Inside the castle walls, students return to the familiar routine of the school year; 9am classes, and dorm room gossip, while outside the castle walls the world becomes more and more unpredictable. War is looming. Terror is lurking. Fear is waiting. And one man can not keep reality from breaching the walls... Now everyone is being pressured to pick sides...
Each year, it is the job of the Hogwarts Prefects and Head Students to plan and organize events around the school.
This Halloween, they have opted for a Haunted House experience on the grounds!
Upon exiting the castle, you will be greeted by a low lying fog, separating into a clear path
that leads you to a dilapidated house, with the trees of the Forbidden forest looming behind it.
Many horrors await you inside of the Haunted House of Horrors!
There is, of course, a catch! The Marauders (courtesy of the fact that James and Remus have been involved in the planning!)
have taken this opportunity to add a few extra tricks, treats, and scares to the house, so tread carefully within.
This is, optionally, a dice game to keep things exciting! More info will be provided.
Giant Pumpkin Carving!
It simply wouldn't be Halloween without Hagrid's giant pumpkins! This year, however, it's up to the students to get
involved in carving some pumpkins up. Battle through the fog and make your way to the Gamekeeper's Hut - you'll
recognize it for it's orange glow. All the tools and carving equpitment you need are waiting for you, so don't
miss your chance to create a pumpkin masterpiece!
Candy Costume Party!
Halloween requires costumes. It also requires sweets and candy. Therefore, it's only right we throw a candy costume party!
This year, Honeydukes are providing the treats - all of your familiar favorites and a few new, slightly bizarre ones
to try out.
Slugs, Bugs, Warts, and Bones, whether you want a Slimy Slug Sour, or a Freaky Finger Fruit Pop, Honeydukes
has provided everything your could ask for!
So put on your best costume and work up a sweet tooth, then join us in the Great Hall for a Sugar and Spice,
All Things Scary and Nice Candy Costume Dance!
Remus could be described as good-looking if he didn't look so tired all the time. Even weeks after a full moon following many good nights of sleep, he had a tired look about him. He can be completely awake and energised, but his condition takes a lot out of his body, maintaining it in a battered, worn state. This worsens on a monthly cycle, of course. After a full moon, he tends to look somewhat zombie-like. He does his best to act like normal, but he'll be so exhausted it's hard to hide. Dark bags appear under his bleary, sometimes bloodshot eyes, his muscles are weaker, his hair all over the place. Ordinarily, he simply looks particularly scruffy, much to the dismay of Hogwarts staff unaware of his condition.
Tired look aside, Remus has a friendly, open face. His eyes are green, more on the blue-grey side than the bright green side. His hair is a dark brown, slightly wavy and usually mid-length and scruffy. His strong jaw is often lined with stubble as he forgets or can't be bothered to shave.
In build, Remus is tall and slim. He has some strength, but isn't all that muscular or toned. Most of the time he has good posture, but after a full moon he'll be prone to slouching or sitting slumped in a chair. When he walks, it is with purpose, having long strides and a quick pace. He can move quickly when he needs to, possessing the good reflexes necessary to make a good student of Defence Against the Dark Arts. In terms of physical strength he's average, possibly a little above. That all becomes a lot more difficult for him after a full moon.
Remus' school uniform looks like that of any other Gryffindor. He likes wearing them as they make him feel like he belongs. Outside of uniform, his attire is shabby and well-worn. Trousers, shirts, ties, waistcoats, all manner of more old-fashioned clothing, but when he feels more casual or can't bothered with those, t-shirts are fine. Try as he might, he's never managed to shake the scruffy look from his appearance.
Likes: Magical creatures A good laugh Learning Underdogs Dueling Respect Quiet Friends Helping other people out Having responsibility
Dislikes: Wolves Bullying His lycanthropy People trusting/liking him without feeling he's earned it His friends can be dicks sometimes Disruptions Slacking off Isolation His Patronus Failure
Positive Traits: Good sense of humor Intelligent Tolerant and understanding
Negative Traits: Shy Will not do the right thing if it means upsetting his friends Is a werewolf
Quirks/Habits: Usually deliberately casts a non-corporeal Patronus as his takes the form of a wolf, a painful reminder of his condition Talks to anyone who looks lonely Drums on things (desks, his leg, etc) with his fingers when thinking
Best/Worst Class: BEST: Defence Against The Dark Arts WORST: Potions
Years of prejudice have made Remus extremely grateful towards anyone who accepts him or shows him respect. He is painfully aware of the wizarding world's prejudice against werewolves, and as such is afraid to reveal too much about himself to others should they piece together the truth about his condition. Currently, the only people who know what he is are his parents, Albus Dumbledore and a few other teachers, James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew and Severus Snape. Since no one else is aware he is a werewolf, he has to endure it whenever werewolves are mentioned in normal conversation, listening to the inevitably hateful words without speaking up for himself.
