Who was the most powerful of the four friends who conjured the Marauder’s Map, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, or Peter Pettigrew?
I suppose this is another one of those, “depends” kinda question, and I’m not referring to diapers. “Depends,” as in, it depends on what we mean by “powerful.”
Most people consider James to be the most capable, despite the fact that he nearly always had Sirius at his side to double-team Severus Snape, suggesting at least a degree of lack of confidence; and also despite the fact that James didn’t even know where his wand was on the night he and Lily were ended by Voldemort!
“Yeah, but if James HAD known where that wand was, he would have shown that mean ol’ Voldemort a thing or two."
Then, there’s good old’ Padfoot, he of, “I as good as killed them,” fame. Because when you have a godson to look after, taking the blame for someone else who murdered your best friend and his wife, then keeping your mouth shut on the subject of your innocence while you rot in Azkaban for twelve years just seems to scream out, “powerful wizard!” to me, I don’t know about you. (Let’s see if anyone catches the sarcasm.)
That’s on top of the fact that after Sirius escaped from Azkaban, he always made a lot of noise whenever Severus Snape was around, but never did want t
o take on Snivellus one-on-one, did he? It was always, “Don’t push me too far, Snivellus…” although “too far” seemed to be quite some distance away and getting further every minute.
Besides, Sirius was always too much of a hot-head, and more worried about impressions than ability, as he demonstrated when he got busy thinking up
a clever retort to a failed curse by cousin Bellatrix, only to catch the next curse she cast right in the chest and sending him through that doorway of death in the Department of Mysteries.
Remus Lupin would not be a bad choice, to be honest. He was really a big coward underneath all that “furry little problem” of his, but he knew his boggarts from his grindylows if you catch my drift.
He was also a decent duelist, although clearly not a great one, considering even with his wife, Nymphadora Tonks, at his side, they both ended up on their backs, each a victim of the Big Sleep after the Battle of Hogwarts.
Still, I’m not writing him off quite yet; the benchmarks are his childhood cronies, not Albus Dumbledore or Lord Voldemort or even Mad-Eye Moody or Rufus Scrimgeour.
Which leaves us with the final question; how does Remus (or James, or Sirius…) compare to the great turncoat, Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew?
I know… everyone equates Wormtail with cowardice, traitorous, and weakness. But he did fool his three comrades (and that other great Legilimens, Albus Dumbledore) for some period of time.
He remained in James and Lily’s confidence, even after giving them up to Voldemort. He got Sirius framed for murder and sent up the river.
And he directly murdered at least two people in cold blood; maybe the acts of a coward, but some would say it still required a fortitude that none of his Hogwarts mates had.
This one probably isn’t a popular opinion, either, but the fact is, Wormtail outlasted both James and Sirius, so if we consider intelligence and street-sense to be at least a factor of being powerful, then it can be argued that Wormtail was more powerful than James and Sirius.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s not all about intelligence and street-sense. There has to be some skill with the wand.
But intelligence is a great deal of it. Maybe more than just outright skill with a wand.
It comes down to Mooney or Wormtail — Sorry, James, Padfoot.
And the winner is the one who made it through life furthest. Or longest, anyway.
I would give the mantle (a rusty, tin one) to Remus Lupin.