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Both Remus Lupin and Fenrir Greyback were werewolves. If Wormtail had grabbed onto to one or the other with his silver hand, would the magical hand have disabled or killed either werewolf? Would it depend on which part of the body grabbed onto? Or in traditional werewolf lore is silver touching against any part of the body enough to be debilitating or lethal?

  • Is there anything at all in Potterverse canon that addresses silver and werewolves? There are enough things that are just slightly different in the potterverse that it wouldn't surprise me if the reason silver is never mentioned is just because it's a "muggle superstition". In more traditional werewolf lore, silver burns just by touching skin - like a severe allergy. (At least in the universes that come to mind - Anita Blake, Underworld, and others.) – David Stratton Apr 17 '12 at 3:27
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    Do we even know if the hand is silver, or if it just looks like silver? – Toomai Apr 17 '12 at 3:44
  • Wormtail’s sobbing stopped abruptly. His breathing harsh and ragged, he raised his head and stared in disbelief at the silver hand, now attached seamlessly to his arm, as though he were wearing a dazzling glove. - GoF - The Death Eaters I guess you'll have to parse it as you see fit. :) – Slytherincess Apr 17 '12 at 4:58
  • @Slytherincess - doesn't proove anything, IMHO. There was also a "silver doe" in the text as far as I recall, obviously meaning "silver colored", so there's precedent. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 17 '12 at 9:33
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    @Slytherincess - imagine what a silver hand would weigh – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 17 '12 at 10:12
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JKR was never very clear on this but she obviously was aware of silver connection.

From http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=38 (retrieved via Wayback machine):

Section: Rumours

Peter Pettigrew's silver hand will be used to kill Remus Lupin

JKR: Nice idea, clearly predicated on the legend that only a silver bullet can kill a werewolf – but incorrect.

Now, this may be parsed in 2 ways: as "incorrect because silver hand is no threat to Lupin" for whatever reason, OR merely as "No, Lupin will NOT be killed by that hand, independently of whether he can be".


On a side note, one can also not read anything unambiguous into the "silver hand" word choice (as opposed to silver haired hand) - elsewhere in the books she uses "silver doe" to mean silver colored doe.


One consideration that would indicate it's not real silver is that the hand made out of actual silver would likely be a bit too heavy to be useful.

  • Considering that originally it's silver to kill a vampire she may mean that the legend is 'incorrect'. – AncientSwordRage Apr 17 '12 at 19:20
  • @Pureferret - good point. I'm not familiar enough with werewolf lore to know if they are supposed to be silver weak but I think you're right. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 17 '12 at 19:50

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