lily's patronus

  • So the patronus isn’t straight up taught in Hogwarts, as a wise professor once said, it’s a ‘highly advanced spell, well beyond O.W.L level’
  • But you know, this is the marauders, the rebellious little nerds that we all know and love.
  • So James got hold of a book from  the library one day about how to do the patronus and it seemed very cool. Not the whole fighting dementors part, but the distant and simple communication? priceless for a marauder.
  • And so they all stayed up one night trying to learn how to do it.
  • Sirius was actually the first to successfully do the spell. He had spent the last hour lavishly flinging his wand in the air shouting ‘Expecto Patronum!’ to no avail. Them Remus told him he should try to think of a happier memory.
  • He thought of the first time he had called Euphemia Potter ‘mum’. It had been an accident and had really just slipped out. He had been so embarrassed. But none of the Potter’s seemed to have noticed. A few moments later James had turned over to Sirius and said.’Could you pass your brother the salt then?’
  • And Sirius had never felt more part of a family in his life.
  • He was so engrossed in the memory he didn’t even notice the frantic black dog shoot out to his wand and knock Peter onto his backside.
  • Peter was next, he was thinking of the moment when some of the Slytherins had been bullying him earlier one day in first year and he had been crying down by the lake all afternoon, only to have Remus come up and sit behind him, rubbing his back and comforting him. Then Sirius and James had pushed the Slytherins into the Black lake right in front of him. How they had laughed. Real friends.
  • The small rat that scurried out of Peter’s wand that night was the first and last one Peter could ever produce. This was 6th year and soon the war became to much for the young boy.
  • Standing next to a struggling James, Remus was viciously whispering and flicking his wrists over and over again. ‘Expecto Patronum. Expecto Patronum. Expecto f’fucks sake. This is hopeless.’
  • ‘You can do it Moony.’ Sirius smiled.
  • Remus thought about the first time he had kissed the stupid black haired Gryffindor in front of him. Sirius had been stealing something out of one of the cupboards along the school corridors when Remus had caught him on prefect rounds.
  • Looking back on it Remus couldn’t help but laugh at how unsubtle Sirius had been about the whole thing. ‘Oh, we seem to have bumped into each other Moons’ ‘What a coincidence.’ Remus of course had just assumed Sirius was trying to tease him into giving him detention, something Remus would never do, and had ended up getting pretty annoyed and flustered about being this close to Sirius in a small space and omg he could feel the heat of his skin and ah this was too much and he couldn’t stop talking.
  • Until Sirius closed that little gap between them to shut him up.
  • And Remus had never been happier. And he had never looked back.
  • And then a large animal came running out of the end of his wand, and Remus thought to himself.
  • ‘It’s a dog! Sirius and I have the same Patronus!’
  • Only Remus’ was much bigger than Sirius’ dog… and it’s tail was bushier.. and did it just howl?
  • No. This wasn’t fair. Not this. That wasn’t how this was supposed t be. It was meant to be a happy memory. This wasn’t fair, after all this time, the one thing he thought he could share with his boyfriend.. and this was what he gets… another reminder about how imperfect and unworthy and unwanted…
  • And then there was Sirius standing next to him, sliding his arm around his back and kissing him gently on the cheek.
  • ‘I love it.’ He whispered.
  • ‘ ‘s not fair.’ Remus mumbled.
  • ‘Remus look.’ Sirius replied. ‘it’s not that. It’s a wolf. A normal wolf. A loyal and pack having, friendly wolf.’
  • And Sirius was grinning.
  • But Remus just shrugged.
  • James was having the most trouble of them all.
  • Something was wrong, he just couldn’t seem to do it. He kept thinking of happy memories, first time he rode a broom, first time Sirius came to stay, first time he transformed into a stag.
  • And still nothing.
  • Tiny wisps of silver.
  • And then nothing.
  • ‘It’s fine James, we already know what it’s going to be.’
  • ‘I know,’ James replied through gritted teeth. ‘I just want to see it.’
  • And he was so fustrated.
  • And making a crap load of noise about it too.
  • So much noise in fact, that he started to wake the other residents of the Gryffindor tower up from their slumber.
  • And so a very grumpy and tired Lily Evans came storming down the staircase.
  • ‘What in Merlin’s name are you twats doing now!’
  • ‘Ah Evans.’ Sirius grinned. ‘care to join us?’
  • ‘It’s three in the fucking morning Black! I’m supposed to be sleeping, except someone has been screaming for the past half hour about how hard this is and he trying but it’s not working, and I can’t tell if James is finally losing his virginity or doing his homework for once, but what I do know is that it’s stopping me from being able to enjoy the few hours of the day that I don’t have to be around you lot.’
  • A rather deeply embarrassed James pushed past a bent-over-with-laughter Sirius.
  • ‘Actually Lily,’ he said, trying to act suave and like he hand’t just heard the last bit. ‘We are trying to do the patronus charm.’
  • This had peaked Lily’s interest, and although she knew better, she asked. ‘Really? The patronus charm? Wow. A proper one?’
  • ‘Yepp.’ peter chimed in. ‘And we’ve all been able to do it, except for James.’
  • Lily cocked her eyebrow.
  • ‘Oh.’ She smiled. ‘Let me try then.’
  • James, not wanting to be shown up any more by the fiery red head who was hopelessly in love with, quickly butted in. ‘No no. I mean, you can try.. but its really hard and took everyone ages to master and you’ll be up all night trying and-’
  • ‘Potter.’ She replied sternly.
  • It only took her three attempts.
  • And there it was.
  • A beautiful silver shimmering doe burst through the tip of her wand and gracefully ran across the common room, galloping past it occupants before turning and vanishing as Lily dropped her arm. She grinned.
  • ‘See? Not so hard then.’
  • James just stared. Open mouthed. Like the rest of the marauders. Dumb-founded in total and complete shock, until Lily just gave up on them and went back off to bed.
  • James didn’t have any trouble producing a Patronus after that.
Things pointed out to me about Harry Potter