As one might expect from a child growing up in a world that loathed and feared his kind, Remus has a low opinion of himself. His friendship with the Marauders has drastically improved this, but he still can't help but be surprised whenever people show that they like, trust or respect him. He feels honoured to be accepted by the other Marauders, grateful beyond words for their friendship. Being given responsibility and shown kindness touches him, a small part of him feeling he doesn't deserve it and the person is making a mistake or wouldn't if they knew his secret.
Shy when alone, he doesn't like talking about himself. Among friends, he will be just as loud as the others. He has a witty sense of humour, making light of tough situations and doing his best to cheer people up. He is calm, level-headed, and kind, enjoying the company of others. Being isolated from the world for much of his childhood, he can be awkward and not know what to say in some situations, but none the less enjoys being around other people, even if no words are spoken.
All the prejudice Remus has faced has made him very tolerant and empathetic in addition to humble. He values friendship and kindness extremely highly, never taking it for granted, and so when he sees people treating others badly it can make him rather angry or upset. He easily sees a situation from another's perspective, making him quick to forgive. He knows all too well how it feels to be so thoroughly insulted and scorned, feeling deeply sorry for others in bad situations. As a result he loathes bullying. He would never bully anyone himself, and the way James and Sirius bully Snape is the one thing he really doesn't like about them.
Loyal to a fault, however, Remus would never call them out on the bullying. He has a vast amount of courage, but none of it the sort that enables him to voice an issue he has with a friend. He's afraid he'd lose their friendship if he did so. He wishes they would act more sensibly. Having resigned himself to accepting it, he loves his friends all the same despite regretting being unable to bring himself to tell them what they're doing is wrong. This is a great flaw of his - he wishes he could bring himself to stop people he cares about doing bad things yet never can. He is annoyed by this aspect of himself.
His intelligence lends itself to his witty humour. Clever with a keen taste for learning, Remus enjoys reading books and teaching himself new things. Not fully satisfied with just reading, he likes to try new things out. Invention is something that intrigues him. Making new spells or meshing old ones together to produce a new and complex thing, either is something he is keen to try out.
Remus lives in fear that his condition will be found out, so is a careful and sensible individual. The other Madauders have drawn him to become more adventurous and mischievous. He is known to other students for being a provider of pranks and good laughs, and to the staff for being in detention despite his good grades. He avoids boggarts because he's worried people would guess what he is if he saw its full moon form, and hates anything to do with wolves, including his own Patronus.
Remus was born in London, where his mother Hope worked in an insurance office and his father Lyall worked for the Ministry, having recently been offered a job in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. His father was also an expert on Non-Human Spiritous Apparations of some renown, earning the family significant respect despite the scorn of some pureblood families for Lyall marrying a Muggle. Because Lyall was a wizard, the couple were confident Remus would be one as well, but there were always a few doubts due to Hope's non-magicalness. Lyall deeply wished Remus would be a wizard, as it would be bad for him to grow up within the wizarding world only have to leave it, and it was expected for the son of Lyall Lupin to follow in his father's footsteps and become a good wizard.
They need not have worried. Remus showed signs of magic before he could talk. The first incidence occurred when he was a little over a year old. Crying after dropping a toy while sitting on the sofa, his father was too busy to come to his aid for a short while. After a few moments of bawling, rather than waiting any longer, the baby managed levitate the toy, returning it to his hand without touching it.
His father was relieved and overjoyed to have seen this, and from then on the couple knew their son would go to Hogwarts. They were extremely proud to see him grow into an intelligent, gentle child with sure signs of magical ability springing up here and there. It was the innate, unpredictable and uncontrollable magic of a child, so they were careful around any Muggle friends. Among other wizards they happily showed off their son and let him play with other children around his age.
