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Possible page move?

I'm starting to work on creating articles for all the members of the House of Black, and have hit a problem: there are three Sirius Blacks. We currently have articles for two; this one, and one for his ancestor, Sirius Black Sr.

Here are my two proposals to sort out the problem.

  • This page becomes a disambiguation page, linking to all three Sirius Blacks.
  • I create three new pages:
Sirius Black I (for the eldest known Sirius), with Sirius Black Sr. redirecting to it.
Sirius Black II for the middle Sirius.
Sirius Black III for the youngest, and most well known, Sirius.


  • This page stays the same.
  • I create two new articles:
Sirius Black I (for the eldest known Sirius), with Sirius Black Sr. redirecting to it.
Sirius Black II for the middle Sirius.

Obviously, the second option saves changing all the links to this page, as well as letting users get here quicker. However, it will not have uniformality.

I open this up to debate, since I do not want to make such a drastic change without consensus. However, I will be creating the Sirius Black I and Sirius Black II pages to deal with the two ancestors. - Cavalier One 08:15, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

I think leave this article as is, create a Sirius Black I (with Sr. redirecting to it), a Sirius Black II, a Sirius Black III that redirects here (or alternately you can redirect "Sirius Black" to "Sirius Black III") and a Disambiguious page with links to all three. I figure this since when people search for Sirius Black they'll most likely be looking for the youngest one so they should immediately be able to get to this page - there can be a disambig link up top. -- DarkJedi613 (Talk) 11:09, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
My thoughts exactly on the fact that when people search for Sirius Black, they probably want this one. But to create a proper disambig page, we have to free up the Sirius Black page, and move Sirius Black to Sirius Black III. - Cavalier One 11:28, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
Not necessarily. We can just create a "Sirius Black (disambiguation)" page. Lots of other wikis (which I know are not here, but just saying) do that when there's a use that is much more prevalent than others. For example: wikipedia:sine. I think it would be the best thing. -- DarkJedi613 (Talk) 11:36, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
I didn't think of that. Good idea! I'll implement it immediately. - Cavalier One 11:45, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Question left this question on the article so I moved it here -Matoro183 (Talk) 13:07, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
we are still having confusion, many of us, of how exactly is sirius's name pronounced? is it serious, syrus, or serios, or what? it is very confising. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (User talk:|talkcontribs).

Well, it is pronounced 'serious', like "I'm serious, no leaving the house young man!"-Matoro183 (Talk) 13:07, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
Like the film pronunication - Si-ree-us. Its the way Sirius (the star) has been pronounced for decades. - Cavalier One(Wizarding Wireless Network) 17:04, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

It's pronounced Serious, all right. It says so in the sixth book-In the first chapter, the Muggle Prime Minister was thinking about how Fudge had come in and "said something about Serious Black." Prissymis 21:33, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Admission of guilt?

I'm sorry, but I don't recall Sirius ever actually admitting that he'd orchestrated the Shrieking Shack Incident with Snape. Obviously, I'm mistaken, as you state, "...Sirius excused his own actions, explaining that he had simply told Snape what he wanted to know about the tunnel, whilst omitting crucial information. He simultaneously claimed it 'served Snape right'... " in your article.

You didn't make page citations, which I'm sure is an oversight. Can you tell me where in the books he makes this statement? I'm not doubting it, but I do need citation for my own peace of mind. I could re-read the book for the 5th time... but that would take a week at least, and I'm hoping you'll have an answer for me sooner lol.

Magpie friday 03:56, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Date of Birth and Death

As Sirius's date of birth is never mentioned in the series or even by JK Rowling, wouldn't it be more prudent to write "c. 1960" instead of just "1960" which is misleading as he could have very well been born at any time after September 1st 1959. Considering that Snape, Lily, James and Remus were all born in 1960, Sirius might as well have been 1959. This could apply for Peter Pettigrew as well.

Also, I'm pretty sure that it mentions the Battle of the Department of Mysteries taking place in June, so it would be safe to add June 1996 to Sirius's date of death.

More recently, I have found an old F.A.Q section question on JK Rowling's website that states that Sirius was around 22 years old when he was sent to Azkaban. Considering that this happened circa November 1, 1981, this means that Sirius was born in Between September 1, 1959 and October 31, 1959. Here is the link: http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=61. If people agree, please write an agreement to change his birth year from 1960 to 1959.

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (User talk:|talkcontribs).

-Rowling herself has stated that she is often bad at math, and even dates on the Black Family Tree can be discredited (i.e. Bellatrix' birth in 1951, and yet in GoF, Sirius mentions that at some point, Snape and Bellatrix had known each other while at Hogwarts, which is an impossibility if the 1960 date in Hallows is true, unless Bellatrix had been held back a year). Therefore, I would recommend the date at least saying "c. 1960" rather than 1959, if only to uphold the canon from the books.

How does saying c. 1960 uphold canon better than c. 1959? The comments above from J.K. Rowling's website make it more likely he was born in late 1959 -- which still fits in with the timeline because he would have been 11 (nearly, but not quite, 12) on 1 September 1971, and thus in the same class as James, Remus, Snape, et al. Just as Hermione, despite being born in 1979, is in the same class as Harry and Ron, born in 1980.
You're right about Rowling saying herself that math is not her "strong suit", but the guiding principle of this wiki is that her word is law, therefore we should only point out when obvious mathematical discrepancies occur (like with Bellatrix's Hogwarts years, as you mentioned) or make estimates when we haven't been told outright. Oread 16:24, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

Where did the '17th' part of Sirius's death date come from. I only ask because the book states (in the Daily Prophet article, at the beginning of chapter 38, "The Second War Begins") that Sirius died either very late on a Thursday, or early on a Friday morning. And looking back to the 1996 calender, June 17 was a Monday. I know JK isn't always accurate with these things of course. So has she stated somewhere that the 17th was his death date despite the discrepancy?--Nia River 09:09, 11 July 2009 (UTC)


Shouldn't there be a section devoted to Sirius's physical appearance, like there is for other characters? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (User talk:|talkcontribs).

Yes, it could be added, but is not absolutely necessary. -- DarkJedi613 (Talk) 10:52, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Err... It doesn't matter if they're exactly necessary. It isn't absolutely necessary for the other characters. (I'm being kind of cheeky) Prissymis 21:36, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Should we include the physical appearance of Sirius's Animagus form in that section? Otherwise, I don't see how anyone could get that information, even though it's somewhat important. Regulus A. Black (talk) 21:23, June 20, 2013 (UTC)

Sirius' Death

In the article it says that Sirius was killed by an "unnamed spell" from Bellatrix. Now, I could be completely wrong, and in that case I'm very sorry for writing nonsense, but I think I remember that Bellatrix used a Stunning Spell on Sirius. I don't have the book at the moment so I can't check, but I'd be glad if someone could do it, just to make me feel better, because I'd like to be sure :-) Thanks! Kayanna89 22:33, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

The book does not say what Bellatrix used --Lupin & Kingsley 02:38, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

While I do understand that the books take precedence, I suggest changing it to: Sirius was struck with an unnamed curse (the movie version used the Killing Curse) and pushed through a veil in the Death Chamber, to his death. In the abscence of facts from the book, shouldn't the movie be used to supply additional information? -- 22:28, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

But the fact is that there is information in the books, the spell was red. The killing curse is green. Therefore, saying it was Avada Kedavra is completely against the books and would be against what this wiki is about. --Silverdrama 03:39, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

In the movie she distictly says Avada Kedavra and the spell is also green, in the book it is described as red so who knows.

