Literary Hero of the Month: August 2016: Sirius Black from J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series

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There has been a LOT of Harry-Potter related news floating around lately- and well, why shouldn’t there be? There’s a play on (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child– heralded by wizards, Muggles and critics alike as fantastic,) a new book out (Parts One and Two of the stage play) and a new film on the way (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.) With all this going on, Pottermania has raised it’s lightning-scarred head once again, and I for one am all for it. (Probably because I’m the biggest Potterhead of them all.) So, with this in mind, who better for this month’s Literary Hero of the Month than Harry Potter’s own godfather, the not-so-mean, moody and thoroughly-magnificent Sirius Black?

Sirius Black as what he would have actually looked like when he was sent to Azkaban. Oh my heart. My heart.

One of my favourite characters OF ALL TIME, Sirius is brave, clever, talented (he is, after all, an Animagus– meaning he can shape shift into a giant black dog, y’know, like y’do) and more than a little haunted. After all, he was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban, the wizarding prison guarded by the horrific Dementors. He has seen more than his fair share of pain, and has a lifetime of bad memories. He will never really stop grieving for James and Lily, Harry’s parents, but is also a much-needed, much-loved father figure for Harry, and his father’s best friend. (Plus…in the books, the young Sirius is also described as well, kind of really really ridiculously good looking. **Blushes**)

To me, Sirius represents the need to sometimes take risks, to live life adventurously, and to believe in yourself and your utmost potential (especially if that potential means you occasionally turn into a dog.) So why don’t you and I go into the Gryffindor Common Room, sit back in an armchair by the fire, shake out the creases from our Hogwarts robes and lift a bottle of Butterbeer to the world’s most badass godfather, the one and only Sirius Black.

"The ones that love us never really leave us." -Sirius Black

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