Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Sirius Black Character Analysis

Harry’s godfather and James Potter’s best friend. A member of a prominent Death Eater family, Sirius defected to the Order of the Phoenix and was disowned by all of his relatives – like Harry, he rejects his family’s bad values in order to become a better person. Since meeting Sirius in Prizoner of Azkaban, Harry has been bolstered by the presence of a paternal figure in his life. However, Sirius’s recent death at the end of Order of the Phoenix demonstrates that the authority figures in Harry’s life aren’t infallible, and can’t always stand between him and Voldemort.

Sirius Black Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 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 Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn Quotes

[Harry] could not quite keep a note of derision out of his voice; it was hard to sympathize with Slughorn’s cosseted existence when he remembered Sirius, crouching in a cave and living on rats. “Most of the teachers aren’t in it, and none of them has ever been killed – well, unless you count Quirrell, and he got what he deserved seeing as he was working with Voldemort.”

Page Number: 72
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His eyes burned suddenly and he blinked. He felt stupid for admitting it, but the fact that he had had someone outside Hogwarts who cared what happened to him, almost like a parent, had been one of the best things about discovering his godfather…and now the post owls would never bring him that comfort again…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Sirius Black
Page Number: 77
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Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas Quotes

“You are determined to hate him, Harry,” said Lupin with a faint smile. “And I understand; with James as your father, with Sirius as your godfather, you have inherited an old prejudice. By all means tell Dumbledore what you have told Arthur and me, but do not expect him to share your view of the matter…”

Page Number: 333
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Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb Quotes

…People who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from this nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really…the last and greatest of his protectors had died, and he was more alone than he had ever been before.

Page Number: 645
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Sirius Black Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Sirius Black appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One: The Other Minister
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...arrives completely flustered in the middle of the night to warn that a killer named Sirius Black has escaped from the wizards’ prison, Azkaban. He explains that Black is an accomplice... (full context)
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Trying to seem informed and in charge, the Prime Minister asks if Sirius Black is helping this dark wizard. Sheepishly, Fudge confesses that the Ministry was mistaken about... (full context)
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
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...drink theirs, the glasses begin tapping the sides of their heads. Briskly, Dumbledore announces that Sirius’s will has been discovered. He’s left everything to Harry, including his house in Grimmauld Place,... (full context)
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...a simple way to test Harry’s claim: with a flick of his wand, Dumbledore summons Sirius’s house-elf, Kreacher, who appears on the floor filthy and screeching his refusal to belong to... (full context)
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...Hogwarts, and Harry uncomfortably orders Kreacher away. Harry’s last new possession to dispose of is Sirius’s hippogriff, Buckbeak; as the animal is currently living quite happily with Hagrid, Harry and Dumbledore... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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...– especially given that last time he saw Dumbledore he was distraught and furious over Sirius’s death. Dumbledore grips Harry’s arm and Apparates away from the neighborhood to a dark and... (full context)
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...loyalty to the Order. Harry feels disdainful of Slughorn’s timidity – especially when contrasted to Sirius’s bravery and the hardship he himself endures – but he points out that most Hogwarts... (full context)
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First, the professor commends Harry on how he’s handling Sirius’s death. After hearing Uncle Vernon refer to this tragedy so callously, Harry doesn’t want to... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore that Sirius wouldn’t have wanted him to “crack up.” The best way to honor his godfather is... (full context)
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...so might entail confessing that he is “worried and frightened,” the professor points out that Sirius would not have wanted Harry to “shut himself away” from his friends. (full context)
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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...Dursleys. Harry notices Hermione scrutinizing him and knows she’s looking for signs of grief over Sirius. Harry tells them that he accompanied Dumbledore to persuade an old teacher to return to... (full context)
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...Ron says, Tonks seems increasingly depressed lately. Hermione thinks that she’s experiencing “survivor’s guilt” over Sirius’s death, to the point that she’s having trouble changing her appearance. This conversation is interrupted... (full context)
Chapter Eight: Snape Victorious
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...know how Harry broke his nose. He wonders if she really does blame herself for Sirius’s death, which is surely not her fault. (full context)
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...seems that his body is “generating waves of hatred.” He feels that Snape’s taunting of Sirius the previous year had caused his godfather to rush to the Ministry the night he... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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...tethered outside, sinks into a gentle bow. Harry pets him, thinking that he must miss Sirius. (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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...of an old suitcase. Quickly, Harry realizes that Mundungus is actually peddling stolen goods from Sirius’s house. Enraged, Harry pins the thief to the pub’s wall and interrogates him, but Mundungus... (full context)
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...Rosmerta, the pretty bartender, and Hermione jibes him, Harry drinks his butterbeer and reminisces about Sirius, who always hated his family’s pretentious possessions. Gloomily, they decide to cut the trip short.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unknowable Room
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...from anyone in the Order recently, but when Harry says he hasn’t gotten mail since Sirius dies her eyes fill with tears and she strides away. When Ron and Hermione return... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...at bay” and never “eradicated.” He thinks about all the people, from his parents to Sirius and Dumbledore, who were “determined to protect him” but inevitably died in his defense. It... (full context)