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Hermione claims she figured out that Lupin was a werewolf after doing the homework essay for Professor Snape. Research werewolves and write a short chapter on one (or more) aspect(s) of the condition which could have gone into your essay. (After all, we're pretty sure you didn't do it at the time and only Hermione actually finished the assignment). Post your response in this thread in at least 100 words to get your scales. You can write anything you like, as long as it is relevant to the topic of werewolves. If you're stuck for ideas send me a PM and I'll point you in the right direction!

 

10 scales if posted before Sunday 25th December, 23:59 HOL time.
5 scales if posted after that but before Saturday 31st December, 23:59 HOL time.

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Lycantrophy is a chronic condition, so there is no cure for the illness. However, a fairly recent invention to aid with the pain and short-term dementia of a werewolf during transformation is the Wolfsbane Potion.


Potioneer Damocles was sympathetic toward werewolves, despite harsh criticism from his family. By the late 1970s, Damocles revealed a potion that would allow werewolves to maintain their own minds during the full moon. The potion itself is extremely complex to brew. It contains parts from the wolfsbane plant, also known as aconite or monkshood. After taking Wolfsbane Potion, a werewolf is able to maintain their own mind when they become a wolf. Damocles was later awarded an Order of Merlin for creating the Wolfsbane Potion.


Unfortunately, very few werewolves are able to obtain Wolfsbane Potion. Since they are considered outcasts from society, it is rare for a werewolf to be able to hold a job that pays sufficiently to purchase the ingredients required to brew Wolfsbane Potion, much less find a skilled enough Potioneer to make the potion.


Werewolf supporters worldwide are pushing for Wolfsbane Potion to be more readily available, citing that the potion is only needed once a month and will decrease the amount of werewolf attacks dramatically.

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There are many myths about how one becomes a werewolf. According to many Muggle and Wizarding beliefs, you can become a werewolf by:

  • performing a ritual
  • being cursed
  • having a werewolf parent (a werewolf in human form mating with a human results in humans. werewolves in wolf form mating with each other results in normal although intelligent wolf cubs)
  • being bitten by a werewolf in human form (you will only gain tendencies, not fully transform)

To become a werewolf, you need to be bitten by a werewolf; when the creature's saliva mixes with your blood, that is when the contamination occurs. Because of this, it is very unlikely a Muggle will become a werewolf as they usually do not survive their injuries.

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The Ministry of Magic regulates werewolves and the Werewolf Code of Conduct has been in place since 1637. According to Newton Scamander, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures has been shunting werewolves between the Beast and Being divisions for years. At one point, the Werewolf Registry and Werewolf Capture Unit were both in the Beast Division, while the office for Werewolf Support Services was in the Being Division. Although the anti-werewolf legislation drafted by Dolores Umbridge in 1993 has mostly been repealed, it is still extremely difficult for people with lycanthropy to find employment and most live in poverty. People known to be werewolves are feared, shunned, and discriminated against.

 

Most werewolves are a casualty of the Second Wizarding War, created by the vicious Fenrir Greyback in an attempt to raise an anti-wizard army. Dolores Umbridge herself incorrectly referred to werewolves as half-breeds. Werewolves are only classified as Beasts when the moon is full and they have transformed into a wolf-like creature. At all other times they retain their Being status and are indistinguishable from humans except that their painful transformations result in premature aging. Although there is no cure for lycanthropy, werewolves deserve a chance to lead relatively pain-free productive lives and reintegrate themselves into wizarding society.

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