Remus John Lupin

born March 10, 1960; died May 2, 1998
Gryffindor 1971-1978
werewolf; bitten by Fenrir Greyback as a child
Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, 1993-94
member of the Order of the Phoenix
married to Nymphadora Tonks; son Teddy Remus Lupin

Professor R. J. Lupin, by deeterhi

The stranger… looked ill and exhausted. (PA5)

Professor R. J. Lupin, by bluefooted

“Look at the state of his robes,” Malfoy would say in a loud whisper as Professor Lupin passed. “He dresses like our old house-elf.”
But no one else cared that Professor Lupin’s robes were patched and frayed.

The New DADA Teacher, by LMRourke

“I am Remus John Lupin, werewolf, sometimes known as Moony, one of the four creators of the Marauder’s Map, married to Nymphadora, usually known as Tonks, and I taught you how to produce a Patronus, Harry, which takes the form of a stag.” (DH11)

The Only Good DADA Teacher, by Ani Bester

(Q: “If you had to choose one teacher from your books to teach your child, who would it be and why?”)
A. “It would be Professor Lupin, because he is kind, clever, and gives very interesting lessons.”

–J.K. Rowling (February 2000)


Remus in his Office, by reallycorking

“Not at all up to your usual standard, Hermione,” he said. “Only one out of three, I’m afraid. I have not been helping Sirius get into the castle and I certainly don’t want Harry dead.” An odd shiver passed over his face. “But I won’t deny that I am a werewolf.” (PA17)

The Prank - Part VII, by Caladan

(by Caladan)

“Professor Lupin… is one of my favorite characters. [He is] a damaged person, literally and metaphorically. I think it’s important for children to know that adults, too, have their problems, that they struggle. His being a werewolf is a metaphor for people’s reactions to illness and disability.”

–J.K. Rowling (November 2002)


Remus. Sort of. by Dunland

(by Dunland)

“I’m not a very popular dinner guest with most of the community,” said Lupin. “It’s an occupational hazard of being a werewolf.” (OP5)

The Marauders, by Chantelle

“My transformations in those days were – were terrible. It is very painful to turn into a werewolf…. But apart from my transformations, I was happier than I had ever been in my life. For the first time ever, I had friends, three great friends. Sirius Black… Peter Pettigrew… and, of course, your father, Harry – James Potter.” (PA18)

On a Good Day, by Dunland

(by Dunland)

“Did you like question ten, Moony?” asked Sirius as they emerged into the Entrance Hall.
“Loved it,” said Lupin briskly. “Give five signs that identify the werewolf. Excellent question.”
“D’you think you managed to get all the signs?” said James in tones of mock concern.
“Think I did,” said Lupin seriously, as they joined the crowd thronging around the front doors eager to get out into the sunlit grounds. “One: he’s sitting on my chair. Two: he’s wearing my clothes. Three: his name’s Remus Lupin….”

Remus Lupin, by Wacca

(by Wacca)

Sirius, who was right beside Harry, let out his usual bark-like laugh. “No one would have made me a prefect, I spent too much time in detention with James. Lupin was the good boy, he got the badge.”
“I think Dumbledore might have hoped I would be able to exercise some control over my best friends,” said Lupin. “I need scarcely say that I failed dismally.”

Remus Lupin, by Agatha Macpie

“Lupin’s failing is he likes to be liked. That’s where he slips up – he’s been disliked so often he’s always pleased to have friends so cuts them an awful lot of slack.”

–J.K. Rowling (June 2003)


Remus Lupin, by Jeni Malament

Lupin’s face had hardened, and there was self-disgust in his voice. “All this year, I have been battling with myself, wondering whether I should tell Dumbledore that Sirius was an Animagus. But I didn’t do it. Why? Because I was too cowardly. It would have meant admitting that I’d betrayed his trust while I was at school, admitting that I’d led others along with me… and Dumbledore’s trust has meant everything to me.” (PA18)

by Nat Dai

(by Nat Dai)

“And I’ve told you a million times,” said Lupin… “that I am too old for you, too poor… too dangerous…. I am not being ridiculous. [You deserve] somebody young and whole.”
“But she wants you,” said Mr. Weasley, with a small smile.

