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
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.