I can see why some people think it was a red curse. But actually, the book clearly states that Bellatrix throws a red spell at Sirius, but it misses. Then she throws a "second jet of light". It is this second spell, with no colour given, that hits him and sends him into the veil.--Nia River 09:03, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

Sirius is still seen laughing after the spell hits him but before he dies. It couldn't have been the killing curse. 00:48, January 2, 2010 (UTC)
Actually, Sirius isn't seen laughing after having been struck by the spell. The book says "the laughter hadn't yet died from his face, but his eyes widened in shock", or in other words, his expression didn't change immediately (likely because he was so caught off-guard at having been hit). As someone else said, the color wasn't described as red, but as "a second jet of light". It probably WAS a stunning spell though. If it was the killing curse, the color change would've likely been noted and his expression would've changed immediately to terror.
It wasn't the killing curse, it was probably expeliarmus or something. he died because the spell pushed him through the death veil.
      I never read the book but when I saw the movie for the first time I so badly wanted Sirius to survive to give Harry a better place to live. PixieDragon (talk) 14:35, July 5, 2014 (UTC)


Why is Sirius' profile box coloured that orange colour? As a former Gryffindor, shouldn't it be Red like those of James and Lily? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Miraitrunks766 (talkcontribs) 05:10, 30 November 2008.

Harry Potter Wiki created some new infoboxes after a community discussion that can be read here. We've changed Sirius' infobox because Sirius was an adult during the Harry Potter series. After he left Hogwarts, he was defined less by his House, and more by his affiliation with the Order of the Phoenix. Starstuff (Owl me!) 02:27, 21 February 2009 (UTC)


u know that website with the handwritten 180 sometthing word story yeah which website is it on —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 22:29, 30 January 2009.

If you're looking or searching for another HP site, Try to search on this page: -->>> List of Harry Potter fan websites <<<-- . --ÈnŔîčöHallows.svg(Send me an Owl) 04:20, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
I think they were referring to the short story that JKR wrote for charity last year. The original hand-written document used to be viewable online at Waterstoneswys.com, but now that it's been released in a book, they've taken it down. You read a transcription of it here. Starstuff (Owl me!) 11:59, 31 January 2009 (UTC)


I don't know if I've completely missed something, but I'm not sure where in the book it says that the veil in the Department of Mysteries is a barrier between the world of the dead and our world. I've read that part of OoP countless times so I'm nearly positive I haven't missed it, and I'm confused. Could somebody help me?? Quidditch Lover 22:43, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Well, that statement is almost confirmed on the Tale of the Three Brothers, where it says that the middle Peverell was separated from his lover with something like a veil. I think this is where they took ~the information from. -- Seth Cooper Owl Post 00:58, 21 February 2009 (UTC)
In OotP, it is only implied that the veil is connected to the land of the dead, because, of all the DA members who go into the Death Chamber, only Harry and Luna are able to hear the whispers, and they are also the only ones besides Neville who can see Thestrals. But JKR confirmed in an interview that the veil is "the divide between life and death." Starstuff (Owl me!) 01:36, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

It is obvious that Sirius dies when he goes through the veil, because when harry uses the resurrection stone in book 7, Sirius comes up and says that "dying doesn't hurt"


Is the oak wand that is mentioned in the article fannon? I´ve never read about it.--Rodolphus 14:03, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

I'm guessing that the "15 inches Oak, phoenix feather" information was fanon. Unless it was based on the prop used in the film, which is 15 inches long, judging from the replica sold by the Noble Collection. I removed it, anyway. Starstuff (Owl me!) 03:04, 15 April 2009 (UTC)


Did Sirius Black Kill Muggles? If Not Who Killed The Muggles? User:Bongo2009

Peter Pettigrew killed the Muggles and framed Black. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 14:19, 18 July 2009 (UTC)
Peter Pettigrew killed 12 Muggles and pulled off one of his fingers to claim that was all that was left him. Later, he framed Sirius for the crime. It should have been Pettigrew spending 12 years in Azkaban!


In the Department of Ministries when Harry and Sirius are attacking Lucius Malfoy. When Harry disarms one of the wand's does Sirius say "nice on James!". If not what does he say? --Bongo2009 Gryffindor.jpg Talk 20:10, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

One, there is no Department of Ministries, and two, I believe you are referring strictly to the movie. I haven't read OotP in quite a while, but I don't think that scene was portrayed in the book the same way. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Dom829 (talkcontribs).

Dom28 is right. In Ootp, while the Order are battling in the Department of Mysteries, Sirius says no such thing, neither does he punch Lucius. The editors of the film added it! Happychickenvermin 02:49, April 19, 2010 (UTC)

In the movie he does say "Nice one James." Which is Harry's middle name and also possibly a reference to his father as well. PixieDragon (talk) 14:39, July 5, 2014 (UTC)


In the Department of Ministries when Harry and Sirius are attacking Lucius Malfoy. When Harry disarms one of the wand's does Sirius say "nice on James!". If not what does he say? --Bongo2009 Gryffindor.jpg Talk 20:10, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Yes, he calls him James. It's supposed to represent the fact the sometimes Sirius forgets that Harry is not his father. Jayden Matthews 08:53, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

James is also Harry's middle name. --BachLynn23 22:54, July 28, 2010 (UTC)

Snuffles Article

I reckon we should have a "Snuffles" article because i know it is Sirius but it is the dog, to muggles the dog is just a stray dog so we could do a article explaining who and what it is? if you agree i will be happy to recieve a prefect badge, thanks --Bongo2009 Gryffindor.jpg Talk 20:02, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Snuffles is still Sirius. It's the same person, so we don't need a different article.--Matoro183 Ravenclawcrest.jpg (Talk) 20:04, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
Also, asking for a prefect badge makes you less likely to actually recieve one. Jayden Matthews 19:35, 13 August 2009 (UTC)


In The Prisoner of Azkaban, when Sirius got attacked by Remus Lupin, he probably was biten. Wouldn't that make him a werewolf? Or, does it not effect him, since he's an anamagus?--Darksaber501st 23:45, September 11, 2009 (UTC)

As a dog, I think he was safe. As Lupin explains in the Shrieking Shack, werewolves are only dangerous to people. --Cubs Fan (Talk to me) 00:33, September 12, 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, that's what I thought, thanks.--Darksaber501st 00:41, September 12, 2009 (UTC)


Did anyone notice that in The Order of the Pheonix, Sirius's animagus form looks way different than in TPOA, where it looked almost wolf-like? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darksaber501st (talkcontribs).

Well in TPOA remeber Sirius looked shaggy and waxy (as he was in Azkaban) so maybe it realies on your human appearance to change your animagus apperance. Since Sirius was more nourished in OoTP then he would become more nourished as a dog. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Intrudgero98 (talkcontribs).

me 2. WAT a COOWINKYDINK!!<3333333 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kingtrood (talkcontribs).


