Let me start by saying I never liked the Sirius of OotP. He was whiny, selfish, and morally flabby--not a person I would pick for a fifteen year old orphan's surrogate parent. But you've made his motivations and emotions believable and something i can empathize with. How did you do it?
"... back then she'd thought him the Most Exciting Person in the World because he had a motorbike; a flying motorbike (okay, it was hard to argue with that)."
First you showed how he treated his gangly niece (giving her a ride on his flying bike--perfect, and BTW, love that nick--Nym!) I imagined that in a better frame of mind, he would treat Harry the same way.
"... he'd gone a bit... stodgy over the years, without Padfoot and Prongs around to set him straight.... And it really hurt Sirius to see an old friend so demoralized he could discuss Snivelly confiscating the Map from Harry without even cracking a smile."
Then you showed that he worried about Remus, and cared for him, not just as a sidekick to laugh at his jokes, but as a man with a debilitating social handicap who just needed a little silliness and love in his life to make it bearable.
"She took to slipping him sweets from Honeydukes and loudly telling her sisters it was embarrassing enough to have a blood traitor in the family, could they please not remind the whole school by constantly hexing him in the halls."
You introduced a very aristocratic Andi Black Tonks into his life, and implied that she protected him from Bella and her Slytherin gang by having her secret boyfriend Ted hang around with him.
“But I also see a lot of loyalty and bravery here... yes, you're not the sort who saves his own neck first....“
And finally, you limned that priceless dialogue with the Sorting Hat. I almost cried at the little boy's demand that his brand new friend James be placed with him in Slytherin--so real, so touching.
Thanks so much for changing my mind. I might even weep a bit next time I come to the end of OotP.
Author's Response: Hi, Spiderwort! Oddly enough, I didn't much care for Sirius either the first time I read the books. I was so worried someone like Ron or Hermione was gonna die that when Sirius did I was thinking, "whatever, he's only been around for two books anyway." He really grew on me when I started reading fanfics though, and he's been my favorite character since I started writing about him. It's fun to try and get in his head!
Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the story so far, and thanks for reviewing!! :D
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