Dark magic was becoming more and more eminent as Remus grew up. Along with the rest of the wizarding world, his parents did their best to shield their child from the more horrific news while keeping him aware that there were dangerous things out there. Remus learned to be cautious of potential lurking grounds for Death Eaters and dark creatures. None the less, he managed to be deeply excited and interested in magic. The Muggle children he talked to at the park had never heard of Hogwarts. He knew he wasn't supposed to tell people about magic, but sometimes the Muggle kids claimed to have seen fairies or done some act of magic. It was always just a lie, disappointingly, but on those occasions Remus would assume they knew about magic anyway so thought it was fine to talk to them about it. They could never do any of the things he could do sometimes, and didn't know anything about the wizarding world.
Shortly before his fifth birthday, Remus' father Lyall was brought in to help with the questioning of Fenrir Greyback, who stood accused of being a werewolf and murdering two innocent Muggle children. It was just a standard task for the Department. With the Werewolf Registry badly maintained due to werewolves' tendencies to avoid registration and recognition, Greyback had never been registered as a werewolf. He claimed to be an innocent Muggle homeless man.
Greyback's lack of one, grubby clothes and acting were enough to convince the other two tired and ignorant members of the committee, but Lyall wasn't satisfied. He demanded they hold him until the next full moon, which was due to occur the following night. Laughed at by his fellow committee members, they told him to be quiet and said they should release Greyback. Despite his usually calm attitude, this made Lyall extremely angry; he, like most wizarding folk, hated werewolves and wouldn't stand to see a murderer walk free.
Lyall declared that werewolves were 'soulless, evil, deserving nothing but death,' before being taken from the room. Greyback was released, overpowering the wizard sent to perform a memory charm on him, and prepared to have his revenge for what was said in the committee room by Lyall.
On the next full moon, Greyback stole into Remus' room. His sneaking in was quiet and stealthy, the attack less so. The infamously bloodthirsty werewolf made no sound so to avoid summoning the boy's parents before he could leave his mark. He sank his teeth deep into the four-year-old's arm. The instant Remus began screaming, Lyall and Hope ran into the room to find a great hulking mass of a werewolf with his teeth sunk into their little son's arm. Greyback barely got a few slashes in before Lyall beat him off with a handful of curses and drew him off the house. Remus was alive and with no lasting physical damage, but the main purpose had been achieved. From that day on, Remus would be a werewolf.
The family were devastated. Lyall hated werewolves all the more, until he came to realise that in doing so he would hate his son, which he knew he did not. Remus was the same he'd always been, aside from having vivid nightmares and being far more fearful.
The first full moon after Remus' being bitten was awaited with much dread. In that time, Remus had his fifth birthday, which helped take their minds off it. When the change did come, Remus begged his parents to hold his hands, crying at the thought of being all alone when he turned into a monster. They had no choice but to refuse. If they stayed with him, small though he was he might still bite them. One werewolf in the family was quite enough. Remus was locked crying and screaming in a room. After a while there was silence. Once night fell, the screams began again, turning more animalistic as the boy became a little wolf.
The neighbours heard the animal noises and heard things breaking. It didn't go unnoticed that Remus became extremely weak and ill around the full moon, either. Once, Remus almost told a friend what he was, and the Lupins decided it was time to move before anyone found out.
They moved from village to village, Remus still not completely aware of what his condition meant for him. He was kept away from other children most of the time, locked away in a silenced room at the full moon. It was a lonely life. The time he really understood its significance was when his father explained to him he would never be able to go to Hogwarts.
Remus had been playing with a toy broomstick when his father walked out. The village had a large wizarding population and the fence was high, so he had no worried a Muggle would see. "Daddy, when I go to Hogwarts, can I get a real broom? I want to play Quidditch! I can play for my House!" he grinned eagerly.
"I'll get you a broom when you're old enough, Remus, but you won't be at Hogwarts."
"Oh, so before then?"
"No. Son, you know you can't go to Hogwarts."
Remus' lip was quivering then. "Not ever? But why?"
"You know why."
It was a simple conversation, but one that had a huge impact on the child. No longer did he see himself learning how to do magic with his friends in a big exciting castle. His father would teach him, and then he would struggle to find any sort of work. He thought it was his own fault for being a werewolf.
