What Man Is This?

to the tune of “What Child is This?” by William Chatterton Dix

What man is this who does not rest,
From Azkaban prison running?
They say he did as the Dark Lord bid,
With plans of murderous cunning.
This, this is Sirius Black.
He was in prison but now he’s back.
Haste, haste to track him down,
This man, the godfather of Harry.

Why does he come with violent rage,
To enter Gryffindor tower?
Now Harry fears for dementors did hear,
Black whispering at a late hour.
“Hogwarts is where he’s found,”
In darkness deep, Black’s lips did sound.
Dementors will track him down,
This man, the godfather of Harry.
“Now I will kill him,” Harry says,
“Avenging my parents murder.”
But still, he stands with his wand in hand,
Remembering how he had heard her.
“Not Harry,” his mother cried,
In anguished tones the night she died.
Now, now the time has come,
To kill the godfather of Harry.

But could it be it is not he,
Who slew both wizard and Muggle?
For Harry knew Peter Pettigrew,
Was murdered by Black in a struggle.
Look, look, will Harry see,
This Pettigrew alive and free?
This, this is the murderer, then,
And not the godfather of Harry.

So bring him Buckbeak the hippogriff,
To freedom he soon will be flying.
For without this the dementor’s kiss,
Would leave him a fate worse than dying.
“I promise to see you soon,”
Black said to Harry beneath the moon.
Love, love was in his heart.
This man, the godfather of Harry.

Alison Siggard

Alison is a Gryffinpuff and probably what Hermione Granger would be like in real life, from bossiness to reliance on books to bushy brown hair. She is a teacher, writer, traveler, and a lover of all kinds of stories and storytelling. She is MuggleNet's staff coordinator and a host on Alohomora!