So I just finished reading PoA again and so many Marauders feels as usual. but I also got a lot of Jily and Harry feels. There’s this part when Harry thinks for a split second about how once he can produce a patronus he won’t hear Lily and James dying anymore but that means he’ll never hear them again because that’s the only a time he ever gets to hear them. And when he produces a corporeal patronus for the first time, it’s right after he finds out the truth about Sirius and Remus and how he has a family in them and I always assumed that’s what the memories were that he used for his patronus. but the actual moment he finds the strength to do it is after he thinks it’s James that cast the patronus but then realizes it’s him. He can produce a charm that requires the happiest memories after he realizes that he is his father and that he’s found James in himself. How absolutely insane is that. All he ever wanted was a family and he found his parents in himself and he’s covered by his mother’s love and he has his father’s spirit but he never gets to meet them and it’s JUST NOT FAIR DAMN IT.
You know this reminds me of? The Potter family and what it should have been. A Stag, a Doe and a Fawn. THIS IS NOT EVEN FUNNY. IT’S FUCKING HEART WRENCHING. AND IT’S NOT FAIR. IT’S JUST NOT OKAY!
Here is a sketch/drawing that is about 6 months old from an old James and Lily fic I read called “A Month of Sundays”.
“Lily rolled her eyes. She tried to think of a powerful memory. As she watched James steer his stag around the room, a thought occurred to her. As soon as it entered her mind, she knew this would do it. The idea that this memory could not produce a Patronus was laughable, though she was not sure where she was drawing her confidence from. It was a powerful memory—the feeling of positivity—not quite happiness—was returning to her as strongly as if she was there again, living it.
“Ooh, I reckon Evans has got a good one,” James said, eyeing her as she concentrated. “Am I right?”
Lily looked James in the eyes, her own blazing, her jaw set, her mind made up that she would produce a Patronus and if this memory and the feeling it gave her could not do it, she was not sure what would. She pulled back her sleeves, pointed her wand and shouted, “Expecto Patronum!”
This was no mere wisp of silver. So bright it was almost solid, something leapt from her wand, the largest Patronus in the room other than James’s. Several people in the class ooohed, and Lily saw that Severus wore an expression of unmistakable admiration. With a delicate trot, Lily’s doe traveled the perimeter of the room, stopping when it met James’s stag. The latter reared its antlered head playfully, nudging its prongs into the doe’s side. The doe leapt, prodding the stag with her hooves and then ramming him gently with her head. The class laughed appreciatively, including Lily, but when she looked up to see James’s reaction, he merely stood there, his eyes focused very intently on her, narrowed behind his square-rimmed glasses. He stole a fleeting, worried glance at Libby, and although her expression was relatively blank, there was a lot of color in her face as she looked at Lily.
Her concentration away from the doe and with James equally distracted, the Patronuses vanished. Everyone got back to work, and Libby went wordlessly to the other side of the room to join Maggie and Alice. James gave Lily a small smile, tore his eyes away from her, and leaned back over his Transfiguration book. Lily noticed that Remus and Sirius were looking at each other, eyebrows raised and suppressing smiles, as if something unseemly but very amusing had just taken place in front of them. Severus was eyeing her shrewdly, looking oddly curious but undeniably upset.”
I feel like most Snily shippers rely on “Always” (opinions here: http://theinfalliblemarauderette.tumblr.com/post/24931874726/always) and the patronuses. And obviously Snape’s patronus is the same as Lily’s because he loved her and always would and his happy memories must be with her. But let’s just focus on the fact that Jily is canon for this bit. Because obviously, in Jo’s world, James and Lily belonged together. And their patronuses reflected that because they were complementary. But Snape’s was the same as Lily’s. And I guess in my head it’s like they don’t belong together because Snape’s didn’t reflect Lily’s; it was Lily’s. I don’t doubt Snape’s love for Lily at all; I believe that he truly did love her always. But in my opinion, their patronuses show that James and Lily fit together. It wasn’t about one more than the other but a give and take and they just fit. I feel like because their patronuses showed a pair and not a replica, it makes me feel like they belong together more.
just the ramblings of an overenthusiastic Jily shipper.