Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Sirius Black Character Analysis

Harry's godfather. Until a year before the start of the novel, Sirius was imprisoned in Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit. Because Harry wasn't able to provide evidence of Sirius's innocence, Sirius is on the run and out of the country until news from home becomes concerning enough to make Sirius feel compelled to return. Because Harry has never had a caring adult like Sirius in his life before, he struggles to remember that he can call on Sirius for help when he needs it. For his part, Sirius takes his responsibility as Harry's godfather seriously and even hides out around Hogsmeade starting in the months before the third task. Because Sirius is an unregistered Animagus and can turn into a dog, he fools Hogsmeade residents into thinking he's a stray. The way that Sirius interprets Rita Skeeter's articles suggests that Sirius has strong critical thinking skills. Though he recognizes that Skeeter loves to stir up trouble, he also understands that there's often a nugget of truth hidden in articles that are mostly nonsense and fiction. While he doesn't openly support S.P.E.W., he does point out that it says a lot about a person's character if they treat individuals who are relatively powerless poorly when Hermione tells him about Mr. Crouch firing his house-elf Winky. Harry learns that Sirius has been communicating with Dumbledore for most of the year and it seems as though the two adults do work together to help and protect Harry. After the third task, Dumbledore asks Sirius to reveal himself to Mrs. Weasley and to Snape so that they can begin to work together to fight Voldemort. Snape and Sirius knew each other and were enemies at school, but because both men are loyal to Dumbledore, they put aside their differences enough to shake hands.

Sirius Black Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Sirius Black or refer to Sirius Black . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Nineteen Quotes

"--and reading between the lines of that Skeeter woman's article last month, Moody was attacked the night before he started at Hogwarts. Yes, I know she says it was another false alarm," Sirius said hastily, seeing Harry about to speak, "but I don't think so, somehow. I think someone tried to stop him from getting to Hogwarts. I think someone knew their job would be a lot more difficult with him around. And no one's going to look into it too closely; Mad-Eye's heard intruders a bit too often."

Page Number: 333
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Chapter Twenty-Seven Quotes

"Yes," said Hermione in a heated voice, "he sacked her, just because she hadn't stayed in her tent and let herself get trampled--"

"Hermione, will you give it a rest with the elf!" said Ron.

Sirius shook his head and said, "She's got the measure of Crouch better than you have, Ron. If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Harry Potter , Mr. Crouch , Winky
Page Number: 525
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"Crouch let his son off? I thought you had the measure of him, Hermione! Anything that threatened to tarnish his reputation had to go; he had dedicated his whole life to becoming Minister of Magic. You saw him dismiss a devoted house-elf because she associated him with the Dark Mark again--doesn't that tell you what he's like? Crouch's fatherly affection stretched just far enough to give his son a trial, and by all accounts, it wasn't much more than an excuse for Crouch to show how much he hated the boy...then he sent him straight to Azkaban."

