Is there any evidence that Sirius Black mated with other dogs while he was in his animagus form? Assuming that such a thing happened, what would the offspring be? A dog or a human?

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    I've down-voted, because nothing you've written suggests there was any form of bestiality in the works and given it's a children's book it's rather unlikely,.
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 12 '18 at 7:03
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    @Edlothiad you said it was a children's book. Now you don't have to restrict yourself to that scope. Just think of the character Sirius Black, his behavior throughout the years, and try to answer
    – user88577
    Feb 12 '18 at 7:35
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    It is a children's book out-of-universe. It would be an in-universe answer if you wanted one to focus on a character specifically and only their behaviour in the universe. The point remains that there is nothing that suggests this was the case anywhere in the books or in any interviews, supplementary material or anywhere. So your "problem" or "reason for knowing" is unknown and seems in poor taste, at best.
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 12 '18 at 7:37
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    It can be a component of a good story — eg, Fool Moon (2001), by Jim Butcher — but there needs to be more to the basis than just delinquent behaviour.
    – Gaultheria
    Feb 12 '18 at 8:01
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    Reopened following this meta discussion.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 20 '18 at 16:41


There is no evidence that Sirius mated with other dogs while in animagus form. Rowling never wrote anything to suggest he ever did, and we would have no reason to think he would have.

Remember that Sirius only became an Animagus in his fifth year at Hogwarts, and was working with the Order of the Phoenix from immediately after he graduated until when he was locked up in Azkaban. He really didn't have much time to be hanging around as a dog.

Indeed, the only times he seems to have been roaming about as a dog is during the third and fourth book.

It may be worth mentioning that one of the earlier drafts of book four had Sirius staying with other dogs.

When Padfoot returns in 'Goblet of Fire', I initially had him stay with a highly- eccentric, dog-loving old witch on the edge of Hogsmeade. She kept a pack of ill-assorted dogs, was on constant bad terms with her neighbours because of the barking and the mess, and had welcomed in Sirius, assuming him to be a stray.
the old jkrowling.com, Edits - "Mopsy the Dog Lover"

Of course, due to Rowling's highly consistent opinions about keeping sexuality out of the books, it seems unlikely that any bestiality was implied.

As to what form any potential offspring might take on, we don't really know, since such a thing had never been said to have happened in canon. Rowling seems to describe an animagus as having all the natural properties of the animal save intelligence and life expectancy, so I'd guess the offspring would be dogs (if any offspring could/does exist).

An Animagus is a witch or wizard who can transform at will into an animal. While in their animal form, they retain most of their ability to think as a human, their own sense of identity and their memories. They will also retain normal human life expectancy, even if they take their animal form for long periods of time. However, feelings and emotions are simplified and they will have many animal desires, feeding off whatever their animal body craves, rather than demanding human food.
Pottermore - Animagi (behind paywall)

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    What about Aberforth's inappropriate charms on a goat?
    – Skooba
    Feb 12 '18 at 13:50
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    @skooba we don't know what an inappropriate charm on a goat means. in our society it implies something sexual, but why should it be in theirs. besides, why would aberforth get charged with performing inappropriate charms on a goat alone if he were doing other things to the goats as well? I say this, but I wish I could think of an alternative for what an inappropriate charm on a goat would be. lol. Feb 12 '18 at 15:06
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    @Grandpa2390 Oh, but we do know, we really do...
    – Skooba
    Feb 12 '18 at 15:11
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    @skooba - If you see my answer there, you'll see that Rowling said Aberforth "wasn't really in love with" goats.
    – ibid
    Feb 12 '18 at 15:50
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    But he did have a "goat fetish."
    – Adamant
    Feb 12 '18 at 15:58

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