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|location = [[Hogwarts Castle]], [[Scotland]], [[Great Britain]]
 
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|date = Summer [[1993]] - [[6 June]], [[1994]] (planned the last 12 years in [[Azkaban]]
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|description = An ultimately failed attempt to kill [[Peter Pettigrew]].
 
|description = An ultimately failed attempt to kill [[Peter Pettigrew]].
 
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Peter Pettigrew|You don't understand! [[Tom Riddle|He]] would have killed me, Sirius!|Sirius Black|THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!|Remus Lupin|You should have realized if Voldemort didn't kill you, we would. Good-bye, Peter.|Sirius Black and Remus Lupin prepare to kill their former friend.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Peter Pettigrew|You don't understand! [[Tom Riddle|He]] would have killed me, Sirius!|Sirius Black|THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!|Remus Lupin|You should have realised if Voldemort didn't kill you, we would. Good-bye, Peter.|Sirius Black and Remus Lupin prepare to kill their former friend.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
   
During the [[1993–1994 school year]], [[Sirius Black]] engaged in an '''attempt''' to kill [[Peter Pettigrew]] and avenge the deaths of [[James Potter|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]]. Despite being hindered by being a fugitive from the [[Ministry of Magic]] and Peter being well-protected inside [[Hogwarts Castle]] [[Animagus|disguised]] as a pet [[rat]] owned by [[Ronald Weasley]], Sirius eventually managed to get Peter away from the castle and to the [[Shrieking Shack]]. However, in the end, Peter escaped, and would contribute to [[Tom Riddle|his master's]] [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|return]] almost a year later.
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During the [[1993–1994 school year]], [[Sirius Black]] engaged in an '''attempt''' to kill [[Peter Pettigrew]] and avenge the deaths of [[James Potter|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]].
   
==Background==
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Despite the hindrance of being a fugitive from the [[Ministry of Magic]] and Peter being well-protected inside [[Hogwarts Castle]] [[Animagus|disguised]] as a pet [[rat]] owned by [[Ronald Weasley]], Sirius eventually managed to get Peter away from the castle and to the [[Shrieking Shack]]. However, in the end, Peter escaped, and would contribute to [[Tom Riddle|his master's]] [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|return]] almost a year later.
===Peter's betrayal of the Potters===
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[[File:Lily Potter Killed By Avada Kedavra.jpg|thumb|left|The attack on the Potters, which would not be possible without Peter's betrayal.]]
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==History==
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=== Background information ===
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==== Peter's betrayal of the Potters ====
 
{{Quote|I persuaded Lily and James to change to Peter at the last moment, persuaded them to use him as Secret-Keeper instead of me....|Sirius Black discusses the Secret-Keeper gambit.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
 
{{Quote|I persuaded Lily and James to change to Peter at the last moment, persuaded them to use him as Secret-Keeper instead of me....|Sirius Black discusses the Secret-Keeper gambit.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
When James and Lily Potter prepared to go into hiding from Lord Voldemort in [[October]] of [[1981]], they decided to put a [[Fidelius Charm]] over their [[Potter cottage|home]] as part of their protection. Friends such as [[Albus Dumbledore]] and Sirius Black offered to be their [[Secret-Keeper]], but they ultimately decided that a more unlikely choice would be safer, and picked Peter Pettigrew. Unbeknownst to them, Peter was a double agent actually working for Voldemort, and quickly turned the location of the Potters over to his master. Though he would be unsuccessful at killing [[Harry Potter]] due to Lily's [[sacrificial protection]] and was reduced to a mere broken [[soul]] without a body for over a decade, Voldemort did managed to kill both James and Lily thanks to Peter's betrayal.
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When James and Lily Potter prepared to go into hiding from Lord Voldemort in [[October]] of [[1981]], they decided to put a [[Fidelius Charm]] over their [[Potter cottage|home]] as part of their protection. Friends such as [[Albus Dumbledore]] and Sirius Black offered to be their [[Secret-Keeper]], but they ultimately decided that a more unlikely choice would be safer, and picked Peter Pettigrew; Sirius did not choose another friend, [[Remus Lupin]], due to not trusting a [[werewolf]] out of paranoia.
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[[File:Lily murder.gif|left|thumb|245x245px|The attack on the Potters, which would not be possible without Peter's betrayal.]]
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Unbeknownst to them, Peter was a double agent actually working for Voldemort, and quickly turned the location of the Potters over to his master. Though he would be unsuccessful at killing [[Harry Potter]] due to Lily's [[sacrificial protection]] and was reduced to a mere broken [[soul]] without a body for over a decade, Voldemort did managed to kill both James and Lily thanks to Peter's betrayal. Upon seeing the Potter's cottage in ruin, Pettigrew deduced what happened and retrieved [[Tom Riddle's wand|Voldemort's wand]] to prevent the Ministry from inspecting it to discover his treason. Sirius deduced Peter's backstabbing from a lack of struggle at his hiding place.
   
