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HP Tarot - 3 The Empress

(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

Arcana 3 and 4, the Empress and the Emperor, stand for the archetypes of mother and father. So from Harry's perspective I decided they'd have to be Lily and James.

I drew Lily holding baby Harry in front of their old cottage in Godric's Hollow. It's a beautiful summer day and the garden around their house is in full bloom. The Empress embodies mother goddesses like Demeter, so I felt a natural and abundant but also cultured setting would be perfect for her.

As a card the Empress signifies creative potential, fertility of body and mind, beauty, success and harmony and the ebb and flow of life. It urges the seeker to attune to the cycles of life, to realize the miracle of creation and to experience feelings of caring for others.

The face of Lily is based on Geraldine Somerville, who plays her in old photos and as a ghost. The pose of the mother holding the infant is based on stock from :iconmizzd-stock:
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janach's avatar
Surely the Empress is the ever-fertile Molly Weasley, not Lily Potter who died at twenty-one, having given birth to only one child. Arthur isn't quite as good as the Emperor (too hen-pecked!), but he's better than James. The Weasleys are the ones who actually play the role of parents to Harry.
Ellygator's avatar
You got a good point there, however, I already had co-opted the Weasleys to be the court cards for wands/ fire.

So it had to be Harry's parents for the Emperor and Empress, and truth be told they do inform quite a few of his decisions, from his encounter with the Mirror of Erised to his reactions to the stag patronus in the forest when he needs to save Sirius and identifies so strongly with his father and his patronus, to safeguarding him during his first stand-off with Voldemort.
primulatook's avatar
a beautiful depiction...
jonas-took's avatar
She is a great example of what a determined woman can be and how she affects the people around her. I think James would have been completely wild like his running mates (Lupin, Sirius, etc) without Lily and she brought to him the civilizing influence that could have made him a great leader of people and defender of others. Great choice. In the end she also influenced Severus beyond her life: powerful stuff.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I really think she was an extraordinary person, and I really wanted to convey that in the drawing - beautiful and compelling, but also strong, loyal and caring.
sambau's avatar
Amazing job with details, Lily's outfit and the cottage!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I love Tudor architecture. I just felt the house in Godric's Hollow would look like that...
theblackwillow's avatar
Beautiful work, I love the house behind them!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I love Tudor architecture.
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks - glad you like her.
ElkStarRanchArtwork's avatar
What a lovely image! The detail is just wonderful!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I really had fun drawing baby Harry!
kasumiakiko's avatar
Perfect choice and I love that you included baby Harry
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! He was so much fun to draw!
angelbaby88's avatar
oh god i love this~so perfect!
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! It was fun drawing an outdoors scene again.
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Aya-87's avatar
That looks adorable.
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! Baby Harry was fun!
Aya-87's avatar
I bet he was. I love drawing babies. they're so adorable.
Sorazblack's avatar
Yes, they had to be Lily and James:aww: I'm a fan of your style of drawing:dance:
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! So glad you like her.
LadyPeruch's avatar
lol me and a friend of mine were saying I bet it wont be long before someone disigns a HP tarot. I really like your penicl work and the detail is fantastic.
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