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    Animagus Death

    This is sort of a weird question, but here goes anyway:

    If an Animagus is killed in their Animagus form, do they transform back as they are dying, or is their body stuck in animal form forever? I'm thinking of an Avada Kedavra sort of murder, so said person would be caught really off-guard, and it would be really sudden. What do you guys think?

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    You could make an argument either way.

    Argument 1: The wizard must use his/her magic to stay transformed, so when the wizard dies, the transformation ends.

    Argument 2: The wizard must choose to transform either way, and so will stay in whatever form s/he was in at death.

    We know Animagi can sleep in their animal forms (Peter Pettigrew did for years), so it doesn't require concentration or even consciousness to maintain the transformation.

    We also know the Animagus transformation is considered dangerous, possibly because the wizard can be stuck in that form.

    So I'd lean towards Argument 2. However, in most legends, when wizards transform into something else, they resume their true shape when they die.

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    I seem to remember that Bellatrix Black killed a fox in the beginning of Deathly Hallows, and then looked at it saying something along the lines of "Oh, just a fox, I thought it might be an Animagus." So perhaps this suggests that they transform back either while dying or after they die, if Bellatrix was expecting something to happen? Or maybe she just killed it to be safe, I don't know.

    Just an idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evester
    I seem to remember that Bellatrix Black killed a fox in the beginning of Deathly Hallows, and then looked at it saying something along the lines of "Oh, just a fox, I thought it might be an Animagus." So perhaps this suggests that they transform back either while dying or after they die, if Bellatrix was expecting something to happen? Or maybe she just killed it to be safe, I don't know.
    That's "Spinner's End," in HBP, and Bellatrix says, after killing the fox, "I thought perhaps an Auror -."

    It's not clear whether she killed the fox after seeing that it was a fox, or whether she saw something moving and thought it might have been person when she cast her Avada Kedavra, though. But if you assume the former, then maybe she did suspect it was an Animagus.

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    But that is a good theory, though. If she did see the fox as being a fox, the only reason she would have killed it was that she believed it would then turn back into a human form.

    Then again, it is Bellatrix...

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    I was under the impression that only the act of transforming back and forth was what required such high levels of concentration, and that actually keeping the form didn't really require any at all. After, Pettigrew remained a rat for 12 years, which is an absurdly long time to keep up a concentrated form of magic, and Hermione had Rita Skeeter locked in a jar for a while. It would have been even crueller to do so if she would have been fighting to keep herself in that form. I doubt that the Mauraders would have had such fun galloping around the castle once a month as teens if they would have been using magic the entire time to focus on staying transformed.

    At the same time, I'm not sure if that has anything to do with whether or not they would revert back to their human shape if killed, especially if once the fox Bella had killed had stayed a fox, and she seemed disappointed (if you go the line of thinking that that is why she killed the fox).

    I think either way is perfectly plausible given what little information we know, and depending on what you want to do with your story.

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