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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.