Hi. I joined this comm...I don't recall. My sleeping patterns are shot. I did post a fic, but if it's not cool, I'll take it down.
Honestly, when I first read about Sirius dying...(well, thanks to the trolls on the net, I got that bit spoiled for me) I was underwhelmed. Mostly because the book was a let down and terribly depressing all around. I hate to admit that I actually skipped a ton of pages and skipped a lot of that chapter. I re-read it and then I bawled.
Not only did she just destroy a character that had so much potential, it was just such a cop-out. When I told my friend about it, he made a comment that even Marvel wouldn't have offed a character in such a sudden and pathetic way without planning something spectacular to bring him back to make up for it. Not only was it not giving the character his due, but it was sloppy narrative, since what the hell was the point of bringing him in so late in the game and then killing him?
I understand that Harry has to be the archetype and go at his quest alone in order to regain maturity...but killing a potential father figure that had been brought in book 3 wasn't the way to go about it, narrative wise. Other heroes have done their growing up and still kept their father figures-Aragorn(Elrond) Taran Wanderer (Dallben) Arthur (Merlin) etc. A character doesn't necessarily have to have death in order to mature...and if it is a must...Cedric was the sacrifice for Harry to have that necessary step. More and it just starts looking like a bad Greek Tragedy. Or an anime.
(I have friends that are calling Harry Potter Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, since that character seems to be a grim reaper to everyone he comes across with...almost like what Harry is like now)
Before anyone thinks I'm knocking JKR, I'm not. I really do enjoy reading the HP books, but the way that she handled the Sirius thing wasn't cool. I really did like the character from the beginning, but at first he was like the cool uncle who dropped by to visit. Almost non-consequential. Then when the main characters (and don't kill me for this) really started to go south, him and Remus, the older Weasleys and Snape took the spotlight for me. They had developed much better than the main characters that we were supposed to be cheering for and that's kind of sad. Sirius became to me, the more tragic and interesting character. Even more so than Harry, who seemed to get more Emo than the Dashboard Confessional guy as time went on.
I know Harry is supposed to be an every man character...or is he? I'm not sure that JRK herself is sure of that. I know she has said he is supposed to be an ordinary boy, hence the common name and his background...but with more readings of the books, he seldom is that. And not just because his peers raise him up on a pedestal or anything. He is almost untouchable. He escapes everything and almost is like Han Solo in that he always lands on his feet despite set-backs. If he were ordinary, he would occasionally had major screw-ups. If he died, that theory would be cemented. A perfect hero is a dead hero.No nasty reality to live with...
Sirius seems to be the more reachable out of all the characters simply because he is the opposite of what Harry's character is. He is a tragic hero who fucks up. Who has made his mistakes and has paid probably a very heavy price. He has...sadly to say...even more narrative potential. In a way, he is like Mercutio-not sure what the hell he is doing, but more interesting in the long run-than Romeo ever was.
Sorry, those are my seven cents...hope they make sense somehow...