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The Prince's Tale by HollyBell The Prince's Tale by HollyBell
“So the boy…the boy must die?” asked Snape quite calmly.

“And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.”

Another long silence. Then Snape said, “I thought…all those years…that we were protecting him for her. For Lily.”

“We have protected him because it has been essential to teach him, to raise him, to let him try his strength,” said Dumbledore, his eyes still tight shut. “Meanwhile, the connection between them grows ever stronger, a parasitic growth. Sometimes I have thought he suspects it himself. If I know him, he will have arranged matters so that when he does set out to meet his death, it will truly mean the end of Voldemort.”

Dumbledore opened his eyes. Snape looked horrified.

“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?”

“Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?”

“Lately, only those whom I could not save,” said Snape. He stood up. “You have used me.”


“I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter - ”

“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”

“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.


This would be the second picture in my series "Bawling moments" (anyone who has read the book or watched the movie will find the title appropriate). The most beautiful unrequited love story ever told !

Characters and text (c) JK Rowling
Art (c) Me

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PsychoWolfy92 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
This part made me cry. And i usually don't cry for these sort of things DX Love the drawing
cisamos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I love how throughout Harry Potter everybody thinks Snape is this awful wizard who is part of the evil side, but then Rowling turns all your opinions on your head once you read "Deathly Hollows". Then that is when he is redeemed; that is when he truly shines. Snape is a hero--an unexpected one--but a hero, in his own right.
Princess15eevee Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O only swan the movie really sad moment T.T
KawaiiOniKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
So few words will with such emotion and your picture just amps that up 1000 fold. Great work!
ThePaleRaven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This scene brought tears to my eyes. By the end of Deathly Hallows I'd really grown to hate Dumbledore. It felt like Snape was this caracter you start of hating but grow to love when you realise how much he's done, how he seems to constantly have this moral dilemar. 

Dumbledore is this wizard you start off loving, he seems kind and caring and yet as the books.films progress you realise that he's manipulative and contrling and just not all that nice of a man. 
wrybread Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
this is most def one of Rowling's praiseworthy accomplishments--the gradual unfolding of Severus' love of Lily; turning Severus from someone snide and aloof to admirable and sublime;

I was reading somewhere, a fan-review of one of the movies; the fan made the comment that James Potter could be a real prick; I have to agree; he could be at least as bad as Dudley Dursley

Harry did well in naming his son for the 'bravest man' he 'ever knew'
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Which book / movie is this from?
HollyBell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Really ? It's Harry Potter ^^
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
lol, I meant which book / movie from Harry Potter. I've only watched the first 3. :D
HollyBell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Weeeell I think it's the 6th or 7th one but I could be wrong. You should totally watch/read the rest of the series !
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thanks so much! I appreciate it.
Yes, I've been wanting to get back into them, but I think I'll have to start
over again to refresh myself on the story.

Omnifighter1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never understood why Snape was a prince. But I never expected J. K. Rowling would even hint at Harry being killed off by the good guys.
stelleo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, you portrayed the moment perfectly!
SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
'Sob, sob' ;_;
I was doing so well while reading the seventh book for the first time , I had a bet with my parents on when I was going to start bawling. They predicted by midway and that I'd be a mess once I finished it and I was trying so hard to prove them wrong, and as I said I was doing so well, even with Hedwig's and Dobby's death (I somehow managed to hold back the tears during these two deaths, can't now, but did then) but this scene basically ruined my efforts completely.
I don't know why I started crying when I read this scene but I just found it all too heart breaking so yeah, I started bawling and my parents were so confused when I said I was bawling because of Snape, so they of course asked who had he killed now and I just kept on crying while I thrusted my book at them and they started reading it and my mum started tearing up too and yeah. It was a bit messed up.
But I've always had a bit of a, not soft spot but definately a spot for Snape ever since I read book five (when I started feeling that there was more to this guy then what we thought) and so his chapter always chokes me up.
This is a completely beautiful picture and I can already feel the tears pricking in my eyes.
Keep up the great work!
poptartruby Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
My heart :iconlazycryplz:
Fanatic-About-It Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute
Tearthgrrl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Yes, I cried. :'(
lyrin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
My heart was always soft for Snape, even before all the interesting revelations.
MndaScott Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This makes me want to cry...
marajade33 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Bawling moment indeed. I have always found this scene to be heartwrenching and you did an excelent job conveying the emotion of this scene.
iWyldIce Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I cried reading the excerpt, beautiful pic! It's amazing how quickly your opinion of a character can change so quickly
Draweroffantasy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*sniff sniff* one of the few times where I heard sniffling coming from everyone in the theater was this scene. So sad *starts bawling*
Birdie121 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, I loved that scene. It's so sad..
gidmp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I know Snape is a good guy before it was cool, lol.
bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
As much as I disliked Snape this is beautiful. It makes him seem human anf it also explains alot.
disned26 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Fantastic! I love Severus' face
CaliDisneyDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved those movies!! When I saw seven part 2 I was crying all of my makeup off and by the end of the movie, I walked out of the theaters with red eyes..... my brothers probably thought I was Voldemort, himself d;
EmmaUrsella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
yes this is one of the most touching and unbelievable love stories i have ever heard. and your work is amazing.
juliethestrange Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
love it
Hannahbanana21 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Cried so much during this scene i love it :)
Artist-Anika Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
"The most beautiful unrequited love story ever told !" ...... I AGREE!!!!!
Banane-cuite Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Là j'ai vraiment rien à radoter, c'est juste top.:heart:
nagisa2345 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist
so beautiful TT-TT
MariaRuiz122591 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcryforeverplz: This...this is just sooo :iconcryforeverplz: T.T
"Bawling moments" indeed!
I love this <3
ashesto Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
...excuse me while I freak out for a moment.

