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‘Slytherin ?’
One of the boys sharing the compartment, who had shown no interest at all in Lily or Snape until that point, looked round at the word, and Harry, whose attention had been focused entirely on the two beside the window, saw his father : slight, black-haired like Snape, but with this indefinable air of having been well cared for, even adored, that Snape so conspicuously lacked.
‘Who wants to be in Slytherin ? I think I’d leave, wouldn’t you ?’ James asked the boy lounging on the seats opposite him, and with a jolt, Harry realised that it was Sirius. Sirius did not smile.
‘My whole family have been in Slytherin”, he said.
‘Blimey’, said James, ‘and I thought you seemed all right’.
Sirius grinned.
‘Maybe I’ll break the tradition. Where are you heading, if you’ve got the choice ?’

James lifted an invisible sword.
'' Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart '' ; Like my dad’.

Snape made a small, disparaging noise. James turned on him.
‘Got a problem with that?’
‘No’, said Snape, though his slight sneer said otherwise. ‘If you’d rather be brawny than brainy -‘
‘Where’re you hoping to go, seeing as you’re neither?’ interjected Sirius.
James roared with laughter. Lily sat up, rather flushed, and looked from James to Sirius in dislike.
‘Come on, Severus, let’s find another compartment’
James and Sirius imitated her lofty voice; James tried to trip Snape as he passed.
‘See ya, Snivellus!’

From JKR, ‘HP and the DH’, chp.33, etc

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I know I’m not first in DA for this scene, but…

This is because of my little-5-years-old-son. He was watching my gallery and, after a while, he claimed his favourite pic is the one of Ron Weasley. And he added: ‘ But Mum, I do really love Professor Snape, yes, I do, even if he’s really evil, but you know… HE has NO sword. ‘

Ok, Darling. That's settled then. ;)
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Wonderful choice for the picture. Brave man, indeed, finally making a point of not screwing things even more up but help where he is needed. So perfect grab of the moment.
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Thank you, This one is my favorite work )
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I want to fav it 10 million times.
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I am glad : this one is one of my favourite works. Thanks!
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Just drop it right in. Yup. He did. ;P :love: Love the Snape! :happybounce: :heart:-Kay
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I love how you say "a true Slytherin" while he holds Godric Gryfinndor's sword. I know that Albus said we sort too soon, but I sincerely believe that Severus is Slytherin to his core even if he's incredibly brave, brave enough even for Grufinndor's sword. <3 

i I love this picture and everything about it. :)
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Oh yes, I love so much that Harry Potter understands  in the end  that you can be brave in different ways, inclluding in a Slytherin way.
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Featured in "A Tribute to Russian Artists" journal here: [link] :)
Wow this is just amazing!
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A true Slytherin with a Gryffindor's heart - the sorting in Hogwarts is a definitely messed thing.
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I don't think so.
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I was wondering why my name was in the title for a second...
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I bet Snape could have got it out of the hat if he'd had to.
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How did I bypass this one! I love it! He looks like an Arthurian knight (I :heart: King Arthur, especially "The Once and Future King"). That pose reminds me of Arthur pulling Excalibur out of the stone! :love: Lucky you to share HP with your kids (they are beautiful). My girls love HP. I loved seeing their pleasure reading the books and we have made it a family event to see the movies!
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It was supposed to remind of the Arthurian legend - more Lancelot than Arthur here :)

Yes, I especially love this one because it was for my son. I drew one Ron Weasley with the Sword, too, for him - but it's in storage. It was one of my favourite fanarts in my gallery (totally not noticed by my visitors, lol, because it was not Snape)...Kids love the story for other reasons and it's good to see theirs.
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Featured on "the map" :D Still love this as much as when I saw it the first time.
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I'm glad, because it's my personal favourite one.
I like the fluidity of this piece and the way you've put the sword at the forefront. There's something Art Nouveau about the proportions and background. Beautiful!
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awww its so sweet that you drew this for your kid, and i love the title.
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It's beautiful!
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