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Pairing: Remus Lupin/Sirius Black
Alternative name(s): Puppyshipping, H.M.S. Wolfstar, The One True Way, R/S, RL/SB, moonfoot
Gender category: M/M slash
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Popular
Archives: Azkaban's Lair (closed November 2008)
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The Remus/Sirius pairing became popular with the characters' introduction in Prisoner of Azkaban (PoA) and remains one of the Harry Potter fandom's most popular slash pairings.


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After the release of Goblet of Fire (GoF), one common trope of Remus/Sirius fanfic was Lie Low At Lupin's fic, in which Sirius goes to stay with Remus as Dumbledore suggests he do at the end of GoF. After this, Remus/Sirius was so popular as a secondary pairing in e.g. Harry/Draco fics that it was sometimes taken as a given, and wasn't always listed in the header.

With Sirius's death in Order of the Phoenix (OotP), the pairing became canonically doomed, but, if anything, only gained in fannish popularity. The pairing developed two main genres, one centering on Remus and Sirius as students at Hogwarts or shortly after leaving school (often called Marauders-era fic), the other on their reunion and time together before Sirius's death. Remus/Sirius denialfic AUs in which Sirius survives were also common in the wake of OotP, as were "Bring Back Black" stories in which Sirius somehow returns from the dead.

Some fans hoped Remus and Sirius would be revealed to be canonically gay. While suggestions that Remus/Sirius was a canon pairing were often meant jokingly, some fans argued that the Remus/Sirius subtext, especially in OotP, might be deliberate (their joint Christmas present to Harry was often mentioned).

The revelation of a romantic relationship between Remus and Nymphadora Tonks in Half-Blood Prince (HBP) caused a great deal of controversy in Remus/Sirius fandom. Some fans argued that this new canon made the Remus/Sirius pairing impossible[1], some felt that both pairings were possible[2], and some denied or hated the Remus/Tonks relationship. [3] After Remus/Tonks became canon, it became more common (but not universal) for Remus/Sirius fans to depict Remus as bisexual rather than gay.

"Apparently everyone is making these now, and I thought it might be a good time to remind all you lucky kids of what the Wolfstar fandom was like way back when. It was a simpler, angstier time. DISCLAIMER: I’ve never really been a Wolfstar shipper, but I’ve been in the fandom for over fifteen years (!) and it was inescapable, so I’m willing to volunteer myself as a fandom historian in this case. Some of these squares have crossover with other ships and with fandom today, but THIS IS YOUR HISTORY." [4]


Example fanworks


Back cover of Everyday life by Cherry Beans

Fannish Tropes

  • Lie Low at Lupin's, fics which depict what really happened during the months Sirius lay low at Remus' (usually set between GoF and OotP).
  • Bring Back Black, in which Sirius is brought back from the dead in some fashion or other
  • Beyond the Veil (trope), about Sirius in the afterlife
  • werewolves mate for life (used in other Remus pairings, but common especially in early Remus/Sirius fic)
  • Raising Harry, in which Remus and Sirius adopt Harry or otherwise become his surrogate family

Fan Communities

The SBRL mailing list was started in October 2000, and is still active; its associated archive is Wolf and Hound. Other Remus/Sirius archives included Azkaban's Lair, which closed November, 2008.

The primary Remus/Sirius community on LiveJournal is remusxsirus, founded in 2003, but there are numerous others, including packmates, shacking_up, two_boys, justpuppylove, starcrossedmoon, hbpandrxs, and the_kennel.

In 2005, possibly in response to the events of Half-Blood Prince, there was a surge in fannish activity, leading to the creation of Dog Days of Summer. It provided daily prompts during the month of August. Later it was followed by sibling communities Scarves and Hats (October), Blanket Forts (January) and Welly Muck (April).

shacking_up ran a Secret Santa exchange in 2004 and 2005, archived at From 2006, RS Small Gifts, founded by magnetic_pole and busaikko, has held winter art and fiction exchanges. The masterlist for 2006 is Winter 2006, for 2007 is Winter 2007, and for 2008 is Winter 2008.

Fests, Challenges and Exchanges

See also List of Harry Potter Fests & Exchanges and The R/S Library



Further Reading/Meta


  1. Nistelle. comment thread in Spoiler Discussion for Book 6 post in the remusxsirius LiveJournal community, 16 July 2005, accessed 14 October 2008
  2. Selecasharp. Calm down! in the remusxsirius LiveJournal community, 16 July 2005, accessed 14 October 2008
  3. Cobalt_Violet. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, 16 July 2005, accessed 14 October 2008
  4. (Apparently everyone is making these now, and I...), Archived version