Singing Praises

The topic this week: Unsung heroes in books or movies: A character who does not get the credit that you believe he or she deserves.

It was my idea. I wish that I had done this ahead of time; I wish that I had made notes. I’m hustling as usual during this, the week prior to Easter, and I know, as soon as this is posted, things get into full-swing or just after the holiday, three more will come to mind.

Here are two:

One unsung, unappreciated hero who gained my heart a dozen years ago:
Remus Lupin, from the Harry Potter series.

For those of you who did not pick it up in the movies, and may have not read the books, here is my reasoning. [If you wish, skip to end; a hero with which you may well be more familiar will be there.]

If you don’t know either, I apologize and am sorry that you. You are missing out on good stories of knowing right from wrong, no matter who does either. You are missing out on stories of real friendship and family, of doing what is right, of being faithful and honorable and true; protecting the weak, righting wrongs and of forgiveness,(when applicable. Warning then: Spoilers ahead.)

In the movies it is shown/told that Remus Lupin was attacked by a werewolf and became one himself; he never embraced the life and stayed the intelligent and warm-hearted person that he always was, except when the Moon at the full of the moon. A potion to suppress werewolf behavior was developed, but he would undergo a physical change nevertheless. He was the best friend of Harry’s father (James) and to-be godfather,(Sirius) who were wild characters when young. Even so, they learned to change into animals themselves to support Remus during his changes, because they knew that he was the best of them. Remus had been ‘Head Boy’, yet failed to keep the other two in check when they bullied Severus Snape when he was a classmate of theirs.

Snape became a long-term professor at Hogwarts. After some years, Lupin joined the faculty. Lupin never forgave himself for letting James and Sirius pick on Snape, and he was always gracious and kind to Snape, despite Snape’s suspicions of him and of Snape’s understandably hard and suspicious attitude toward him.

Remus Lupin was always at the front of every fight against evil, “wands to the ready”. He gave Harry private lessons on how to protect himself and others. He privately counseled Harry. He tried to cushion the blow to Harry when much of the Wizarding world thought Harry to be lying about Voldemort’s return. Remus was against Harry learning just how much Harry’s fate and that of Voldemort’s downfall were intertwined because he felt, as many others, that Harry was too young to do anything about it. He guarded Harry in every way that he could, from taking a magical map from him lest it fall into the wrong hands and lead danger to him, to secretly returning the map when that threat was gone, (but more threats were to come). He stopped Harry from hurting Sirius whom Harry believed was responsible for his parent’s deaths (would therefore have destroyed two lives, Sirius’ and Harry’s). After the truth came out that Sirius was actually Harry’s caring godfather, Lupin is the one to hold Harry back to try to stop him from pursuing Sirius’ killer.Lupin

More is told of Lupin’s story within the books. When the outlook for the Wizarding World was dismal, Lupin was the one who consoled Molly Weasley,(Harry’s best friend’s mother), when she broke down in fear of anything happening to her and to her husband, because she did not know what would happen to their youngest children who had not ‘come of age’. Remus hugged her and assured her that he and the others would take care of them, should anything befall them.

When Harry, Hermione and Ron were on the arduous task of hunting horcruxes Lupin sought them out to offer his talents and services. (Harry turned him away, since Remus by then had a wife and baby on the way.)
I know that I have more in mind, but I never hear of anyone giving Remus Lupin the credit which I believe he deserves…if that has not been obvious from this post!

Any Harry Potter watchers and/or readers agree with me? Had you given Remus much thought or credit?

However wordy I have been, and even if you don’t know the Wizarding World you probably know Bambi, and the hero there merits even more credit, as far as I am concerned.

Bambi’s father, The Great Prince of the Forest.

He was responsible for all of the forest, apparently, but came for Bambi’s birth. He was not the warmest of fathers, but he was never unkind. He was a busy stag!

At the end of the movie, The Great Prince is up on the hill where we see him at Bambi’s birth, yet he steps aside to give Bambi his position.

I don’t get it.

In fact, unbidden, he twice rescued Bambi.
Sure, Bambi went up against the big, bad bull stag who was going to take sweet little Faline against her will, (as adults, we realize just what a terrible fate awaited her). It was heroic indeed, but, Bambi’s father sought him out when hunters killed his mother, essentially putting himself at risk of being shot himself.

Bambi's father

Then, when Bambi was caught in the great forest fire, it was his father who went back into the blazing trees and shrubs, fire all around, to find him and lead him to safety.

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I did not have the nerve to watch “Bambi” until I was grown up and had children of my own so maybe that is the reason I do not understand why Bambi would  take over for dear  old dad so soon.

I don’t think The Great Prince was ready to step down; he was still strong and a hero. Nor do I believe that was the kid ready to take over.

Did this occur to any of you?

