Case Studies in the Art of Prince Charming: B

SIRIUS BLACK

Sirius Black a la shoeboxproject.livejournal.com

Sirius Black a la shoeboxproject.livejournal.com

I know what you’re saying. “Meli,” you mumble, “how is Sirius Black a Prince Charming? He had no princess to catch!”

Well. Maybe you’re right. Maybe not.

Sirius was a tall, slender, roguishly handsome aristocrat with an air of casual elegance and a grin to leave them all begging for more. The effortless charmer, he left women waiting in the wings to have him on their dance card. The Black family had prestige and Sirius came from a long line of enviable beauty. But he was also really hairy, needed a bath, and could have probably use a proper groom, too.

You know. Because he was also a dog.

"Ahrrooooo!" alicia-logic.com

“Ahrrooooo!” alicia-logic.com

Series/Book/Movie: Harry Potter. But also the Shoebox Project, if you’re so inclined.

Who He Loved: The Potters (James, Lily, and Harry) and Remus Lupin. More so the last, if you are SBP inclined.

I’ll put it to you this way: if Sirius had gained a romantic interest, he’d have set a whole new standard for Prince Charming. Any well-written fan fic him will confirm as much. And that counts for something. His devotion to the Potters was absolutely heart-wrenching. “I did my waiting. Twelve years of it!” We know. His love for the Marauders? Even better.

Just think about it. He illegally learned how to turn himself into a dog so that Remus wouldn’t feel so bad about that whole werewolf situation. Fourteen years passed and he never stopped missing James. He spent his entire time in Azkaban plotting out revenge for the murders of James and Lily. Who does that?!

Sirius was raised in opulence and, as the heir to the Black fortune, could have easily turned his back to the light to stay in his family’s wicked graces. But Sirius was blessed with an insanely strong sense of self and, despite being impulsive and passionate, allowed his pure soul to shine through. He was willing to die for the people he loved, without hesitation. If his entire life and journey had to be simplified into something more bite sized, I suppose you could say he overcame his evil roots to build, and support, his want to make the world a better place to live for the people he loved.

And that makes a fantastic Prince Charming.

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16 thoughts on “Case Studies in the Art of Prince Charming: B

  1. Great ‘B’, by the way! :-D I do like me my Sirius Black, that’s for sure. He had a lot going for him, plus, he was dead sexy. Oh, wait …. But, yes, he was the epitome of loyalty, love, friendship, and a protective nature. All those things that make for the best companions, however many feet they happen to have at the moment. :-) Thank you for this post!

  2. I was such a Sirius fan in the books, in my mind (prior to Gary Oldman being cast…) he was a total hottie, dog-smell and fleas be damned. I still prefer to think of him in the bookiverse, not so much in the weird-shouty way Gary portrayed him :S He’s definitely a mega Prince Charming, great choice!!

    • To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if most fans I know based their love of Sirius on headcanon alone. He’s portrayed so differently in the novels, but it really was fandom work like Shoebox Project that made him magnificent.

      You can do a Gary scrub if you need to! I loved him, but his Sirius was different from my Sirius.

  3. Excellent choice for your A to Z theme! I like that you have chosen unconventional characters for the role of Prince Charming. We need more emphasis placed on characters that aren’t motivated by money, status, or power, but instead choose love, friendship and unwavering loyalty, even at the risk of death. Sirius is one of my favorites.

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