 
===Sirius's first attempt at revenge===
 
===Sirius's first attempt at revenge===
[[File:PettigrewKillsMuggles.jpg|thumb|right|Peter Pettigrew blowing up the street.]]
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{{Quote|I I will never forget it. I still dream about it sometimes. A crater in the middle of the street, so deep it cracked the sewer below. Bodies everywhere. Muggles screaming. And Black standing there laughing, with what was left of Pettigrew in front of him...a heap of bloodstained robes and a few — a few fragments.|[[Cornelius Fudge]]'s incorrect assumptions of what happened that morning.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
{{Quote|I I will never forget it. I still dream about it sometimes. A crater in the middle of the street, so deep it cracked the sewer below. Bodies everywhere. Muggles screaming. And Black standing there laughing, with what was left of Pettigrew in front of him...a heap of bloodstained robes and a few — a few fragments.|Cornelius Fudge's incorrect assumptions of what happened that morning.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:PettigrewKillsMuggles.jpg|thumb|right|Peter Pettigrew blowing up the street.|235x235px]]
The following day, [[1 November]], Sirius cornered Peter on a street in [[London]], intending to kill Peter for his betrayal. However, Peter was too quick and set off a [[Blasting Curse]], killing [[Peter Pettigrew's unidentified victims|twelve innocent Muggles]] and creating a diversion, allowing Pettigrew to cut off one of his fingers, take on his rat form, and escape. As this left a large amount of incriminating evidence against Sirius, he was arrested and sent to [[Azkaban]] for the next twelve years. Peter would later make his way into the ownership of the [[Weasley family]] as a pet rat, and was owned by Ronald Weasley by the time of Sirius's escape.
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The following day, [[1 November]], Sirius cornered Peter on a street in [[London]], intending to kill Peter for his betrayal. However, Peter was too quick and set off a [[Blasting Curse]], killing [[Peter Pettigrew's unidentified victims|twelve innocent Muggles]] and creating a diversion, allowing Pettigrew to cut off one of his fingers, take on his rat form, and escape. As this left a large amount of incriminating evidence against Sirius, who had been laughing maniacally due to believing Peter has finally died, he was arrested and, without a trial, sent to [[Azkaban]] for the next twelve years. Peter would later make his way into the ownership of the [[Weasley family]] as a pet rat, and was owned by Ronald Weasley by the time of Sirius's escape.
   
==The murder attempt==
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=== The murder attempt ===
===Sirius's escape and trip to Hogwarts===
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{{Quote|He's at Hogwarts...He's at Hogwarts...|Sirius Black obsessing over Peter Pettigrew.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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==== Sirius's escape and trip to Hogwarts ====
Unlike most inmates at Azkaban, Sirius managed to keep his presence of mind by focusing on the knowledge that he was innocent, a thought that wasn't happy enough to be taken from him by the [[dementor]]s, but gave him something to focus on other than depression. Sometime in late [[July]], Sirius bummed a paper off a visiting [[Cornelius Fudge]] and saw a story on the Weasleys winning the [[Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw|''Daily Prophet'' Grand Prize Galleon Draw]]. Immediately recognizing Peter's rat form in the image, Sirius was emboldened and slipped past the dementors in his dog form, swimming to shore, only taking a short detour to [[Little Whinging]] to catch a glimpse at Harry before making his way towards Hogwarts to wait.
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{{Quote|He's at Hogwarts...He's at Hogwarts ''[...]'' |Sirius Black obsessing over Peter Pettigrew.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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Unlike most inmates at Azkaban, Sirius managed to keep his presence of mind by focusing on the knowledge that he was innocent, a thought that wasn't happy enough to be taken from him by the [[dementor]]s, but gave him something to focus on other than depression. Sometime in late [[July]], Sirius bummed a paper off a visiting [[Cornelius Fudge]] and saw a story on the Weasleys winning the [[Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw|''Daily Prophet'' Grand Prize Galleon Draw]]. Immediately recognising Peter's rat form in the image, Sirius was emboldened and slipped past the dementors in his dog form, swimming to shore, only taking a short detour to [[Little Whinging]] to catch a glimpse at Harry before making his way towards Hogwarts to wait.
   
