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Review:EnigmaticEyes16 says:
Aw, I really liked the ending. You had me so worried there for a second at the end of the last chapter that they wouldn't end up together. But I'm glad he finally let her in again. It was a really cute ending.

Although I will admit I was a little perturbed that Snape and Lily patronuses (patroni?) would still both be does. I mean James and Lily were sort of alike in that his patronus was a stag and Lily's a doe, but I always thought of it as Severus' patronus changing into a doe after Lily's death. And since Lily never died and they do end up together and happy, I didn't really expect them to have the same animal as their patronuses. Although I can't really think was else would be a suitable patronus for Severus. I did have a sort of thought that maybe his patronus was for Narcissa instead... but then why would Lily have the same patronus. It's all very confusing to me. I'm going to stop rambling now.

Anyway, I really loved your story. You're an amazing writer and I hope you will keep up the excellent work.

xxEnigmaticEyes16

Author's Response: You were worried? Good, that means I set up the suspense the way I wanted :) I'm glad you liked the ending of the story and felt happy that they ended up together.

Well, I went with the twin does for a couple of reasons. One is that the doe patronus is one of the big symbols from canon that reminds everyone of Snape/Lily, and I've tried to keep some of the major Snape/Lily storyline events in this story, like both of them growing up in close neighborhoods, the two of them being sorted into different houses, Snape joining the Order after leaving the Death Eaters, etc. I really like the matching patronuses and always thought it was a particularly romantic part of the ship.

The other thing is that I think we conceptualize patronuses in a different way. Patronuses take their form based on whatever makes the person feel safe and secure. So to me, even if Lily hadn't died and even if they had ended up together, Snape's patronus still would have been a doe. Severus made Lily feel safe and happy in this story, so her patronus matched his. The other part of that is that I don't totally buy the idea that Snape's patronus changed into a doe. Based on the logic I gave above, I thought his patronus would have been for Lily from the first time he was able to cast it. Since he loved her all of his life, according to canon, she would always be the dominating force that made him feel happy and secure. In this story, Lily was only able to learn to cast a patronus when she wasn't living under the thumb of the Death Eaters, and so naturally her choice when she first began casting one would be a patronus that matched that of Severus. I hope all of that makes sense! It was just what I chose.

Thanks so much for all of your reviews, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! :)

academica


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