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The Truth About Severus Snape by Ztarr The Truth About Severus Snape by Ztarr
I can't keep my love of Rowling's writing hidden anymore~! Snape has always been my favourite character, though I'd only seen the movies. I've now read only the last two books (ok, technically Jim Dale read them to me) and my favourite plot line in the series is Severus' story arc.


I found the story of this character in the HP series really heart breaking, much more than any other. From Harry's point of view, Severus is a untrustworthy, evil man out to get him. This couldn't be further from the truth. Snape is one of the characters who sacrifices the most to protect Harry.

Snape was the one who told Voldemort of the prophecy, which lead to the murder of the Potters, including the one person Snape ever loved, Lily Potter. It's Lily's death that causes him to defect from the Death Eaters, and from this point forward everything he does is to ensure the safety of the only thing she left behind, her son. It is this dedication, this constant focus on this one duty, which is so heartbreaking...while always carrying this pain of loving someone forever lost.

One of my favourite scenes is from The Half-Blood Prince, when Harry is chasing down Snape after seeing him kill Dumbledore. In anger, Harry attempts to call him a coward, but Snape interupts and yells with fury "Don't call me coward". It's not until you've finished the series that you realise why Snape takes such offense. Dumbledore was the one person who always had faith in Snape and trusted him, and he was forced to kill him, the only real friend he ever really had. He is also forced to pretend that he is still loyal to Voldemort, the one who killed Lily, and act as his right hand man. On top of all this, everytime Snape looks at Harry, he is reminded of James Potter, the man he hates and married Lily, because of the father/son resemblance. But then, (and this makes for the saddest death scene!) Severus can't help but be reminded of Lily, since the boy has his mother's eyes.

So ANYWAY~ this picture is of my favourite scene, where Severus reveals his patronus charm, and shows that, yes, after all these years, he still loves Lily: "Always."

I think I have my huge nerdy Snape rant out of me now, lol.
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ceruleetheblue Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's probably the most romantic thing I've ever seen in any story. Snape would do anything for Lily, even long after her death, because he loves her that much. So many FEELS.
 Cry forever 
ceruleetheblue Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg I looked at this drawing again and just noticed the tears in his eyes! just like in the book! 
kidallen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Took A Test.......My Patronum Is A Doe........:iconsadplz:
District12Survivor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww... I love your caption. It's so emotional, and so true. Plus, amazing artwork. Snape is the best.
SuperGamerGirl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Always... (sniff sniff) Waaaah! 
Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:squee: Snape is perhaps my favorite character, not just in Harry Potter, but in just about everything else I've read! Your huge nerdy Snape rant was absolutely perfect; couldn't have said it better. :3 I felt like out of all of the characters in Rowling's series, Snape had perhaps the most depth. There was so much to be unraveled about him as the series progressed... I can remember waiting in line at the book store at midnight to get my hands on a copy of Deathly Hallows, and having the most interesting conversation/debate with a few people around as to whether Snape was 'good' or not. It was fabulous getting to hear his full story, heart breaking as it was, and know that after all of this time (ehehe XD), despite the constant anger and bitterness Snape and Harry often shared toward each other, he was willing to sacrifice it all for Lily, and thus her son.

Spectacular artwork too, I might add. X3
KanoWakitashi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I love your art. It is fantasic.
deathlove919 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Snape is such a deep and soulful character, and he has such a deep heartbreaking story. I nearly cried at this heartbreaking moment in the book. Wonderful job, most people only add the "Always." part.
RindesayuAyame Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the depth in Snape, how there was more to him than there seemed to be. I like him very much as a character. Though a lot of people still dismiss that Snape was a total ass in personality, and that's why he lost Lily to begin with. I loved his depth though, because we could understand how he got in a lot of his positions he was in (abusive family growing up, the wrong crowd ect) and I think he was one of the best characters in the series. A lot of people say he was the 'real hero' in the series while some argue he was a minor part of the whole scheme. I definitely consider him a hero but no one really was 'the hero'. Harry Potter has a hero complex (not dissing hp I love hp xD), and for his actions is definitely a hero, but so many people played their part in this series, especially Severus Snape and I like it that way because I can love almost all the characters. I totally did cry at the Snape scene in the movie, and especially the Dobby scene.
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