Cool picture, however the other one like I to.--Station7 13:49, November 4, 2009 (UTC)

Sirius' relation to Harry

Sirius' grand-aunt, Dorea, may in fact be Harry Potter's paternal grandmother, through her marraige to Charlus Potter. I'm still not sure whether to add Sirius to Harry's relatives and/or vice-versa

Thanks, Happychickenvermin 02:54, April 19, 2010 (UTC)

Sirius's Death (continued)

Okay, I started another section for the same topic just to allow easy access to those who wish to reply. I have a theory about the spell that claimed Sirius's life and I think that it may be able to be contributed to the article if worded correctly. As we all know, in the Order of the Phoenix book, Sirius is struck by an unknown spell whose light colour remains ambiguous. We can deduce that it wasn't the Avada Kedavra (as shown in the film) which is said to cause instant death, but rather some kind of curse that causes a slightly less accelerated death. As such, I think that the spell was a curse that literally stops the heart beating or otherwise disrupts its function. Sirius was said to be hit directly over his heart afterall. He may have died due to something akin to a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Your thoughts?--Yin&Yang 12:30, November 16, 2009 (UTC)

Dumbledore was hit "squarely in the chest" by a Killing Curse and was thrown from the Astronomy Tower. For all we know, Bellatrix could have cast the Killing Curse and thrown Sirius to the Veil. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 13:02, November 16, 2009 (UTC)
Like I said in the Harry Potter Wiki:Canon discussion page, Sirius definitely died slower than what the instant effect Avada Kedavra was known for. This means that the Killing Curse is ruled out. I still think Sirius was killed by a magical attack on his heart.--Yin&Yang 13:13, November 16, 2009 (UTC)
What establishes that it was NOT the Killing Curse wasn't so much it's effect on Sirius, but rather Harry's reaction afterwards. Harry saw the spell hit Sirius. He saw Sirius fall through the Veil. If it had been the Killing Curse, he would have known right away that Sirius was dead. But he didn't. At first, he thought that Sirius was still alive behind the Veil, and that they could reach him if they went in after him. It took Lupin telling him, and the realization that Sirius wouldn't have left him there when he was calling for him before he realized he was gone. As this DOES create a contradiction between the events depicted in the book and the movie, the existing canon policy still applies - Nick O'Demus 14:37, November 16, 2009 (UTC)
Nick, I replied to your post on the Canon page for this matter as well so please see it to save me having to re-write the same thing. Basically, we are both correct in what determines Sirius's death. Firstly, Sirius did not die instantly from direct contact with the spell and secondly, as you said, Harry would have known straight away if Sirius had been hit.--Yin&Yang 15:02, November 16, 2009 (UTC)
The Curse didn't kill him! Read the info on the Veil that he fell into. I t says the The Veil is the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. The curse just made him fall into the Veil, and he was brought to the world of the dead. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).
Yes, the curse killed him. The veil just removed his body from the scene. It mirrors and foreshadows the death of Bellatrix which has remarkable likenesses.--Yin&Yang 22:08, November 16, 2009 (UTC)
Well, the point I'm trying to make is that while there may not be enough in the books to say for certain what spell it was that hit him, I believe there is enough to say it was NOT Avada Kedavra. Therefore, the policy regarding conflicts between book and film canon still applies, and the current statements of it being an unidentified/unknown spell is still valid. - Nick O'Demus 13:38, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
I once had a similar debate with Seth about whether or not Bellatrix was present at the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. I was saying that because Bellatrix was no where to be seen in the books at that time, she couldn't have been involved in the Battle. Seth replied that she might have been elsewhere in the Hogwarts grounds, but then surely, as such a major character, Rowling would have included her in the mix regardless of where exactly she was positioned in the school. What I really don't like about the policy is that, for people who have not read the books, yet want to know the full Rowling story, there is no consistent recount of the books in this wiki without it being related to a film.
In Bellatrix's case, say a film fan is to watch the HBP film and not read the book, (and please don't say the 'not our problem line' because as we can see from the many Potter related forum questions, that not everyone has). They decide to research everything on this wiki to get a deep idea of the books. They then try to talk to a friend (who has both read the books and watched the films) and recount the overlapped story of, for example, the way Bellatrix storms into the school and smashes the Great Hall while an ongoing battle is happening hundreds of feet above. The friend says, "what the heck are you talking about? Bellatrix would NEVER pass up a chance to kill some Order members - it just isn't in her character. In other words, overlapping the versions is misleading to an outsider. No one talks about the Harry Potter story from a combined universe perspective; they either stick to the films or the books. Does that make sense?--Yin&Yang 14:03, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Well, as the film's version of Sirius's death is not canon, we can abide by the next higher canon tier: the video games. In the video game, Bellatrix shoots a non-verbal red-coloured spell (as the only red-coloured spell in that video game is Stupefy, I would say that's highly probable she cast that). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 21:20, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Stupefy? Seth, Sirius was killed not stunned by the spell. It was a double whammy where the spell killed him (I believe by stopping his heart) and then he was really gone when he fell into the world of the dead. There was no pushing force from the spell, he just arched backwards. Some people think this whole mixed canon thing is unimportant, but that couldn't be further from the truth. This type of contradicting event is unecessarily prevalent throughout the wiki and can provide very misleading pieces of information. Don't you see why a wiki combining the universes like this is inconsistent? Please think this through. I don't mean to sound pushy, but you can't deny what I have said about Sirius's death, Bellatrix's appearance in 1996 and Ollivander's wands (on the Harry Potter Wiki:Canon). There is nothing insignificant about these issues; they are major by-products of a confusing overlap.--Yin&Yang 21:36, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Sure, but how do you know Sirius was dead before he went through the Veil? For all we know, he might have been Stunned and then fell behind into the Veil (which caused his death). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 21:56, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
I agree. I can't find any source that says the spell itself killed him. As far as I'm aware, the spell pushed him through the veil, to his death. Hence, Harry's belief that he would climb back through. Jayden Matthews 22:00, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Read the chapter ending of Sirius's death (Beyond the Veil). It implies strongly that Sirius was dead (or dying) before he fell through the veil. Also, Bellatrix had the exact same reaction when Molly Weasley struck her in the chest with a spell (which I have sneaking suspicion to believe was the same spell Sirius was struck with) in DH, and we can safely say that there was a strong likeness between her death and that of her cousin's. She had no veil and yet was quite dead on the floor of the Great Hall. If Sirius was stunned, then he wouldn't have still had his eyes open and his smile still stretched wide on his face as he fell through the veil. Stupefy brings instant unconsciousness, like Avada Kedavra brings instant death.--Yin&Yang 22:12, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Stunning somebody causes him/her to lose consciousness, causing him/her to fall (i.e. Umbridge falls on top of the balaustrade in one of the Ministry's courtrooms when stunned by Harry in DH13). Sirius's death is quite similar to the effects of the Stunner, as he wasn't thrown backwards, he simply fell (the book even says he sank) into the Veil. "It seemed to take Sirius an age to fall. His body curved in a graceful arc as he sank backward through the ragged veil hanging from the arch...". --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 22:59, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Yes but his eyes were wide in shock and his smile hadn't "died from his face". The stunning spell is a straightout K.O. In such case, Sirius would have just looked as if he'd fallen asleep and fallen into the veil. Rowling specifically noted Bellatrix's death and it is almost exactly the same as Sirius's; both were killed by a spell to the heart, both were laughing at the time, both had expressions of shock in their eyes as they were hit and both fell back slowly into death. That is why I am sure that Molly used the same spell to finish Bellatrix as the latter used on Sirius. It makes sense more in reality rather than in-universe; again another note for the still ongoing debate.--Yin&Yang 23:09, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