 
News of Sirius's breakout soon became nationwide and "Have You Seen This Wizard?"-posters were soon hung up everywhere. It was until he was seen by a [[Muggle]] woman in [[Dufftown]], not far from Hogwarts, who immediately informed the [[Crime Watchers Hotline]]. The [[Ministry of Magic Witch Watchers]] eventually got word of this and arrived at the place with hundreds of Dementors; however, Sirius Black was gone at the time they arrived.
 
News of Sirius's breakout soon became nationwide and "Have You Seen This Wizard?"-posters were soon hung up everywhere. It was until he was seen by a [[Muggle]] woman in [[Dufftown]], not far from Hogwarts, who immediately informed the [[Crime Watchers Hotline]]. The [[Ministry of Magic Witch Watchers]] eventually got word of this and arrived at the place with hundreds of Dementors; however, Sirius Black was gone at the time they arrived.
   
===Attempt at Hallowe'en===
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==== Attempt at Hallowe'en ====
After eventually arriving at the castle, Sirius made his first attempt on [[31 October]], correctly assuming that most of the staff and students would be in the [[Great Hall]] having the traditional [[Hallowe'en feast]]. In addition, Sirius might have chosen the date as it was the 12th anniversary of [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|Voldemort's attack on the Potters]] Though he made it as far as the [[Fat Lady]], she refused to admit him without a password. In a rage, Sirius made a vain attempt to slash his way into the [[common room]] with [[Sirius Black's knife|his knife]], frightening off the Fat Lady, before quickly making his escape. He managed to elude the staff's total search of the castle and grounds for him, and went back to planning his next attempt.
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After eventually arriving at the castle, Sirius made his first attempt on [[31 October]], correctly assuming that most of the staff and students would be in the [[Great Hall]] having the traditional [[Hallowe'en feast]]. In addition, Sirius might have chosen the date, as it was the twelfth anniversary of [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|Voldemort's attack on the Potters]]. Though he made it as far as the [[Fat Lady]], she refused to admit him without a password. In a rage, Sirius made a vain attempt to slash his way into the [[common room]] with [[Sirius Black's knife|his knife]], frightening off the Fat Lady, before quickly making his escape. He managed to elude the staff's total search of the castle and grounds for him, and went back to planning his next attempt.
   
===Attempt in Feburary===
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==== Attempt in Feburary ====
 
{{Main|Sirius Black's break-in of Hogwarts Castle (1994)}}
 
{{Main|Sirius Black's break-in of Hogwarts Castle (1994)}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Sirius|I found him.|Remus|I know.|He's here.|I understand.|Let's kill him!|Sirius and Remus in the [[Shrieking Shack]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
 
Sometime afterward, Sirius met [[Crookshanks]], the pet [[cat]] of [[Hermione Granger]]. After communicating that he wanted to kill a rat belong to Ronald Weasley, Crookshanks set off for [[Gryffindor Tower]]. Though he failed to capture Peter, Crookshanks did bring back a list of [[password]]s that [[Neville Longbottom]] had gotten from [[Cadogan|Sir Cadogan]]. Armed with this, Sirius once more broke into the castle, taking off to the [[Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory]] and standing over Ron's bed. Unfortunately, he found that Peter had gotten wise and faked being eaten by Crookshanks, and thus was no longer in the castle. Ron woke up and yelled, and Sirius only barely escaped before the staff showed up.
 
