Harry Potter Poster #62 FRAMED Sirius Black Gary Oldman


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Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Michael Goldenberg (making this the only film in the series not to be scripted by Steve Kloves) and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. The story follows Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts as the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and is followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Live-action filming took place in England and Scotland for exterior locations and Leavesden Film Studios in Watford for interior locations from February to November 2006, with a one-month break in June. Post-production on the film continued for several months afterwards to add in visual effects. The film’s budget was reportedly between £75 and 100 million ($150–200 million). Warner Bros. released the film in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2007 and in North America on 11 July, both in conventional and IMAX theatres; it is the first Potter film to be released in IMAX 3D.

Order of the Phoenix is acclaimed as “the best one yet” by Rowling, who has consistently offered praise for the film adaptations of her work.

Sirius Black, nicknamed Padfoot, is the last heir to the House of Black, a once notable pure-blood Wizarding family. He is the brother of Regulus Arcturus Black and a cousin of Bellatrix Lestrange. He rejected his family’s pure-blood elitism and reverence for the Dark Arts. In contrast to his home life, Sirius greatly enjoyed life at Hogwarts. He was proud of the fact that he was the only Black to be sorted into Gryffindor. He was inseparable from his best friend James ‘Prongs’ Potter and befriended Remus ‘Moony’ Lupin and Peter ‘Wormtail’ Pettigrew.

Sirius, along with James, bullied Severus Snape while they were at school, nicknaming him “Snivellus”. Sirius left home at the age of sixteen and took refuge with James and his parents. His outraged mother burned his name off the family tree, but he was left financially independent by his Uncle Alphard’s generous bequest (hence Alphard’s name was burnt off as well). After leaving school, he remained close friends with James and his wife, Lily, and was best man at their wedding. When Harry was born, the Potters named Sirius as his godfather.

When the Potters went into hiding from Voldemort, Sirius was going to be their Secret-Keeper. Sirius convinced James and Lily to switch Secret-Keepers at the last moment to Peter Pettigrew, believing that Voldemort would never think to hunt him and would attack Sirius instead. However, Pettigrew betrayed James and Lily, and they were murdered by Voldemort.

Harry survived and was rescued by Rubeus Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts. Sirius asked Hagrid to give Harry to him, since he was Harry’s godfather, but Hagrid, under Dumbledore’s orders, refused and instead took Harry to live with the Dursleys. Sirius gave Hagrid his flying motorbike, saying he wouldn’t need it. In his rage, Sirius tracked Pettigrew down and challenged him. During the confrontation Pettigrew faked his own death and killed twelve Muggles, framing Sirius for betraying the Potters and the murder of Pettigrew and the Muggles. Sirius was arrested and sent to Azkaban without trial by Bartemius Crouch Senior. Unlike most of the other Azkaban prisoners, Sirius was able to keep his sanity because he knew he was innocent.

Twelve years later in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius sees a picture of the Weasley family on the front cover of the Daily Prophet, in which a rat stands perched on Ron’s shoulder. The rat is Ron’s pet, Scabbers, and Sirius recognises Pettigrew in his Animagus form, seeing a toe was missing. This knowledge clears his mind and enables him to escape Azkaban He accomplishes this feat by transforming into his Animagus dog form. His severe weight loss from malnutrition and the Dementors’ lack of ability to differentiate between unsophisticated canine emotions and insanity allows him to slip through his cell bars. After his escape, Sirius takes refuge in and around Hogsmeade. Knowing that the Dementors are stationed around Hogsmeade and at Hogwarts, Sirius remains in his Animagus form during this time, and is able to enter the Hogwarts grounds without being detected by the Dementors. He makes several unsuccessful attempts to kill Pettigrew, until his presence is detected by the students and teachers of Hogwarts when he tries to enter Gryffindor Tower, and the school’s security is increased. Towards the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron, and Hermione confront Sirius, and Harry attempts to kill him. Lupin, however, who has learned that Sirius is innocent after seeing Pettigrew’s name on the Marauder’s Map, prevents Harry from doing so. Scabbers is unmasked as Pettigrew, and Harry begins to view Sirius as a surrogate father, with Sirius even offering to let Harry live with him. Events swiftly turn against him again – Pettigrew escapes and Sirius is captured by the Dementors at Hogwarts and sentenced to the “Dementor’s Kiss”. Harry and Hermione help him escape with Buckbeak, a hippogriff who had also been unjustly condemned.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sirius advises Harry on how to complete the Triwizard Tournament tasks, and provides background on Death Eaters.

Sirius’ name is a reference to the Dog Star, which is also called Sirius (his animagus form is a large black dog). It is the brightest star in the night sky.

Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, filmmaker and musician known for his “big” portrayals of often villainous characters. For his work in film and television, Oldman has won two BAFTA Awards and the Saturn Award, and received nominations for Academy-, Emmy- and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Palme d’Or. Highly regarded by critics, peers and audiences, he has acquired the label of the greatest actor never to win the Oscar.

Oldman rose to prominence in Britain with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and a football firm leader in The Firm (1989), before achieving international renown as an Irish American gangster in State of Grace (1990), Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991) and Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Oldman starred as antagonist Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional (1994), as well as the villains of motion pictures such as True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997), and The Contender (2000); he meanwhile gave an acclaimed reading of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994). In the 21st century, Oldman is known for his portrayals of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, James Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and human leader Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

In 2004, Oldman returned to prominence when he landed a significant role in the Harry Potter film series, playing Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius Black. Oldman and star Daniel Radcliffe reportedly became very close during the filming of the series.

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