Page Number: 528
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Sirius Black Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Sirius Black appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...so they can attend the Quidditch World Cup. Finally, Harry realizes whom he should ask: Sirius, his godfather who, until a few months ago, was locked away in the wizard prison... (full context)
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Because Harry was unable to clear Sirius of his crime, he couldn’t live with him this summer. However, Sirius's reputation as a... (full context)
Chapter Three
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Harry and Vernon argue for a minute and then Harry notes that he's writing to Sirius. Vernon's purple face gets blotchy and finally, he agrees that Harry can go. Brightly, Harry... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...length about his boss, Mr. Crouch, given the slightest opportunity. Ron begins to ask about Sirius but stops when he remembers that Ginny, who knows nothing about Sirius, is in the... (full context)
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...twins and Charlie discuss the World Cup. With everyone else occupied, Ron asks Harry about Sirius. Finally, Mrs. Weasley sends everyone to bed. (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...return with the help of his servant, Wormtail. He says he's expecting a letter from Sirius and feels very worried. Ron suggests a game of Quidditch and Harry jumps at the... (full context)
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...Weasley breaks it up by sending everyone upstairs to pack. Harry worries out loud about Sirius as he packs underwear and his new books into his trunk. Ron unwraps a parcel... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...or Ron can respond, Harry notices Hedwig at the window. She has a note from Sirius saying that he's coming north to be closer to Hogwarts, given the strange rumors he's... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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The next morning, Harry writes a short letter to Sirius insisting that it's unnecessary for him to return. He takes it to Hedwig in the... (full context)
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...but the argument dissolves when the post owls arrive. Hedwig brings Harry a letter from Sirius that says he's still coming back. (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...Harry angry, but Hermione tries to change the subject and insists that Harry write to Sirius. Though he doesn't want to, Harry finally agrees. (full context)
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...for Harry and tells him about their detention arrangements with Snape. The letter is from Sirius and asks Harry to be alone by the fireplace late one night in November. (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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Harry looks forward to seeing Sirius, especially given how horrible life is once Rita Skeeter's article runs. It's entirely about Harry... (full context)
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...adults leave the pub. Harry and Hermione discuss whether this will make Harry late for Sirius, but Harry assumes this is urgent. (full context)
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...in Gryffindor Tower five minutes before one. When he looks at the fire, he sees Sirius's face in it. While Sirius is interested in the dragons, he's more interested in warning... (full context)
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Harry asks why Karkaroff would want to kill him. Sirius mentions all the recent Death Eater activity and Bertha Jorkins, who disappeared near where Voldemort... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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The next morning, Harry tells Hermione about everything Sirius said. She believes that the dragons are the most pressing issue. They spend the day... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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On their way to the Owlery to send Sirius an update on Harry's performance, Harry and Hermione fill Ron in on Sirius's information about... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...letter to Harry and Harry reads it when they get back to the common room. Sirius reminds Harry that he can't get complacent and needs to stay out of trouble. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...more interested in why Mr. Crouch is pretending to be sick. That night, Harry sends Sirius a letter detailing this information. (full context)
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...the library for a week with no luck and Harry receives a short letter from Sirius, asking when the next Hogsmeade weekend is. Harry writes back immediately that it's two weeks... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...Hermione teases him and he stops. Early in March, Harry receives a short note from Sirius, asking him to bring food to the end of the road in Hogsmeade at two... (full context)
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...choose socks for Dobby and then walk to the edge of town, where they find Sirius waiting for them in his dog form. They follow him up the nearby mountain and... (full context)
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...suggests that Mr. Crouch is paying for firing Winky and though Ron rolls his eyes, Sirius is very interested to hear about Winky's activities during the World Cup that led to... (full context)
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Sirius says that Mr. Crouch's absences aren't normal and, when Harry asks, says that he knows... (full context)
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Sirius doesn't know if Barty Crouch was a Death Eater and when Hermione asks if Mr.... (full context)
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Hermione and Ron argue about whether or not they can trust Snape. Sirius says that he's unsure why Dumbledore trusts Snape, as all of Snape's friends at school... (full context)
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Sirius tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione to head back to school and in parting, tells them... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...the other elves bring tea. Ron asks for eclairs for himself and extra food for Sirius, and then Hermione asks where Winky is. Dobby points to the fireplace, where Winky is... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...Mr. Crouch attacked Krum or someone attacked both of them. They send a letter to Sirius and in the Owlery, Harry explains again what Mr. Crouch said. Ron is concerned that... (full context)
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The next morning, Harry receives a letter from Sirius reprimanding him for going into the forest with Krum and asking him to promise to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Harry tells Dumbledore about his dream and Dumbledore reveals that he's been communicating with Sirius and knows that Harry's scar hurt over the summer. Dumbledore explains that he believes that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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Harry shares everything with Ron, Hermione, and Sirius except for what he learned about Neville. Ron is incredulous that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Hermione... (full context)
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...out the window and notices Malfoy standing under a tree, seemingly speaking into his hand. Sirius sends letters daily and reminds Harry that he shouldn't worry about what's going on outside... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...Snape to fetch Madam Pomfrey and Fudge. He then leads Harry to his office. There, Sirius asks what happened. Harry tunes out while Dumbledore fills Sirius in, and Fawkes comes to... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore and Sirius everything without stopping. Dumbledore only stops Harry when Harry says that Voldemort used his blood... (full context)
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Dumbledore commends Harry for his bravery and then leads Harry and Sirius, in his dog form, to the hospital wing. They enter to find Mrs. Weasley, Bill,... (full context)
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...Madame Maxime and sends Madam Pomfrey to care for Winky. With them gone, he asks Sirius to take his human form. Mrs. Weasley screams, while Snape looks furious. Dumbledore sternly asks... (full context)