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In another life: wake up by lily-fox In another life: wake up by lily-fox
After drawing this, I had this little dream the other night: when Severus Snape dies, his life sort of "resets". He wakes up to this little girl, and while he doesn't understand exactly what's going on, he knows this life is his, she's his daughter, and that someone he's waited all his life for is in the kitchen downstairs. When I told Kit about the dream, she said I had to draw it. I figured us Snape lovers can use all the sweet fanart we can get right about now. Ice the wound.

I realized after drawing the room that his new life is clearly Muggle. Which is just fine, except that it's hard to imagine Snape dressed in anything other than that button-heavy waistcoast, especially anything you'd call pajamas. Can't beat a cotton pullover, though.

The cat is my cat, General Sterling Price, who forms a perfect circle when sleeping. I feel like Snape would've been a happier man if he'd had a cat or a dog. Even a turtle. Anything that would be happy to see him, you know?

For once I didn't use brushes! I might finally have enough little pattern doodles to make my own brush set, if I knew how.

(Available as a print on Etsy)

props: characters © J.K. Rowling
materials: ink, paper + PS8
music: Jónsi, "Go Do"
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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PinballDragon64 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
DragonLucario Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
We hated him until he died...
lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Eh, my opinion's changed over the years. I'm not real sympathetic to him these days.
AmayaBabyPanda Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist
OH MY GOD I have seen this so many places and I did not know who it belonged to let me just say you are one of the most amazing artists I have ever seen please tell me you are more than internet famous
lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
That's sweet! :) Ha ha, no, I'm definitely only famous to my kid. I'm surprised every time someone says they've seen this everywhere but didn't know who drew it -- my URL is right there on the picture!
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I am REALLY tempted to write a fanfic based on this! EXTREMELY TEMPTED LIKE CRAZY!
DragonLucario Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Benedikta Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist
This is so sweet. Thanks for drawing it.
potty4potter Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay... I'm okay... I DIDN'T NEED MY HEART ANYWAY!!Love Tards 
kissmyfholes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
OMG this reminds me of a fic called Red Sorrow! Severus has a daughter in it and it's constantly mentioned that she has Lily's hair and looks but has Sev's eyes!…
BlazingLife97 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student General Artist
I love it. :-D :-D :-D :-D
MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
On that day, this was the first thing I thought of.
scullysayer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Hi, I know you've gotten a lot of comments and kudos for this artwork, but I wanted you to know that I adore this and it touches me very much. I think it moves me the same way it moves a lot of other people here, in that, beyond it being about our favourite Potions Professor and giving him a happy ending of sorts, the concept, the idea of this life after death, talks to an unspeakable part of ourselves... our little hopes that their might be a happy ending for all of us after death. From a technical standpoint it is of course a gorgeous piece. Thank you very much for sharing.
lily-fox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
This is really lovely to hear, thank you. My opinions on Snape have changed a lot, and I probably wouldn't draw something like this now, but I'm glad I did, because it seems like a lot of people felt something for it.
Abby-Someone Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. But he's a little too young and handsome. Part of his appeal, for me, lies in his akwardness and hopelessness.
lily-fox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Then boy you are gonna LOVE you some Kylo Ren.
thetrainerpotatoo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student General Artist
ImagineMeDragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1]  and then Llama Emoji-51 (Content) [V3] 

this is so cute and just made everything feel better inside
sarcasm-n-seattle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
After hearing the news of Alan Rickmans death, this comic popped into my head and I had to find it again. :crying: 
bestalsoy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
This is just beautiful. Thank you.
Elvyren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Beautiful. A lot of feelings. Great job!
Sli-ka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had seen this drawing a long time ago and it took me years to find it again. I just wanted to tell you that I really love it, you did a great job.
jgh33jgh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
I've remembered this since I first saw it a couple years ago. Seems fitting today. 
JoeyAktosh Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit.... The feels
marigold-8 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why is this . . . NOT A COMIC!!!???!!!
Coconut-Chibi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing, definitely something I hope happened after his death. He was reunited with his dream girl in heaven and now he can spend an eternity in bliss. 
BronzetheSling Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This... is just so perfect.
The calm of this peices forces the veiwer to stop and just take their time looking at it, and breathe in the beauty. 
Everything about this is so precious and beautiful and simple. This is really one of my favorite art peices and it moves me so much. 
fnosen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oni-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
*gross sobbing*
Kaytlynn101 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
this one makes me cry every time i see it.
emzhou28 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2015
I love this so much! It's very creative, yet suitable. I like how you had dying Snape share the same pose as sleeping Snape. 

This plus the story I read that was inspired by this definitely iced the wound, as you mentioned in your description. You offered me some closure :)
Zwirrlicht Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
I could read this over and over again!
ShockinglyNeonninjA Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this.
I could just imagine that he somehow ended up with Lily in this other life. Though that's probably your storyline for this anyways lol
Ichxbinxfreix94 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could favorite this piece again.. It's inspired me to work on a reincarnation fic with a Next Gen twist to it. Thanks for the inspiration!
camicazi26 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What if when Snape died he was reincarnated as J.K Rowling but instead of forgetting her past life she remembered it and recorded it all in a series of seven books about a kid she remembered named Harry Potter...
Kirinin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Why do you have to hurt me like this?

Yeah, I noticed the 'Muggle-ness' too, but only after repeated viewings.  Like, "oh, an alarm clock".  "Oh, modern decor."

I've had this tagged on pinterest forever, and just wanted to visit you and give you some real appreciation and feedback, because this, truly - I mean, it's marvelous.  Favorite bits are the way Snape's position on the floor mimics (but is NOT identical to) his position in the bed.  He looks relaxed in the bed, ready to wake up.

The little girl, besides being heartbreaking by having Severus's eyes and Lily's hair, has a gorgeously-drawn lip, and her half-crossed childish eyes are amazing.  The look on Severus's face as he reaches for her - dear God, what have you done to me?

Do you write fanfiction?  Because I do, and I would love to write this.  But not, of course, without your say-so.  Reply to me here and let me know.  I will be absolutely fine with either answer.  :)

lily-fox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Thank you so much for such a nice, in-depth comment. Most people are just like, "This is so sad! Why you make us cry". So I appreciate that. :)

I would love if you wrote fanfic to go with this! Others have, and I always love to see what people do. It makes me super happy. Please drop me a line when I can read it!
Hansdjinn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist Just finished a Snily fanfic and NOW this? Ur so cruel for killing me with feels...+SeungRi (Emoticon) +SeungRi (Emoticon) +SeungRi (Emoticon) 
crazykrew Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
love this so much...
AnneAbadeer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Writer
Ok, i'm crying.
roshichen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

"wake up, Mr. Sirius, wake up and smell the ashes.... :icong-manplz: "
lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Sirius? Are you confusing this with a different character? Also, bleak, dude. U okay?
roshichen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh oops sorry.... my bad....
I forgot to check Snape's last name (Severus), my bad

and yea.... I am just making a small crossover to a character from a video game.... I hope you are not offended... 

silverchyld Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
ebtr Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Loluou Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
hannikka Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
this is so cute
kitsunefire7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww this is what should have happened! DAH FEELS D:
juanihdezmauricio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
She is so beautiful!!
DoodlebugQT Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
I can't get over how much I love this piece. It truly is inspiring and I've a mind to write something like it, but I'm not sure I want to start something else up just yet. Still really love it though.
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