I don't know about you, but I was genuinely shocked when Sirius Black was killed and passed through that veil in the Department of Mysteries in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In two - or three, depending on how you want to count it- far too short books, I fell in love with Sirius' character.
He was the father Harry never had. While Molly and Arthur Weasley essentially helped raise Harry as much as anyone else, there was something about Sirius that started bridging the gap left behind by Harry's losses.
Any Harry Potter fan knows that J.K. Rowling has a talent for leaving subtle hints as to what's to come in the following chapters, but personally I was too lost in the story to pick up on them. Luckily, some lovely Internet folks have been able to pick out the lines in the book that might have warned me of Sirius' imminent demise. Check them out below:
The other’s hushed voices were giving Harry an odd feeling of foreboding; it was as though they had just entered the house of a dying man. (p.60, US)
The narrator is describing Harry entering Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, which was owned by Sirius. Little did he know, Sirius would die not long after.
“It’s a matter of time before Voldemort moves into the open; once he does, the whole Ministry’s going to be begging us to forgive them. And I’m not sure I’ll be accepting their apology.” - Sirius (Chapter 9)
Sirius wouldn't be there to accept their apology because he would be killed by Bellatrix Lestrange right before Voldemort's return had been publicized.
“This is how it is – this is why you’re not in the Order – you don’t understand – there are things worth dying for!” - Sirius to Fred and George (p.477, US)
Sirius always knew that being a member of the Order and fighting against Voldemort meant that he was risking his life. Of course, Fred and George would both join the Order later, and both would end up making sacrifices.
“Master will not come back from the Department of Mysteries!” he said gleefully. “Kreacher and his Mistress are alone again!” - Kreacher (P.741, US)
Sadly, Kreacher was right in making this statement.
“Harry had an unpleasant constricted sensation in his chest; he did not want to say goodbye to Sirius. He had a bad feeling about this parting; he didn’t know when they would next see each other.” (p.462, UK)
That ominous, foreboding feeling that Harry experienced was foreshadowing Sirius' future. The next time he saw Sirius would be the night he died.
The first night Harry spend at Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, 13 people sit down for dinner (technically Ginny is not sitting but she is in attendance of the dinner). Professor Trelawney said in Prisoner of Azkaban that if 13 people dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die. Sirius was the first to rise.
By the end of the book, we realized that the order in which the Marauders were listed on the Marauders' Map indicated the reverse order in which they would die. They were listed as: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, James was the first to die, followed by Sirius, Peter, and finally Remus.
Now that I whenever read the books, I'll be able to keep an eye out for some clues like this. Although, I know what's going to happen so it's not quite the same. In the meantime I'll keep working on Sirius' death.
Thanks to all of the eagle-eyed readers who were able to find these. If there's anything I missed, or if there's any foreshadowing from J.K. Rowling that you found, please feel free to let me know in the comments section!