Humans Are Immoral & Retarded

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Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban is actually a dick in the boggart scene:

I'm not even going to pretend this has any journalistic purpose. I just want to rant man, give me a break.

So in Prisoner Of Azkaban, there is a scene in which the Gryffindor class learns about boggarts: creatures that transform into what you fear most. So they all take turns standing in front of the thing, letting it become their fear and then charming it into something 'funny'. Harry doesn't get to do it because Lupin thought the boggart would turn into Mr. No Nose bad guy... and that would be too scary??? I never noticed anything odd about this scene for years, but that last part is kinda fucked up the more I think about it. There are a few awful implications I can make about this scene that Rowling seemed to overlook, and it spoils my opinion of Lupin a bit.

First - Lupin assumes the boggart would turn into Voldemort for Harry, and like yeah duh, Lupin he's the worst??? What I don't understand is why Lupin didn't consider that it could be Voldemort for any of the kids. Sure, they all think he's dead, but that wouldn't stop them from being scared of him. I mean I'm scared of shit that's illogical, that's the whole point of fear, any the fears depicted in this scene fall under this category - an illogical fear of monsters (although to be fair, these are real creatures in this universe, it would be scary for sure). The chance of them running into banshees or vampires or whatever is surely as low as it would be to run into Voldemort. The first war was not that long before the series beginning. Pure and half-bloods likely had parents involved, they grew up knowing the consequences of war and knowing what Voldemort can do. A man whom most adults are so scared of that they dare not speak his name and yet none of their children seem concerned with it at all?

Second - Putting Voldy aside, the kid's fears are all simplified things, everyone is scared of a monster (bugs, supernatural creatures) and while that makes since, it's sad that nobody is given any deeper fears. For example, later in the books, Mrs. Weasley faces off against a boggart and sees the bodies of her family, her children. And she can't do anything to stop it, how does one make that funny? It doesn't make sense that none of the other children would have 'real' fears that Lupin wouldn't want to deal with (like he didn't with Harry's supposed fear), hell even having one be Sirius Black would be more interesting and realistic. Ron and Hermione are his best friends, one could assume that it would be just as likely for them to be afraid of Voldemort too.

Third - on Lupin blocking the children from seeing Voldemort - his logic in this scene makes negative sense. Like he wants the children to confront things that terrify them, but he doesn't want to scare them too much??? This sounds like the hands-on portion of the lesson should have done in private or by volunteer only. I'm sure even if though they didn't see Voldy there were many nightmares that night. And what if a child had been abused, thought of something truly horrific or inappropriate, or revealed an internal struggle that they'd hidden from schoolmates to avoid bullying or confrontations. Honestly, making the children do this in front of their peers - especially since bullying runs rampant at Hogwarts was inappropriate of Lupin in this scene.

And fourth, Neville - like Jesus Christ Lupin his parents were tortured to insanity. I think with Neville in particular this scene was a waste. He's so embarrassed and ashamed of his parents, why couldn't this be utilized? Why wouldn't it be Bellatrix or Voldy? That it's a professor that this poor child is most scared of, over the person who literally tortured his parents doesn't raise any red flags to anyone? Lupin doesn't pause and go hmmm it's actually not funny that a student is this terrified of someone who is supposed to be a positive role model in their life. Even if Snape is an utter asshole (who deserves to rot in hell for eternity and for the love of fucking god JK what the fuck were you thinking naming Harry's kid after this cunt???) he shouldn't be allowed to traumatize students to this extent.

I'm horribly overthinking this whole scene. It was there to give us a clue into Lupin being a werewolf, and set up a scene of bonding between the teacher and student. JK probably just gave them all childish fears because it makes sense on a surface level, and Neville only fears Snape like we're supposed to believe that Hermione's is a failing grade, childish and nothing to be concerned over - but I think it was a waste of a scene to imply that only Harry is mature enough to have a 'real' fear, when there was opportunity to give many of the other characters an adult fear as well. What a unique opportunity for some subtle character work, let's examine these character's deepest fears, what does that say about them? Harry is mature enough to decide that it's not Voldy, and that's great, but why can't at least Ron and Hermione get something more intriguing to work with. I get it has to be a tangible thing so the boggart can transform, but there are perhaps better ways to say that Hermione's greatest fear is failure than jokes about how hers are bad grades. Perhaps hers is that she's been shunned from wizarding society because she failed, idk. What great potential for a literary scene to be squandered by the fact that they are children and thus only fear scary creatures or dumb things for the other students to laugh at.

By: Mona