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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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TheSisters2 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:cries: I loved your huge nerdy Snape rant. Feel free to Snape rant anytime! :D You do him the justice he deserves! :love: Also, I'm in love with Snape and your picture!!!! :love: :heart:-Kay
Janaque Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
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.
JakTheFangedHyena Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're comment on the pic, the description, I love it.
TheDreamyDonno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
everytime i see something about harry hating snape in the books, since i'm only on page 501 of half-blood prince and will hopefully be done by tomorrow night or sunday mid-day, i sit there and think .... your a dumb ass harry potter ... at least at this point. xDD /pats invisible harry/ too bad he didn't know till after snape was killed. wonder how their relationship would have gone after that. o.o
thesuicidalflower Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Arrgh...*cries*. I really miss him.

Also, I think this was used as an icon for a song on a wizard rock band's MySpace (Ministry of Magic). Dunno if anyone's told you, just thought to let you know. :)

Makosharkman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
so Snaps sent that white Stag not Ron?
TheDreamyDonno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it was a doe and yes. stag's are male deer, while doe's are females. from the beginning, snape has done everything to protect harry and help guide him through his difficult tasks, which also includes putting the false sword of godric gryfindor in bellatrix lestrange's vault at gringotts. :3 if you haven't yet, i would suggest reading the books to get a better idea of everything, since the movies are always off by a lot but try to include as much important information into them. i'm not sure what happens in the deathly hallows book, but once i have finished reading half-blood prince by sunday, i will be eager to compare the movies with the book in my mind. xD
PPGsZandRRBsZForever Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Artist
I really love this masterpiece ... You got it perfectly.
When I was in the cinema, I began to mourn when I saw Snape die. And when Snape told Harry: "Look... at... me... You have your mother's eyes" I cried harder and accidentally exclaimed: "I love you, Severus!" Everyone looked at me, I heard someone said: "What's wrong with this crazy girl?" But I didn't care, because I said what really felt, feel and will feel forever. And I'll say it again: I love you, Severus!
TheDreamyDonno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i know what you mean! :O but what really got me was watching him memories and i am sure that when i start reading deathly hallows on monday, i'll cry through all the things i wanted to cry at during the movie. i <333 snape. and your not crazy! D< we just love snape, that's all. xD
PPGsZandRRBsZForever Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Artist
You're so right!!! I know you'll cry a lot, just like I did when I read Deahtly Hallows... And yeah, we love Severus Snape, and we'll do "Always"! <3333
Stereoheart4 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I just finished reading the seventh Harry Potter book... for the second time! It was even better than when I read it the first time! My favorite part of the book was when Harry saw Snape's memories. This is a really good drawing of Snape; every time I try and draw Snape's hair he looks like a girl!
DewWhisker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you took the words right out of my mouth. Severus's dedication really is touching. And horribly depressing. Sigh.
MrsVolterra Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is totally my favorite scene, too! It kills me that Harry, for almost the entire series, hates Snape, who is the one who ends up saving Harry countless times. EVERYONE pretty much hated him, because he was pretending to be a Death Eater. He was also a very hot man, and had a sexy voice.
And the picture... my favorite conversation in history. In the movie, I felt my heart break when he said, "Always." so sadly. This piece of art captures the escence of the significance of how Snape feels, and to the extent he went to to protect the (dead) woman he still loved. In the picture, you can see all the love and regret he had for Lily.
So, in short, thank you so much, Ztarr :)
BrOkEn2NiTe Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful portrayal :)
thecuttingroomfloor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
One of the most brilliant scenes in the entire series. Such a heart-wrencher. ;__; I've always loved you, Severus.
oOKermitTheFroggyOo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the line in the movie rather than his last words in the book. "Look... at... me..." Was less than magical... "You have your mother's eyes" made me break down and bawl... Severus... D'awww....
BayanBayan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
i adore SNAPE <3<3<3
i cried when he was dying, then he asked harry to look at him saying "you have your mothers eyes.." :'(
Animecrazedhorselovr Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I cried, for hours. Then I saw the last movie, and cried through the entire second half. I agree nothing in the entire series was even close to as heart-wrenching as Snape's story.
Colored-Ribbon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
It's so understandable to me that Snape would hate Harry. He was born the best torture device Hell could imagine for poor Sev, the eyes of the only woman he's ever loved in the body of his worst enemy. I bawled like a baby when it came to this scene in the movie.

I love this. Great job.
WiltedxBlackxRose Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Just seen the movie... The big screen did justice to this scene, I think. Severus' loyalty towards Lily is unbreakable, and heart-breaking. He truly was the good guy... I agree with your rant. o3o I love him, and really wished he hadn't have had to die as he did.
starlessnight41 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
he was talking about Harry when he said "always". it means he always cared for him!!!! ;)
iluvdeidara9975 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
after severus died and he gave harry his memory to put in the pensive i crid when i realized that he was the good guy and still loved lily SEVEROUS IS THE BEST CHRACTER EVER!
Aniuaui Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Snape too. <3 He was always misunderstood. the moment i found out about his past i fell head over heels for him !! <3
Blodiusha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this made me cry a lot ;___; just pure love
musicfreak55 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Jesus i KNOW ! :D I'm totally a lily-snape fan;
What really made me squeal like a little girl was when snape was killed and he told harry "look. .at . .me"
Just to see lily's eyes(: <3 ahh, so cute.
cocoawolf29 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the quote you put on the side... made me start crying. I love this chapter
Little-Lovely-Lynnea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011   Writer
I swear to God that I cried when I read that part of the book >.<
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Did you know this blog is using your art? The image links to this deviation so I realize it's likely that they asked you permission (or even that you're involved with it), but as far as I can tell they didn't otherwise credit you, and your artist comments say nothing about the blog, so I just thought I'd make sure you knew about it.

Aside from that, the picture is lovely. :dummy:
Jumpingbeans480 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
MY favorite and saddest scene, where Snape was dying and said to Harry, "Look at me."

I practically bawled.
CreativityBlossom Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soooooo pretty and the picture in itself is such an emotional piece, supported even more so by your interpretation and analysis of his actions
SincerelyGoodbye Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marr0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I love how I just read from what you've wrote about everything I felt about Snape.
changelingbychoice11 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
As many have said, I love your rant, and I love the composition. the way you made the words fade out added to it so much!!!
Katniss-HP-Twilight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
I cried so hard over Severus dieing...yah well, pretty much every character...but after i read the 7th book i went all "OMG i can't believe i cried over you Dumbledore, you manipulative bastard!" i loved your Snape rant. i never thought of it that way....
parsonsrawesome Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I figured out a while ago that Snape wanted Harry to look at him when he died because the last thing he wanted to see was Lily's eyes. Severus Snape is actually me 2nd favorite character in the Harry Potter series (my 1st is Dumbledore).
thestoryweaver Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I liked your rant ;) And I agree.
Elfeytha Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. And I love that scene. It made me cry to be honest. Severus wasn't all bad. He was young and stupid. And he was also in love.
jadee24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
YESS! I can't even tell you how much I love this! This is one of the greatest things I've seen in a while. ;DD
Great job!
shisuisen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
I like Severus too... even though he's usually mean and all that, I still find him as the most intriguing character of all
Annymosa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
*Squeels* That is my story in a nut shell. :'D I, too had loved Snape since I first met him in the first Hary Potter game as a little kiddie, when I still couldn't read properly. I knew he was the best one of them all..! :D Also, amazing work on the poster, it's going right in my downloads! For JK Rowling! For your epic skills! For SEVERUS SNAPE..! :D
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