Sirius Black is definitely a fan favorite character from the Harry Potter series. He's not a character that got a lot of scenes in the movies and was only in three of the books. But, despite this, many fans loved the character for his complicated life story and his compelling personality. Many fans love the stories of the Marauders, and Sirius is definitely one of the most intriguing of the four of them. In the series, Sirius also offered a lot of wisdom and inspiration to Harry and to many readers.
10 “WE’VE ALL GOT BOTH LIGHT AND DARK INSIDE US. WHAT MATTER IS THE PART WE CHOOSE TO ACT ON. THAT’S WHO WE REALLY ARE.”
There are many good Sirius quotes that come from both the books and the movies. This is a movie quote that Sirius says in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius understands more than anyone how darkness can impact a person's life, but he was able to rise above the darkness he had to face and was still a good person. His wisdom here about making choices to do good is a good example of one of the main themes of the book.
9 “NO ONE WOULD HAVE MADE ME A PREFECT. I SPENT TOO MUCH TIME IN DETENTION WITH JAMES. LUPIN WAS THE GOOD BOY, HE GOT THE BADGE.”
One of the reasons that so many fans were drawn to the character is because he’s dynamic. He grew up in a family of dark wizard-sympathizers but was a good person. He also was blamed for a crime he didn’t commit and spent years in Azkaban.
So, when fans got a chance to see Sirius interact with Lupin in Order of the Phoenix and tell stories about the past, they were excited to learn more about him. While Sirius was never a rule follower, this is part of his appeal, too.
8 “WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER, WE’LL BE A PROPER FAMILY. YOU’LL SEE.”
This is another movie quote, but it’s similar in sentiment to what Sirius says in the book, too. Sirius says this line to Harry in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He promises Harry that once his name is cleared that Harry will be able to come and live with him. Of course, this sadly doesn’t work out. But it’s clear that Sirius is invested in his role as godfather and wants to make up for the years he was gone in Azkaban.
7 “MR. PADFOOT WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER HIS ASTONISHMENT THAT AN IDIOT LIKE THAT EVER BECAME A PROFESSOR.”
This might not exactly be an inspiring quote, but it definitely is a funny one. Sirius was a person who got up to a lot of trouble in his youth and had a rather biting sense of humor. This comes through in the Marauder’s Map.
It’s always fun for many fans to think about the dynamics between the Marauders during their time at Hogwarts. Sirius definitely had a lot of arrogance, but he was also invested in helping fight against Voldemort and dark wizards.
6 “WE ARE PART OF YOU. INVISIBLE TO ANYONE ELSE.”
This quote is an extremely heartbreaking one with a lot of meaning. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry uses the resurrection stone to bring back his parents, Lupin, Sirius, and more. He asks them if they will stay with him as he goes to face Voldemort. James Potter tells him that they will. Then, Harry asks if the others will be able to see them which is when Sirius says this line. This line is beautiful because it illustrates how the dead people who Harry lost are always with him.
5 “THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! DIED, RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS.”
Sirius in many ways exemplifies a lot of Gryffindor traits. Loyalty and bravery, as well as quite a bit of recklessness, are the traits that he values most. He was blamed for betraying his friends and leading to their murders, but he never would have done anything like that.
He is extremely offended when Peter Pettigrew tries to explain that he couldn’t resist Voldemort because he would have been killed. Sirius is definitely the type of person who would die for his friends.
4 “YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND — THERE ARE THINGS WORTH DYING FOR!”
Sirius definitely is a character that has a passionate side, and he can be pretty intense. He says this line in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry says this to Fred after Arthur nearly dies protesting the item in the Department of Mysteries.
While Sirius might be harsh in how he delivers this line, there is a lot of wisdom in it. Sirius is definitely someone who understands that some things are worth putting your life on the line for.
3 “YOU ARE — TRULY YOUR FATHER’S SON, HARRY.”
When Harry meets Sirius in Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s at a time in his life where he clearly needs parental figures. When he gets Sirius as a godfather, it’s a direct link to his parents that he never had before. This is why when Sirius tells him this at the end of that book, it's so important to Harry. Harry definitely needed that assurance and to feel close to his father.
2 “THE WORLD ISN’T SPLIT INTO GOOD PEOPLE AND DEATH EATERS.”
This line might be one of the wisest that Sirius says in the entire series. He says this to Harry when Harry is talking to him about how Umbridge is. This is a very insightful line as it explains that most people don’t fall into the category of complete evil. People can be more complex than that, and there are many people that do bad things who you might not realize would do so.
1 “IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT A MAN’S LIKE, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT HOW HE TREATS HIS INFERIORS, NOT HIS EQUALS.”
This quote is another wise and inspiring one that Sirius offers. He says this line to the trio in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when talking about how Barty Crouch treats his house-elf, Winky. This line has a lot of overall applications. It’s very telling how someone treats people that have less privilege in them in society as this says a lot more about their true characters.