snape doe


  • Severus: *catches Draco leaving Harry's dorm*
  • Severus: Draco, you need to be more discreet with your escapades because then I'll be forced to tell your father and I'm pretty sure he'll hex the both of us.
  • Draco: Why would he hex you?
  • Severus: I don't know why your father does half the things he does!

“Remember two years ago when we took fifty points off per student for a broken curfew and those students all got ostracized by their House for the rest of the year because it was such a big deal?”

Do you think, give how arbitrary the point system is, that the professors ever debate amongst themselves when they think someone took/gave too many points?

In the “staff has iPhones AU:”


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!

This is one of my favorite parts of this book, because it’s so apparent from how the rest of the staff is talking that they’ve ranted mercilessly about every bullshit thing Lockhart has ever said/done behind his back. It makes me really sad that Hogwarts professors will never have iPhones, because their group messages would be fucking hilarious. Can you imagine them sitting in the Great Hall for dinner and just ranting to each other via text about every stupid thing Lockhart is saying immediately after he says it?

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

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.

anonymous asked:

To be fair, even if the potion would not kill Trevor, it was particularly cruel to let Neville believe he would have to kill his own pet. I don't hate Snape, I think he's a great character, but the way he treated Neville is the one thing I can't forgive him for. Maybe it's a personal thing since I had teachers who would bully students in a similar way to how Neville was treated and I guess I just can't get past that.

I feel I should probably begin by stating that I am not advocating his approach, or saying that his method is one that should be celebrated or emulated, but conversely, I am not convinced it’s wholly unreasonable in the scene with Trevor.

The key factor is that Snape is attempting to incentivise Neville, and the evidence for this in how Snape approaches OWLs:

“Moronic though some of this class undoubtedly are, I expect you to scrape an ‘Acceptable’ in your O.W.L…”

He also says:

“I advise all of you to concentrate your efforts upon maintaining the high-pass level I have come to expect from my O.W.L. students.”

We don’t know why Snape takes such a pride in his high-pass level.  (That’s a whole other meta.)  But it is enough that we know that he does, and we know that Umbridge regards his class as being advanced when she assesses his teaching – so we know he’s not lying.

That helps to explain Snape’s stance; he wants Neville to succeed, because he doesn’t want to lose his high pass level.

Onto Neville.  It’s important to remember that we, the reader, are privy to lots of information about Neville because we travel with Harry, one of his Gryffindor dorm mates.  We fully understand that Neville is a nice lad who is terrified of Snape, and his fear causes him to make more mistakes.  However, it is fair to argue that perhaps Snape wasn’t aware of this.

So what does Snape see?

We don’t see any other child struggle in quite the same way that Neville does.  The other Gryffindors might dislike Snape, but they don’t seem scared of him.  I’m not suggesting that Snape is beyond reproach, but I think it possibly hasn’t occurred to Snape that Neville is too scared to ask for assistance.  I think Snape genuinely can’t understand why Neville can’t follow simple instructions:

“Orange. Tell me, boy, does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours? Didn’t you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one cat spleen was needed? Didn’t I state plainly that a dash of leech juice would suffice? What do I have to do to make you understand, Longbottom?”

So Snape sees a Gryffindor kid who is either not listening, not concentrating, or is being deliberately obtuse.  He doesn’t ask for help, or clarification – and then he fails to brew his potion correctly.

Snape’s threat is not kind, but I think it’s the behaviour of a teacher nearing the end of his tether. We see from Neville exploding his cauldron in his first lesson that Potions is dangerous.  It’s perhaps apparent to Snape that Neville doesn’t see that he’s putting himself, his classmates and even Snape in danger by not brewing correctly (or he will do in the future as the brews become more complex), so he ups the ante and puts something – Trevor - Neville genuinely does care about in danger.

As Hermione manages to salvage the potion, we know it wasn’t a lost cause, so it’s unfair to suggest that Snape wanted him to fail; it was possible to succeed.  The real discrepancy is between what Snape thinks is happening (Neville deliberately not listening and not engaging in class) versus what is actually happening (Neville being terrified of Snape and not being able to engage in class).  

