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Sirius Black

Harry's Animagus godfather who escaped from Azkaban. Old friend of James and Lily Potter

Sirius as the big black dog with Buckbeak in the cave in Hogsmeade.


A swarm of Dementors arrive at the Quidditch Match.


By J.K. Rowling

Prongs, Padfoot, Moony and Wormtail in their transfigured animal forms.

Marauders transformed

Moony Padfoot Prongs and Wormtail at Hogwarts by the lake

Schoolboy Marauders

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You don’t understand — there are things worth dying for!

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Sirius in Azkaban

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Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a Professor

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Harry and Hermione watch Sirius fly away on Buckbeak.

Fugitive’s escape

Sirius falls through the vail in the Department of Mysteries

Through the veil

Only one pair was still battling, apparently unaware of the new arrival. Harry saw Sirius duck Bellatrix’s jet of red light…


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

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I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for...

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Harry locates the One Eyed Witch using the Maurauder's Map.

The Marauder's Map

By J.K. Rowling

Peter Pettigrew revealed as Scabbers

Wormtail revealed

Sirius Black fact file


3 November




Orion Black (wizard) and Walburga Black (witch)


Animagus, nonverbal magic and Charms


18 June 1996