That settles it, then. According to the canon policy, neither the films nor the video games are correct in this matter, and the spell remains unspecified. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 23:18, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
What happened to "an omission is not canon"? The book still fails to label the spell i.e. it is unknown which means that a film or game would take priority, right? The spell name is omitted. By your logic and the logic of the policy, Bellatrix was definitely not present in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower in '96 because the book does not specify her presence. You're providing support to my side of the argument about the policy without knowing it Seth.--Yin&Yang 23:30, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
I know very well what I'm saying and no, I'm not supporting your side in any way.
An ommision is NOT a statement. Then, the canon policy states we must abide by the next higer canon tier if, and only if said tiers are canon. However, in this case, the other canon tiers (film/video game) are non-canonical (for the reasons above discussed), we cannot possibly consider them to "fill up the gap" the omission left. As for Bellatrix and the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, nothing in canon directly contradicts her presence. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 23:42, November 18, 2009 (UTC)
Well according to the game, the spell Bellatrix fires at Sirius is red, right? That doesn't mean that the spell was the Stunning Spell. So while Avada Kedavra and Stupefy are cancelled out, there are still countless unknown spells that the red light in the game could have been. Now, the spell is unknown in the books, an omission, but even saying that the colour of Bellatrix's spell (based on the game) is red is filling the omission's gap even though we don't know what the spell was.--Yin&Yang 00:09, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
Sure, sure, the colour is red according to the Canon Policy. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 00:15, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
Okay then, while I still would rather the 'unknown' explanation (that would come from my policy proposal), according to the current canon rules, the spell is red; even though this comes from a game (which mainly focuses on the player's experience rather than a strongly held-together storyline). Seth, how do you feel about the games being considered as canon? Don't you agree that they aren't exactly the best sources of informtion? Please don't relate it to the policy, I want to know your thoughts.--Yin&Yang 00:24, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
I think the games are a good source of single pieces of information (as one can free-roam everywhere and look at everything in different POVs), but not as good to describe the Harry Potter story as a whole as they present loads of game-to-game discontinuities (not to mention the huge differences in multiple platforms). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 00:36, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
Great! I'm glad to see we agree on that. Yes, the games are excellent maps of film-Hogwarts but, like you said, there isn't any really strong connection to the books. So, I assume you also agree (again, forgetting the policy) that the films and the books are in fact, separate things altogether? That Rowling was perfectly right about them not interlocking or overlapping? Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just want to hear (for lack of a better word) your true and honest opinion on this.--Yin&Yang 07:19, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
I always considered the films/video games/books to be separate things. I do, however, consider them all as part of the Harry Potter universe. Perhaps they are not part the of "book-only-universe", but are part of the overall Harry Potter universe (the one that encompasses films, books and video games). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 12:01, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
Well, yes they are all called 'Harry Potter', but other than that, their similarities are surprisingly few. I am very glad that you accept the books as something that can't be overlapped with the films or videogames because they are all indeed separate. I don't mean to make this sound like an interview, but one last question. If you had begun this wiki, how would you have imagined it to be set out in terms of canonical policy? I guess what I'm saying is, would you have written the policy the way it is now if you knew that such an overlap of the separate versions would occur? Do you honestly like the way things work now (even with the several inconsistencies)? I've gotten the impression lately (though I could be entirely wrong) that the only reason why some people oppose my argument is because they think it is too late for a change even though they agree with my overall argument about overlapping versions. If you feel this way, please let me know. If so, then the only problem is how we could make a change to the wiki without involving "too much work". If you disagree with the idea (not the process I've proposed of making changes), then I will leave it at that.--Yin&Yang 13:25, November 19, 2009 (UTC)
While I aknowledge and respect your point of view, I do not agree with you at all. Sorry. I am very happy with the canon policy since the time I joined the wiki. If one follows the current policy, there are 100% no inconsistencies (as the stuff that contradicts the books is non-canonical, and therefore not "overlapped" with the rest of the articles). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 01:36, November 20, 2009 (UTC)
Alright, that's fine. I respect your point of view as well, but I must insist that what I have said about the policy in the case of Ollivander's wand style and Bellatrix Lestrange's presence at the school in 1996 still remains a little contradictory. Still, I said that I would leave it at that and so I will. By all means, though, we could start a discussion on the Ollivander or Bellatrix article so that we can work out the kinks. It's up to you.--Yin&Yang 03:02, November 20, 2009 (UTC)
Wait a minute! Sirius is hit with a curse that kills him outright. Right? He then falls backwards through the arch, a smile still on his face. The why could'nt it have been Avada Kedavra? Jayden Matthews 13:43, November 20, 2009 (UTC)
I covered that already. 4th comment from the top of this section, related to pages 806-808 of OotP (Scholastic ed.). - Nick O'Demus 13:50, November 20, 2009 (UTC)
I've made an article for Unidentified Killing Curse which, I think, is the closet we can get to abiding by policy on this matter. Jayden Matthews 14:20, November 20, 2009 (UTC)
I love the HTML comment not to edit the curse that kills him. Too bad we can't put something like that in the Rich Text editing. Hcoknhoj 05:45, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
NO! It isn't the spell that kills him, but rather him falling into the veil. It was simply a spell that knocks the person back. OK? Why is everyone making all these huge speculations? 00:57, January 2, 2010 (UTC)
That's what I meant. It says do not edit this, I wasn't saying a curse killed him, I was just referring to the location. Hcoknhoj 01:11, January 2, 2010 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. I was replying to everyone who said that the curse "stopped his heart". That's why I indented it so much. Sorry if you took it personaly. 04:54, January 4, 2010 (UTC)
One of us seriously needs to go to a Harry Potter conference/convention and ask JK in a Q & A session, seriously thats the only way this endless speculation is going to end (!). 00:30, January 8, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with curse is most probably something like stupefy, because he was knocked back and disappeared. Happychickenvermin 03:01, April 19, 2010 (UTC)
Sirius smiled and he had just got beaten so he must of been unconsious/dying or dead. However Bellatrix didn't kill nymphadora or Kingsley and there is no reason why she would not want to kill them but want to kill Sirius Abrawak 18:34, January 10, 2011 (UTC) (UTC)

