Welcome to Potterhead July! Courtesy of Aentee at Read At Midnight and in honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Curse Child! All month long, people have been sharing their experiences and memories, and favorite parts of and about Harry Potter. Today, I'm going to be sharing with all of you, one of my favorite parts of the Harry Potter universe that isn't covered all that often: the Marauder's Era.
We all know and love the characters of the Marauder's Era. Remus Lupin, Sirius and Regulus Black, Lily and James Potter, the Longbottoms; even the Malfoy's and Bellatrix Lestrange. Each of these characters are so vital to the development of the hp timeline. Without these pioneers, our precious trio would be nowhere. These characters are so important, yet we know near to nothing about them! So today, I'm just gonna spend some time discussing my favorite character of the Marauder's Era.
I respect Remus so incredibly much for his bravery and strength. As it should already be known, Lupin was bit at the young age of five by Fenrir Greyback out of an act of vengeance. After being diagnosed with lycanthropy, Dumbledore (being the light he is) made special accommodations for Remus at Hogwarts. He was sorted into Gryffindor house, where he would meet James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. In order to protect himself and ensure the safety of his fellow classmates, Remus was allowed to visit the Shrieking Shack once a month for his transformations. Thought to be the sounds of wailing ghosts, the villagers of Hogsmeade dubbed the building the Shrieking Shack.
Though Remus fought long and hard to keep his lycanthropy a secret, his friends were eventually able to put two and two together. During their second year, James, Sirius, and Peter all agreed to learn how to become animagi in order to help their friend through his transformations. By their fifth year, James had learned to become a stag, Sirius a dog, and Peter a rat. With their presence, Lupin was able to control his urgencies a bit more. This is the type of friendship everyone in the world should have. Having your friends accept you for who you are, and help you through whatever you're struggling with, is one of the greatest things you could ever wish for. I can only imagine the distress Remus endured when his three best friends were taken from him, but he was able to carry on through the darkness and find the light.
Lupin has one of the most interesting backstory's out of the entire cast of characters, and a charismatic personality that makes for a wonderful character. Ever since I read Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin has been my favorite character. I would reread PoA over and over again, just because I enjoyed having him in it and having the past brought to attention. Remus is compassionate, smart, and intuitive, even a prankster at times, but definitely the most mature of the four Marauders. I thought he was the best Defense Agains the Dark Arts teacher and definitely wished he was in the series more, as he gave each moment a bit more pizzaz. His complex background and dynamic personality is every bit of a reason to love him.
I have wanted a prequel to Harry Potter, for the longest time. I've no idea if that will ever happen, what with the new school of magic in North America, but one can dream. To me, it is incredibly important to acknowledge what created the basis for the Harry Potter series. Any bit of history and information on this generation, I will gobble right up. I do remember that the old Pottermore site had stories and background information on characters from the Marauder's Era, but I want an entire book dedicated to the mischief and magic of this generation. I could spend hours writing about each Marauder and the others in their era, but for right now lets keep it at Lupin - he deserves all the recognition he can get.
Do you have a favorite Marauder's Era character? Feel free to let me know in the comments!