David Thewlis as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter
Three new Hogwarts e-books were released on Sept. 6, and the short books are filled with fascinating bits of trivia about Hogwarts and our favorite wizards from the Harry Potter series. In one of the biggest revelations from the books, J.K. Rowling writes that Lupin’s werewolf condition is a metaphor for illnesses that carry a stigma.
In a section of Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies, J.K. Rowling details the life of Remus Lupin, from childhood until his untimely death at the hands of Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts. Lupin — who Rowling calls “one of her favourite characters in the entire Potter series” — was, of course, a werewolf. And according to the author, his lycanthropy is a metaphor for illnesses that exist in the Muggle world.
“Lupin’s condition of lycanthropy was…
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