Sometime afterward, Sirius met [[Crookshanks]], the pet [[cat]] of [[Hermione Granger]]. After communicating that he wanted to kill a rat belong to Ronald Weasley, Crookshanks set off for [[Gryffindor Tower]]. Though he failed to capture Peter, Crookshanks did bring back a list of [[password]]s that [[Neville Longbottom]] had gotten from [[Cadogan|Sir Cadogan]]. Armed with this, Sirius once more broke into the castle, taking off to the [[Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory]] and standing over Ron's bed. Unfortunately, he found that Peter had gotten wise and faked being eaten by Crookshanks, and thus was no longer in the castle. Ron woke up and yelled, and Sirius only barely escaped before the staff showed up.
   
===Final attempt===
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==== Final attempt ====
[[File:2003 harry potter and prisoner of azkaban 007.jpg|thumb|The meeting in the Shrieking Shack.]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Sirius Black|Forgive me, Remus.|Remus Lupin|Not at all, Padfoot, my old friend. And will you, in turn, forgive me for believing ''you'' were the spy?|Of course. Shall we kill him together?|Sirius Black and Remus Lupin reconcile and prepare to kill Peter Pettigrew.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Sirius Black|Forgive me, Remus.|Remus Lupin|Not at all, Padfoot, my old friend. And will you, in turn, forgive me for believing ''you'' were the spy?|Of course. Shall we kill him together?|Sirius Black and Remus Lupin reconcile and prepare to kill Peter Pettigrew.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
   
 
Eventually, on [[6 June]], Sirius saw that Ron, along with Harry and Hermione, had managed to find Peter again. Though Peter attempted to flee, Sirius attacked Ron, carrying them both to the passage beneath the [[Whomping Willow]] to the [[Shrieking Shack]], with Harry and Hermione following quickly behind with Crookshanks's assistance. [[Remus Lupin]], who saw this all happen on the [[Marauder's Map]] he had confiscated from Harry earlier that year, would follow after a short time.
 
Eventually, on [[6 June]], Sirius saw that Ron, along with Harry and Hermione, had managed to find Peter again. Though Peter attempted to flee, Sirius attacked Ron, carrying them both to the passage beneath the [[Whomping Willow]] to the [[Shrieking Shack]], with Harry and Hermione following quickly behind with Crookshanks's assistance. [[Remus Lupin]], who saw this all happen on the [[Marauder's Map]] he had confiscated from Harry earlier that year, would follow after a short time.
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[[File:2003 harry potter and prisoner of azkaban 007.jpg|thumb|The meeting in the Shrieking Shack.|left|230x230px]]
After a struggle, Sirius and Remus, the latter only fully understanding after seeing Peter on the Map, explained to Harry, Ron, and Hermione the above events, and managed to convince them that Sirius was innocent of the crime he was convicted for. Before they could reveal Peter, however, [[Severus Snape]], who had seen Remus heading for the Whomping Willow on the Map when coming to give him his [[Wolfsbane Potion]], arrived, hidden under the [[Cloak of Invisibility]] Harry had left outside the Willow. He refused to believe Sirius's story and was only stopped from taking him to the dementors by a triple [[Disarming Charm]] from Harry, Ron, and Hermione, knocking him unconscious.
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After a struggle, Sirius and Remus, the latter only fully understanding after seeing Peter on the Map, explained to Harry, Ron, and Hermione the above events, and managed to convince them that Sirius was innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted. Before they could reveal Peter, however, [[Severus Snape]], who had seen Remus heading for the Whomping Willow on the Map when coming to give him his [[Wolfsbane Potion]], arrived, hidden under the [[Cloak of Invisibility]] Harry had left outside the Willow. He refused to believe Sirius's story and was only stopped from taking him to the dementors by a triple [[Disarming Charm]] from Harry, Ron, and Hermione, knocking him unconscious.
   
 
After this diversion, Remus and Sirius [[Animagus reversal spell|revealed]] Peter and proved Sirius's story. Though they were fully prepared to kill their former friend, Harry interjected at the last moment, saying that James wouldn't have wanted his friends to become murderers, and instead opting to offer Peter up to the dementors.
 
