Harry Potter - Sirius Black

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Sirius Black is a fictional character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Sirius Black was first mentioned briefly in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a wizard who lent Hagrid a flying motorbike shortly after Lord Voldemort killed James and Lily Potter. His character becomes prominent in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in which he is a prisoner. Sirius is always described as "carelessly handsome" and it is also clear that he loved to underline his difference from the Black family (being the only one to be sorted into Gryffindor).

Gary Oldman portrayed Sirius in the film adaptations of Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. Sirius as a teenager also made a brief appearance in Order of the Phoenix, and was played by James Walters.
Sirius was the last heir of the House of Black, a once notable pure-blood wizarding family. His parents, Orion and Walburga Black, were both Blacks by birth and second cousins. Sirius had a younger brother, Regulus, who lived 1961–1979. He also had three older cousins, Bellatrix, Andromeda (his favourite cousin and mother of Nymphadora Tonks), and Narcissa Black (mother of Draco Malfoy, whom Sirius also disliked). More distantly, Sirius was related to the Weasley, Longbottom, Crouch, and Crabbe families, among others.

"Sirius" is a traditional Black family name, recurring in at least three generations and following a family tradition of naming children after stars, constellations and galaxies. The names Cygnus, Arcturus, and Regulus have also occurred at least twice each. Notably, however, only one Sirius (the subject's great-grandfather) left a line of descent, which ended with the youngest Sirius.
Sirius's early life proved unhappy; by adolescence he had come to hate most of his relatives, in particular his mother and his cousin Bellatrix. He rejected his family's pure-blood elitism, reverence for the Dark Arts, and their insistence on so-called pure-blood marriages, which the family considered more respectful. Whereas all other members of the Black family were sorted into Slytherin house, Sirius was placed in Gryffindor.

By contrast, he greatly enjoyed life at Hogwarts, where he was inseparable from his best friend, James Potter. He, along with James, was immensely popular: students liked his biting humour, and teachers respected his intelligence, though not his behavior. His popularity was not universal, however. Early on, a mutual hatred sprang up between James and Severus Snape. Sirius actively supported James, leading to Snape bestowing an equal and life-long loathing upon Sirius. Sirius and James often went out of their way to bully Snape. Sirius and James also became friends with another student, Remus Lupin, whom they later discovered was a werewolf. To support Lupin, Sirius, James, and another friend, Peter Pettigrew, secretly (and illegally) became Animagi, which allowed them to safely accompany Remus during his transformations and keep him under control. After mastering animagery, Sirius's form took the shape of a huge black dog, from which his nickname Padfoot was derived.

At age 16, Sirius finally broke with his family and took refuge with James and his parents. His offended and outraged mother burned his name off the family tree. Sirius's Uncle Alphard left him a large inheritance, causing Walburga to also remove Alphard's name. Sirius was left financially independent by his Uncle’s generous bequest.
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