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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 was the surname of a wizarding family with Muggle as well as magical heritage[1]. They were related to the Muggle Howell and Tonks families (the latter with some magical members), and thus distantly to the wizarding Black, Lestrange, Malfoy, and Potter families.

The Lupins supported the Order of the Phoenix during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. Members included Remus and Nymphadora Lupin, their son Teddy Lupin, and Remus' parents, Lyall and Hope Lupin.

Recent family history

First Wizarding War

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.

Lyall 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.

Between the Wars

"You're the best Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher we've ever had!"
Harry Potter regarding Remus' skills[src]

Remus teaching Harry Potter the highly advanced Patronus Charm

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. 

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.

Second Wizarding War

"Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling."
— Description of Tonks's and Remus's lifeless bodies[src]

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

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.

After the war

"Teddy was raised by Andromeda. However, unlike Neville, who was also raised by his grandmother, Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father's friends in the Order, to visit and stay with."
J. K. Rowling regarding Teddy's childhood[src]

After his parents deaths, Teddy was raised by his maternal grandmother. He usually spent much of his time with the Potter and Weasley families. These families were also distant relatives of his through his maternal grandmother's side of the family. Since he was born in April 1998, Teddy began his education in the magical arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on 1 September, 2009. He was Sorted into Hufflepuff. He was made Head Boy in his seventh year.

Known Family 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 March 1998 during the height of the Second Wizarding War.
Andromeda Tonks (née Black) A pure-blood witch, sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy, wife of Ted
Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black) A fanatically loyal and notorious Death Eater killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts in May 1998. She is the older sister of Andromeda Tonks.
Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) The wife of Lucius Malfoy and the mother of Draco Malfoy. She is the younger sister of Andromeda Tonks and Bellatrix Lestrange.

Family tree

Lupin family
Tonks family
House of Black
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.


Notes and references

Order of the Phoenix
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Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Kingsley Shacklebolt
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Dobby | Fawkes | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | McKinnon family | Mr Westenberg | Mrs Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Rita Skeeter | Peeves | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Poppy Pomfrey | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westenberg family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Head Boys and Girls
Albus Dumbledore · Tom Riddle · Minerva McGonagall · James Potter · Lily Evans · Bill Weasley · Jacob's sibling · Corey Hayden · Percy Weasley · Teddy Lupin
Hannah Abbott · Penelope Clearwater · Angelica Cole · Jane Court · Chester Davies · Cedric Diggory · Albus Dumbledore · Gemma Farley · Jake Flinton · Anthony Goldstein · Hermione Granger · Nicolas Grimmett · Robert Hawking · Robert Hilliard · Remus Lupin · Ernie Macmillan · Draco Malfoy · Lucius Malfoy · Minerva McGonagall · Cyril Meakin · Eric Murley · Annalena Murk · Pansy Parkinson · Padma Patil · Damian Perriss · Tom Riddle · Felix Rosier · Edmund Spiers · Jonathan Spratt · Kevin Sterndale · Terry Strickland · Marcus Turner · Gabriel Truman · Bill Weasley · Charlie Weasley · Percy Weasley · Ron Weasley · Ryan Westrup · Mervyn Wynch · Unidentified Gryffindor Prefect (I) · Unidentified Gryffindor Prefect (II) · Unidentified Ravenclaw Prefect (I) · Unidentified Ravenclaw Prefect (II) · Unidentified Slytherin Prefect (I) · Unidentified Slytherin Prefect (II) · Unidentified Slytherin Prefect (III)