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TheBravestMan-ATrueSlytherin by Vizen TheBravestMan-ATrueSlytherin by Vizen
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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’
‘Oooooo…’
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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:iconkrande:
Krande Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
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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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Thank you, This one is my favorite work )
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:iconnightmustfall:
NightMustFall Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I want to fav it 10 million times.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
I am glad : this one is one of my favourite works. Thanks!
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TheSisters2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just drop it right in. Yup. He did. ;P :love: Love the Snape! :happybounce: :heart:-Kay
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Luxuru Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
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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:iconimhilien:
imhilien Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Featured in "A Tribute to Russian Artists" journal here: [link] :)
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TrangPhan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wow this is just amazing!
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Kitsune1978 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
A true Slytherin with a Gryffindor's heart - the sorting in Hogwarts is a definitely messed thing.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I don't think so.
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:iconatrue:
ATrue Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I was wondering why my name was in the title for a second...
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
:)
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet Snape could have got it out of the hat if he'd had to.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
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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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
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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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured on "the map" :D Still love this as much as when I saw it the first time.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
I'm glad, because it's my personal favourite one.
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:iconnegracamada:
Negracamada Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
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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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Thank you.
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SPLongshanks Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
awww its so sweet that you drew this for your kid, and i love the title.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconmiyavi:
miyavi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
It's beautiful!
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thank you :)
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mstdesigns Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Nicely done
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconartygal:
Artygal Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely, I love the flow in the lines with the trees, its very ghostly and errie, very "Arthurian-Legend" like :). Snapes expression as he holds up the Gryffindor sword is great, he's really contemplating something. The gleam on the sword is also brilliant :D

...and your sons comment was cute :aww:
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
:) Yes, he was a lil boy, you see. :)

The ref to the Arthurian legend is clear in my mind, I'm glad you saw that in the painting
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MadelineSlytherin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! My applause!
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janach Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I consider it profoundly insulting for Dumbledore to have told Severus that he was mis-sorted. As if only Gryffies have courage!

The difference is that a Gryffindor will take any risk, without even thinking about it. A Slytherin, on the other hand, never takes an unnecessary risk. Only the necessary ones.

In this illustration we see the Head of Slytherin House taking one more necessary risk.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Yes. Did Dumbledore mean it as a compliment or an insult, I wonder. It was cruel to Severus by any means. However, in this scene Dumbledore did compliment him on being brave and it is probably the only moment of his life, when somebody - Dumbledore - recognized this quality in him, the quality he values most himself. His Slytherin courage is what I value most in Severus Snape. For me, his whole story is really striking precisely from this angle, when he constantly fought against everything, everyone and himself in the dark and accomplished such a difficult and ungrateful duty in disguise and silence. When I saw the "probably the bravest man I ever knew" in the epilogue, I felt blessed and finally in peace, as if I were Severus and finally had received the always missing recognition there. Harry understood what can be also courage and that not only shiny glorious Gryffindors have it.

This scene in DH, in the Silver Doe chapter, is powerful with symbolism - the Knave of Spades (see Sigune's fantastic version : [link] ) with the Sword of the King lays it down to the Lake. All the humility, the sense of abnegation and duty, the beauty of the soldier are displayed in this moment - he holds the Sword, he has true courage, but he is only leading it to the Chosen One. He has not the kind of courage of a Gryffindor and will let the glory shin on others, again. This is true nobleness. Little James Potter, playing with the imaginary Sword in the Hogwarts Express, could not imagine that one day, the true Slytherin Snivellus will hold the Sword and turn to be the Bravest man. I really love Rowling for this message! :)
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Artygal Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I may interject :) Snape was also a very cunning man, able to fool one of the darkest wizards of all time, which I think meant that he belonged well in Slytherin. Even though I do believe what old Dumbledore said was cruel to him, but yes, it was also a compliment.

"He has not the kind of courage of a Gryffindor and will let glory shine on others" True, True :)
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Vizen Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Absolutely. For me, he is really a pure Slytherin. He has nothing to do in Gryffindor, and that's precisely the point in his story. :nod: Albus meant it as a compliment and also a little (or big) cruelty to say, or a revenge for all the points taken...
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Gorgeous work.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Haha, your avatar seems to disagree :)

Thank you :)
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Hehe...she's a cranky pants. But she TOLD me she liked it...she just doesn't want anyone to know. Ruin her image.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
haha, I know this kind of characters, lol
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brbfindingemo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cute.
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MistressBlackwater Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
This is awesome. There's a really nice dynamic quality to it the way you've drawn the lines...so sweeping! It's also just cool.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Thank you !!! it's my favourite fanart from my gallery :)
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:iconmistressblackwater:
MistressBlackwater Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
It really is just fierce. :)
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Your work is just wonderful.
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Merci :)
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:iconqueenfire:
queenfire Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your draw!

You have a great style! =)
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
thank you :)
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:iconqueenfire:
queenfire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I's beautifull! =)
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Barbaraillustration Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Your work is featured in my Severus Birthday journal.

:-)
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:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
thanks !!!! :heart:
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chakram-master Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Writer
Awesome.
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