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The Black Sheep Dog series by izzythehutt (or Ieyre on Fan Fiction Dot Net) is a Harry Potter fanfiction series focusing on Sirius Black and the Black family.

This series consists of In The Black and the ongoing sequel Black Mask.

It is a Regulus Black Lives AU set in 1979 (during the first war with Voldemort) where, through a series of insanely improbable events, Sirius Black ends up managing his parents and little brother in witness protection and getting strong-armed back into the family.


The Black Sheep Dog series contains examples of:

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     In General 
  • Big Brother Bully: Sirius has hints of this with Regulus, although he also has moments of guilt for the way he treated Regulus.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Blacks have enough issues to rival the National Digest's publication cadence, and that's only the main family.
  • Blackmail: Orion finds out that Sirius is an animagus and holds this over his head by threating to tell Walburga unless he does as Orion says. Amusingly, he mostly seems to use it to get his son to behave and eat dinner with them.
  • The Dutiful Son: Regulus, but also Orion.
  • Epigraph: Every chapter has one. They're all taken from the Harry Potter books (and the unnamed prequel) and are usually about the Black family and somehow relate to something in the chapter.
    • The ones in In The Black are all about Regulus.
  • For Want of a Nail: The moment of canon divergence is when Regulus survives his visit to the Cave and seeks out Sirius in his flat.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Orion, in spades.
  • Meddling Parents: Orion and Walburga with Sirius.
  • My Beloved Smother: Walburga with Sirius and, to a lesser extent, Regulus.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Sirius and Regulus, somewhat unconsciously encouraged by the parents.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Despite his attempts to distance himself from his family, Sirius looks almost exactly like his father did at his age. He's also compared several times to his mother, in personality.
  • Thicker Than Water: Despite their protests, Sirius and his parents are far from indifferent to each other.
     In The Black 

  • Adult Fear: Walburga and Orion's facade of aloofness and respectability crumbles right when they learn Regulus almost commited suicide via Inferi and Sirius was assaulted by five Death Eaters. In the same night.
  • Beneath Notice: Walburga blatantly states a house-elf is this. She's completely beffuddled by her sons granting Kreacher some attention - Sirius by antagonizing him, Regulus by doting on him.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Orion tells Sirius this in chapter 5.
  • The Chessmaster: Dumbledore.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sirius in chapter 5.
    Orion: What sort of an animal do you turn into? You'd have to be fairly large not to fit there, you've plenty of room.
    Sirius: I'm a walrus.
  • Disinherited Child: Subverted. Sirius believed his father disinherited him the moment he ran away, and so does the rest of the world, but it turns out he's still legally the heir.
  • Dramatic Drop: In chapter 5, Sirius drops his wand when he hears that Orion never actually disinherited him after he ran away.
  • Family Disunion: The story starts with Orion and Walburga Black being led to Sirius's flat where Regulus is by Kreacher, where they run into Sirius, and the unexpected family reunion sets the rest of the plot in motion.
  • Freudian Excuse: Two minutes of interaction with the Black parents is enough for Lily to declare it explains a lot about Sirius.
  • In Medias Res: The story starts after Regulus has already gone to Sirius's flat after surviving the cave and collapsed.
  • Insult Backfire: Sirius's attempt to insult Orion fails when Orion is 'faintly amused' at being called a 'crafty, artful, deceiving old serpent'.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Orion certainly comes across this way in chapter 5.
  • Rebel Prince: Sirius was born as heir to the Black family, but doesn't want the role. He's even compared to a runaway crown prince.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Walburga tricks Sirius into drinking water laced with sleeping draught. As Orion later points out, it really is one of The Oldest Tricks in the Book.
  • So Proud of You: Orion towards Sirius, quite surprisingly. He praises his son's bravery and skill in dueling five opponents at the same time, and later admires his Animagus form.
  • You Are Not Alone: In chapter 6, Sirius is feeling pretty down after being blackmailed by his father, scolded by his mentor, and because he fought with James, he doesn't even have his best friend to support him. Right as he's wondering who he might have left to turn to, however, Regulus comes in with some food and a hug, reminding him that he's not alone.