* when Harry sees his parents in the Mirror of Erised, his parents look older then they should. Both Lily and James were 19 when they died. But what if they didn’t die? They would be in their early thirties when Harry goes off to Hogwarts. So he’s picturing them as old as they would be if were alive

* Peter Pettigrew spent the most time with Harry out of all the Marauders. James just had over a year with his son before he died, Remus had the few times he saw Harry before James and Lily were murdered, plus the small amount of time during holidays during 5th year, and Bill’s wedding, Sirius got less time. He got almost the same as Remus but died at the end of Harry’s 5th year. Peter FUCKING Pettigrew spent nearly three years as a rat with Ron and Harry!

* The Dursleys get a lot of shit for how they treated Harry. But think about it. Harry is a Horcrux, a part of Vodlemort’s soul is inside of him! We know how being around a Horcrux can effect how a person acts. The Dursleys had to live with it for ten years.

* Why did the Demeanors attack Harry during the Quidittch match? Again, the Horcrux. Harry had a piece of another fucking soul inside of him! Of course that would draw them in!

* Remus is born March 1960, the same month as a lunar eclipse. His name means Werewolf McWerewolf, his mother’s main name is Howell, the werewolf that bit him was names after the Norse wolf God, his patronus is a wolf, boggart a full moon. Can you imagine all the werewolf related puns the Maruaders would have made because of it?!

* Neville is amazing. He’s an introvert but still a Gryffindor. In my eyes, he’s one of the bravest Gryffindors. His boggart is Snape. Let that sink in for a moment. His worst fear is a Professor he has to deal with on a daily basis! But still, he does it anyway. 

