In the fifth book, was it important to the plot for Sirius to die? Sirius became Harry's father figure and close friend in the third and fourth books. Was it a good idea for Rowling to kill his character in the third book? After all, Harry has suffered enough pain and turnmoil in his short life. Isn't he entitled to some happiness? Does anyone else think this was a gimmick to sell more books. (i.e. the rumor of someone will die in the fifth book) Or was it truly an important point in the plot.