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Fox animagus: But who? by redwattlebird Fox animagus: But who? by redwattlebird
FULL VIEW or you won't see my fox!!
(closeup of fox here)

Paint Shop Pro 7 + tablet
Round about 10 hours
and several run-throughs of my Rachmaninov CDs.

Yup, more HP fan art. But it's more of a landscapey painting... so I put it in that category. I wanted the cliff and the trees behind to be huge and imposing, making the fox look insignificant by comparison. And easily overlooked. He (or she)'s been silhouetted for a dramatic and somewhat cliche "mysterious" effect.

I've been pretty excited about a clue that there'll be a fox animagus coming in the next - and final - Harry Potter book. Bellatrix Lestrange kills a fox at the start of HBP, then comments that she had "thought [it was] perhaps an Auror", which would either mean that Bellatrix is blind and can't tell the difference between a fox and a human, OR Bellatrix knows there is an auror out there who can turn into a fox!

It's great. Fox would be an awesome creature to turn into and animagus forms always say something about the witch or wizard's personality. So now I'm just narrowing down the suspects list to who this could be...


Short version: Williamson is the most likely.

Long version:
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Here's a list of the Aurors we've met so far:

- Dawlish
- Alastor "Mad-eye" Moody
- Kingsley Shacklebolt
- Nymphadora Tonks
- Williamson, AKA "the scarlet robed wizard with a long ponytail"
- Unnamed witch with an eyepatch

This much we know:

1. Bellatrix had to walk up to and nudge the dead fox with her foot in order to see that it was just a fox. Therefore, it's unlikely that it'll be someone who's missing limbs or eyes or has anything else especially distinctive about them... so that rules out Mad-eye moody and (to a lesser extent) the witch with an eyepatch.

2. Can't be Tonks because she's only been an auror for like a year or so, which doesn't give much time for learning to be an animagus. Though, I admit it would be cute that she'd adopt a canine form and accompany Lupin on a stroll around the full moon... but it just doesn't seem likely given the puny amount of time she has to spare

3. Kinglsey Shacklebolt is continually described as slow and calm, and has never been given any characteristics that could resemble a fox's. And neither is Dawlish; he's come across as a bit thick when it comes to decision-making. So that's them off the list.

So all we're left with is... Williamson! :D He saw Voldemort in person on the night the prophecy smashed, and his description does vaguely fit the picture.

Williamson was last seen heading to the department of mysteries with Dawlish, to collect the trapped Death Eaters for Fudge. And the next time we hear of Dawlish, he's in the Order of the Phoenix! He might even have become a member that same night, when he was in a room with about five order members, five kids from the DA and nine subdued Death Eaters. If so, then it follows that Williamson might be a member of the Order of the Phoenix too.

And now this is stretching it just a tad, but at the start of HBP, Tonks gives us three names of people who were helping guard Hogwarts; "Proudfoot, Savage and Dawlish". What struck me the first time was how much Proudfoot sounded like Padfoot... and whether it could be a nickname used for similar purposes. By another canine animagus.

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Back to the painting itself... it almost became a study on trees. I think I made the forest too lush... looks almost tropical, but for the pine trees. Ooohh and I just realised, it almost looks like there's a huge shadow of a fox inbetween the trees when I zoom out - purely coincidental, but still cool :D

Probably the saddest thing about this piece though was that it took over an hour just to add a border and think of a name for it. lol. Maybe my creativity ran out at the end of it.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Beautiful painting and I love the fox animagus! :iconredfoxplz:
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i-carus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
This is a really lovely painting! I must say that I love how you made the light the most!

But I have a question. "Unnamed witch with an eyepatch". Is that from the books? Cause it started my imagination waay to much not to take care of. If she is from the books, when? Same thing with Williamson (AKA "The scarlet robed wizard with a long ponytail") - books aswell?
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And yeah, both the witch with the eyepatch and Williamson are from the books. They were both seen in the Auror department in Order of the Phoenix, chapter seven, where the witch was talking to Kingsley Shacklebolt. Williamson also had a reappearance in chapter 36 just after Voldemort fled. =D
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i-carus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Thanks for the info. I'm going to reread the chapter once again now. The Auror's always facinated me!
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Shade703 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Your digital painting style is so addictive! The longer I look at this piece the more I see in it and then I look again and OMG There's still moar! 8D
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I really enjoy the shading and blending I get to do in digital paintings, and the final level of detail is really rewarding to see at the end. Somehow with digital painting the process of laying down the colours is so much more intuitive, not like with real paints where you have to take into account the drying times and the way dark paints mix into lighter ones.
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Shade703 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Indeed, one of the joys of digital paintings is how clear and crisp you can get things, as well as the colours! Not to say painting traditionally is a load of fun as well :D
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That-One-Midget Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice lighting, I love the effect. The fox looks adorable :).
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xiceangelzx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
This is beautiful! Love the colours and detail! :D
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grugster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I feature this wonderful work in my journal. [link] Hope that is okay with you. If you don't want it there please inform me and I will remove it immediately. Bye Sunny
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for that! It's made my day!
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freezu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice,sweet color pallete and drawing:)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mxfire Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This very beautiful. Great composition, textures, and a cute fox. I love forests....

