In a rich world filled with complex characters and many moving parts, not all storylines can be served to viewers’ satisfaction. The turbulent dynamic between Ron and Hermione is thoroughly explored, but the same is not true of some of the adult couples. During The Half-Blood Prince, many fans were shocked to discover that Lupine (David Thewlis) and Tonks (Natalia Tena) suddenly fell in love without any prior interaction.
“I never understood the relationship between Remus and Tonks,” noted u/Roozyj. “It comes completely out of nowhere, we never see them flirt before they get together.” When Harry first sees the couple, they feel a surprisingly strong bond. Tonks supports Lupin’s werewolfism and has inside knowledge of how difficult the transition is for him. Although they hold hands from time to time, there is no further explanation as to how and when the couple got together. Fans across the board found the relationship underwhelming.
“I like both Lupine and Tonks as standalone characters, but for me their relationship just didn’t add anything to the story,” noted Redditor u/SeahorseLoverab. Their screen time is so sparse that one wonders why this relationship is even mentioned. In addition to the throwaway line about their new relationship, Tonks and Lupine have fleeting scenes involving pregnancy and possible death that are touched upon only briefly, making the relationship feel hollow.