Harry Potter MotW: Favourite Lupin Moment

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The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is ‘Favourite Lupin Moment’

Lupin has lots of great moments, because he just seems so likeable and understanding, but one of my personal favourite moments is this one

At the doorway [Snape] turned on his heel and said, “Possibly no one’s warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear.”

Neville went scarlet. Harry glared at Snape; it was bad enough that he bullied Neville in his own classes, let alone doing it in front of other teachers.

Professor Lupin had raised his eyebrows.

“I was hoping that Neville would assist me with the first stage of the operation,” he said, “and I am sure he will perform it admirably.”


Poor Neville gets bullied by Snape constantly, and no one ever really sticks up for him, so I loved this moment when Lupin defends him – not agressively, not as an excuse to have a go at Snape, just quietly supportive.  Lupin talks him through the process and Neville gets the spell right first time – when you think about the number of times in the book you hear about Neville not being able to do something (Harry having to do extra homework on Summoning Charms, ‘the only person other than Neville’ etc), I think it shows how good a teacher Lupin is – Neville leaves pleased, and for the next few days the whole school is talking about Snape in Neville’s grandmother’s outfit; laughing with Neville instead of at him, or ignoring him.

Which is your favourite Lupin moment?

7 thoughts on “Harry Potter MotW: Favourite Lupin Moment

  1. Excellent moment! One of the best. I love how Lupin handled the situation in his mild, quiet manner, and how he encouraged Neville to do the spell. He was a great teacher and an excellent human being, who felt deeply and who couldn’t stand to see other people hurt, ridiculed or shunned because of something they couldn’t help being. I knew that someone would pick this moment, so I chose the one that takes place in the sixth book: http://faridamestek.blogspot.com/2015/07/harry-potter-moment-of-week-12.html
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  2. This scene is so popular today, for a very good reason =D. I just love this scene because, like you said, it was probably the first time someone stood up for Neville. Lupin showed so much support for him and gave him a chance to prove to everyone that he isn’t a complete idiot, he can do magic just as well as everyone else. I also really liked it because not only was it funny but it gave Neville a chance to stand up to Snape, albeit a fake Snape, but a Snape none the less.
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  3. Oh! FEELS! How could I forget about that glorious moment! My heart went out to both Neville and Lupin in that scene. Neville because being singled out like that is terrible and Lupin because he so smoothly swooped in and saved Neville’s feelings ♥♥♥ And it’s like you said, it’s not aggressive in any way, just quietly supportive and honestly just plain beautiful! Gah! Lupin is THE best 🙂
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  4. It’s so true! I felt bad for Neville a lot because he was constantly doing poorly on his work and treated as a kid who would never be good in school. That’s one of the reasons I love Neville so much, because he was so determined that he was going to amount to something and had a lot of conviction. But, I’m straying off topic here. This is an excellent point on how Lupin treats others too throughout the series. He is very thoughtful here and helps Neville succeed. Plus, together they gave us this hilarious moment with Snape and the crazy grandma clothes. Excellent choice 😀
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  5. Lupin handled Snape’s jab at Neville so brilliantly and gracefully, and then went on to help Neville successfully cast the spell. I love Lupin for so many reasons, and this moment here captures so many of them in a single scene. 🙂

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