* the difference between James and Severus’s feeling for Lily are simply explained by their Patronus. Soulmates Patronuses are said to mirror each other. James is a stag. Severus is a doe, like Lily’s. James= true love. Severus= obsession.

  • *At the Christmas Party at the Potters*
  • Albus: How come your Dad is such a skilled wizard, I mean, he was always second after my aunt, he mastered Occlumency and he has no problem with non-verbal spells at all, so how come he can't cast a Patronus?
  • Scorpius: (surprised) Who said he can't?
  • Hermoine: (joining the conversation) So he can? What's his Patronus?
  • Scorpius: Ah, actually it's quite astonishing. When I was younger, he let me ride it sometimes. It's ...
  • (Draco rushes over and places his palm over Scorpius' mouth)
  • Draco: Scorpius! I explicitly told you not to tell anyone! Remember the fuss your mother used to make, whenever she saw it?
  • (Hermione whispers in Scorpius' ear, who nods, his father's hand still on his mouth, Draco sighs and releases him)
  • Hermione: No way! I want to see it!
  • Ginny: What is it? (Hermione whispers in Ginny's ear) Really?? I have to see it! Please Draco, please!
  • Draco: (to Scorpius) See son, the damage is already done!
  • Ron: Oh come on Malfoy! Don't be a git, show us your bloody Patronus.
  • Harry: I doubt anyone will be scared by your dragon or whatsoever.
  • (Draco swings his wand lightly and out of its tip bursts an almost blinding, dazzling silver unicorn)
  • Hermione, Ginny, Rose, and Lily: (synchronously) It's so beautiful!

Happy memories?

  • Hermione Granger- Otter
  • Harry Potter- Stag
  • James Potter- Stag
  • Ginny Weasley- Horse
  • Severus Snape- Doe
  • Lily Evans- Doe
  • Luna Lovegood- Hare
  • Ron Weasley- Jack Russell Terrier
  • Minerva Mcgonagall - Cat
  • Dolores Umbridge- Cat
  • Nymphadora Tonks- Wolf
  • Remus Lupin- Wolf


A Christmas commission for a client. Whilst i like aspects of this a lot, he wanted a screen-shot replica scene from the prisoner of azkaban with snape instead of Harry. I dont think it came out too badly, but i would have preferred a more dynamic pose/setting for a similar image. Still! the client loved it and thats the best reaction 

Happy New Year everyone!

A Study On Patronuses

Ok so I’ve seen a lot of posts lately about James Potter’s patronus vs Snape’s patronus. People have been talking about how since James’s is a stag, he complements Lily, and it means he loves her, while Snape’s doe shows his obsession with her. (Obviously since Lily’s patronus is a doe) And there’s been talk about how “love is different than obsession and this is why Snape didn’t *really* love her, and that’s why she would always have chosen James blah blah.”

I’m not arguing the fact that she would’ve always chosen James. James and Lily have complementary patronuses. Lily is a doe, and James is a stag. Their patronuses were not influenced by each other, but they are a pair because they themselves fit as a pair. Their personalities and experiences make them alike and compatible.

But Snape having the same patronus as Lily doesn’t make him obsessed with her.

Expecto Patronum literally translates to “I await a guardian.”

A patronus takes the form of an animal, and the charm becomes semi-sentient, seemingly with a mind of its own.

The Patronus is a protector against dementors, which take good memories and leave only bad ones.

What form a person’s patronus takes is dependent on their personality, their experiences, and their good and bad memories.


Throughout his years at Hogwarts, Harry uses the idea of his father as a shield and almost like a security blanket. He decides to die on his feet, *like his father.*

He plays Quidditch, *like his father.*

He looks like his father. He “struts” like his father.

The idea of his father as a hero he can emulate gives him strength.

And Harry is very like his father. But he is also an individual, with a very different personality, and very different experiences.

Harry’s patronus isn’t a stag.

Harry’s patronus is his father.

His father is the guardian that he holds and the ideal and role model that he expects to see him through dark times.

