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Why Remus Lupin Is Seriously The Most Underrated Harry Potter Character

James Potter and Sirius Black are two of the four Marauders who are popular among Harry Potter fans. No points for Peter Pettigrew obviously, because he was a Voldemort spy. Remus Lupin had always been a bit of a misunderstood character. He was calmer, more reserved, more bookish. Here are a few reasons why Lupin is the most underrated character in the entire series:

1. He was a truly nice guy.

Remus Lupin at the Order house.
Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Harry Potter in The Order Of The Phoenix.

Remus Lupin reminded Harry in the film Prisoner of Azkaban that his mother Lily was ‘uncommonly kind,’ the same could have been said about him. Remus demonstrated his thoughtfulness, care, and empathy on numerous occasions. Snape made a scathing and spiteful comment about Neville Longbottom during one of his lessons as a professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts. Snape was flabbergasted as Remus stood up for Neville in a considerate manner. Remus was always the underdog’s champion, perhaps because he was one himself.

2. He was one of the best teachers of Harry’s time.

Remus Lupin scarred in the Deathly Hollows.
Heavily scarred Remus Lupin.

Remus Lupin was an excellent professor, as Harry acknowledges in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which took place after Lupin’s departure. He was the one who trained Hogwarts pupils how to defend against various beasts. Students liked his classes because he made them have less to do with theory and much more about putting what they learned into practice. He did his job sincerely and was responsible in giving guidance. And best of all, he not only showed Harry how to protect himself from Dementors but also how to defeat them.

3. He was a Marauder, but less arrogant than the others.

The four Marauders: James, Sirius, Remus and Peter.
The four Marauders: James, Sirius, Remus and Peter.

Let’s just be honest: Marauders were a bunch of scumbags when they were at Hogwarts. When James and Sirius were idle, they would pounce on Snape at random, while Peter Pettigrew was just glad to be around all the famous lads. Remus Lupin, on the other hand, was a nice character. Despite his lycanthropy, he received excellent marks and was even named a prefect. Sure, it was all a ploy to keep the rest of his gang in check, and he totally failed, but he never sunk to their level of bullying.

4. Last, and definitely not the least, he always has chocolate!

Remus Lupin giving Harry the chocolate
“Eat, you’ll feel better” – Golden Words by Remus Lupin.

He was the sort of person who wore his heart on his sleeve. He packed chocolate with him in case anyone needed a pick-me-up. Remus Lupin’s true nature is that despite having only two sickles to scrape him by, he managed to purchase a slab of the nicest chocolate Honeydukes ever made. As a result, he is a man who is dedicated not just to excellence, but also to the happiness of those around him. Remus, you’ve done a fantastic job!

 

Written by Alfeeya Pathan

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