     Black Mask 

  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Regulus's absence from England has been explained with cover story that he is finding a fiancée in France.
    • Walburga also fully intends to arrange marriages for both her sons, and has already started making plans for Sirius.
    • In chapter 11 Sirius says that his parents were an arranged marriage.
  • Badass Mustache: Barty Crouch sr. has one, and according to Word of God, so does Orion.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Haughty good looks appear to be the norm in the Black family.
  • The Bet: Sirius suggests a wager to Colette that after showing her England and introducing her to all his friends in the next six days, he will be able to convince her to give up on making an arranged marriage.
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: During the dinner in chapter 9 Sirius repeatedly kicks Regulus under the table to try to stop him from asking certain questions or bringing up something that will set off their already angry father. It doesn't really work as it's only during the conversation that Regulus realises what exactly happened at the party.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Although they're not exactly the big bad, with Orion and Walburga seemingly joining forces in chapter 18 to conceal Walburga's plot from Sirius, they seem to have become this trope.
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: Sirius and Frank Longbottom have to infiltrate a gathering of pure-blood wizards which turns out to also be Arcturus' birthday party in order to intercept some information.
  • Blue Blood: The Blacks are basically wizarding aristocrats.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Sirius (while in disguise) can't resist telling Colette that he has heard Sirius Black described as 'sexy'.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In chapter 6, Sirius gets to call his father out on being wilfully ignorant when it comes to the Death Eater activity in his family, his seemingly lack of principles, and the way he can't stand up to his own father.
  • The Clan: The Black family. And the Battancourt family are a good example too.
  • Classified Information: Sirius attempts to use this as an excuse not to tell Orion what he's doing at Arcturus' birthday party after he gets caught by his father. Orion is less than impressed.
  • Country Mouse: Colette Battancourt, which despairs Narcissa.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Sirius enjoys implying he has relationships with Muggle women. Walburga does not appreciate.
  • Dinner and a Show: Happens multiple times in the fic, as Walburga insists on having daily five-course formal meals with her husband and children.
  • Exiled to the Couch:
    • Angry with her husband for not standing up to his father, Walburga in chapter 5 tells Orion to sleep in his dressing room when he finally returns home.
    • In chapter 10, Orion is the one annoyed with Walburga and he tells her he'll sleep in his dressing room again.
  • Fauxreigner: Sirius pretends to be Nicolaus Svensson, a Nord, in order to infiltrate a gathering of pure-blood wizards.
  • Flight of Romance: Sirius takes Colette out on Elvira, his enchanted flying motorbike, when he asks Colette to meet him at night.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Orion (and Walburga too) wants Sirius to take his place as the rightful heir to the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black.
  • Guilty Pleasures: While Regulus initially refuses to even consider watching television, in later chapters he's found secretly watching shows when no one else is in the room.
  • Heir Club for Men: Discussed as being a problem for Colette's parents, as their only child is a girl and she can't inherit. The Black family estate also passes down the male line, but with Sirius and Regulus as the heir and the spare that line seems secure.
  • Idle Rich: Although the story takes place during the first war with Voldemort, the Blacks and other pure-blood families seem wholly separate from it, simply going about their lives paying calls and attending parties like there isn't a war on. Except for the Death Eaters using the same parties as a cover to pass along coded messages. Being magical aristocrats, none of them actually have a job either.
  • I Have This Friend...: Sirius lets Colette believe that he's a friend of Sirius Black while they are talking on the rooftop in chapter 11.
  • Impersonation Gambit: In order to infiltrate a gentlemen card-game at Malfoy Manor, Sirius uses polyjuice potion to pose as Nicolaus Svensson, a rich Norwegian wizard.
  • I Want Grandkids: In chapter 18, Walburga brings up the topic of grandchildren to Orion as a way to get him to agree to her plan to get Sirius married.
  • Land Poor: The Battancourt family, or at least Colette's branch of it, according to Orion in chapter 9.
    Orion: It's well known that the Battancourts are land rich and cash poor. Acres of estate and no gold to keep it up.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sirius has one of these in chapter 12 when he realises his mother knows he posed as Svensson at the party.
  • Old Money: The Blacks and Malfoys have had their family fortunes for centuries.
  • Original Character: There are a few, but the most prominent ones are Colette Battancourt, Belgravius Burke, Martin Bletchley, and Alan Rowle.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: While in disguise, Sirius accidentally overhears his aunt talking about his parents trying so hard to bring him into the world, and he's still highly embarrassed thinking about it the following night.
    He suddenly remembered what Lucretia had implied the night before about his parents' bedroom habits—"Every night for four years—!"—and Sirius felt his face burn red hot at the very thought of it. It couldn't be true, I mean—this was them.
  • Parents Know Their Children:
    • In the prologue, Walburga recognises Sirius instantly when he makes an insolent remark.
    • When he catches Sirius at the party, Orion realises that the impostor he is about to throw out is actually Sirius the moment Sirius is unable to resist talking back to him.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: After their collision in Diagon Alley, Colette accidentally left her diary, which Sirius returned to her during later meeting.
  • The Reveal: In chapter 11, when Colette finds out Sirius's name. From his mother no less.
  • Reverse Psychology: Walburga tells Sirius not to contact and to stay away from Colette after she catches them returning after their date when really she wants him to pursue her. Lucretia even high-lights this trope in chapter 16:
    Lucretia: Your mother has a theory about him. She thinks he always has to do the opposite of what she tells him. She's currently trying to use this little theory of hers to her advantage.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Orion appears to have been wilfully blind when it came to Regulus becoming a Death Eater, something that Dumbledore calls him out on.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Walburga is bent on marrying Sirius because she thinks a wife will "settle" him.
  • Sitting on the Roof: During their talk in chapter 11, Sirius and Colette sit on the roof of Kenwood House watching out over London.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Orion and Walburga both realise the person they are confronting is their son when he can't help being insolent at them.
    Mrs. Black remained frozen—she had not taken her eyes off of him once since he'd uttered that pert remark, so brazenly impudent that it could only have come from one person.
  • Through His Stomach: Walburga organises daily five-course formal family dinners for her husband and sons. When she also came up with a desert specifically tailored to Sirius's tastes, even he couldn't deny was delicious and that she knew his tastes well.
  • The Un Favourite: Ironically, both Regulus and Sirius seem to feel that the parents actually prefer the other son.
  • Villain Team-Up: As of chapter 18, Orion and Walburga seem to have resolved some of their issues and teamed up, which bodes ill for Sirius's chances of escaping his (not entirely) villainous parents.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Orion with Arcturus.
  • You Just Told Me: In chapter 16, Lucretia tricks Sirius into revealing that Regulus is indeed in the flat too by claiming that Remus had already told her.



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