Tonks married with a small celebration in a church at Scotland. They only invited their closer friends. The main reason of that they married without a big celebration was public opinion about werewolves. In those days, people were very prejudiced to werewolves.

Battle of Seven Potters

Remus Lupin was fighting against Lord Voldemort and Death Eaters in escorting mission to Harry Potter. He used Polyjuice potion and shapeshifted into look of Harry Potter. He wounded at battle but it wasn’t fatal.

Battle of Hogwarts

Remus Lupin joined the Battle of Hogwarts with the call of Longbottom. He was played a key role to defend Hogwarts Castle with Kingsley Shacklebolt and Arthur Weasley. They guarded the gardens of Hogwarts against Lord Voldemort.

Although Lupin joined the battle with call of Longbottom, he was convinced Tonks to stay at home and take care of her child. But after Tonks heard about seriousness of the battle, she joined him at Battle of Hogwarts and this caused death of both.

During the war, Remus Lupin killed by Dolohov in the grand garden of Hogwarts Castle. Lupin avenged by Filius Flitwick. Flitwick killed Dolohov with a death spell in the battle.

After Death

Remus Lupin awarded with highest reward of Order of Merlin. Remus Lupin is the first werewolf ever had achieved this award. After he achieved that, he changed the view of wizarding world to werewolves in a positive way.

Special Abilities

  • Casting Spells without Wand and Magical Words: When he first joined to Hogwarts, its seen he casted a few spells without saying magical words or using a wand.
  • Healing Spell: Remus Lupin is successful at healing spells as much as his wife Nymphadora.

Special Notes

  • Remus name comes from Romulus and Remus brothers who fought to the death for Rome. Although there are some discussions about there might be unknown brother of Remus called Romulus. But, in Pottermore fans are believed “Romulus” is just a nickname for Remus.
  • Lupin surname comes from Latin word “lupines” it means “wolf, wolf like.”
  • J.K Rowling wrote a long biography of Remus Lupin for Prisoner of Azkaban book. In this biography his relationship with Nymphadora is also mentioned. This biography added to book in new prints.
  • Remus was the longest survivor among Marauders.
  • There are two wizarding bands inspirited by Remus Lupin which are “Remus and the Lupins” and “The Remus Lupins.” Those groups didn’t perform at Hogwarts but they mentioned in Pottermore.
  • J.K Rowling announced Lupin’s birthday as 10 March 1960 and referred the real world time there. That day was the 2 days before full moon in Remus Lupin’s birthplace.
  • J.K Rowling was talked about interesting facts of Remus Lupin’s character in an interview. According to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, Lupin’s character is ENFJ.
  • It was an irony made by J.K Rowling that he can’t eat chocolate because it is harmful to dogs and wolfs.
  • J.K Rowling stated Remus Lupin is her favourite character. She answered the question “Which character would you like to meet?” with “Remus Lupin.”


Michael Shaner

Written by Michael Shaner

Hi, geeks! I am Michael Shaner and I am potterhead like you. Follow me for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery rumors, news, tutorials, tips and tricks.


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    • Yes he did. They both thought the other had been the secret keeper who betrayed the Potters to Voldie.

  1. I love Lupin! He’s one of my favorite characters! I made him my uncle in my fan fiction I wrote in high school.

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