Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Remus Lupin Character Analysis

One of James Potter's childhood friends and formerly a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. He's an active member of the Order of the Phoenix and is one of Harry's beloved mentors. Lupin is also a werewolf, which means that he struggles to find and keep work, both because of social prejudice against werewolves and legislation that feeds on that prejudice and makes it hard for werewolves to find jobs. Though Lupin is only in his thirties, he looks quite old and thin. When Harry discovers that his own father was a bully, Lupin does his best to comfort Harry by accepting responsibility for not putting a stop to James's bullying and by assuring Harry that James was a fundamentally good person regardless.

Remus Lupin Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Remus Lupin or refer to Remus Lupin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Twelve Quotes

"I do not wish to criticize the way things have been run at this school," she said, an unconvincing smile stretching her wide mouth, "but you have been exposed to some very irresponsible wizards in this class, very irresponsible indeed—not to mention," she gave a nasty little laugh, "extremely dangerous half-breeds."

Page Number: 243
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Chapter Fourteen Quotes

"I know her by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater—"

"She's foul enough to be one," said Harry darkly and Ron and Hermione nodded vigorously in agreement.

"Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters," said Sirius with a wry smile. "I know she's a nasty piece of work, though—you should hear Remus talk about her."

"Does Lupin know her?" asked Harry quickly, remembering Umbridge's comments about dangerous half-breeds during her first lesson.

"No," said Sirius, "but she drafted a bit of anti-werewolf legislation two years ago that makes it almost impossible for him to get a job."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Dolores Umbridge, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Remus Lupin
Page Number: 302
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Chapter Twenty-Two Quotes

"Bitten by a werewolf, poor chap. No cure at all."

"A werewolf?" whispered Mrs. Weasley, looking alarmed. "Is he safe in a public ward? Shouldn't he be in a private room?"

"It's two weeks till full moon," Mr. Weasley reminded her quietly.

Related Characters: Mr. Weasley (speaker), Mrs. Weasley (speaker), Remus Lupin
Page Number: 488
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Remus Lupin Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Remus Lupin appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
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...to put his wand away and come down. Harry is suspicious until he hears Remus Lupin. The other witches and wizards say that Harry looks like his father, except he has... (full context)
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In the kitchen, Lupin seals an envelope to leave for the Dursleys. Moody puts a Disillusionment Charm on Harry,... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...silences Harry when Harry tries to ask what the Order of the Phoenix is. When Lupin tells Harry to think about what he just read, a house suddenly seems to inflate... (full context)
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...George try to lower an Extendable Ear, but the group moves away. After Tonks and Lupin lock the door behind everyone, Tonks knocks over an umbrella stand and velvet curtains fly... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...in the curtains, both of which she'd like to tackle tomorrow. Mr. Weasley, Bill, and Lupin discuss whether the goblins might join Voldemort. Mundungus, meanwhile, tells Fred, George, and Ron about... (full context)
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...isn't James and tells Sirius that he can't treat Harry like James. Mr. Weasley and Lupin quietly suggest that they fill Harry in, if only so he doesn't get partial facts... (full context)
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Sirius and Lupin explain that Voldemort is laying low and isn't killing people, and Harry managed to thwart... (full context)
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...weapon is like, but Mrs. Weasley enters the kitchen and insists that this is enough. Lupin agrees with her and slowly, everyone stands up and heads upstairs. (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...that it's a boggart inside. Tonks and Sirius say that they weren't made prefects, but Lupin was. They say that James Potter wasn't a prefect either, which lifts Harry's spirits. He... (full context)
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Harry overhears Kingsley and Lupin talking about why Dumbledore didn't make Harry a prefect, so he moodily heads back toward... (full context)
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...the incantation and the boggart turns into each Weasley family member and Harry in turn. Lupin, Moody, and Sirius arrive, and Lupin vanishes the boggart. He holds Mrs. Weasley as she... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...King's Cross without incident. Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the Weasleys arrive soon after. Lupin and Moody shake Harry's hand and tell him to be careful, especially about what he... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...pointless. Umbridge demands that students raise their hands as Dean, Hermione, and Parvati all defend Lupin's teaching and note that Umbridge's methods seem useless. Parvati is shocked when Umbridge says that... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...use it. Sirius, Mrs. Weasley, and Mr. Weasley wave the children out the door with Lupin and Tonks and Lupin summons the Knight Bus. Harry, Ron, and Hermione sit on the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...that he's taking his Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. Harry also finds James, Sirius, Lupin, and Wormtail. James and Sirius are extremely handsome. (full context)
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...the lake. Sirius announces that he's bored, and James points out Snape. Sirius says, "Snivellus." Lupin keeps his eyes on his book as Snape and James draw their wands. James Disarms... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...the door. He uses Floo powder to send his head to Grimmauld Place and finds Lupin in the kitchen. Lupin runs to fetch Sirius. (full context)
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Harry tells them about what he saw in the Pensieve. Sirius and Lupin explain that Snape was jealous of James, but James was an arrogant jerk at age... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...the Cruciatus Curse on him. Harry moves to give the prophecy to Lucius, but Sirius, Lupin, Moody, Tonks, and Kingsley suddenly arrive and begin dueling the Death Eaters. Harry finds Neville... (full context)
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...chest, throwing him backward through the arch and the veil. He disappears. Harry screams and Lupin grabs him. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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Harry yells for Sirius and refuses to listen to Lupin say that Sirius is dead. He realizes that Sirius has never made Harry wait for... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...Hermione step through the barrier and find an unexpected welcoming committee composed of Moody, Tonks, Lupin, Mr. Weasley, Mrs. Weasley, Fred, and George. The group approaches Vernon and Petunia, who are... (full context)