When saving Sirius from the dementor’s kiss, his intention is to protect an innocent man, and his godfather, but more importantly his dad’s best friend. He draws on James and what he knows of him, and his patronus takes the form of a stag…

Not because he’s so like his father that they have the same patronus, but because James is Harry’s patronus.

That established, Snape’s patronus is a doe for similar reasons. Snape loved Lily. He was influenced by her. She was his happy memory. In dark times, Snape held on to the thought of Lily, as is apparent from his years of bitterness risking his life and protecting her son.

When Snape casts a patronus in the astronomy tower, Dumbledore asks, “Lily? After all this time?”

Snape’s patronus isn’t a doe because he’s obsessed with Lily.

His patronus *is* Lily. Lily is his unwitting guardian against the dark, just as James is for Harry.

Snape’s patronus may take the form of a doe, just as Harry’s patronus takes the form of a stag, but their patronuses are Lily and James.

And I don’t mean that the souls of Lily and James are chilling out around town to pop up and save Snape and Harry from dementors when the need arises, but the essence of Lily and James, the memory of them, the idea of them, the comfort they bring, are the patronuses. Snape’s patronus looks like a doe because Lily’s patronus is a doe and Snape’s patronus is Lily redeeming him. Harry’s patronus looks like a stag because James’s patronus was a stag and Harry’s patronus is his father protecting him.

Snape’s patronus being a doe doesn’t mean he’s obsessed with her. He loves her. His patronus is a doe because he sees Lily as his protector and his guardian, as he did in school, and as he “always” will.

These have been my feelings. Thank you very much.

Originally posted by jecamartinez

Originally posted by theglass-ballerina

alltimeisnaptime  asked:

I've lost this really awesome fic, it was a one shot (I think) but inside it was divided into 3 parts, and it started at the beginning of 7th year and Lily saw James in his animagus form and her had three scars from Remus, in the middle she gets drunk and tells him about seeing the deer, and in the end she walks into the head's office and sees him shirtless and sees the scars and puts it together and then they kiss. Thank you!

Found it!

Title: Deer James
Author: Doodleflip 
Rating: K+
Genre(s): Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 9,603
Summary: Did this for a Lily/James Valentine’s exchange and it ended up a lot longer than I intended! The story of how Lily’s patronus ended up as that particular form…

1040. Snape actually had a crush on James not Lily. His patronus was a doe to compliment James' not to match Lily’s. He hated Harry because he looked so much like the love he killed.
Patronus part 2

Ok, on the topic of Snape’s patronus…

Originally posted by hogwartsisthebest

If we accept that:

  1. Lily’s patronus was a doe
  2. Lily used her patronus to communicate with other Order members so her friends knew her patronus’ form
  3. Snape’s patronus had transformed into being an emulation of Lily’s doe - at least by the time that Harry went to school

…then my FAVOURITE part of the Harry Potter series is this comment from Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix:

“You see, when you gave Professor Snape that cryptic warning, he realized that you had had a vision of Sirius trapped in the bowels of the Department of Mysteries. He, like you, attempted to contact Sirius at once. I should explain that members of the Order of the Phoenix have more reliable methods of communicating than the fire in Dolores Umbridge’s office. Professor Snape found that Sirius was alive and safe in Grimmauld Place.”

…because all I can imagine is Sirius’ face when Lily’s doe bounds into Grimmauld Place…

Originally posted by anno-m

Lily’s doe.  

She’s been dead for over a decade, and yet her doe is standing before him.

And if that wasn’t a shock enough, then suddenly, Snape’s silky voice asks, “Are you safely at Grimmauld Place, Black?”

expecto patronum

Harry’s relationship with Remus as seen by James and Lily

Lily: All these dementors are Sirius’ fault, if you think about it.

James: But if you really think about it we can go as far as it being originally Wormtail’s fault. Do you wanna go there Evans? Because I’ll defend Padfoot until you give up.