After this diversion, Remus and Sirius [[Animagus reversal spell|revealed]] Peter and proved Sirius's story. Though they were fully prepared to kill their former friend, Harry interjected at the last moment, saying that James wouldn't have wanted his friends to become murderers, and instead opting to offer Peter up to the dementors.
   
==Aftermath==
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=== Aftermath ===
Unfortunately, this this not go as expected. That night happened to be a full [[moon]], and Remus, who was chained to both Peter and Ron, took on his [[werewolf]] form. In the resulting chaos, Peter escaped once more and Sirius's name was not cleared. Indeed, only the clever actions of Hermione and her [[Time-Turner]] saved Sirius from the [[Dementor's Kiss]]. As [[Sybill Trelawney's second prophecy|prophesied]] by [[Sybill Trelawney]] earlier that night, Peter would go on to rejoin Voldemort, and was a major contributor in his rebirth almost [[1995|one year later]].
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Unfortunately, this did not go as expected. That night happened to be a full [[moon]], and Remus, who was chained to both Peter and Ron, took on his [[werewolf]] form. In the resulting chaos, Peter escaped once more and Sirius's name was not cleared. Indeed, only the clever actions of Hermione and her [[Time-Turner]] saved Sirius from the [[Dementor's Kiss]]. As [[Sybill Trelawney's second prophecy|prophesied]] by [[Sybill Trelawney]] earlier that night, Peter would go on to rejoin Voldemort, and was a major contributor in his rebirth almost [[1995|one year later]].
   
 
During the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]] in the spring of [[1998]], [[Harry Potter|Harry]] reminded Pettigrew of how the former had saved the latter's life from Sirius and Remus nearly four years earlier. Pettigrew relented momentarily, but was soon killed by the [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]] that he was given to by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] after the latter's [[Return of Tom Riddle|return]].
 
During the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]] in the spring of [[1998]], [[Harry Potter|Harry]] reminded Pettigrew of how the former had saved the latter's life from Sirius and Remus nearly four years earlier. Pettigrew relented momentarily, but was soon killed by the [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]] that he was given to by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] after the latter's [[Return of Tom Riddle|return]].
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film adaption]] of ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' Peter and Ron is not chained to Remus, instead Ron is tended to by Hermione at the root of the [[Whomping Willow]] while Remus is standing with his wand pointed at Pettigrew. And it appears that Remus had to look at the full moon to be a werewolf (however this is unconfirmed). Remus then drops his wand which is taken by Pettigrew, who is about to curse Sirius before being disarmed by Harry.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', instead of having Pettigrew chained to Ron and Remus, the scene has Ron being tended to by Hermione and Remus standing with his wand pointed at Pettigrew when the full moon emerges. Remus then drops his wand which is taken by Pettigrew, who attempts to curse Sirius before being Disarmed by Harry.
*Also in the film it appears that Pettigrew suggest they turn him into a [[Flobberworm]] as an alternative instead of the [[Dementor]]s.
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*Also, in the film, Pettigrew suggests they turn him into a [[Flobberworm]] as an alternative to handing him over to the Dementors.
*In the film, when Harry knocks out Snape, they leave him there instead of binding and levitating him.
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*In the film, when Harry knocks out Snape, they leave him there instead of binding and levitating him. As a result, Snape comes out of the Whomping Willow on his own, when the transformed Lupin is about to attack Harry and his friends.
   
 
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PettigrewPoA
Plot to murder Peter Pettigrew
Event information
Location

Hogwarts Castle, Scotland, Great Britain

Date(s)

Summer 1993 - 6 June, 1994 (planned the last 12 years in Azkaban

Participant(s)
Description

An ultimately failed attempt to kill Peter Pettigrew.

Peter Pettigrew: "You don't understand! He would have killed me, Sirius!"
Sirius Black: "THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!"
Remus Lupin: "You should have realised if Voldemort didn't kill you, we would. Good-bye, Peter."
— Sirius Black and Remus Lupin prepare to kill their former friend.[src]

During the 1993–1994 school year, Sirius Black engaged in an attempt to kill Peter Pettigrew and avenge the deaths of James and Lily Potter.