Keep up the good work. :+fav:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, and thanks for the fave!
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mxfire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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crhino Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
This is really good. It has all the drama you intended. I wish I was there. It's a beatiful place. Haven't got a clue what all that animagus stuff is. But it was Bob.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, it's a bit baffling how much stuff I can ramble on about when talking Harry Potter... but yeah, thanks for the appreciation and I'm glad you liked the dramatic lighting and all that ^^
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Alkonost Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
I remember seeing this and loving it some time ago, can't believe I haven't commented. I just love the light and shadows and the green trees are so nice and rich. To me this is a warm, beautiful forest landscape, it feels wild and fresh. The animagus idea is good too :nod:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It was great fun playing with the light and shadows in this one :D
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Professional Filmographer
WOWAH! WOOOOOOWWWWW! That's sooo good! I never knew the one behind Gallion Ranch was so masterful with landscapes! Instafave!
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thank you xD And thanks for the watch too!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
De nada and de nada!
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Angelwingsy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Wow! Wonderful composition! I think you did an awsome job with the landscape! :D And there's a clue about a fox on the deathly hallows cover? Where? where? where??? I've been blinded and cannot see :(
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D Nah, the clue about the fox isn't in the Deathly Hallows cover; it's in the second chapter of Half-blood Prince. Bellatrix kills a fox, walks up to it, kicks it and then says aloud words to the effect of "I thought it was an auror". This could be interpreted in a number of ways, like you could just say that Bellatrix was making a flimsy excuse for killing whatever wildlife jumps her way, or you could say that Bellatrix just saw movement and thought it could have been caused by any (human-form) auror and decided to fire a killing curse just for the heck of it... but I think it's most likely (and exciting) that she knew of an auror who could turn into a fox, and so when she next met a fox she attacked it as if it could have been a fox animagus. [/ramble]
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Angelwingsy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
ahhh! Wow! That sounds really interesting! GREAT observation! lol! I honestly thought it was just a fox, but I think you could be right - a fox animagus would be awsome! D:D!!!
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imogenweasley Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's awesome! I love it! ^_^
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CuteComixInc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
WOW! I love it!
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And thanks again for the fave :D
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D3moira Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
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This is so awesome it hurts to look at. This - I - wow... This is so brilliantly painted! It's so semi-impressionist!
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoo for impressionism 8D I found it funny that in their time they were constantly ripped on for being too abstract, but now they're being critisized for sticking too close to nature :D The irony. But thanks for the fave too, glad you liked my painting so much ^^
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owlity Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
Nice perspective!
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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Beautyheart18 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
The fox is so tiny! :omg: But the landscape is gorgeous! i love everything about it, and especially the sun rays and the trees! Stunning! :wow:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheh thanks :D Yeah, I admit the fox is a bit small...
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tehuti Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I don't care at all for Harry Potter, so have no clue about most of what you're talking about, but I LOVE the trees and scenery! :love:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Thanks for the favourite! Glad you liked the trees and scenery!
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Black-Pteri Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
I think you're on to something.... The whole red robes, and the ponytail thing...
Anyway, this looks gorgeous! Foxes are my favorite animals ^^
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :) Yah, foxes rule.
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ScarletSalamander Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
That's beautiful! I love the trees.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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shylittleghost Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy. cow. o.o This is gorgeous, Red! The darkened cliff face and beams of light really draw into the image. Your incredible with landscapes, know that?
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Tess! Yeah, the sunbeams were fun :giggle: heh... I didn't think I was that good at landscapes :blushes: Or maybe it's because this time I didn't start with a sketch and fill inbetween the lines; I started with a big slightly blurry speed painting and gradually built up the details from there ^^ Made it easier to plan the composition and see what the colours look like together...
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