On page 805-806 in my book says, "The second jet of light hit him squarely in the chest. The laughter had not quite died from his face, but his eyes widened in shock..... And Harry saw the look of mingled fear and surprise on his godfather's wasted, once handsome face as he fell throught the ancient doorway and disappeared behind the veil..." It never says what curse it is, it could easily have been the disarming charm, in #3 it sends snape flying backwards in the Shrieking Shack. But it couldn't have been the killing curse, he was still alive when he fell, 'look of mingled fear and surprise'. Maybe the curse killed him or maybe not but it wasn't the killing curse.Emilyrosegrace 17:27, April 15, 2012 (UTC)

Main image

There has been minor debate on the main image of the article. Is a voting necessary? Either way, these are the two images:

Sirius Black profile.jpg
Sirius Grimmauld.jpg

Opinions? --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 19:40, March 8, 2010 (UTC)

Definately the first. It fills the puprpose of a profile image perfectly. Jayce Darkmark.pngAvada KedavraCrucioImperio 19:44, March 8, 2010 (UTC)

the SECOND ONE!!O SNAP JAYCE!!!!!!! The second one looks like he is goin in2 battle!!!!!!!!! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kingtrood (talkcontribs).

While the second has more panache, the first fulfills the requirements of a Profile image better. I'm with Jayce. --JKochRavenclawcrest.jpg(Owl Me!) 21:16, March 8, 2010 (UTC)
While I agree with you that the first one fulfills the requirements of a Profile image better, I just don't like it. It's too plain and emotionless, and I feel it doesn't do Sirius justice. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 02:53, March 9, 2010 (UTC)
But then again the purpose of an infobox image is not to do justice to the character, but to best show what they physically look like. Image one does that perfectly. Jayce Darkmark.pngAvada KedavraCrucioImperio 08:50, March 9, 2010 (UTC)
Number 1 for me as well. I've been thinking, maybe we should establish a standards policy for infobox images. –K.A.JTCE 10:19, March 9, 2010 (UTC)
I'm in agreement with those who say image number one. I would also like a policy. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).
A policy sounds like a good idea. Jayce Darkmark.pngAvada KedavraCrucioImperio 16:38, March 9, 2010 (UTC)
Policy would require another long drawn out contentious vote that frankly we should avoid right now. --JKochRavenclawcrest.jpg(Owl Me!) 20:24, March 9, 2010 (UTC)

What about this image?

Sirius Black 15.jpg

It shows him with a personality, but not with all the background.--L.V.K.T.V.J.Hogwarts.jpg(Send an owl!) 15:36, March 14, 2010 (UTC)

I don't see how that image has any more of a "personality" than the current one. It's also not as good quality. Jayce Darkmark.pngAvada KedavraCrucioImperio 09:50, March 16, 2010 (UTC)

What first to be decided is whether infobox image should show only physical appearance or it should do justice with character

Because similar discussion had been there about hermione's image first it was decided to change infobox image because it had terrible expressions on it then there was voting HG1 was about to win then suddenly another inage from DH came which also had scared expressions but it won the vote.

SO the whole point of voting was lost.

What I suggest is we first form a policy on infobox image and then decide which image is better.

(If someone is starting such discussion please inform me.)

Remus Black (Owl Me!) 10:29, March 22, 2010 (UTC)

The Powers/Abilities section

It says he was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange with "an unknown spell" but i watched the movie again today to confirm that she uses the Killing Curse. But apparently someone doesnt believe me because it keeps getting changed back. I'm not sure if your referring to the book or the movie but ill be reading the book to find out if it actually says what spell she uses.

It isn´t cannon. The spell isn´t identified in the books, but Sirius dies seconds after being hit, while the Killing curse kills instantly. Therefore, it can´t have been the Killing curse. --Rodolphus 17:03, June 16, 2010 (UTC)


the skill of apparation should be added in sirius's powers and abilities section as in order of the phoenix(film), sirius somewhat appears out of nowhere followed by a white blinding flash before he punches lucious malfoy.I think that this supports the arguement that sirius could apparate.--Realboy7 15:21,July 22,2017(UTC)

Relationships with death eaters and enemies

I put the title on the page under relationships but i didn't know what to write. He knew some from school and presumably he knew lucius malfoy from his Narcissa

Bellatrix Lestrange's Curse/Spell

In the film adaption 5 Bellatrix hits Sirius with the killing curse Avada Kedavra, but in the book adaption 5 and the game adaption Bellatrix hits Sirius with an unknown red curse/spell, what's the name of this curse/spell???

Here is some red spells or curses:

--Danniesen June 17 2010 20:19

It´s Unidentified lethal curse. --Rodolphus 18:25, June 17, 2010 (UTC)

But what's the name of the curse??? --Danniesen June 17 2010 20:34

We simply don´t know.--Rodolphus 18:39, June 17, 2010 (UTC)

The Dark Mark Tattoo

Whilst rereading Goblet of Fire, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit serious at Hogsmeade, Harry tells serious about the incident where Karkoroff shows Snape something on his arm and saying it is getting clearer. Sirius says that he doesn't know what that could mean. Having been a member of the Order of the Phoenix and having a Death Eater for a brother, shouldn't he have know about the tattoo?--Bella Goth 19:15, August 3, 2010 (UTC)Bella Goth

It appears that somehow, the forces fighting the DEs during the First War did not know what the tattoos were or what they did. --JKochRavenclawcrest.jpg(Owl Me!) 19:17, August 3, 2010 (UTC)
I think Bella Goth is right. It is very probable that he does know about it. Perhaps he would not tell Harry and his friends about it. But don't ask me why, I can't imagine. But that the brother does not know about the Dark Mark I would find curious. Harry granger 19:23, August 3, 2010 (UTC)
Sirius ran away from home years before his brother joined the DEs. They probably never saw each other. It also appears as if the DEs worked hard to keep that tattoo secret. Their long robes cover their arms and they wore masks to hide their identities. --JKochRavenclawcrest.jpg(Owl Me!) 19:32, August 3, 2010 (UTC)
O. k., JKoch, that makes sense. Harry granger 19:33, August 3, 2010 (UTC)
Bella Goth, Sirius is not spelled Serious its Sirius, sounds the same, spelled different. Just Saying....
Speedysnitch 13:00, June 2, 2011 (UTC)


Question, if nothing in the books contradicts his tatoos in the movies, then wouldn't they be considered cannon and warrant more then the BTS section? --BachLynnGryffindorcrest.jpg(Accio!) 14:23, September 25, 2010 (UTC)


If Sirius wasn't a murderer then why did he say "No, only one will die tonight" in the POA film. Hufflepuff ParseltongueFile:Crest2.gif|33px(Owl Mail) 19:17, March 11, 2011 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure it's because Sirius was planning on murdering Pettigrew, so he'd be the one to die. MUDBL00D 23:40, March 11, 2011 (UTC)

please don't the erase my edits i just made. Or if you do, please tell me why on the disscussion page. ---March 21 2011

Why did you take out all my edits to this page? You told me the first time cause I titled the sections "before the series" and stuff, but I changed that. So why did you take out all my other stuff? Let's go through it all...

---March 23

This page needs a rewrite

"He was also cruel to his house elf, Kreacher...he was cruel to Kreacher, whom he absolutely hated" That's like saying "Harry was an evil person because he was prepared to track down Voldemort's horcruxes and murder him" or "Hermione was a bully because she punched Draco Malfoy in the face"---we'd NEVER say things like that!!! So what's the problem here? I keep chaning "he loved James like a brother" to "he loved James and Lily dearly" although no one will let me even keep that. You also try to contradict his statement that no one is entirely good or evil, even though this was clearly a noble statement from Sirius. You give him far too little credit for his escape from Azkaban: if you remember my old edits, you will see what should be writting on here. You even removed his connection to the Grim! Please change it back or at least say why these things shouldn't be on here! ---General Ironbeak

  1. I give you my vote. —Firefox1095Gryffindorcrest.jpg 20:20, April 3, 2011 (UTC)

Ministry file

Does the ministry file reveal any new information. I can make out:

pro-muggle pure-blood, not marrid, godfather to Undesirable No. 1 (Harry). I think the background shows another file (Moody's?)--Rodolphus 17:04, April 18, 2011 (UTC)

Doesn't it also say that he's the last remaining heir to the House of Black? MUDBL00D 12:15, April 21, 2011 (UTC)

It actually does say that. German eagle logo.Png  Firefox1095  German eagle logo.Png 13:25, April 21, 2011 (UTC)

March 8th, Source?

