it’s 40 degrees outside and the white boys are breaking out the basketball shorts
Is there a scene in PoA when Remus Lupin isn’t a badass? I mean, really?
-The train. I’d imagine he showed up at six in the morning. He is completely, utterly overwhelmed, for so many reasons. Nostalgia for better days, relief that he’s finally going to have a home, steady income, food and a bed again and-for the first time-relief from his lycanthropy. He can relax for the first time in months, years. He is exhausted by the burden of losing his friends and by the uncertainty that has been his life for the past twelve years so, you know, he falls asleep.
-He wakes up-is jolted out of what were pleasant dreams, actually-only to be confronted with the face of his dead best friend is there-Harry. Harry, who he’d held and rocked and played with as a baby was here, in front of him, with James’s body and Lily’s eyes and it’s completely overwhelming but, you know, he doesn’t lose his cool. He figures out what’s going on, keeps his head in a dangerous situation-because for all he knows, it’s Sirius come to try and get Harry. He keeps his cool, however, gives Harry chocolate to calm him down, and they all get to school safely.
-His first class is amazing. He gives an amazing, fun practical. He shows, not tells, his students that they’re capable and overcoming their fears, despite their age, despite their lack of qualifications-they are old enough to do it, and he gives them the tools to succeed.
-He handles Peeves, with style. Handles him like a pro. He doesn’t lose his temper in a fit of rage. He gets revenge with the gum in the nose.
-He’s already seen in the short time he’s been there that Snape hasn’t change. He witnesses firsthand the way Snape treats Neville, and comes up with a fitting…solution…to Neville’s problem. He puts Snape in a dress, in his grandmother’s clothes. He could have encouraged Neville to make the Boggart confused a hundred different ways, but he chose this, and that is awesome.
-Can we just talk for half a moment about how he is a werewolf who is sick for days at a time, endures physical agony, and is exhausted for the week before and after, is reliant on this person who loathes him to make this potion, and still comes to class and teaches and does a brilliant job?
-He doesn’t give Snape the map. He doesn’t, and the nostalgia he had to feel in that moment-all the hours they spent it had to be flooding his mind. But, you know, he kept his cool again and he covers for Harry, but he’s still stern and teacher like and confiscates the map. He also gives it back when he’s not guilted by the fact that he’s a professor.
-He gives Harry private lessons, teaching him how to produce a Patronus which, quite frankly, couldn’t have been an easy thing for Lupin-who doesn’t have that many happy memories, for even the ones of his friends are tainted by their deaths/betrayal-to teach. But he does and he hears Harry talking about his dead parents and the pain. I would have wanted to be selfish, to say that I knew them, they were my best friends, I knew you as a baby, Harry. But he refrained-but he had his reasons, and I’m sure they were all very sad, and it took great self-restraint to keep his focus on Harry, encourage Harry, look after Harry, without making it all about him and his dead friends.
-The exception is when he tells Harry he’s dishonoring their sacrifice by running around, which was true, which was what Harry needed to hear.
-Remus knows Sirius is loose and wants to get Harry, they mutually know about the secret passages. How many nights did he stay up, watching that map, making sure they were all safe? I’d bet it was a lot.
-He goes, knowing it’s a full moon, when he is completely exhausted and already in a lot of pain, to try and save Harry & co from Peter.
-He realizes the truth and admits he was wrong and tries to rectify it by letting justice be done-making Peter pay.
-He shifts and becomes a werewolf in the mist of all this chaos, which he cannot help. He wakes up the next morning and he’s been outed: the security, the warm bed and food and income, they’re all gone. He blames himself and resigns, rather than make Dumbledore go through an inquisition or create a scandal. He leaves with grace and dignity. Harry is outraged, and Lupin has to see so much of James in that moment-wanting to stick up for his friend, to see injustice righted, to not take it lying down-and he tells Harry not make a fuss.
And there is so much more and this is just a brief overview from memory but how can you NOT love this man?