Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Professor Remus Lupin was Harry's Defense against Dark Arts instructor for Book 3. By the end of that story, you learn that Lupin is a werewolf!
As you go through Books 4 and 5, you learn more and more about Lupin. He apparently was a best friend with Harry's godfather Sirius and Harry's father James. The three boys grew up together and had a lot of fun at Hogwarts, getting into trouble. Lupin was even made prefect in his 5th year, apparently in the hopes that he could keep his two trouble-making friends under control.
Lupin is a great friend to Sirius and to the Weasleys. In Book 5, Mrs. Weasley is confronted with a boggart that plays on her worst fears - that her children will be killed by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Lupin comes in and saves her from the boggart, and holds her as she sobs helplessly on his shoulder.
In Book 6, Lupin goes underground. He is living with the werewolves. Dumbledore sends him as a spy. The majority of the werewolves are Death Eaters. The head werewolf is Fenir Greyback. Lupin dislikes Greyback because he bit Lupin as a child, turning him into a werewolf.
The name "Lupin" almost gives away the werewolf aspect, since the Latin term for a wolf is "Canis lupus". Also, Remus and Romulus were the mythical twins that were the founders of rome - and the traditional statues of the pair show them being raised by their wolf-mother.
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