It was much to the family's surprise, then, when none other than Albus Dumbledore himself turned up at their doorstep not long before Remus' eleventh birthday. Thinking he was there to deal with their son, Lyall and Hope tried to stop him entering, but before long he was warming himself by the fire, enjoying crumpets and Gobstones with Remus. He explained that spies had told him what Fenrir Greyback had done to Remus, and that he'd devised a way to allow him to attend Hogwarts without him being a danger to other students. That was one of Remus' happiest moments; not only did one of the greatest wizards of all time accept him for who he was, but he'd worked hard just for him to find a way to get him to Hogwarts. His dreams had come true.
Lyall had been in Gryffindor, so Remus wasn't surprised to be sorted into Gryffindor too. He didn't care which House he was in, being happy just to be there. It was nice to be a member of the House known for bravery, and the one his father had been in.
Remus had never had true friends before, and had come to expect people to not like him and want to avoid him after spending his entire life hearing prejudice against him. He simply didn't know any different. Yet he found himself with the greatest friends he could ever had asked for; James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. The four were inseparable.
He carefully made up excuses for his monthly disappearances, but James and Sirius at least were smart enough and too close to him to buy them all. In their second year, his three friends guessed the truth. Remus was mortified, afraid he would lose his friends and be cast out the school when others heard, but to his great surprise and delight, they told him it was all right. They not only accepted him, but proposed they could learn to become animals with him every full moon. Remus was overcome by their kindness. It was the happiest moment of his life.
Aside from those three, the only other person aside from the few staff members trusted by Dumbledore to learn of his condition was Severus Snape. Severus had noticed how Remus would grow tired around the full moon, and Sirius tipped him off about the Whomping Willow. Luckily, James found out and stopped Severus before he could stumble upon Remus, but he still saw Remus at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, Severus never shared the knowledge, possibly because Remus had never taken part in or condoned his friend's bullying of him.
By their fifth year, James, Peter and Sirius had become Animagi. A werewolf was not a danger to animals, and somehow in their company Remus was able to control himself far better. Where he did lose control, Sirius and James could wrestle him until he calmed down. Together they explored the Hogwarts grounds, using the knowledge and discoveries to draw a map which the called the Marauder's Map. It took a lot of complicated charms, but they managed it. It became something they were extremely proud of, and when armed with it, they were never caught.
Remus got good grades, intelligent and keen to learn. He was honoured to learn he'd been made a Prefect, glad to have been trusted by Dumbledore with the responsibility. With his friends grown more mature over the years, their friendship grew stronger than it ever had been before.
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"It's Lupin, right?"
The sudden voice made Remus' head snap up from the book he was reading. It was a dull thing, but he had a Transfiguration test coming up. His mind had been wandering away from the works on the page, unable to focus on his homework, but the voice had brought him sharply back to the reality of the pleasantly cool library. "Yeah," he said sleepily to the Ravenclaw eyeing his book from a few metres away. The other boy was small, short and skinny, with a mop of shaggy mouse brown hair and a nervous look about him. Remus guessed him to be a fifth-year. "Sorry, did you want this?" He indicated the book he was reading.
The other boy smiled awkwardly, evidently not the most comfortable with socialising. "Yes, sorry, I mean, if you need it, keep it, I just wanted to-"
Remus stopped the Ravenclaw talking by setting the book in his hands. "Don't worry, I could hardly concentrate on it anyway. It's pretty boring. I hope you'll find it more interesting," he said, stifling a yawn. The other boy's eyes flickered to his Prefect badge. Of course, that must be how he'd known his name. Everyone in each House knew their Prefects, and some of them were more well-known throughout the school. Being one of the Marauders in addition to a Prefect, Remus was at least vaguely recognised by most people in the school.
"Thank you! Er, Lupin, are you all right? You look really tired. You should work hard, but not too hard, OK? It's hard to get good marks if you're too tired to think properly," he warned, advice Remus had received many times for from the Ravenclaws who weren't too busy commending him on his diligence to his studies by pulling all-nighters.
Remus laughed. In reality, he and James had snuck out the previous night to go looking for new secret passageways. They hadn't succeeded, so had paid the house-elves in the kitchens a visit and returned to their dorms with armfuls of cake, biscuits and butterbeer, the remainders of which now lay hidden under their beds. Four nights before that had been the full moon, which he still ached from. "I'm fine, don't you worry. Be sure to get more out of that book than I did," he smiled as he packed up his work, watching the Ravenclaw scurry away clutching the heavy book.