Sirius Black

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Name: Sirius Black
Occupation: fugitive, Order member
Relationships: Harry Potter (godson)
James Potter (best friend)
Remus Lupin (friend)
Peter Pettigrew (friend)
Regulus Black (brother)
Fandom: Harry Potter
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Sirius Black is a character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is Harry's godfather.


Sirius Black was born to a pure-blood family. His parents, Walburga and Orion Black, were firm believers in blood status and tradition. When Sirius was sorted into Gryffindor and became friends with James Potter and the other Marauders, he quickly became an outcast of his family. He, James, and Peter secretly became Animagi while at Hogwarts. Sirius could take the form of a large, black dog. His nickname was Padfoot.

After leaving school, he joined the Order of the Phoenix. When James and Lily Evans got pregnant, they named him the godfather to their son, Harry Potter.

Sirius was falsely accused of murder and was sent to Azkaban, where he spent the next twelve years until his escape in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He later rejoined the Order of the Phoenix.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sirius was killed by his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange.


Sirius Black is a very popular character in the Harry Potter fandom.

Sirius-centric fanworks are often set in the Marauders era, while he was a student at Hogwarts, as well as post-graduation. Stories set after his escape from Azkaban as also popular, especially the Remus/Sirius "Lie Low at Lupin's" trope. Following Sirius's death in Order of the Phoenix, "Bring Back Black" fics, including fix-its and denialfic, were extremely popular.

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"Sirius Black taking his O.W.L.s" by Marta. Illustration of a 15- or 16-year-old Sirius based on a scene from Order of the Phoenix.


  • Deny Thy Father by LupinsLittleSister. The story of how Sirius Black came to leave home. PG-13, Gen; sequels are Remus/Sirius.
  • Text talk by merlywhirls. Sirius is in boarding school, Remus is in hospital, and they don't know each other until Sirius texts the wrong number. Remus/Sirius
  • Harry Potter and the Ten Years of All Hallow’s Eve by TheRogueHungtress. What if Lily and Snape reconciled before she died? What if both Sirius and Severus were Harry's Godfathers? And what if both were chosen to look after baby Harry once his parents had been murdered? Sirius/Severus
  • Force Balance by ignipes (2005). They live happily ever after. Sirius is nerdy about magical physics. Remus/Sirius
  • The Dog Pound by appalachian_fireflies (2016). Collar, Remus thought suddenly. “Have you checked the Muggle pound?” T, Remus/Sirius
  • the dogfather by hollimichele (2018). "“I’m not a reverse werewolf either,” says the man. “I’m your godfather.”"
  • Stealing Harry by copperbadge (2004)
  • A Marauder's Plan by CatsAreCool (Rachel500) (2016) What if Sirius decided to stay in England and deliver on his promise to raise Harry instead of hiding somewhere sunny? Changes abound with that one decision...


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