remus is a living link between the first and second wars (which is hard to find considering how many people died in the first war), and yet his role in the first war is rarely spoken of even though that could illuminate important backstory. he is a werewolf and therefore represents an aspect of wizarding society that is rarely shown in the series, and yet he is presented as being somehow unique among werewolves (the rest of which are generally all depicted as monsters). he is financially destitute and spends a great deal of time living on the streets and/or in muggle society, which means that he could provide an alternative insight into wizard and muggle relations and into social inequality in the wizarding world, and yet the topics never come up when remus is around.
remus knew lily and james well and still grieves for them as much as sirius does, and yet his relationship with them is never mentioned, and harry—even after finding out that remus knew his father and mother—never once asks remus about them despite the fact that he is otherwise desperate for information about his parents. remus manages to come out of the first war and more than a decade of grief and isolation not only alive and functional but also as a figure of great strength, calm, and deeply held moral beliefs, and yet his guidance is never offered or asked for, he is never seen taking care of sirius even though that role should logically fall to him (no one takes care of sirius, actually, except harry, who is the one who should be the least responsible for sirius), and remus’ only role in the order is to liase with other dark creatures, because that’s the only value that dumbledore—and jkr—sees in him.
so i think it’s quite easy for me to say that jkr dropped the fuckin ball with remus lupin and that i’m never going to be over it
contexts in which jkr introduces her readers to remus:
- book 3: in his first scene he conjures a patronus and passes around chocolate
- book 3: in his second scene he teaches them all a spell focused in overcoming fears with laughter
- book 5: in his first scene he rescues harry from an abusive household, and smiles widely at harry while he does it
- book 6: in his first scene he is handed a large slice of cake
- book 6: in his second scene everyone is sitting around a fire at christmas drinking eggnog
- book 7: when he rolls up to The Squad in grimmauld place he passes around butterbeers and hermione lights a fire in the fireplace
rowling does this thing where even if remus is having The Literal Worst Time he is almost always introduced in the context of warmth and light and comfort, which he more often than not is directly providing to others
How it should have happened tbh (✿◡‿◡)
If you think that Sirius Black did not use his wand to hold his hair in a bun when he was in a hurry then you are dead wrong.
#okay but ALSO#in times of urgency when he needs to use his wand#like for example in training and he forgets until the last second where his wand is#he’d have to pull it out from his bun right#so mental picture:#sirius black’s mane unraveling majestically just as he takes out his wand and casts a spell#his hair flowing in the wind as he finishes his enemies off in a flourish#what a drama queen baby i love him#james: must u do that everytime#sirius: oh so now it’s MY fault your girlfriend loses all my hair ties#feat. remus lupin not finding his wand anywhere only to find it holding up his boyfriend’s hair#feat.
remus lupin who doesn’t want to pull it out because he will not give
sirius the satisfaction of performing a hair flip as remus takes#feat. me sighing as i get way too excited about any headcanon about sirius’ hair (x)
All of this