Do you know what really sucks?

It’s the fact that Harry has to deal with the fact that his one and only relation died in less than two years. 

It’s easy for us to go ‘oh, i’ve also had someone i’ve really loved lost too soon.’ But unless you’re legitimately an orphan, we can’t go ‘oh, the only person i’ve ever had relation to whatsoever is now gone’. Harry had Sirius for what, two years? Only two years after around thirteen being stuck with family that we’re all pretty sure he didn’t even consider to be real family. How many times do you think ‘Aunt Petunia’ was said with empty emotions and no meaning behind it whatsoever? Probably every time. And then there’s Sirius. Wonderful, brave and brilliant Sirius Black who not only is his godfather, but had been extremely close with both of his parents and their friends. His only link to his parents that isn’t biased in a bad way and can relate to him fully because Sirius knows how it felt to be neglected by his family. And then all of a sudden, he’s gone. 

That’s death giving Harry a teaser. He gave him someone who loved and cared for him, offered what he could, and took him away just as soon. Yes, Harry had the Weasleys and Lupin but Sirius was different and he was special because he was his godfather. “Yes, I have,” said Harry brightly. “He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy….”  Just reading this shows just how devoted Harry is to Sirius no matter what the man had committed. Now read that sentence, then automatically read this: “But some part of him realized, even as he fought to break free from Lupin, that Sirius had never kept him waiting before. … Sirius had risked everything, always, to see Harry, to help him… . If Sirius was not reappearing out of that archway when Harry was yelling for him as though his life depended on it, the only possible explanation was that he could not come back… . That he really was …”

Now tell me again that that isn’t enough to rip your heart to shreds.  

Harry had nothing and absolutely no one. Minus his aunt Petunia, no one could relate to him. Not even Arthur or Molly Weasley could say ‘I remember when your father and mother did…’ Remus could, yes, but the massive difference psychologically of placing the term ‘godfather’ on someone makes a larger bond.

“You are — truly your father’s son, Harry… .”  Only Sirius could say that wholeheartedly. And only Sirius could make Harry absolutely believe it.