I see that there is a date next to his date of birth... I want to see a source of this. If not, I'm removing it.--KiumaruHamachi 21:01, July 30, 2011 (UTC) KiumaruHamachi

I have a great need to know the spell Sirius uses to talk to Harry from the fire in the movie GoF. Please and thankyou! 00:22, September 8, 2011 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

He was using Floo powder. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 00:35, September 8, 2011 (UTC)

Fudge and Prime Minister Chat in Half-Blood Prince?

In chapter one of Half-Blood Prince, The Other Minister, after Fudge tells the Prime Minister that Voldemort is back, the minister says, "Is Serious Black with -- er -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?", to which Fudge replies, "Black? Black? Sirius Black, you mean? Merlin's beard, no." How did Fudge know that the other minister said Sirius's name wrong, if they were talking? I thought Sirius was pronounced as "serious"? If that was the case, why, when the Prime Minister was talking, was it spelt "Serious Black"? I'm not sure if you can understand me, but it just doesn't make any sense. Is it because when Fudge told him about Sirius, the minister thought his name was "Serious", and therefore it was spelt like that, meaning that's what he thought it was? And then why did Fudge say, "Sirius Black, you mean?", if the Prime Minister said serious, pronounced the same as Sirius? AlastorMoody 04:34, October 22, 2011 (UTC)

One possible explanation is that the Prime Minister had never seen Sirius Black's name in written form, only heard it spoken, and, since he was unfamiliar with the fact that ancient Roman and Greek names are common in the wizarding world, he assumed it must be "Serious Black" and that "Serious" was a nickname ("Serious" does sounds like the kind of "tough" nickname an alleged violent criminal might have). The book conveys the Prime Minister's assumed spelling of the name directly in his dialogue because this is simpler than it would be to try to convey the mistake in the narration ("'Is Sirius Black with -- er -- He-Who-Must-Be-Named?', asked the Prime Minster, wondering what kind of parents would name their son Serious.")
That doesn't answer the question of how Fudge could tell the Prime Minister had the name wrong when "Sirius" is supposed to be pronounced exactly the same as "serious." Looks like JKR made an error and her editor didn't catch it. Starstuff (Owl me!) 02:58, October 23, 2011 (UTC)

"Black? Black?" Notice that it's Sirius' last name that Fudge repeats confusedly. Fudge was stressed, flustered, distracted and wasn't paying attention to what the Prime Minister was saying. There was no confusion over the pronunciation of Sirius' first name. It just took Fudge a while to register who the Prime Minister was talking about due to the pressure he was under at the time. Jayden Matthews 12:40, October 23, 2011 (UTC)

Erm.. have you read any of the books or watched ANY of the films? It is NOT pronounced exactly like 'Serious'- that is why it is written differently when the PM (and the policemen in the Prequel) say it incorrectly. It is pronounced Si-ree-us, not See-ree-ous, like the star he is named after. No wonder you're confused, if you don't even know how it's actually pronounced. And don't you dare say that Jo made an error when she didn't Starstuff, she just didn't count on having people like you as readers. 22:53, January 11, 2012 (UTC)

>"And don't you dare say that Jo made an error when she didn't"

You act as thought she is some sort of superwoman who is incapable of making mistakes. JK Rowling is human like the rest of us, and thus is likely to make mistakes, like the rest of us. Regardless, one cannot accurately determine the pronunciation of something by reading ("have you read any of the books"). But yes, I have watched all the movies and I am fairy certain Starstuff has as well. They say his name (as far as I can tell) exactly like "serious".

But, forgive us; we were not aware that you were blessed with extraordinary hearing powers that are capable of picking up even the slightest alteration of pronunciation.

I do not mean to flog a dead horse, but I had to act when I came back to see your response. Go to any dictionary, online or book-form, and look at the phonetics of "Sirius".

To save you some time, let me tell you now.

Sirius - /ˈsi(ə)rēəs/

Serious - /ˈsi(ə)rēəs/

Tell me again how Sirius is pronounced differently from serious. AlastorMoody (talk) 00:05, July 20, 2012 (UTC)

Sirius' full name

I saw on wikipedia.org that Sirius' full name was Sirius Orion Black. We should consider this. Sirius' brother full name was Regulus Arcturus Black, so it is possible that Sirius had 2 names also, just as his younger brother.

Wikipedia is NOT a valid source of canon information. Until a canon source states his middle name by the policies of this wiki that name is not valid. It is most likely fanon. -Shorty1982 23:00, December 12, 2011 (UTC)
Whoa. I agree with Wikipedia as not a valid source of canon information. But does everyone realize the implication if Sirius's full name was indeed Sirius Orion Black? I require you all to be a little mature with this one and know I'm not swearing here. To avoid people think that I'm swearing, I don't capitalize u key part of what I'll said. Sirius Orion Black, S.O.B. acronym for son of a bitch, which would literally mean a dog. And Sirius animagus form was a dog. Coincedence? Seasrmar (talk) 03:29, August 25, 2013 (UTC)
However unless his mother was an animagus and took the form of a dog he wouldn't be the son of a bitch. Since bitch is a slang term for a female dog. PixieDragon (talk) 15:44, July 5, 2014 (UTC)
Looking back what I wrote couple years ago, I guess in a way, I would have to use the swear meaning too to make my point. Not to be obscene. But to show the two meanings-literal and slang of the word "bitch" that is implied here. Literally, a son of a bitch where bitch being a female dog, which would make her son, a dog. And Sirius animagus is a dog. The slang word refers to "a woman, who is belligerent, unreasonable, malicious, a control freak, rudely intrusive or aggressive."(I have to use the Wikipedia definition so it won't look obscene) This definition describe Mrs. Walburga Black, Sirius' mother well. Put the two together, you'll see the oxymoron if Sirius' initials are S.O.B.
I also found another coincidence. In PoA, when we first met Sirius in person, we had Aunt Marge said "If there is something wrong with the bitch, there'll be something wrong with the pup."Of course, Marge was talking about Harry and Lily. But it's kinda incorrectly foreshadow Sirius and Walbuga. That is since Walbuga is pureblood supremacist, you expect Sirius too. But of course, Sirius isn't.Seasrmar (talk) 08:39, June 16, 2016 (UTC)


Why is Sirius in the Category:Secret-Keeper? The Potters chose Peter Pettigrew instead of him. He died before Dumbledore, so he could not be Secret-Keeper of 12, Grimmauld Place. I don't know there is another situation where Sirius was chosen. So, why?  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 08:30, January 6, 2012 (UTC)

If you read the books, you would know that The Potters HAD chosen Sirius as their Secret-Keeper but made the fatal mistake of switching to Wormtail at the last second. - MrSiriusBlack (talk) 17:15, November 4, 2012 (UTC)


The topic of inheritance in the wizarding world, and particularly in the House of Black, is not clear. The article as currently written assumes that it is based on primogeniture (technically male preference primogeniture) where brothers have preference over their sisters but daughters have preference over their uncles. The best current example of this type of inheritance is the British Royal Family. The bottom line is in this inheritance system a female may be the heir, and the line of inheritance may also pass through a female.

However, another ancient type of inheritance, known as Salic Law inheritance, may better explain the information that is currently available. Under this system, not only may a female not inherit the property and/or title, but inheritance may not pass through a female. This would explain why neither Bellatrix (as a female could not inherit), nor Draco (could not inherit through his mother) were able to inherit the Black property under the legal/magical entail, and Sirius was able to leave everything to Harry in his will.