Lily: No, definitely not. Why do you think Harry reacts worse than others do though? 

James: I am not as good as Moony at these subjects. But come at me with transfiguration questions and I will blow your mind.

Lily: *smiles* I know you can. I am scared that next time Dumbledore won’t be around when the Dementors attack. He could have died when he fell off of his broom.

James: I know but he’s too young to learn how to conjure a Patronus and they don’t teach that in Hogwarts, it’s too advanced.

*After the Quidditch match, Harry stays back to talk to Remus after one of his classes. Remus explains why he is affected more than the others, Lily is devastated.*

Lily: He’s right you know, the other students, none of them have been through as much as Harry has.

James: I told you Moony was better at this and it makes sense. *pauses a little* They are talking about Padfoot, why is Moony holding back? Come on mate, you can tell him now. Tell him you knew us.

Lily: Remus is his teacher at the moment and he probably doesn’t want Harry to know he knew Sirius, too. You can’t blame him.

James: He doesn’t have to tell about Padfoot, he can just tell him a little bit about us. Besides why is he lying saying he can’t teach him how to conjure a Patronus? Merlin, why is he pushing Harry away? To drive me insane? I mean I know it’s hard but Moony is one hell of a teacher and I’m sure Harry is one hell of a student. The genius and the idiot in him are at war.

Lily: You know Remus, he’s always distant when he’s scared.

James: What’s there to be scared of Lils? He’s our son.

Lily: Precisely. He wants to be his Uncle Moony not his teacher Lupin but he shouldn’t cross that line to protect Harry. For the time being that is.

James: I love and hate it when your logic is perfectly right.

*Harry gets hold of the Marauder’s Map thanks to Fred and George.*

James: *shouting* Lily do you seE THAT? THAT’S OUR MAP! IN THE HANDS OF MY BOY.

Lily: *a little less excited* Like he wasn’t in enough trouble.

James: No, you don’t get it. This map means that he’ll be in less trouble because he can get away from it faster.

Lily: Perspective. You and I have a very different idea of staying out of trouble.

James: God bless those red heads, I thought the map was lost for good. There’s some serious work in that map. We put our heart and soul into it.

Lily: All that talent and brains you guys had, well not Peter but that’s besides the point, and you made this map and became animagi.

James: Furry little problem forced us all, we would have never misbehaved if it wasn’t to help Moony.

Lily: Oh, bite me.

James: *grins* Gladly. 

*Harry goes to Hogsmeade and meets with Ron and Hermione. They follow Madame Rosmerta, McGonagall, Hagrid, Flitwick and Fudge to learn more about Sirius, he listens to them to learn that it was Sirius who gave away James and Lily’s whereabouts to Voldemort and that Sirius was his godfather*

Lily: This is not going to end well.

James: What the fuck? This is not a matter to talk about in public. McGonagall, I’m so disappointed in you, you were a smart woman.

Lily: Are you still happy about Harry having the map and the Invisibility Cloak? He wants to kill your best friend.

James: No, I’m NOT. *realises what he just said* I mean yes I am happy, this is just one problem.

Lily: James are you hearing yourself? He wants to kill Sirius.

James: Yes, I am. He will not kill Padfoot, he’ll learn the truth, I know it. I trust Padfoot on this.

Lily: How exactly do you think Sirius will get the time to explain? Do you expect them to have tea before Harry strangles Sirius?

James: That’s where I expect Moony to interfere and solve this mess once and for all. He’s pretty smart, he’ll figure it out once Pads explains it to him.

Lily: I love how you are always trusting and hopeful, I really do admire that about you.

James: That’s how I hold on Lils or else I will break down.

*Harry is extremely mad about all the things he heard. He starts his private lessons with Remus, of course Lily and James are watching*

Lily: Come on baby you can do this.

James: He has our combined talent, of course he can.

