Aggressive perhaps is a better word. Like it is announcing itself and would like the room. I saw a video somewhere, sometime, of an octopus that camouflaged itself so perfectly along the ocean floor that it was completely undetectable until some unfortunate whelk or crab or snail came along and it emerged, striking with deadly precision. I remember going back and watching the video again and again, trying to locate the octopus in hiding. This is like that. Still, that face! Perfect in its symmetry. When you pulled her ears back it was like a small bowling pin covered in the softest mahogany fur.
But now she looks less like a bowling pin in shape and more like a worn-down bowling pin in occupation; her head sports a lump as if it had actually been the number-one pin in a ten-pin formation. I let go of her, knowing she is seething at the indignity of it all. How I could be responsible for every aspect of her daily life and well-being—food, water, exercise, toys, chews, inside, outside, medication, elimination, entertainment, snuggling, affection, love—and not notice that one side of her head sports an octopus, alarmingly increasing it in size.
The octopus is a master of disguise, I remind myself; its intent is to stay hidden. An exhale. When Lily was younger, in her sleep she would make a similar noise, usually right before her legs would start racing, the preamble to a beautiful dream about chasing squirrels or birds or pounding the warm sand on an endless golden beach. Such a wonderful juxtaposition, sighing puppies. As if warm, sleeping puppies felt anything lamentable or had weariness or exasperations to sigh over.
And yet they sighed all the time! Exhalations of sweet, innocent breath. But this sigh is different. A creakiness.
There are cares in her world; there is weight on her shoulders. I ask her again. I can do what she has done for me countless times, through heartbreak and illness and depression and days of general uneasiness and malaise.
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I can sit with her quietly, our bodies touching just enough to generate warmth, to share the vibrating energy of all living things, until our breathing slows and falls into the parallel rhythm it always does when we have our quietest sits. I pinch the skin on the back of her neck as I imagine her mother once did to carry her when she was a pup. Neither of us has actually seen the film, but they played this exchange endlessly in the commercials back when it was in theaters and we both would collapse in fits of laughter at the sound of Cate Blanchett bellowing and carrying on as the Virgin Queen.
My dog does the best Cate Blanchett impression. I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare if you dare to try me! Let them come with the armies of hell; they will not pass! Instinctually she probably already knows what is fast becoming clear to me: she is the whelk; she is the crab; she is the snail. The octopus is hungry. And it is going to have her. He also endured mistreatment from Petunia, though much harsher.
Harry barely knew them, but nevertheless regarded them with great reverence and fiercely defended their memory if anyone spoke ill of them. In , he punched Draco Malfoy for insulting his mother, and he was frequently at odds with Professor Snape , who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. An incident that Snape would have delightfully used as an example was witnessed by Harry in the spring of , when Harry accidentally watched James bullying Snape with no provocation other than the already-existing animosity between them, in one of Snape's own memories, during his Occlumency lessons.
Harry began to question how his mother even came to marry James when she clearly despised him for acting in such a way, though Remus and Sirius later assured Harry that his father had changed his ways, having matured enough to become Head Boy and eventually win Lily over. Lily's son, daughter-in-law , and grandchildren. The few times Harry ever saw his parents were in pictures given to him by Rubeus Hagrid , through a vision within the Mirror of Erised , as spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem , as stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the Battle of Hogwarts , by using the Resurrection Stone.
Lily's spirit was described as looking at Harry as if she couldn't do so enough, and Harry asked his mother to stay close to him as he approached the Death Eaters ' camp and certain doom. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had endured, and gave him the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort. Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents and godfather, James Sirius and Lily Luna Potter , whom was named in memory of her.
When her youngest grandson, Albus , time-traveled to the day before her death he noticed the love in which she placed the blanket over her son and that she clearly treasured and loved her son deeply. Severus Snape , her once best friend. Severus Snape lived near the Evans family when he was a child and soon began spying on Lily after he noticed that she was a witch.
The two became friends when he started telling her about the wizarding world , being excited of attending Hogwarts together. They were best friends until their fifth year at Hogwarts, despite being sorted into different houses. Similarly, both Lily and Severus had a great talent in Potions. However, Lily became increasingly dismayed by Snape's friendships with people such as Avery and Mulciber , who disdained Muggle-borns and who practised the Dark Arts. When Snape called Lily a " filthy Mudblood " in a fit of anger and humiliation when she defended him from his bullies including James and Sirius , it was the last straw for Lily.
When she later asked him if he still intended to become a Death Eater and he did not deny it, she severed all ties with him. There is no evidence to suggest that Lily reciprocated the romantic feelings felt by Snape, but she was best friends with him.
K Rowling had said that if Severus wasn't so involved in the Dark Arts and didn't start to display a very prejudiced attitude toward non pure-bloods, Lily might have considered dating Snape, rather than just being friends. Despite the ending of their friendship, Snape still loved Lily. When he realised that it was Harry who Voldemort had fixated on as his enemy mentioned in the Prophecy , Snape begged him to spare Lily's life. However, he showed no concern for the life of her son or husband.
