Headcanon focus: The epic bromance between Remus Lupin and Lily Evans
Lily and Remus would have unconsciously sought each other out in the beginning, having both sentenced themselves to the outer edges of popularity within the Griffindors.
Lily always made excuses for Severus, and few people in her house understood the concept of a Slytherin best friend. A few rumors cropped up by other students, mainly along the lines that she didn’t really belong in their house, and that she didn’t get accepted to Slytherin only because of her blood status. (Absolute rubbish if you actually got to know her, but few did at first). She could easily be found in the library or tucked away in a corner with a book, both to keep on top of her studies but to understand the world she’d been blind to for eleven years. She did have some friends, naturally, but they weren’t thick as thieves and at times she would find herself excusing herself from conversations, feeling out of place.
Remus tried not to get close to anyone from the beginning for obvious reasons. The risk of someone finding out about his lycanthropy was too great, and instead he found outlets through books. (Along with the occasional anonymous prank that Sirius and James would get blamed for in the long run.) Anyone who tried to get close was met with a buffer of politeness and wit, and after a while people usually thought of him more of an acquaintance and dorm mate than anything else.
They first really interacted when they were in the library, Remus’ guard slipping in favor of the two of them getting excited over books. Not wizarding books, mind you, but muggle publications. Remus’ mother was a muggle and he had grown up with stories of Sleeping Beauty right alongside the Fountain of Fair Fortune tales from his father. They quickly became friends, despite Remus’ reluctance, sneaking off at points and bonding to do muggle things, drink muggle drinks and read muggle books. Their friendship only increased the more Lily and Severus’ faltered, the latter drifting from the boy she’d known as a kid to become more like the Slytherins he hung out with.
Lily would be the first to figure out his ‘furry little problem’. Astronomy class had her noticing that Remus’ visits to his ‘sick’ mum would always drop on the full moon, and being such a clever witch she figured it out. She had shown up the morning after a full moon in the infirmary and proceeded to whack him upside the head for not telling her. Remus found out that day of how bad her temper truly was.
Remus only came under the Marauders’ attention when James began to take a fancy to Lily, Sirius coming up with the tactic of going through Lily’s closest friend. Given that it was, well, Sirius, that meant following Remus around and pestering him for ways to at least get Lily to not hex James every time he asked her out. (In all actuality he didn’t care much about his best friend getting a girl, but was tired of hearing Prongs pine away). Quite by accident he caught Remus doing one of his secret pranks, Padfoot secretly impressed by the idea and high level of charmwork. He accused Lupin of doing the few pranks that he and James had been blamed for in the past yet had had no part in. It wasn’t long after that Remus found himself sucked under James and Sirius’ wings, the latter two coming up with plots and Remus figuring out how to bring them into existence (or lower the lethality level).
Remus fancast: Andrew Garfield
Lily fancast: Ciara Baxendale