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Why didn't Harry notice Lupin in the scrapbook?

He didn't pay much attention to the other people in the photographs The entire point of the photo album was so that Harry would have photos of his parents. While some of those photographs would ...
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Why was Sirius Black not expelled for trying to expose Snape to a werewolf?

They were trying to cover up the incident - expelling Sirius would have dragged it into the light. For all that Sirius was a bit of a white sheep he's still a member of the Blacks. They would want ...
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Why Did Gringotts Pay Out for Harry's Firebolt?

This is all purest speculation, but I am assuming that Gringott's doesn't impound an account just because the Ministry wants them to: Ministry Official: We'd like you to impound the account of a ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

I would say it is consistent with someone who hates so much his family and everything to do with them. There are many indications of this throughout the books, I gathered some of them here. Sirius ...
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What was Sirius Black's profession?

He lived off his inheritance for the three years before Azkaban, as he was too busy fighting with the Order. Sirius's Uncle Alphard left him a lot of money towards the end of his stay at Hogwarts. ...
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Why Did Lupin and Snape never spot Sirius in animal form during Prisoner of Azkaban?

There's probably a whole host of reasons: Harry is a particularly curious and observant student At this point he had already managed to retrieve the Philosopher's stone and get into the Chamber of ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter use the Room of Requirement to secure some means of contacting Sirius Black?

Harry simply wasn't thinking straight or logically. Harry was acting erratically and impulsively when he thought Sirius was in danger because of the visions the Dark Lord was giving him. He didn't see ...
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Why did Sirius try to use a knife against a rat?

Since he already had his wand back at this point, I don't think there is evidence supporting this premise. On the contrary, when Harry and friends meet Sirius in the Shrieking Shack, Sirius uses ...
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How was Sirius Black still a largely unknown Animagus at the time of Prisoner of Azkaban?

Because Lupin (and the Marauders) didn't tell anyone about Sirius being an Animagus Not even Dumbledore. “Last night Sirius told me all about how they became Animagi,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “An ...
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Why was Sirius Black able to ride Buckbeak?

It doesn’t seem to be a requirement to bow, just highly advised. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt writes that bowing to the Hippogriff shows good intentions, but he doesn’t say it’s an ...
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Why was Sirius Black not expelled for trying to expose Snape to a werewolf?

The PR problem As Arcanist Lupus pointed out, it might not have been a good thing for Hogwarts' image to host a werewolf. There were already a lot of complications to begin with, as Lupin explained. ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

I don't have any additional quotes to support this, other than those provided in elrond's answer, which I think go some way to explaining why he dislikes Kreacher specifically (because he is linked to ...
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Why did Sirius come to the Gryffindor room?

He was looking for Peter Pettigrew. Sirius's whole purpose in breaking out of Azkaban and coming to Hogwarts was to kill the traitor who'd caused the deaths of his friends and his own false ...
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How could they use the time turner to break Sirus out of Azkaban?

You're mis-understanding the situation. Sirius escapes from the Azkaban in the summer. At the end of the story Sirius is locked in Hogwarts, awaiting a Dementor to come and "kiss" him. So Harry ...
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Why Did Lupin and Snape never spot Sirius in animal form during Prisoner of Azkaban?

You use the beginning of this quote in your question: Harry saw something that distracted him completely , the silhouette of an enormous shaggy black dog, clearly imprinted against the sky, ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

There wasn't a shift in Sirius' attitude toward house-elves between the books. The only house-elf we see Sirius interact with on-screen (err...on-page) is Kreacher, which colors our perception of him. ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

Just wanted to add to the excellent answers already here... If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. This doesn't mean that he ...
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Why didn't Sirius remind Harry about the mirror when he used Umbridge's fireplace?

We can't really know why Sirius did not ask Harry why he was not using the mirror, but I can think of a few ideas: First, Sirius did not know that Harry had broken into Umbridge's office to contact ...
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Did Draco Malfoy know that he is related to Sirius Black?

I can't imagine he doesn't know, and he certainly knows after events in the fifth book. To all wizards, at least the pure-bloods (except oblivious Harry), it's well known that all pure-blood wizarding ...
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Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to the great hall?

Dumbledore didn’t know then Sirius was innocent. Before Lupin, Sirius, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discovered that Pettigrew was alive and disguised as Scabbers, and Dumbledore found out about that, ...
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Why did Sirius come to the Gryffindor room?

Sirius Black came to the Gryffindor Tower to kill Peter Pettigrew. Sirius had figured out that Ron Weasley's pet rat Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew hiding as his Animagus form. "You know, ...
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How come Sirius stayed alone during the fifth year?

Hermione makes exactly the same point (emphasis mine): "You belong at Hogwarts and Sirius knows it. Personally, I think he's being selfish." "That's a bit harsh, Hermione," said ...
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How long did Harry's belief that he would live with Sirius last?

We have a pretty good timeline of the night. I will attempt to map it with known times, and suspected times. 11:55 pm - Harry and Hermione go back in time exactly 3 hours. “I am going to lock ...
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Is there any (canon) evidence of Sirius Black being gay?

No Sirius liked women The teenage Sirius had plastered the walls with so many posters and pictures that little of the walls’ silvery-gray silk was visible. Harry could only assume that Sirius’s ...
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Why did Sirius get Harry an extra birthday present?

Out of Universe, the answer is obvious. In-universe, since Harry's parents were killed in the three months following Harry's first birthday, Harry really didn't get much use of it. Perhaps Sirius ...
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Why did Dumbledore let Sirius starve?

Note that the time frame between Sirius' escape and this meeting is very short. In that time, Sirius is still on the run from the entire ministry. The world cup taking place means a very large number ...
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Why did it take so long for Sirius to escape from Azkaban?

He escaped when he realised Harry might be in danger. As the comments point out, Sirius didn't really have a reason to escape before. All his friends were either dead or they believed him to be a ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter use the Room of Requirement to secure some means of contacting Sirius Black?

The Room of Requirement had already been found when the DA was discovered so it would either be locked, guarded or otherwise tampered with to prevent students from using it.
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Why didn't Sirius use polyjuice potion?

Difficulty The Polyjuice Potion, which is a complex and time-consuming concoction, is best left to highly skilled witches and wizards. —"Polyjuice Potion", Pottermore, by J.K. Rowling (...
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How was Sirius Black still a largely unknown Animagus at the time of Prisoner of Azkaban?

He was unregistered The Ministry doesn't know about every Animagus in Britain. Every Animagus is required by law to sign up to a public register declaring their existence as an Animagus, as well as ...
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