Sirius Black

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Sirius Black

Sirius Black is Harry's godfather and he was James Potters best friend. He is an animagi, a black dog, and one of the maurders. He was accused of murder of Peter Pettigrew in the street, and 13 muggles, even though he is innocent. Sirius goes to Azkaban without a trial and stays there until he escapes during Harry's third year at Hogwarts.



Character development

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Sirius is mentioned in the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when Hagrid answers Professor Dumbledore's question regarding the motorbike he, Hagrid, is riding. Hagrid answers that he borrowed it from Sirius. We later learn that this seemingly simple transaction occured not long before Sirius is arrested for the murder of Peter Pettigrew and 13 muggles.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sirius Black is not mentioned in Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Portrayals within films

Sirius is portrayed by Gary Oldman.

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Outward appearance

The first description of Sirius Black appears at the beginning of Chapter 2 of Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry has come down for breakfast and the Dursleys are watching the news on the TV. There is a report about an escaped prisoner, only referred to as Black (PoA2). Sirius is seen looking gaunt, with elbow length, matted and tangled hair.

Harry Potter later describes Sirius as resembling a vampire with his sunken face, shadowed eyes and waxy white skin (PoA3). This description is further expanded on when Harry faces Black for the first time in the Shrieking Shack, when this combination of tightly stretched, waxy skin, and deep eye sockets makes Harry think of a corpse whose yellow teeth are bared. (PoA17) During this confrontation Sirius is described as being tall, but his features (in particular his wrist and arms) are described as wasted and shrunken.

When Sirius speaks it is with a hoarseness that may be due to its lack of use in the past 12 years. (PoA17) During a conversation on their way up to the castle, Sirius smiles in delight at the prospect of Harry coming to live with him. Harry is surprised at the change in his appearance caused by this smile, noticing that it makes him look as though a younger man was shining through the gaunt face. (PoA20)

We know that this degraded state of his appearance is due to his time in Azkaban because Harry finds a photograph of Sirius at Harry's parent's wedding. In this photograph, taken a couple of years before his arrest, Sirius is seen to be handsome. (PoA11)


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Magical accomplishments and skills

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He owned a flying motorbike, but he lent in to Hagrid the night Voldemort attacked the Potters, and never got it back.



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In popular culture

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