Despite the hindrance of being a fugitive from the Ministry of Magic and Peter being well-protected inside Hogwarts Castle disguised as a pet rat owned by Ronald Weasley, Sirius eventually managed to get Peter away from the castle and to the Shrieking Shack. However, in the end, Peter escaped, and would contribute to his master's return almost a year later.

HistoryEdit

Background information Edit

Peter's betrayal of the Potters Edit

"I persuaded Lily and James to change to Peter at the last moment, persuaded them to use him as Secret-Keeper instead of me...."
—Sirius Black discusses the Secret-Keeper gambit.[src]

When James and Lily Potter prepared to go into hiding from Lord Voldemort in October of 1981, they decided to put a Fidelius Charm over their home as part of their protection. Friends such as Albus Dumbledore and Sirius Black offered to be their Secret-Keeper, but they ultimately decided that a more unlikely choice would be safer, and picked Peter Pettigrew; Sirius did not choose another friend, Remus Lupin, due to not trusting a werewolf out of paranoia.

Lily murder

The attack on the Potters, which would not be possible without Peter's betrayal.

Unbeknownst to them, Peter was a double agent actually working for Voldemort, and quickly turned the location of the Potters over to his master. Though he would be unsuccessful at killing Harry Potter due to Lily's sacrificial protection and was reduced to a mere broken soul without a body for over a decade, Voldemort did managed to kill both James and Lily thanks to Peter's betrayal. Upon seeing the Potter's cottage in ruin, Pettigrew deduced what happened and retrieved Voldemort's wand to prevent the Ministry from inspecting it to discover his treason. Sirius deduced Peter's backstabbing from a lack of struggle at his hiding place.

Sirius's first attempt at revengeEdit

"I — I will never forget it. I still dream about it sometimes. A crater in the middle of the street, so deep it cracked the sewer below. Bodies everywhere. Muggles screaming. And Black standing there laughing, with what was left of Pettigrew in front of him...a heap of bloodstained robes and a few — a few fragments."
Cornelius Fudge's incorrect assumptions of what happened that morning.[src]
PettigrewKillsMuggles

Peter Pettigrew blowing up the street.

The following day, 1 November, Sirius cornered Peter on a street in London, intending to kill Peter for his betrayal. However, Peter was too quick and set off a Blasting Curse, killing twelve innocent Muggles and creating a diversion, allowing Pettigrew to cut off one of his fingers, take on his rat form, and escape. As this left a large amount of incriminating evidence against Sirius, who had been laughing maniacally due to believing Peter has finally died, he was arrested and, without a trial, sent to Azkaban for the next twelve years. Peter would later make his way into the ownership of the Weasley family as a pet rat, and was owned by Ronald Weasley by the time of Sirius's escape.

The murder attempt Edit

Sirius's escape and trip to Hogwarts Edit

"He's at Hogwarts...He's at Hogwarts [...] "
—Sirius Black obsessing over Peter Pettigrew.[src]

Unlike most inmates at Azkaban, Sirius managed to keep his presence of mind by focusing on the knowledge that he was innocent, a thought that wasn't happy enough to be taken from him by the dementors, but gave him something to focus on other than depression. Sometime in late July, Sirius bummed a paper off a visiting Cornelius Fudge and saw a story on the Weasleys winning the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. Immediately recognising Peter's rat form in the image, Sirius was emboldened and slipped past the dementors in his dog form, swimming to shore, only taking a short detour to Little Whinging to catch a glimpse at Harry before making his way towards Hogwarts to wait.

News of Sirius's breakout soon became nationwide and "Have You Seen This Wizard?"-posters were soon hung up everywhere. It was until he was seen by a Muggle woman in Dufftown, not far from Hogwarts, who immediately informed the Crime Watchers Hotline. The Ministry of Magic Witch Watchers eventually got word of this and arrived at the place with hundreds of Dementors; however, Sirius Black was gone at the time they arrived.

