As an avid reader, I have read many, many books in my time, BUT I can say with confidence that I have never been as shocked as I was to find out the real story behind Severus Snape. For the first six books, my trust in Snape's character wavered somewhere between slight distrust to absolute hatred.
Harry Potter fans around the world let out a collective "Whaaaaaat?" followed by a seemingly endless stream of tears once everyone realized that Snape, despite his odd way of showing it, was actually a brave, caring, gem of a wizard. Did anyone see that coming? Why do you have to destroy my emotions like that, J.K. Rowling?
The artist Flying-Fox has been able to accurately describe the feeling that book readers and movie watchers have been feeling for years. I present to you: the Harry Potter seven stages of denial.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Well done, Flying-Fox! Sometimes I do feel guilty for caring so much for Snape now even though, when you look back, he was kind of unnecessarily mean to Harry and was the one who first ruined things with Lily. But somehow thinking about the line, "Always." makes me forget the years of torture he inflicted on Harry and his friends.
Side note: Bonus points to the artist perfectly capturing Alan Rickman's disapproval face!
To check out more of Flying-Fox's work, visit her DeviantArt page HERE.