“Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself. Think of it this way: every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now - students. If they can do it, why not us?”
I think there’s one scene in the entire series where i get genuinely pissed at Molly Weasley, and it’s in Order of the Phoenix when her and Sirius are arguing and she says, “The thing is, it’s been rather difficult for you to look after [Harry] while you’ve been locked up in Azkaban, hasn’t it?”
Like you just know that broke Sirius’s heart because he knows it’s true, even though it wasn’t his fault that he was wrongly imprisoned. He wanted more than anything to be able to look after Harry, and having the fact that he was unable to thrown in his face kills him, and Molly said this knowing that’s exactly how Sirius felt. She said it with full intentions to hurt him.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Molly. She’s one of my favorite characters, but this scene never fails to make me wanna throw hands with her…don’t you dare come at my puppy son like that
In the past, I’ve said that Sirius, though highly imperfect, was the closest thing Harry had to a parent. Sirius broke out of Azkaban to protect Harry, and he would have gone straight back if he thought it would keep Harry safe.
Unfortunately, the films muddle this dynamic somewhat.
Much of the small amount of time we do spend with Sirius in the films is spent establishing Sirius’s arc and personal tragedy. Certainly this part of the story is worth telling, but we lose the smaller moments in which Sirius is simply doing what he can to help his godson.
In the GF film, neither the letter Harry sent Sirius about his scar nor Sirius living off rats in a cave on the outskirts of Hogsmeade is mentioned. There’s no mention of the scene in which Sirius spends the afternoon telling the trio about Crouch Jr., Karkaroff, and other Death Eaters. There’s no mention of the long conversation in which Harry pours out his heart to Sirius, telling him about the fight with Ron, Rita Skeeter, no one believing he hadn’t entered himself into the tournament, and the “Potter Stinks” debacle. There’s no mention of the “near daily” letters from Sirius in the months before the third task. There’s no mention of Sirius comforting Harry after Voldemort’s return.
Sirius’s role in GF is basically distilled to one conversation in which he imparts a few cryptic warnings about Karkaroff and Crouch, tells Harry to “keep his friends close” and then vanishes from the fire.
We see Sirius a little more in the OP film, but once again, Sirius’s bonding with Harry takes a backseat to the development of Sirius’s own arc. Film!Sirius brings up Harry’s resemblance to James not once but three times, despite his limited amount of screen time.
The best example of this phenomenon is the battle at Department of Mysteries. In the film version of the Department of Mysteries battle, Harry shoots off an Expelliarmus and Sirius shouts “Nice one, James!” This is a reference to Sirius’s own tragic arc as well as a callback to the Snape’s Worst Memory scene.
But in the book version of the battle at the Department of Mysteries, there’s no hint that Sirius sees Harry as James or even as an equal partner. In fact, Sirius speaks to Harry three times during the Department of Mysteries battle. Far from congratulating Harry on a well-placed spell, all three of Sirius’s lines are variations of “get your friends and get the hell out.”
Ultimately, the repeated focus on James cheapens Sirius’s genuine love for Harry and ultimately undermines Sirius’s last act as Harry’s godfather.
I understand why the films condensed Sirius as they did. And certainly there are characters who fared worse. It’s no coincidence that Ron - another character who provides Harry with a great deal of emotional support - had his role similarly butchered. Simply put, watching Harry being comforted or enjoying small moments of happiness does not move the plot along.
Unfortunately, the nips and tucks to Sirius’s character remove a great deal of what makes the relationship so important.
If I were to look at the film version of Harry’s godfather, I would see someone who sent Harry a broomstick, barely spoke to him for a year, spent the following year moping around a house, and saw Harry as a replacement for his dead best friend. But Sirius Black was so much more than that, and deserves more than that.
so I was just rereading OOTP and I came upon this little gem from the night before OWLs begin…
umm Ron?! you are too cute for words. look at him looking out for her and being Molly Weasley’s son 100% by making sure she’s eating enough… and he’s 16 here! what other 16 year old boy would do this? nobody that’s who
this kid loves his friends so much I can’t handle it