Wva 04:34, February 19, 2012 (UTC)

I had heard something although I don't remember where that mentioned that Bellatrix was disowned which would remove her from the line of inheritence. Although I believe that a person's will can override such instances, but that might be me just being hopeful. PixieDragon (talk) 15:55, July 5, 2014 (UTC)


Where did Autumn come from?--KiumaruHamachi 03:21, March 11, 2012 (UTC) KiumaruHamachi

His name

I just couldn't help it but say his name kinda sounds racist if you write it down as you pronounce it (serious black) ;P

Tonks97 08:47, March 17, 2012 (UTC). Was Sirius ever close to any of his family before Hogwarts, it never really says?

Once again, from the article one gets the impression that the werewolf prank happened after the episode by the lake after the OWLs. However, it appeared in a conversation between Lily and Snape before that, when they still spoke to one another.

At least in the James article it was mentioned that the bullying did not stop in Seventh Year. Actually, in general Sirius stated that James grew out of it, he never said anything about himself, and if their later encounter is anything to go by, he and Snape were not exactly to a point where they wouldn't start attacking each other even as adults.

I cannot answer your questions, above users but I can request that you please always signyour posts with the four tildes. Thank yiou. - MrSiriusBlack (talk) 17:19, November 4, 2012 (UTC)


Just wondering, is there no way whatsoever of narrowing his birthday down any further from "Autumn 1959"? We know he was born autumn 1959 because:

  1. He went to school from 1971 until 1978, same as the other Marauders as well as Lily Evans.
  2. However, he was 22 years old in 1981; he therefore had to have been born in 1959 or else he would have been 21 in 1981.
  3. So we know he was born in 1959; if he was born anywhere from January to August of 1959, he would have been too young to go at that time frame, and we therefore know that he was born sometime from September until December of 1959.

That's all that canon says for us. I'm assuming that "around twenty-two" in October means a month on either side (September to November 1959). I'm going to speculate even further and say that if his birthday was in September then the school would have deemed it too close and told him to wait until next year. That means October or November 1959. I also believe that if his birthday had been in October then Rowling would have said that he was 22 instead of he was around 22, therefore making his birthday November.

Of course, only the numbered list is canon. But what does everyone else think? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 23:55, June 11, 2013 (UTC)

Looking at his Ministry file, the Sun is in Virgo at his birthday; therefore, his birth range is from 22 August to 22 September (see here). Therefore, his birthday range is from 1 September to 22 September. Or so I believe; feel free to correct me. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 00:33, June 12, 2013 (UTC)
How do you read his birthday? The Ministry file is blurry there, but it looks like it says only nonsense, except for the one "6" in the day spot. Slytherclaw5450 (talk) 23:26, June 21, 2013 (UTC)Slytherclaw5450
It looks like nonsense because it uses astrological signs (the Sun and another planet); nonetheless, I was misreading it. So we're almost back to the start. The end one has the symbol representing Jupiter with a "V" beside it; as Virgo is the only astrological sign that is both compatible with the fall birthdate and starts with "V", it is safe to assume that that's what it means. Jupiter in Virgo is, like with the sun, moon and other planets in Virgo, a birth range of 22 August - 22 September. The middle thing is Earth by itself (no idea why that's there). The first one is a 6 with a circle with a line running through it horizontally. I'm assuming 6 September...? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 14:14, July 2, 2013 (UTC)
I disagree. A quick glance over the other files of characters whose birthdate is actually known shows that the "dates of birth" presented are just a random series of symbols (not only astrological, but also alchemical, and even some of which are unknown to me).
A good example is Hermione Granger's, who we know was also born in September, and whom we know for sure to be a Virgo. Her file, however, shows no similarities to Sirius date of birth which, purportedly, also lists him as a Virgo born in September.
Lastly, the interpretation of the symbols seems a bit shakey. I, for one, have never seen "V" meaning "Virgo"; "♍" is by far more used. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 17:52, July 2, 2013 (UTC)
If we can agree that, based on the other files of characters whose birthdate is known, the prop department just filled in random numbers and symbols for the birthdates, would this also make the claim that he was born in autumn void? It has been said that this information is given in the Harry Potter Limited Edition, and isn't that where this file comes from? Or does the autumn thing come from a different part of the Limited Edition? The origin of this autumn birthday thing has been bothering me, as I don't remember it being in the books, and no one seems to be able to clearly tell me where it came from. Slytherclaw5450 (talk) 18:02, July 26, 2013 (UTC)Slytherclaw5450
I'm not sure if we can narrow it down, but it's between Spetember 1959 and March 1960. We know this because: Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northerm Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier. Given that J.K. Rowling has described Sirius as being "almost 22" in November 1st 1981, we can state that he is born sometime AFTER that date, but before March 1960.HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 01:18, July 27, 2013 (UTC)
Sirius was around twenty-two, meaning he had already had his birthday or would have it within a month. Consequently, we know he was born in either September, October or November. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 19:48, July 27, 2013 (UTC)

Birthdate on File

I had previously discredited the Ministry files as possessing no information regarding birthdays after examining Albus Dumbledore's file. However, Sirius's file reads, in Astrology 2 font: Z6/M/8G I think this might mean something. Perhaps "Z" is for "Zodiac", and the 6 means the 6th Zodiac sign, Virgo? This would fit in perfectly with what is known of Sirius's birthday: that it is in the fall. "M" might mean "month", meaning that they might not know his month. But the 8G part is what confuses me. Am I just looking way too far into these things, or am I onto something? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 00:35, August 15, 2013 (UTC)

But then, Lupin's file also has absolute gibberish on it as far as I can tell: V7/iron cross/_5. Sorry about the blank, but it isn't any sort of recognisable character. Same with Ron's: [iron cross][9]/[=]/[S][i] --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 00:45, August 15, 2013 (UTC)

Sirius's statement

In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius said "I'm the last Black left". That obviously isn't correct. Druella Rosier Black might still be alive. But at least Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa Black were still alive. AB Ng Talk 12:44, July 2, 2014 (UTC)

Druella is a Black only via marriage so she doesn't count as a Black. Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa, in a way, lose their Black when they got married into the Lestrange, Tonks, and Malfoy family respectively. It seems like a double standard. But think of it this way. Druella does not have any Black blood in her to make her a Black. Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa cannot pass on the Black name to their children. i.e. Nymphadora Tonks and Draco Malfoy.Seasrmar (talk) 23:31, July 2, 2014 (UTC)\

To keep this simple, Druella married into The House of Black therefore not an actual Black. Bellatrix Lestrange currently in Azkaban (I think) and was kinda unable to to claim rights, Andromeda and her family were disowned and "blasted off" and Narcissa was happy with Lucius and I doubt she would've wanted to claim anything that could consider her a Death Eater.

Draliri (talk) 11:19, January 4, 2016 (UTC)

Infobox, family members

Why can't we add Harry? Harry should not be stated as godsonm, but first cousin once removed. Pls check the Black fmaily tree.AB Ng Talk 04:40, July 13, 2014 (UTC)

Question - URGENT!

Read the prisoner of azkaban just today.

Black was not helping Volemort, okay! Then why does he say, in the shrieking shack, to Harry that "I knew what peter had done. What I'd done."

what does he mean by "I'd done" here? He was never with You-Know-who... then why "I'd Done?" I got to get this clear. Plaese Help. ThankYou. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Caitlinthemainlandengine (talkcontribs).