*Harry tries and fails, he thinks about the first time he rode a broomstick*

James: Come on Harry that’s not nearly strong enough. *turns to Lily* I always thought about you when I conjured a Patronus.

Lily: *apparently touched* Did you really?

James: Well, obviously. You were in each of my happiest moments love.

Lily: *blushing* Well, aren’t you the best husband ever? Don’t answer that, because you’ll ruin the moment.

James: Good decision.

*Meanwhile Harry tries once more but fails yet again*

James: I mean I don’t blame the kid. Patronus is a complicated charm as it is and he is only thirteen years old.

Lily: He’ll learn with practice, I am not worried at all.

*Harry tells Remus that he heard James while the Dementor attacked him*

James: He heard me? That means he hears you too Lils.

Lily: *tears fill up her eyes* He hears us as we are dying James. Why do the worst things always happen to him?

James: I have no idea, I just know I hate that we witness all of them.

*Remus mentions he knew James but quickly changes the subject.*

James: No Moony that’s not hoW YOU DO IT. TELL HIM YOU–

Lily: James!

James: Alright, alright I’m calming down but he has the chance why on earth is he NOT TELLING HIM?

Lily: *slightly angry* I told you the reason before.

*Harry tries again this time he manages to produce a small Patronus.*

Lily: YES! He did it, I mean that was actually faster than I expected.

James: I wonder what his Patronus is. I bet it’s like a lion or something. *proud dad Prongs*

*They end the lesson and Harry asks Remus if he knew Sirius, Remus chokes and sends Harry away*

James: For fuck’s sake Moony. I want to smack him in the face. Tell him you knew him, you think he’s the spy, too. SO WHAT? 

Lily: James why don’t you understand that talking about Sirius might be hurting him? He trusted him with all he had. He had to live 12 years with the fact that the man he trusted and loved the most betrayed three other people he loved. He thinks Sirius killed us all. How could he talk about that? I bet that it hurts just to hear his name in everyday conversation.

James: I get it, I really do but I need Harry to know more about us, no one else tells anything about us to him so I thought when Moony met Harry, he would do some explaining. He is my best friend Lily, no one knows me better than them with the exception of maybe you.

Lily: *smiling* No, they know you better.

James: Even you admit it. He knew both of us, he can tell him about us. He doesn’t have to tell the sad parts, he can tell him how I chased you for almost 6 years. Then he would have some memories of us to keep and to think about. Do you get what I’m saying?

Lily: I do love, you have a point, too. When the time comes, Sirius and Remus will tell him, don’t you worry.

James: I’m trying not to.

We know that a patronus can change into the one of one’s ‘true love’, but I’ve always been wondering as to what extent they change, since Lily’s patronus fit James’ species (deer), but was unlike his male; when Snape’s apparently even changed into a doe. Does it have something to do with the fact that Snape’s love was unrequited? Was his always female; and if yes, what even determines that?

Overused Snape hater arguments

- Neville’s Boggart
- Hermione’s teeth
- Child abuser
- Outed Lupin
- Joined Death Eaters
- Told Voldemort about the prophecy
- Was okay with James and Harry dying as long as Lily lived
- Stepped over James’ body and ignored baby Harry to cry and hug Lily’s corpse
- Only cared about Harry because he was Lily’s son
- Tried to put Sirius and Lupin in Azkaban
- Called Lily a Mudblood
- Only wanted to fuck Lily and was an asshole because he couldn’t
- Was obsessed with Lily because his Patronus was the same as hers whereas James truly loved Lily because his Patronus complemented hers
- Had a rivalry with the Marauders
- Couldn’t get over childish grudges
- Dropped a branch on Petunia
- Would have treated Harry differently if he was a girl and looked like Lily
- Wasn’t a hero or brave
- Other characters were abused and turned out fine
- Racist
- Sexist
- Stalker

Snape fans have debunked these arguments enough, please try to be more original the next time you spew hate.