Love Lives On: More about Lily and Snape

Published January 23, 2014 by A. Featherquill

As promised, this month will be devoted on Lily and Snape’s relationship – how Snape created love out of the pain of Lily’s death, how the two friends became united in spirit in their protection of Harry, how Lily lives on through Snape’s patronus.

This being the 3rd week of the month, I will feature the stuff I have found on the internet that echo the message of my 1st week post. Here are the things I found:

1. Snape and Lily, Mirror of Erised

snape lily mirror

I got this image from falaciaintencional.tumblr.com. This fan art displays my idea that, had Snape looked at the Mirror of Erised, he must have seen Lily.

2. The Silver Doe and the Eye of Snape

This one is an article I found in mugglenet. It was an original editorial by Daniela Teo. It explains the role of Snape’s Silver Doe in establishing understanding between Harry and Snape, how it brings Lily and James together, and how this event exposes subtly the soul of the Half-Blood Prince/Potions Master. Also, it tries to view events in the series through the eyes of Severus.
Here’s my favorite quote from the essay:
On the other hand, by sending the silver doe to the producer of the stag Patronus, the boy who looks just like his father, Snape also sent Lily back to James, and the doe to its true half. It must have been the last thing Snape wanted to do, to show his image of Lily to the image of James, and old possessive memories must have risen up in him as well. But to temper that idea, there was also the reality of a meeting soul-to-soul between Harry and Snape. This meeting had started much earlier, during Occlumency lessons, when student and teacher had glimpses of each other’s most private and painful memories. In the forest, upon sending the silver doe Patronus, Snape realized he was baring his heart to Harry, even though he stayed well hidden.
I got this from the tumblr site entitled Whispers in the Static. I think the user is named Nathaniel Emmett. This fan art depicts Snape in the middle of a dark forest with only the Silver Doe for company. It demonstrates the loneliness and pain that Severus must have experienced in his life and how Lily serves as the symbol of hope that pushes Snape to go on, to be brave, and to stay true to his new commitment to serve the good.
snape and his patronus

4. Aspenlinmer’s blog

I already cited Aspen’s blog in my earlier post. But his entire site is a goldmine of information about Severus Snape that I still decided to feature it here. His essays really reach the depths of and dissect the complexity of Snape’s character.
penance paid

I found this artwork by Lazeros on deviantart. For me, this piece captures the ending of my 1st week post: “Finally, the two friends who have drifted apart once more become together in spirit.”

The artist expressed the desire to make the artwork better. Whether or not the revised artwork happens (or has happened), this one is already meaningful. Kudos to the artist!

Stay Magical,
A. Featherquill
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10 comments on “Love Lives On: More about Lily and Snape

  • Awesome resources! I especially liked what you copied from mugglenet concerning how the Severus casting the doe patronus was sending Lily back to James and connecting Harry and Snape. That is really powerful!

    Snape is such a complex character. It is so interesting to me how much strength he had to endure hardships, look past his failures, and Love even when that love isn’t joyful or easy.

    ~Aspen

    • I really like that essay from mugglenet. The author added more meaning to the silver doe. I felt you would, too! Happy to know you liked it.

      Yes, he’s so complex. There are many more things we can discover for sure. Meaning: more interesting posts, more interesting reads, more interesting conversations! 🙂

      • That’s for sure. I love reading what others write about the Harry Potter books becuase there are always new ways to unravel the story. I love to see the metaphors and details people find that I didn’t know/catch. Like this one…

        The first time Snape speaks to Harry, he says, “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”.

        “During the Victorian era, each flower type had a specific meaning when a flower was given. Asphodel is a member of the lily family and to give some an asphodel meant “My regrets will follow you to the grave”. Wormwood meant “absence; bitter sorrow”. Thus, Rowling was actually having Snape say to Harry “I bitterly regret Lily’s death.”

        It was posted by “reread pages” (http://rereadpages.com/2014/01/22/j-k-rowling-is-awesome/)

        I thought that was pretty interesting. 🙂

        ~Aspen

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