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Scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling.

The mirror's frame is an extension of Harry's vision: the stag fighting the snake symbolises a great many things: pureness of heart (with which Harry defeats Voldemort the next time we encounter the mirror), the quest for one's heart's desire (in Harry's case a family), and Harry's father's animagus shape, which we don't know anything about at this point in the story, as well as Harry's own patronus shape. The serpent of course is Voldemort, and so the figures are both a sad reminder of why Harry is seeing his parents in the Mirror in the first place, as well as foreshadowing Harry's subsequent battles with the Dark Lord at the end of this book, and of the series. The symbols of hope, faith and charity are also in the base of the mirror - most obviously hope (anchor) because that - or the lack of it - is also important for this scene.
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Really touching... Best mirror of Erised i ve ever seen...Just perfectHeart Heart 
TheAncientLantern's avatar
Can you make one of Harry and Hermione at Lily and James' graves? I always read this one paragraph and cry every time- 

But they were not living, thought Harry: They were gone. The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents' moldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing. And tears came before he could stop them, boiling hot then instantly freezing on his face, and what was the point in wiping them off or pretending? He let them fall, his lips pressed hard together, looking down at the thick snow hiding from his eyes the place where the last of Lily and James lay, bones now, surely, or dust, not knowing or caring that their living son stood so near, his heart still beating, alive because of their sacrifice and close to wishing, at this moment, that he was sleeping under the snow with them.” 
PhantomOfZeCarribean's avatar
This is the most beautiful version of this scene I have ever seen. It's touching and sad, and I hope you are immensely proud of yourself for this particular piece!
LadyofLegends's avatar
Oh, great, now I'm gonna cry. :tears:
matildalovisa's avatar
This brings tears to my eyes. One of my absolute favorite scenes from the books. You've captured it so well!
Gosh, how beautiful! And I love the symbology you used on the mirror.
garlickkk's avatar
Wery touching drawing. Love it. Thank you.
MissMarauderess's avatar
Oh god he looks so small and vulnerable sitting all alone on the floor, I just want to hug him!
Don't worry, bb, you're going to be really happy!
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Poor little Harry!
BalletForever's avatar
this is wicked good :)
Twinkie101's avatar
This is amazing, and more than a little heartbreaking.
Snezhinka's avatar
This is so sad, beautiful, and full of symbolism...especially the stag & snake, this is hands down my favourite depiction of the erised scene.
LemonPirate101's avatar
Oh wow. The detail is phenomenal. Amazing job :)
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thanks so much! glad you like it.
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this is GENIUS and BEAUTY.
nicely done. <3
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stunning composition, it really highlights the tonal contrast, and makes the scene so grand, and Harry so insignificant and vulnerable. I love your technique as well!
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