:squee: :happybounce: :hooray: :la: :dummy: :eager:

Severus Snape is ONE OF MY FAVOURITES! Along with Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, the Weasley twins, and Hermione Granger.

Wonderful work! I had no idea I'd be seeing any HP fanart in your gallery! Now I'm doubly excited!
orangelover43 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I love this scene in the movie it is my favorite. i love the emotion and you captured it quite well:)
NeverBeenDarkMarked Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awww... I love this :( The doe patronus is done so well!!
lovedove2 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I cried my face off at the film and i started to cry when I saw your picture...not that anything is wrong with yours I just love it that much!
SP85 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Most tear-jerking scene I have ever read... And I didn't fare much better watching the movie either XD
onlythebestaremad Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
'Bawling Moments' is so apt! I cried at this scene in the book, i cried at this scene in the film, and i'm tearing up a little right now! The expressions on their face are so beutifully heartbreaking.
I love it!
xxTeamRebelsxx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I can say in all honesty that this is the only movie I have ever cried about. Saddest thing ever :'(
JoyfulWaters Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I had a very long growth of empathy for Snape when I read the book. And when I saw the movie I cried, he has become one of my favorite characters. (Again - and I know this may start to sound annoying- I love the way you color the hair :clap:)
JoyfulWaters Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and I love how you matched the expressions of the words. You can really feel Snape's pain, very nice work :)
Hugatreenow-ish Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is honestly my favorite part of the whole book.. my favorite line "Always"..... the picture is beautiful, i love how you captured the emotions
chesterina Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its a very good job
equigoyle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been re-reading the books, and I'm about to start Chamber of Secrets over again. Deathly Hallows was a hard read, for a lot of reasons. But as cunning as Dumbledore was, I don't see him as cold or unfeeling towards Harry's plight. I think it troubled him day in and day out. I don't think he WANTED to raise Harry this way, but he KNEW it was essential.

Once Harry realized the same thing, well...

Despite many of the revelations I think Dumbledore is still my favorite character. He grew up, he learned, whereas Voldemort never did.

More importantly, Voldemort never loved.

Great depiction of this scene, by the way. I like how you've drawn the characters. It's almost like an animation still-frame from a Walt Disney film.
Lulabella-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
beautiful ! Realy !
imaginationhaven Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. You depiced this moment so perfectly. I always loved the whole love triangle, part of you desperately wishes that she had chosen Snape, but you also know that it had to be this way. It's so heart-wrenching. Wonderful job <3
iDance Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That scene where Snape is holding Lily's body in his arms made me cry so much - like literally sobbing, shoulders-shaking, hands-covering-face-type crying. And it happened both times I saw the movie. :XD:

This is a beautiful, heartrending illustration of a beautiful, heartrending scene. :heart:
LifeAsItExists Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I personally think that Snape&Lily is far, far better than the clique Romeo&Juliet.
Lovely job at this!
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