"You’re a lot less like your father than I thought. The risk would have made it fun for James."
No but I think this is where we see a severe flaw in Sirius that people tend to overlook. Not a flaw like in the sense that Jo wrote him unsatisfactorily, but a flaw as a person. When Molly accused him of seeing Harry as James 2.0, as a second best friend, I honestly don’t think she was wrong. As much as Sirius tried to be a good parental figure for Harry, he really did try see him more as a second James, which isn’t actually good. Harry is Harry. He isn’t James, he isn’t Lily, he’s Harry. He’s his own person and it’s pretty shitty that he’s trying to make Harry feel bad for being himself.
That’s the only problem I had with Sirius’ portrayal in the movies. He actually was a very decent father/parental figure in the movies, particularly in the scene where he comforts Harry about his dream of being the snake. In the book, Sirius sort of just brushes him off and says that Harry just needs more sleep. And Harry’s left like, “Yeah, thanks for nothing.”
I’m definitely not saying that Sirius was a bad person, or a bad godfather, or that he didn’t care for Harry (god knows he does) but I just can’t keep from cringing whenever I read this line in the book because it’s so unfair towards Harry (who, at the time, was only trying to keep Sirius safe).
mhm sirius is one of, if not my first, favorite character in the hp universe but this scene in particular really upsets me both toward and for him, and the only time the movies come close to touching on this character flaw is when sirius shouts “nice one james” in the department of mysteries battle half a minute before he dies. imo a lot of his bigger problems regarding being godfather to harry arose due to his 12 year incarceration: most 30-somethings havent been stuck in prison for a third of their lives, they’re given the chance to grow up with the world, which results in sirius being 32-35, still immature and in book 5, struck with severe cabin fever. that’s not to mention the mental instability the black family is hinted at having, which, if there for sirius, couldn’t have helped his emotional and mental state.
he also didn’t really get the chance to mourn james, and for him to break out of prison, mentally traumatized and emotionally stunted, with little time to adjust to the time he’s lost, to see harry grown up and looking and acting so much like his late best friend, it’s sad, but i think realistic he’d project what he wanted to see in his godson. in his heart of course i believe he knew the difference between harry and james, but it’s moments like the above that remind me how disconnected sirius is with a world that’s no longer mourning james potter, because if he were more… there, maybe he wouldn’t have been so willing to use harry’s dead father against him in a dumb argument. like, yeah, harry’s trying to protect him by telling him not to come to hogsmeade because he might get captured, and he’s not wrong; it’s entirely possible sirius realizes harry’s right but just doesn’t want to admit it, so as one final barb in their discussion he throws that out there, and he KNOWS it’ll strike a chord, which just isn’t right or fair at all for harry.