Fans of the Harry Potter universe who've only seen the films often hear their reader friends gush about "the Marauders" from the series, lamenting that they don't have their own movie series. They've also heard of one "Marauders Map," and wonder just who made it and why it has this name.
The Marauders were four young men who attended Hogwarts together. These bests friends, known as James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, were much more clearly developed in the books than the films, but even in author J.K. Rowling's works they still don't always make sense.
10 Who Even Are They?
Remus Lupin's friends quickly discovered his "furry little secret" and decided to perform complicated magic and become unregistered Animagi in order to transform with him every full moon. This explains the significance of Harry's Patronus Charm, which is a stag, like his father in Animagus form.
9 They Never Registered As Animagi
While Rita Skeeter did the same, she transformed into a tiny bug, making it much more believable. Who knows what would have happened had they been found out.
8 They Became Animagi In The First Place
Actually, no, wolfsbane sounds like a much better idea, and Black or Potter could definitely have afforded it, had it existed. Lupin implies that it wasn't yet invented in his youth. Still, it seems like a less drastic means of fellowship could have been arranged.
7 How Did They Even Make The Map?
The way this map was created is never explained, nor is how the Weasley twins decoded the thing to use it for their own purposes. It's one of the most powerful magical objects without even meaning to be and should have been used more judiciously, particularly during tense times at the school.
6 Lupin Didn't Share The Map With Dumbledore
Lupin should have trusted Dumbledore with the information once he saw Pettigrew's name, and as a teacher, he should have had his students' safety in mind above all else. His terrible transformation that nearly offed the trio was a good reason to leave the school, but so were his awful instincts.
5 They Were Awful Bullies
As kind as they may have been toward one another, the Marauders weren't nice kids to everyone. Even the supposedly tolerant, wise Lupin didn't stop his friends from bullying Snape. It's even possible that James and Sirius really only wanted to become Animagi for the thrill of it rather than to support Remus.
4 Peter Was Chosen As Secret-Keeper
Even if James and Lily never suspected gutless Peter as a traitor, they certainly had to doubt his abilities to keep a secret in the first place. It also makes no sense for Lupin to believe Sirius's guilt in the matter.
3 They Knew Snape Would See The Map
Surely the map was enchanted to insult anyone who tried to read it without the password, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good," but how did it know such personal insults? Did the quartet write them in for Snape especially? These are questions that fans hope to be answered someday.
2 Lupin Gave The Map Back To Harry
Lupin also didn't see a reason to keep the map for himself any longer since he would no longer be at Hogwarts, which makes this move seem more selfish. Indeed, there are many things that make no sense about R.J. Lupin, from these decisions to the ones he made concerning his late wife, Nymphadora Tonks.
1 Sirius Didn't Use Polyjuice Potion
Dumbledore knew how restless Sirius was and should have offered him the opportunity to spy, recruit wizards or do anything for the Order, even if using Polyjuice Potion as another Order member. Surely any of them would have gladly taken a day off to give Sirius a much-needed venture outside the house.