Sirius felt he was partly to blame for James and Lily's deaths, because it had been his idea to have Peter be the Potters' Secret-Keeper. The plan had originally been for Sirius to be their Secret-Keeper, but he convinced them to use Peter instead since Peter would supposedly be "less obvious" than James' best friend. It backfired horribly when it turned out that Peter was a spy for Voldemort. - Nick O'Demus 18:14, November 12, 2014 (UTC)


Just to make the explanation clear, the use of the post-nomial "III" does not apply in this caes.  The only time this is used is when a father and son (at least) share exactly the same name.  Siruis's father did not have the exact same name as Sirius, so "Jr., II, III, etc." is not correct.  The exception to this is for royalty, and obviously, there are no magical royals and Sirius in particular certainly was not.  So even though he may have been the "third" Sirius Black, he is not Sirius Black III. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Wva (talkcontribs).

I'm going to resurrect this thread and topic to helpfully get it resolved - is there any mention in canon of him being called Sirius Black III? Just because there are multiple Sirius Blacks on the Black Family Tapestry does not mean each of them have a suffix, nor do we even know if these are all the Sirius Blacks in the family, so we cannot just invent numerical suffixes for their names. For our internal article distinctions we have previously used "(I), (II) - note the parentheses" or "(Riddle-era), (1990s Hogwarts student)" etc. I think these descriptive additions make more sense than the numerals to avoid any confusion that these are official in-universe family name suffixes (unless of course these have been given as such somewhere?). Thoughts on how best to distinguish Sirius Black I and Sirius Black II? Maybe just "Sirius Black (1845 – 1853)" and "Sirius Black (1877 – 1952)" with "Sirius Black" remaining the article title for the main, well-known character. Cheers --Ironyak1 (talk) 04:19, 8 February 2022 (UTC)
I checked the books and they don't say or suggest he's Sirius Black the Third. The only place I've found a mention of it was a Wizarding World article which says he was not the first or second, then something about "the first known Sirius" and then goes on to call him "'Sirius the Third'". I think for clarity putting it in parentheses or having the dates they lived would both work. I think I lean toward "(I), (II)". I agree on simply keeping "Sirius Black" for the main character too. - Kates39 (talk) 10:27, 8 February 2022 (UTC)

Possible Guilt?

If we look back to Sirius's fifth year (I believe) he along with James and Peter Pettigrew became unregistered animagi, along with Rita Skeeter, which Hermione threatened to report her for if she didn't do Harry's interview which she suggested she could write about "Life in Azkaban" therefore Sirius could have been wrongly arrested, but deserved the same punishment. Thoughts? I do not like to see Sirius in the wrong, but I am rather curious. Draliri 11:15, January 4, 2016 (UTC)

I think attempted murder would warrant the same sentence, as well. And Sirius did attempt to kill Snape. MBrody 2:50 June 16, 2016 (UTC)
I am quite certain that the punishment for being an unregistered animagus is not life sentence in Azkaban, so most likely any possible punishment he might be entitled for that would be commuted against his staying in Azkaban without a legal cause. Mcepl (talk) 17:47, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Did Snape know that Sirius was innocent during HPPA?

Page says:

Despite knowing of Sirius’ innocence, Snape was eager to see Sirius receive the Dementor's Kiss, a fate worse than death, after he escaped from Azkaban in 1993.

Did actually Snape know about Sirius’ innocence? This page concludes he didn’t, but it doesn’t much evidence one way or another. It seems to me that the sentence should be removed from this page.

Mcepl (talk) 13:16, January 24, 2017 (UTC)

New Main image

Sirius Black iii.jpg


i think the inFoBOX image should be changd. I tried to change to change but the admins recommende that a ote must be upheld.Please give oponions

how this this image —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Realboy7 (talkcontribs).

The first of a few problems is that the image is unsourced. You'll need to add a description for the file for the image to start, including its source and licensing, otherwise it is likely to get deleted from the site altogether. Another problem is that it is low resolution compared to other main images available and it also appears to be a composite given the Black Tapestry in the background. The first step is to identify where it came from and its licensing status. Thanks --Ironyak1 (talk) 16:08, July 13, 2017 (UTC)


Okay I have to wonder why Dumbledore never visited Sirius in Azkaban to try and find out the truth. Dumbledore investigated cases he found unusual like the Riddle Murders and Smith's death but not Sirius. He did not find it strange in the least that Sirius betrayed the man who he thought of as a brother, gave his motorcycle to Hagrid to get Harry to safety instead of just overpowering the giant, with his wand he could have easily taken Hagrid down, then blows up a street killing over a dozen and then goes meekly off to Azkaban. Why would Dumbledore not question this in the least and visit Sirius, he visited Morfin.

Yours Truly Valenthyne (talk) 18:27, May 26, 2020 (UTC) 

Dumbledore honestly just thought that he was guilty - so did loads of people who you could say should have known better. The First Wizarding War was a strange and confusing time, and even James and Sirius had doubted Lupin, and Lupin doubted Sirius. The evidence against Sirius was very high, and nobody could legally prove he was innocent. Dumbledore later tells Harry when he finds out he's innocent, that he cannot overpower the decision of the Ministry of Magic (he'd need strong evidence). So, I guess investigating wouldn't have achieved anything anyway.
Trying to understand Tom Riddle by looking into what he done and who he killed, was of way higher importance and had better gain, than Sirius who was just a guy everyone thought was guilty. - Kates39 (talk) 19:04, May 26, 2020 (UTC)

His abuse by Walburga Black

Do we have some canonical information about his possible physical (or other) abuse by his parents, or is it just fanon? Mcepl (talk) 17:49, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Sirius did not have a good relationship with his parents (especially his mother) growing up, but there is no mention of his parents (or any other family member) physically abusing him as a child. RedWizard98 (talk) 18:28, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Infobox image

Should there be another vote on whether or not the infobox image for Sirius Black should be changed? I noticed it was changed without any reason given, so I restored the old image and left a helpful editor's note explaining how infobox images of popular characters are usually conducted. I personally like the current image, so I'll be voting for it to stay. RedWizard98 (talk) 18:43, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Repeat fan-fiction/Request for greater article protection

Fan-fiction is still shown to be a problem with this article, a common form of vandalism. It seems any user has the right to edit the page, including those who are not autoconfirmed after four days of registration. I don't know why nobody thinks this is a concern aside from myself. RedWizard98 (talk) 17:36, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Sirius Black became an animagi in his third year not his fifth.

It says "Sirius was able to become an Animagus in his fifth year" where it should say third year, "Finally, in our fifth year, they managed it", "In his fifth year, he was already skilled enough", "In their fifth year, Sirius and James successfully brewed the". Source is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban chapter Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs page 376. Maxstuff-net (talk) 05:18, 28 August 2021 (UTC)

You...opened saying it should say third year and not fifth, and then immediately provided three different pieces of proof that fifth year is correct? I'm confused... -  MrSiriusBlack  Talk  15:03, 28 August 2021 (UTC)
Sorry about that I was also very confused. Lol sorry. Should I delete this section or something I'm new to editing Harry Potter wiki. Once again sorry for wasting your time. Maxstuff-net (talk) 22:45, 28 August 2021 (UTC)
Oh right. Fair enough. No, don't delete it, it will probably be archived eventually. -  MrSiriusBlack  Talk  23:01, 28 August 2021 (UTC)