Remus Lupin

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Name: Remus John Lupin
Occupation: Order member, ex-Hogwarts professor
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Location: Hogwarts (Britain)
number twelve, Grimmauld Place (London, Britain)
Status: half-blood, werewolf; deceased
Relationships: Nymphadora Tonks (wife)
Teddy Lupin (son)
Marauders (friends)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 10 March 1960[1], died 2 May 1998
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Remus Lupin is a character in the Harry Potter series. He was Harry Potter's professor for a year and was one of the Marauders during his school years. He is a werewolf.


Lupin is introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban as the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor for the year. It is later revealed that he had been best friends with James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew when they had attended Hogwarts together, and that he is a werewolf.

In Deathly Hallows, Remus marries Nymphadora Tonks and the two have a son, Teddy Lupin. Remus and Tonks both die in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Movie Canon

In the movie, Remus Lupin was played by David Thewlis, though before he had been cast, many hoped that Ralph Fiennes would be cast for the part. (Fiennes was later cast as Lord Voldemort.)

Thewlis added a few things to Fanon: a love for Jazz music and a mustache. He was also much taller than both Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman, and so many writers write him as being taller than both.

In Fanfiction

Remus Lupin fanfic tends to focus on his issues as a werewolf.

Favored time periods include his Hogwarts years, First War, the period of time between James and Lily's deaths, his year as a professor at Hogwarts, Second War, and Post-war (which can sometimes mean afterlife stories).

Many fic tend to focus on him removing himself from the Wizarding World in hopes of making a better living that way, or trying to find a way to afford Wolfsbane Potion.

Fanon ideas & speculation

Some fans have used the idea that Remus inherited a small cottage from his folks, and still lives there on occasion, though it is often small and/or rundown. Usually this is the home he grew up in, and many fans have placed it somewhere in or near Wales.

Another popular theory was that Remus may have been Harry's father. Before the revelation that his middle name was John, some guessed the J might stand for James, and believed that somehow he was Harry's father, or that he and the true Remus had switched places the night of the attack, and he was now stuck in Remus's body. This theory became so widespread that it was debunked by J. K. Rowling in the FAQs of her official website in late 2004.[2] Others have suggested Remus was Harry's true father all along, unknown to James.

Chocolate is another focus of fans. Some suggest that he always carries around a bar of chocolate with him, not for help with dementors, but because he loves it.

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Slash Pairings

Remus is most frequently paired with Sirius Black, both during their Hogwarts years and after his return from Azkaban (Lie Low at Lupin's). See Remus/Sirius. Sometimes called Puppies or Wolfstar by fans of the pair.

His other most common Slash pairing is with Severus Snape, focusing both on their school years as well as after his return to Hogwarts to teach there. The pairing is commonly called Snupin.

Other sometimes common pairings include Remus/Harry, Remus/James, Remus/Lucius, Remus/Draco, Remus/Fenrir, Remus/Bill, and Remus/Charlie.

Het Pairings

In Het stories, he is often paired with Nymphadora Tonks, which gained reasonable popularity even before the ship became canon. See Remus/Tonks.

He is also commonly paired with Hermione Granger, sometimes as a schooltime crush, sometimes post-Hogwarts, though these stories have become far less common since the final book. See Remus/Hermione.

Remus/Lily is also common, usually taking place before Lily Evans got involved with James Potter, though not always. It is also common for Remus to harbour unrequited feelings for Lily, or feelings he never acted on due to James.

Threesomes & Moresomes

Example Fan Art

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Canon Resources:


  1. J.K.Rowling Official Site. 10 March 2004. Archived at the Harry Potter Lexicon: Guide to - Brithdays. (Accessed 23 February 2011.)
  2. J.K.Rowling Official Site. Section: F.A.Q.. "[Q:] Did James and Lupin switch bodies before James was killed? [A:] An ingenious theory, but no; James would never have saved himself and left his wife and son to die." (Archived 11 October 2004 by the Wayback Machine.)
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