Lupin in Thought, by Sarapsys

Lupin… spoke with a finality bordering on indifference. “Harry, I’m sure James would have wanted me to stick with you.”
“Well,” said Harry slowly, “I’m not. I’m pretty sure my father would have wanted to know why you aren’t sticking with your own kid, actually.”
Lupin’s face drained of color….

Lupin Transforms, by Laurence Peguy

“I made a grave mistake in marrying Tonks…. Don’t you understand what I’ve done to my wife and my unborn child? I should never have married her, I’ve made her an outcast! And the child — the child —” Lupin actually seized handfuls of his own hair; he looked quite deranged. “My kind don’t usually breed! It will be like me, I am convinced of it — how can I forgive myself when I knowingly risked passing on my own condition to an innocent child? And if, by some miracle, it is not like me, then it will be better off, a hundred times so, without a father of whom it must always be ashamed!” (DH11)

Expecto Patronum! by Mudblood428

A mixture of gratitude and shame welled up in Harry. Had Lupin forgiven him, then, for the terrible things he had said when they had last met?
“And what would you say to Harry if you knew he was listening, Romulus?”
“I’d tell him we’re all with him in spirit,” said Lupin, then hesitated slightly, “And I’d tell him to follow his instincts, which are good and nearly always right.”

Remus-Tonks Kitchen, by Caladan

(by Caladan)

Harry looked at Hermione, whose eyes were full of tears. “Nearly always right,” she repeated.

“Oh, didn’t I tell you?” said Ron in surprise. “Bill told me Lupin’s living with Tonks again! And apparently she’s getting pretty big too….” (DH22)

Teddy Lupin, by reallycorking

“I am sorry too,” said Lupin. “Sorry I will never know him… but he will know why I died and I hope he will understand. I was trying to make a world in which he could live a happier life.” (DH34)

23 Responses to “Remus John Lupin”

  1. Lupin is one of my favorite characters, such a deep character that really shows the troubles people with diseases and disabilities go through.

  2. Lupin is my favorite behind Snape. He is the one character that I related closest with. Not above showing his anger, looked down upon because of a disease, but still having a brilliant side as far as sharing his knowledge.

  3. BTW, great portrait Josie.

  4. Just love that last picture by reallycorking.

  5. It’s interesting to see just how much Lupin varies from picture to picture. I think he has the most variation of any character I’ve seen.

  6. Amy, you’re definitely right. I’ve gotten so that if I look at a drawing and can’t figure out which character it’s supposed to be, I assume it’s Lupin. I’m not entirely sure why – perhaps because his character in the book doesn’t have particularly specific descriptions, and the fact that the actor in the movies isn’t particularly distinguishable physically?

  7. Fantastic portrait! I’m so happy you chose to do Clare’s first (since she picked the same character that I wanted featured) and I love all the artwork you’ve selected. I’ve not seen several of the pieces and that is one of the reasons I love this site: so many different artists are featured!

  8. Glad Clare chose Lupin.

  9. Wonderful character portrait, Josie! I’ve always liked Lupin a lot. And I love the quotes you pulled in from Rowling… I think it’s neat to hear her love and respect come through for one of her own characters!

    I’ve always wondered what Lupin was up to in the years before he came to teach at Hogwarts… he’s such a great teacher, it seems he must have had some experience. And who was brewing him wolfsbane potion before Snape was put on the job?

    And maybe it is completely obvious to someone else, but what do you think is written on the blackboard behind Lupin in Ani Bester’s artwork? It has me puzzled. I love all these different depictions of Lupin!

  10. Lupin is my favourite-ever character too! All those portraits are very different, but each one is so brimming with personality.

    Andrea, I think the phrase is “demon lore”. If you google for my fanfiction, you’ll find my answers to your questions about Lupin. Or maybe you’d like to suggest a few good answers of your own?

  11. Andrea/GhV, if you look closely the ‘e’ was added by a someone other than the original writer of the word. I think it’s the word ‘Dementor’ that some student has jokingly added an ‘e’ to the end of.

