Hey everyone, Welcome to another installment of Harry Potter Theory. In today’s theory, we’re going to be discussing Sirius Blac, Esteemed wizard, Marauder, Godfather, and hero. Sirius Black, who started at Hogwarts in 1971 alongside the other Marauders, hailed from the ‘Black’ famil, a powerful pure-blood wizarding family that placed an incredible amount of emphasis on the importance of ‘blood purity’. Remarkably, however, Sirius was able to pave his own way in life and form his own opinion, which ultimately led to him being shunned from the family. With that said, however, Sirius went on to become a better man than any of his ancestors.
He vowed not to let his lineage determine the man he would become, and once wisely said: "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. " The goodness in Sirius’s heart eventually led to a friendship with James Potter, Harry’s fathe, and well, the rest is history. Being friends with James meant that he would eventually become our boy Harry’s godfather, which is part of the reason that Sirius ended up being such an integral part of the story.
However, with that said, there are actually a lot of things pertaining to Sirius’s character that were entirely left out of the films. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know him a little better, but if you’re a movie only perso, you’ve only seen a fraction of the man that Sirius Black truly is. Because Sirius doesn’t make an appearance in that many films (being introduced late and dying early), he doesn’t actually get a lot of screen time, which is why today I want to discuss 7 pieces of information pertaining to Sirius Black that movie watcher’s won’t know.
Let’s get started 7. He Gave Harry His First Broom No, I’m not talking about the Firebolt that Sirius gave Harry at the end of Prisoner of Azkaba, Harry already had brooms before that point, I’m talking about a broom that he gave him MUCH earlier. The broom that Sirius gave Harry is mentioned in a letter from Lily Potter to Sirius sometime around Harry’s first birthday: “Dear Padfoot, Thank you, thank you, for Harry's birthday present! It was his favourite by far.
One year old and already zooming along on a toy broomstick, he looked so pleased with himself, I'm enclosing a picture so you can see. You know it only rises about two feet off the ground, but he nearly killed the cat and he smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent me for Christmas (no complaints there). Of course, James thought it was funny, says he's going to be a great Quidditch player, but we've had to pack away all the ornaments and make sure we don't take our eyes off him when he gets going. ” Of course, the broom Sirius gave Harry here is a ‘toy broom’ a broom marketed at young children which can only lift about 2 feet off of the ground.
High enough if you ask me. 6. He was friends with Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks Crookshanks was Hermione Granger's pet cat- a Half-Kneazle with a very regal lion-like appearance.
Being part Kneazle, he was particularly intelligent and was able to solve all sorts of problems on his own. Crookshanks doesn’t make much of an appearance in the films, but book readers will know that Sirius Black actually had a good relationship with Crookshanks. This is partially because Sirius, while transfigured in to a dog, befriended Crookshanks and asked him for help finding Scabbers AKA Peter Pettigrew.
Crookshanks also helped Sirius out by pressing the knot on the Whomping Willow – giving him safe access to the Shrieking Shack. 5. He was Secret Keeper before Peter Pettigrew One of the reasons that the Potters died was because of their chosen secret keepe, their ‘good’ friend Peter Pettigrew. A secret keeper is a witch or wizard designated to hide a secret, secured by the fidelius charm which conceals the secret inside of the secret keeper’s soul.
Initially Sirius Black was chosen by James and Lily to be Secret Keeper, bu, feeling that he would be an obvious target for Voldemort, Sirius instead recommended Pete, who we know doesn’t do a particularly good job. The secret in question was the location of the Potter cottage, a secret that was tied to Pettigrew’s sou, unable to be forcibly removed. A dwelling protected by the Fidelius Charm (in conjunction with a secret keeper) essentially becomes absolutely hidden, keeping the occupants safe.
- He was only 22 when he was sent to Azkaban (+His Escape) In 1981, after betraying the Potters, Pettigrew travelled to a nearby town and murdered 12 muggles using a dark and powerful blasting curs, simultaneously destroying hundreds of feet of sewer system and leaving a 40 foot crater in the ground. Someway, somehow, Sirius Black was blamed, and was promptly sent to Azkaban.
However, what many fans may not know is that Sirius was just a mere 22 years old when he was sent awa, which, in a way, contradicts the picture painted of the ‘mature’ versions of the Marauders. Since we’re on the topic of Sirius and Azkaban- let’s dive in to another book fact. As we know, Sirius eventually escape the island priso, but many of you (who have only seen the movies that is) may not know HOW he did it. It’s all explained here: “One night, when (the Dementors) opened my door to bring food, I slipped past them as a dog.
It's so much harder for them to sense animal emotions that they were confused . . . I was thin enough to slip through the bars.
I swam as a dog back to the mainland. I journeyed north and slipped into the Hogwarts grounds as a dog. I've been living in the Forest ever since.
” Essentially, Sirius got thin enough (by starving himself) to slip through the bars in his Animagus form. Sounds ‘RUFF’! 3. He Gave Ron A Pet Owl At the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron Weasley no longer had a pet rat, as it was revealed that Scabbers was in fact ex-marauder Peter Pettigrew. Without a pet, Ron was a bit glum, which is what prompted Sirius Black to gift an owl to Ron named Pigwidgeon. Pigwidgeon, also known as ‘Pig’, was a miniature scops owl resembling a ‘fluffy Snitch’ and became responsible for handling Ron’s mail from 1994 onward.
Here’s a funny passage referencing Pigwidgeon: "Harry stared at the word "Pig," and looked up at the tiny owl now fluttering around the light fixture on the ceiling. He had never seen anything that looked less like a pig. " Pig is not mentioned in the movies AT ALL. 2. Sirius Did NOT Die from Avada Kedavra The book clearly indicates that Sirius Black’s death was the result of him falling in to the vei, and nothing els, falling backwards in to it after being struck by Bellatrix Lestranges curse.
However, the film adaptation paints a bit of a different picture, and suggests that he MAY have died from the killing curse. In the film, in only an instant, the battle turns from what seems like a flawless outcome for the order, to one of the worst outcomes possible - the death of Sirius. After finishing off Lucius, Sirius leaves his guard down for only an instan, and in that same instant- Bellatrix Lestrange appears. “Avada Kedavra” she yell, shooting a jet of green light toward hi, and just seconds later, Sirius Black had a blank expression on his fac, falling backward through the veil. This confuses things a bit, because in the book it’s never mentioned that Bellatrix uses Avada Kedavr, aka the killing curse.
- He Takes a BIG Risk in the Goblet of Fire In the Goblet of Fire, Sirius was still very much ‘on the run’ and wanted by the Ministry. Howeve, now a free man ‘sort of’, Sirius was able to travel around as he please, very carefully I might add. Sirius doesn’t have a big role in the fourth book, but he does make his presence known a littl, travelling to Hogsmeade in order to interact with Harry. It’s at Hogsmeade that Harry visits Sirius who is living in a cave, living primarily off of rats.
And that concludes the list! There are certainly more than 7 facts available on Sirius which are exclusive to the books, but I thought I’d end it here. If you want MORE book facts on Sirius, I can always make another theory. Before we end the theory, I thought I should mention that I’m going to be giving away a HARRY POTTER BOXED SET to 1 lucky subscriber. Follow me on Instagram @hptheory and check out the latest post there for details.