The Tragic Love Story of Severus Snape and Lily Evans Told in Illustrations


I hear people say their favorite love story is Romeo and JulietThe Bridges of Madison CountyThe Notebook or other tragedies. My favorite love stories have been Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Which isn’t to say I don’t like tragic love stories like Wuthering Heights as well, but I do like happier endings. If you asked me what any of those love stories were missing would be magic.

My favorite tragic love story of all time included magic and unrequited love. It is the story of Severus Snape and Lily Evans that didn’t work out. For years I imagined what their love could have been. He loved her even after she died. It had been eating at my imagination for years, which is why I wrote the series, WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES. 

Below are some pieces of art that sparked my imagination and made me dig into my own storytelling so that I could write the story that still felt unfinished to me.

Lily and Snape – Coloured

by Rainyd
Here is a cute, fun image of what I could imagine Lily and Severus might be doing on a typical day in high school.

Lily and Severus

By AbigailLarson
I love this artists’s work. She does a lot of fairytales. This captures Snape’s sulky mood.

Snape and the bad encounter

by Sally-Avernier
I think one of the things that is fascinating about Severus Snape is how he continued to Love Lily Evans, even after she became Lily Potter. This illustration tells the story of someone who was probably walking down the stree tnad then saw the love of his life with someone else and hid to avoid her. Or it could be interpreted that he is a creepy stalker, but that isn’t the story I imagine.

HP–Miss Me

by Nachan

This is so sweet. I can imagine him doing that after she had a bad day.


by MARiKaArt
This one is general enough that it could be anyone, but I like the idea it could be them. They look like young high school students–before any of that nonsense with James Potter would have happened. It’s an alternate universe. A dream.

Sarina Dorie writes cozy witch mysteries at a magical school for at-risk witches. If you enjoy fantasy mixed with humor, mystery and romance, you would enjoy books from the Womby’s School for Wayward Witches Series. If you would like to recieve updates on Sarina Dorie’s seiries, would like to read more posts like this or hear about her announcements, please sign up for her mailing list.