Lycanthropy is the state in which a werewolf finds him or herself: that of turning into a fearsome and deadly near-wolf. Muggles are far less likely to be infected by lycanthropy, as the wounds have a higher fatality rate. To date, there is no cure for lycanthropy. Lycanthropy is a deeply feared and despised condition, as tragic tales were told that victims begged to be allowed to die rather than becoming werewolves.
The term is often used to describe actual werewolves, but some authors, like Arsenius Jigger in his work The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts, assert that its correct use is of describing a mental disease of fantasising being a wolf and, thus, prefer the term werewolfry, when referring to the condition of being a werewolf.
Behind the scenes
- J. K. Rowling has stated that she used lycanthropy as a metaphor for HIV in the Harry Potter novels. This statement was repeated in material provided for Pottermore Presents, leading some sources to report it as if was new information. In response, Rowling posted a series of scathing Twitter messages pointing out that "at a conservative estimate, 90% of ‘revelations’ that keep cropping up about Potter characters are recycled from years ago."
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - see this image
- ↑ Accio Quote homepage - see "Snippets from Jo's testimony"
- ↑ Stolworthy, Jacob (September 10, 2016). "JK Rowling debunks 'new Harry Potter revelation' that Remus Lupin's condition is AIDs metaphor (She wants you to know this news has been out there for 17 years)", The Independent. Retrieved on September 10, 2016.