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Pairing: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin
Alternative name(s): Snupin, SS/RL, Remus/Severus
Gender category: slash
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: medium (with a very strong community)
Archives: Moonshadow
Other: Snupin Central (pairing Wiki)
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The Snape/Lupin ship explores the relationship between Severus Snape and Remus Lupin of the Harry Potter fandom.


In the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the character of Lupin is introduced and revealed as a former classmate of Snape's. The two characters have a long antagonistic canonical history, for which their relationship is characterised by schoolboy bullying, mutual antagonism, and averse exchanges.


Due to the long history and nature of their relationship, Snape/Lupin has been interpreted in many ways by fans over the years. Pastfic that takes place while Snape/Lupin were teenagers attending Hogwarts (known as "MWPP Era") is fairly common, for which the pairing oftentimes have a secret relationship that is eventually destroyed after either the interference of their friends or by Snape's discovery that Lupin is a werewolf.

Oftentimes the Snape/Lupin relationship is explored in fanworks that span over a significant duration of their lifetime. In these fanworks secondary ships, such as Remus/Sirius, are not uncommon. Angst, dark fic, first time, and fluff are also not uncommon.

Common Tropes

Notable Fanworks

Front cover of Oves Errantes by PARSIFAL

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • Wicked Game series by JayKay [link] -- "It's not to say that the pairing didn't exist at all before [JayKay] ... but I'd say the overall popularity of her 'Wicked Game' series is what launched it into its current position."[1] (2001-2002)
  • Lies in the Rookery by Thamiris -- Widely recommended vignette. Dark, luscious, twisted picture of a convoluted relationship[2] (2004)



Essays & Meta

Archives, Communities, etc.


  1. ^ Avocado (white_serpent) on LiveJournal. Reply to a comment, 05 May 2005. (Accessed 10 October 2012.)
  2. ^ Espresso Recommendations: Harry Potter: Remus Lupin (accessed 11 October 2012)