In one of her new ebooks, J.K. Rowling explained the truth behind Remus Lupin’s condition.
The author said that Remus being part werewolf was a metaphor for those “illnesses that carries a stigma”, like Aids and HIV.
She wrote: ‘Lupin’s condition of lycanthropy (being a werewolf) was a metaphor for those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDS’.
“All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.”
Although that news is now circulating the internet, the revelation is not new. J. K. Rowling already made a statement on her Twitter:
“There is no retcon re: Remus Lupin. The so-called ‘revelation’ now circulating is recycled from interviews given 17 years ago”
News translated by: Beatriz Souza