I wish all of you a Blessed Easter.5b1faf97c1a76404d1f349708ccbfa42--pictures-of-god-amazing-pictures

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Singing Praises

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I never read or watched Harry Potter. Guess I don’t have the patience.
    I did watch Bambi, but I’ll admit I never thought about his father, other than to note that he provided a good role model for his son. I don’t remember him as “stepping aside” although it has been several years since I watched it. I guess I always assumed there was a several year gap between young Bambi and adult Bambi and figured he’d simply grown into the role of Prince of the Forest.

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    • I never thought I would ever get through Harry Potter, and certainly not the books, but I was hooked. I love that world.
      There was some time gap, I admit, Patty. You see this happen at the birth of Bambi and Faline’s twins, but I still don;’ think he was a match for his dad.


  2. kathleenbee says:

    Once again, such an interesting topic on Four Foxes, One Hound. I love that you speak about Remus Lupin as the unsung hero. My daughter and I are both Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) and she has always sung his praises. In fact, he’s her favorite character in the series. Now I see why.

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    • Oh, your daughter and I have much in common! So many others tell me that Sirius Black is there favorite character, which leaves me scratching my head. Let’s face it, he never repented of his treatment of Snape, in fact, he kept it up, and he treated Kreacher abominably. This is another reason why I think children and adults should read HP:the social teachings. Not only should the house elves not have been treated badly and actually as slaves, but Harry was allowed to have affection for Sirius, although he was not perfect.”Hate the sin, love the sinner.” The things Sirius did were not right, and were not to be perpetuated, but he could be respected in other areas and still loved. (I wish the Confederate flag-wavers here would understand that concept.)
      Thanks, for telling me, Kathleen. Let your daughter know that she has a Remus ally!

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    well, along with several other popular series that swept both the best-seller lists and became movie franchises, the Harry Potter stories never piqued my interest. Not sure why. One possible reason is: the more people gush, “You’ve GOT to see this movie” or “You’ve GOT to read this book”… I guess I tend to dig in my heels with a bit of attitude about being told what I’ve GOT to do.
    I know… over the course of my life, I will have missed out on several experiences which may well have been quite gratifying. I’m stubborn that way.
    But I’ve been tricked by people into trying bizarre foods, too. During my year in Greenland, where our base (Thule) was actually run by Danish civilians, “everybody” was raving about this expensive dish called “Danish Open Face.” I don’t if that was a bad translation or if it was mnemonic… but I never understood the name. Anyway, I relented to the pressure and I plunked down my ten bucks — or whatever the 1973 price was — and prepared to consume this “fantastic” meal everyone raved about. Well, as some of you already realize: it was raw fish!
    Anyway, back to your blog:
    I loved the film BAMBI, both for the story content, and for the absolutely perfect “old-school” animation.
    And I was never troubled by the issues you cited here about the leadership transition. However, years later — meaning by the time I was an older teen — I had learned that there is no hereditary transition of leadership in most of the animal kingdom, that the young bucks of many species grow up learning how to fight and when they think they’re ready… will challenge the de facto leader of that collective. Sometimes the leader prevails and the young buck goes off to find new territory. Sometimes the leader has become too old and weak and is defeated. The new leader emerges — but it’s through challenge & combat, rather than peaceful inheritance.
    The same theme emerges in Disney’s “Lion King” and I have the same issues with that portrayal.
    All that said, Bambi’s daddy is indeed a very important secondary character… who emerges just at the moments he’s most needed.

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    • True; the animal kingdom, along with many civilizations throughout the world, do not rely on ‘rights’.
      (Actually, I think nothing ‘right’ about it, considering that Charles may actually sit on the British throne…shudder!)
      I am glad to see another ‘free thinker’.I never had any interest in HP, until my grandson, and then, well, I do just about anything for the grandkids, and he needed the support.
      As the resident Foodie here, I can tell you that I have been hooked into the worst possible dishes and restaurants that ‘everybody’ loves and that I ‘have’ to try. Well, usually not. See my answer above to Kathleen; people would have you watch /read HP for the wrong character, the one ‘everybody’ ‘loves’.

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  4. I have never read Harry Potter and just watched the first movie about a month or so ago when my boys decided that they wanted to watch them. I told Wyatt I would buy him the books but he wants to read them so that he is the same age as Harry when he reads it so I will be buying them for him on his birthdays though since he is such an avid reader I am sure he won’t really want to wait. I was told the first book starts when Harry is 11. Wyatt has another a year and a half wait then. (I doubt he will wait that long).
    As for Bambi’s dad. I never thought that he was stepping aside for Bambi to take his place. I always thought that in that scene he was accepting him. He was beginning to take him under his wing to teach him all that he would need to know. Bambi just happened to stay there on top of that hill to look out just a little longer than his dad did. I always assumed that once the movie was over Bambi and his dad had a lot to do together he had a lot to teach his son.


  5. I hope that you read t he books with the boys, Angie.They have so much more and more from the movies is clearer, (like why Harry treated Cho as he did).
    Bambi’s father is definitely stepping aside.


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