This piece was made for "Spinner's End Challenge #7- The Beauty within Snape".
When I think of Severus Snape, it's not easy to choose *that one* special feature I love the most. He's always been the kind of character you adore in his whole complexity.
On the other hand, I can name with no esitation three of his traits that I worship.
This is the first, and I think we can call it '(Inner) Strenght'.
There's a moment in Deathly Hallows that I can't bear reading anymore, not without a hard knot in my throat, and that moment is The Sacking of Severus Snape.
That chapter is one of the cruelest things I've ever seen. Especially at the second (third ... n-th reading).
At that point of the story, Snape's solitude is stark: Harry hates him more than ever, the whole staff in Hogwarts loathes him and stand up against him, the Order wants him dead (also because of George's hear), the Carrows rule the school and students hate him as well. Dumbledore, though dead, is still keeping a pretentious eye on him, and Voldemort expects his serviges, which he can't deny.
And in this great mess, he's still trying (and succeeding in) to protect them.
They all want him dead, and he keeps risking everything he's left to keep them safe.
He dies alone, forgotten, despised, loathed and unforgiven (and AWARE), and even those last moments are meant to help those people to win a war he's finally done with.
The bravest man. Indeed.
Doesn't matter how hard they misunderstand his helpful branches and try to poison him and break him, he stands still until the very end.
From left to right: Dumbledore, Nagini, Draco, Harry, Lupin, Minerva, Voldemort.
The axe belongs to Tobias Snape.
The bleeding word on the trunk is 'Mudblood'.
Pencils and Ink.
Characters belong to JKR