Remembering Fallen Hero Remus Lupin on the Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts

Remus Lupin & Nymphadora Tonks

On the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, we remember those that lost their lives and those that survived to fight another day. On 2nd of May 1998, the tyrant Lord Voldemort was finally defeated. For muggles it’s a yearly reminder of the heartbreaking end to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Last year on the anniversary, JK Rowling marked the occasion by apologising for killing Fred Weasley. Saying that she thought she “might apologise for one death per anniversary”. Adding “Fred was the worst for me, so I started with him”. At which point everyone started crying and hasn’t stopped for a year.

True to her word, JK is back again this year to break our hearts all over again by honoring Remus Lupin: father, husband, teacher, and friend. (Also a werewolf in case you didn’t get that from his name.) Rowling explained that she hadn’t planned on killing Lupin until she wrote Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and that “Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die.”

Remus Lupin left behind a son, Teddy, and JK Rowling feels really bad about it. She even cried in front of her editor about it, which I can relate to because I have cried about the same thing in front of pretty much everyone that knows me. In my defense, it’s really very sad. Lupin was happy; he had a kid. Oh no, I’m crying again.

Other casualties from the Battle of Hogwarts include: Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape, Colin Creevey, Lavender Brown, and at least fifty nameless others. But it’s also important to remember the heroes, without whom Tom Riddle may never have been defeated.

Everyone remembers the Battle of Hogwarts different. JK apologises. I like to rewatch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and cry in front of my friends again. Other people make cool graphic like these:

Author: Undie Girl

Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.

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