One of the most memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is when Remus Lupine teaches the Gryffindors Boggarts: magical creatures with the ability to transform into man’s greatest fear. Lupine decides to give his entire class hands-on experience with this creature, forcing each student to line up one at a time and face off against an actual boggart that fans on Reddit believe is extremely messed up.
“Show what you are [boggart] Looks like it’s restrainedly cruel in front of the whole class imo,” u/Majiska394 wrote, describing how embarrassing it would be to let your fears out in front of everyone. “I imagine the students would be pretty traumatized if they had to face their worst fear,” u/stomponator wrote. Other users like u/Jrlofty pointed out that this particular class in the books has an even worse effect: when Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) decides to torture Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) after discovering that Neville’s boggart was a seedy version of himself.
While Lupin’s class certainly taught Gryffindors the importance of facing their own fears, it’s clear that the actual execution of that lesson leaves a lot to be desired. One has to assume that exposing your greatest fear to your peers would make life at Hogwarts extremely challenging – which is saying something given all the questionable things that are already happening at Hogwarts.