I think there is a part of Snape that is genuinely - even if he does it in a horrible way - trying to get Neville to improve.  So even if Snape knew that Trevor would be fine, it would rather undermine his whole approach if he said, “I’ll poison your familiar, but don’t fret, he’ll be ok,” - even if Snape was certain of that himself.

It doesn’t make Snape’s treatment of him correct, but it does perhaps explain a little where Snape’s frustration stems from within the Potions classroom.

ehh.i do think snape is a complex character, but i think people are sometimes just…obtuse? like, ‘snape doesn’t care about the world, he only cares about lily’. but…snape does care about the world, because of lily. he conceptualises his caring of lily as being tied to a moral standard he has to live up to. not that hard to get

unpopular opinion: why severus snape is among the best characters in harry potter

hey! so recently i’ve seen a lot of extreme discourse on severus snape on tumblr, which i suppose, considering the character, is inevitable. i mean, to many, he’s quite a ‘grey’ character. i wanted to pitch in my own two cents.

what are my aforementioned two cents? well, i think severus snape is one of the best character’s in the harry potter series. but unlike a lot of my fellow snape fans, i can back up that claim with substantial evidence.

i’ll set a brief premise, though. one main reason why severus snape is viewed unfavorably is because, quite honestly, that’s how he is written until the chapter “the prince’s tale”. jkr deliberately paints him as a villain (with the greasy hair and seemingly-malicious intent), so that the final reveal is even more shocking. so disregard all the glances that harry interprets are evil, or how he is described as looking. go by the facts, only.

firstly, he was just as brave, if not braver, than the trio. this claim may sound preposterous, but hear me out. it takes guts to stand up to an oppressive regime outright, but it takes even more to do so undercover. severus snape spent around a decade pretending to be a death eater, even though he was now thoroughly disillusioned with what they stood for, and he played his part well. for merlin’s sake, he fooled the best legillimens in the world - the dark lord! he spent years in a profession he didn’t like, put up with people he hated, and risked his life day in and day out for the exact same cause that the order of the phoenix fought for!

secondly, he had a miserable childhood. living in an abusive household like the one he lived in (bc let’s be real, we know that tobias snape wasn’t a kind father) couldn’t have helped him, and his school days weren’t much better. the only person who was really kind to him was lily, and bullying has a terrible mental effect on a person - of course he would go to the death eaters for solace and company. he takes solace in his skill in the dark arts and in potions, and he spends so long being manipulated by dumbledore. it’s incredible how he manages to still be so strong and brave, but he does.

thirdly, he was so incredibly loyal. there are two main cases to this - let’s start with the less weighty one: dumbledore. snape was obviously blown away when he overheard that lily potter was to be killed, and immediately told dumbledore, in the hopes of saving his childhood love. so dumbledore requested something of him, something that snape did until the day he died. 

“In — in return?” Snape gaped at Dumbledore, and Harry expected him to protest, but after a long moment he said, “Anything.”

dumbledore asked for something no one else would dare to do - to spy on voldemort. and snape delivers.

and here’s the most important point: everything he did was for the sake of his lost love, lily evans. indeed, this is inarguably the romantic highlight of the books. severus snape fell in love with his childhood friend, lily, the only person who was ever truly kind to this outcast. but she ended up scorning him for someone she hated, someone she knew tormented severus - james potter. it would be so easy for severus to turn his back on her for this, but he doesn’t - lily’s safety is still his number one priority. he keeps fighting for her, both in hogwarts and later in life. especially after when he finds out that she is to be killed, he immediately goes to dumbledore.

“You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down — kill them all —”

he’s frantic, and absolutely petrified of his love dying. and he promises to do anything necessary to prevent this. and when lily does die, snape is absolutely distraught, and spends the rest of his life protecting her legacy and protecting her son. he doesn’t forget her - how else could his patronus be a doe? he loves - not loved, loves - her so much that he is willing to put his own life at risk even though he knows she will never return his love.

this is pretty brief, that’s why i believe severus snape is an amazing character who deserves so much more credit than the fandom gives him. i’m not saying this is the final word on this - everyone is entitled to their opinions - but this is what i think.