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"I'm talking about your niece, Bellatrix. And yours, Lucius and Narcissa. She just married the werewolf, Remus Lupin. You must be so proud."
—Lord Voldemort looking down upon the Lupin family[src]

Lupin is the surname of a wizarding family, though they have Muggle as well as magical heritage[1]. They are related to the Tonks family, and thus distantly to the Black, Malfoy, and Potter families. The Lupins supported the Order of the Phoenix during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. Members include Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Lupin, Ted Lupin, and Remus' parents, Lyall and Hope Lupin.

Recent family history

Lyall Lupin was a wizard who was a world-renowned authority on Non-Human Spirituous Apparitions. During the prelude to the First Wizarding War, the Ministry of Magic called on his expertise of Dark creatures to help contain the threat, and he eventually joined the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He married a Muggle woman, Hope Howell, and had one son, Remus, who was bitten by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in retaliation for a negative comment about lycanthropes that Lyall made.[2]

Remus was afflicted with lycanthropy during his childhood, as Fenrir Greyback's revenge against Lyall. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Gryffindor house. During his school years, he was one of the Marauders, best friends with Sirius BlackJames Potter, and Peter Pettigrew.


Remus during the First Wizarding War, as a member of the original Order

After Hogwarts, Remus joined the Order of the Phoenix and fought in the First Wizarding War. However, Pettigrew betrayed James and Lily Potter to Lord Voldemort and Remus had lost all of his closest friends in various ways by the end of the First Wizarding War. The loss of his friends was said to be the most tramatic experience of his life, though he and Sirius Black later rekindled their friendship. By the early 1990s, Lupin was living in poverty, in a tumbledown, semi-derelict cottage in Yorkshire. Albus Dumbledore tracked Lupin down in the summer of 1993 and offered him a teaching post. 

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Remus and Tonks's dead bodies lying in the Great Hall during the one-hour armistice

Remus taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts during the 1993-1994 school year. He was also a professor of Harry Potter, James's son, whom he taught how to conjure a corporeal Patronus, but resigned after Severus Snape revealed to the public that Remus was a werewolf. He fought against Death Eaters once more in the Second Wizarding War, during which he lost his friend Sirius. In 1997, Remus married fellow Order member Nymphadora Tonks and had a son, Edward Remus "Teddy" Lupin. Remus fought at the Battle of Hogwarts, during which his wife was murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange. Remus was also murdered by Death Eater, Antonin Dolohov, during the same battle in 1998. Leaving Teddy to grow up parentless.

Known Members

Main family

Wizard(s) Notes
Lyall Lupin Father of Remus; a Ministry of Magic employee who banished the Screaming Bogey of Strathtully[3]; once offended the werewolf Fenrir Greyback[4]
Hope Lupin (née Howell) Mother of Remus
Remus Lupin A werewolf and member of the Order of the Phoenix
Nymphadora Lupin
(née Tonks)
Wife of Remus and mother of Teddy; Metamorphmagus and member of the Order of the Phoenix
Teddy Lupin Orphaned son of Remus and Nymphadora; a Metamorphmagus like his mother[5]

Lupin relatives

Wizard(s) Notes
Ted Tonks A Muggle-born wizard murdered by Snatchers in 1998
Andromeda Tonks  (née Black) A pure-blood witch, sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy, wife of Ted

Family tree

House of
Lyall Lupin
Hope Howell
Edward Tonks
(d. 1998)
Andromeda Black
(b. 1950s)
Remus John Lupin
Nymphadora Tonks
Edward Remus Lupin
(b. 1998)


Lupin is derived from the Latin word lupus, meaning "wolf". Lupin or lupine is also the name of a flower, and the latter is an English adjective meaning "wolflike". This alludes to the lycanthropy in the family.

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