  12. Great artwork, especially the last one by reallycorking is so touching. You can imagine Teddy sitting and staring at it just like Harry did with the album Hagrid gave him. Lupin has always been my favourite next to Dumbledore and Harry – I wish he and Harry would have had another conversation at the end of DH.

  13. I absolutely love Lupin – he is such a wonderful tragic character. Caladan’s portrait of him is positively haunting. While I wasn’t a fan of his pairing with Tonks, he is one of the best adult characters and definitely the best teacher. And thinking about the battle in the Department of Mysteries form Lupin’s perspective is so unbelievably sad.

    Did anyone else find it wierd, though, that Sirius didn’t leave Lupin some gold in his will? Surely he knew that Harry didn’t really need money, whereas Lupin really did?

  14. hpboy, I think that’s more a reflection on Sirius’s character — he doesn’t really consider how Lupin might need the money. He probably just “left everything to Harry” like people leave everything to their next of kin. My $.02

  15. I love love love Caladan’s picture of Lupin. It fits him so well, not just his physical looks, but also his soul.

  16. About Sirius’ will – I am not sure Lupin would want those money. To me he seems shabby and poor, sure, but I don’t think it bothers him as much as Ron, for example, is bothered by his lack of money. Actually, it is only because of Tonks he ever brings it up (at least to the best of my recollection), and to me the pair is the kind of people who always gets by somehow, and being mentioned in the will distinguishes them as “poor people”. I mean, Sirius (or even Harry) could give them money while being alive as they both have more than enough, but I am not sure they would have accepted.

  17. And yet, Ida, being left money in a will rarely has any stigma attached to it, as opposed to a live person giving you money. There’s an expectation that when someone dies they have to give their money to SOMEone, and it may have no bearing on the person’s actual financial situation (like Harry getting Sirius’s money although he doesn’t need it).

  18. I agree with Anna1 – while Lupin would certainly refuse Sirius’s charity while the latter was alive (because he doesn’t much care about being poor), there’s nothing wrong with being left money. And as Sirius’s best friend, Lupin should’ve got some money, seeing’s how he’s poor and can’t really get a job. But Anna1, you’re probably right that Sirius never even considered that. There’s also the possibility that Sirius made his will a long time ago and never bothered to update it…if he went to Azkaban knowing he could die there, he might have just made a will to leave everything to his best friend’s son, and he wouldn’t be worried about Lupin at the time.

  19. in terms of leaving money to Lupin, you should remember that the group of friends was not always so close (or more to the point, they became divided). they all suspected each other of being unfaithful and being double agents right up to the deaths of James and Lily. In that case, Sirius would not have wanted the money to go to Lupin. he was sent to Azkaban without trial, so he wouldn’t have had time to change the will after their deaths once he realized Pettigrew was the traitor. and once he was freed in the third book, he was basically an outlaw. who would have changed his will for him? Being from money as he is, I suspect it’s easy for him to overlook the poverty of others, but I don’t think there’s any reason he should have had to leave him money.

  20. Hpboy13 I pretty much agree with everything you’ve written so far. Lupin was my favorite character out of all the adults. (Except Snape but he’s a different category in my mind) Lupin was one of those deep characters that you could completely relate too IMO. Out of all the characters I understood him the most especially the personal trials he went through regarding his friends. The ending of DH completely BROKE me. As for Sirius’ Will I hadn’t thought of that but your last post makes sense. I think Lupin wouldn’t have taken the money regardless but Sirius, I think, would have left him *something*. I think that’s why I agree with your last comment, especially since it’s been specifically stated that before Voldemort attacked the Potters everyone thought the other one was the Traitor. Considering the fact that maybe Sirius made the Will sometime around when Harry was born (since everything was left to him) why would he leave anything for Lupin if he thought he was the traitor? And after that, I’m sure the Will never crossed his mind again.

  21. Lupin is my favourite character! He is just such a well thought out character and I relate to him so much!

  22. Love your pics, notes and comments following. Remus is one of my fave characters. So damaged and yet so kind…. I could wax lyrical about him, but instead I’ll direct you to look at; I’m under the same name there.

  23. Lupin is awesome :D

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