Attempt at Hallowe'en Edit

After eventually arriving at the castle, Sirius made his first attempt on 31 October, correctly assuming that most of the staff and students would be in the Great Hall having the traditional Hallowe'en feast. In addition, Sirius might have chosen the date, as it was the twelfth anniversary of Voldemort's attack on the Potters. Though he made it as far as the Fat Lady, she refused to admit him without a password. In a rage, Sirius made a vain attempt to slash his way into the common room with his knife, frightening off the Fat Lady, before quickly making his escape. He managed to elude the staff's total search of the castle and grounds for him, and went back to planning his next attempt.

Attempt in Feburary Edit

Sirius: "I found him."
Remus: "I know."
Sirius: "He's here."
Remus: "I understand."
Sirius: "Let's kill him!"
— Sirius and Remus in the Shrieking Shack[src]

Sometime afterward, Sirius met Crookshanks, the pet cat of Hermione Granger. After communicating that he wanted to kill a rat belong to Ronald Weasley, Crookshanks set off for Gryffindor Tower. Though he failed to capture Peter, Crookshanks did bring back a list of passwords that Neville Longbottom had gotten from Sir Cadogan. Armed with this, Sirius once more broke into the castle, taking off to the Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory and standing over Ron's bed. Unfortunately, he found that Peter had gotten wise and faked being eaten by Crookshanks, and thus was no longer in the castle. Ron woke up and yelled, and Sirius only barely escaped before the staff showed up.

Final attempt Edit

Sirius Black: "Forgive me, Remus."
Remus Lupin: "Not at all, Padfoot, my old friend. And will you, in turn, forgive me for believing you were the spy?"
Sirius Black: "Of course. Shall we kill him together?"
— Sirius Black and Remus Lupin reconcile and prepare to kill Peter Pettigrew.[src]

Eventually, on 6 June, Sirius saw that Ron, along with Harry and Hermione, had managed to find Peter again. Though Peter attempted to flee, Sirius attacked Ron, carrying them both to the passage beneath the Whomping Willow to the Shrieking Shack, with Harry and Hermione following quickly behind with Crookshanks's assistance. Remus Lupin, who saw this all happen on the Marauder's Map he had confiscated from Harry earlier that year, would follow after a short time.

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The meeting in the Shrieking Shack.

After a struggle, Sirius and Remus, the latter only fully understanding after seeing Peter on the Map, explained to Harry, Ron, and Hermione the above events, and managed to convince them that Sirius was innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted. Before they could reveal Peter, however, Severus Snape, who had seen Remus heading for the Whomping Willow on the Map when coming to give him his Wolfsbane Potion, arrived, hidden under the Cloak of Invisibility Harry had left outside the Willow. He refused to believe Sirius's story and was only stopped from taking him to the dementors by a triple Disarming Charm from Harry, Ron, and Hermione, knocking him unconscious.

After this diversion, Remus and Sirius revealed Peter and proved Sirius's story. Though they were fully prepared to kill their former friend, Harry interjected at the last moment, saying that James wouldn't have wanted his friends to become murderers, and instead opting to offer Peter up to the dementors.

Aftermath Edit

Unfortunately, this did not go as expected. That night happened to be a full moon, and Remus, who was chained to both Peter and Ron, took on his werewolf form. In the resulting chaos, Peter escaped once more and Sirius's name was not cleared. Indeed, only the clever actions of Hermione and her Time-Turner saved Sirius from the Dementor's Kiss. As prophesied by Sybill Trelawney earlier that night, Peter would go on to rejoin Voldemort, and was a major contributor in his rebirth almost one year later.

During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor in the spring of 1998, Harry reminded Pettigrew of how the former had saved the latter's life from Sirius and Remus nearly four years earlier. Pettigrew relented momentarily, but was soon killed by the silver hand that he was given to by Voldemort after the latter's return.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, instead of having Pettigrew chained to Ron and Remus, the scene has Ron being tended to by Hermione and Remus standing with his wand pointed at Pettigrew when the full moon emerges. Remus then drops his wand which is taken by Pettigrew, who attempts to curse Sirius before being Disarmed by Harry.
  • Also, in the film, Pettigrew suggests they turn him into a Flobberworm as an alternative to handing him over to the Dementors.
  • In the film, when Harry knocks out Snape, they leave him there instead of binding and levitating him. As a result, Snape comes out of the Whomping Willow on his own, when the transformed Lupin is about to attack Harry and his friends.

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