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Voldemort agreed to this request and offered Lily several chances to step aside. Her refusal to do so even though she had a choice is what created the magic that protected Harry. The deep, unrequited love Snape held for Lily for almost all of his life also influenced his Patronus , which took the form of a silver doe - the same as hers, caused him to spy on Voldemort for Albus Dumbledore.
Lily's second grandson, Albus Severus, has both Lily and Harry's eyes and was named in honour of Snape. She disliked them both, as they quickly began teasing Severus, Lily's best friend at the time, though it was Snape who had initiated the argument by mocking the other boys' preference of House. When Lily and Sirius were both sorted into Gryffindor House she remembered him from the train and turned her back on him when he made room for her at the Gryffindor table. However, during their later school years, they might have become good friends.
Lily eventually married Sirius's best friend. When Dumbledore casted a Fidelius Charm to hide the Potter family from Voldemort, the couple originally wanted to make Sirius their Secret Keeper , knowing he could be completely and utterly trustworthy. Lily sent him at least one letter written in a cheerfully tone and a photograph of her family during her time in hiding. However, Sirius had proposed that Peter Pettigrew be made Secret Keeper instead, thinking that Voldemort would not expect a " weak, talentless thing " like Peter to be given a such crucial role. This turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter had turned traitor and become a spy for the Death Eaters.
Barely a week after the Fidelius Charm was performed, Peter betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort, leading to them being tragically murdered.
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Sirius was deeply devastated for his friends' death; attacking Peter and attempted to kill him. He was godfather to Lily's son, Harry Potter. They shared an intimate relationship; Harry regarded Sirius as a mixture of friend and older brother, and Sirius viewed Harry as an exceptionally brave and matured adult with rights to knowing difficult truths, fully capable of shouldering burdens that many wizards much older and wiser than he could not.
Lily's relationship with Remus Lupin is not known in the books, although they are portrayed as friends in movies. When Snape insisted there was something strange about Remus, Lily answered that she didn't care about what the Marauders did. Most likely, she had also realised that Remus was a werewolf , but didn't care. After graduating from Hogwarts, Remus helped James and Lily hide, and would have willingly died for his friends rather than betray them to save his own skin. When James and Lily died, Remus was devastated and initially believed, along the rest of the wizarding world , that Sirius had been a traitor.
Later on, Remus grew close to Lily's son, Harry Potter. Despite Peter Pettigrew 's cowardly nature, Lily became more friendly with him as she warmed to James, even affectionately referring to Peter as " Wormy, " from his nickname "Wormtail. By then, however, Peter had already become a spy for Voldemort and betrayed his dearest friends out of fear for his own life. One time Peter saw Lily and James while they were in hiding, Lily noted that he " seemed down. After Voldemort murdered Lily and James, it is possible that Pettigrew felt some regret for his treacherous, heartless betrayal.
In , Pettigrew unintentionally saved Harry from Lord Voldemort , who was trying to kill the boy through Pettigrew's silver hand , by briefly hesitating when Harry reminded him of his life debt. This one, tiny impulse of mercy, however, led to Pettigrew being killed by the same hand. Professor Slughorn , her former professor. During her time at Hogwarts, Lily demonstrated extraordinary talent in potions, becoming one of Potions Master Horace Slughorn's " all-time favourites " and a member of his Slug Club.
He considered her to be one of the brightest students he had ever taught while being known to also teach students like Tom Riddle and knew her to be a vivacious, charming, talented, if sometimes cheeky girl.
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Slughorn even stated, " I don't imagine anyone who met her wouldn't have liked her In the films, Lily gave Slughorn a present, probably as a token of her respect and love for him as her teacher: a bowl of water, on which a petal from a lily floated, and as the petal sank, it transformed into a fish, just before it reached the bottom. He described it as " beautiful magic, wondrous to behold ", and named the fish Francis. When Francis suddenly disappeared one day, Slughorn realised that Lily had died.
Her son Harry used Slughorn's sympathy and grief for his mother's death to his advantage while under the effects of Felix Felicis , persuading Slughorn to give him the true memory of Tom Riddle 's inquiry about Horcruxes , by encouraging him to be as brave as his mother was and claimed that it would undo whatever great wrong he had done.
Lily was on close terms with her neighbor and fellow witch Bathilda , by the time the latter was in her older years and herself in hide with her family. Bathilda even spoke to the younger woman on the closeness between Grindelwald and Dumbledore, though Lily remained somewhat sceptical given the strange statement and Bathilda's possible senility.
Albus Dumbledore , her former headmaster. After Lily and her friends graduated from Hogwarts, they became members of the Order of the Phoenix , an organisation Dumbledore founded and led. When James and Lily became targets of Lord Voldemort , Dumbledore offered to be their Secret Keeper in an attempt to protect them, but the role went to Peter Pettigrew instead, at Sirius' suggestion. This turned out to be the couple's death sentence, as Peter betrayed them to Voldemort, who found them and killed them.
Dumbledore was deeply upset by their deaths and dedicated the rest of his life to keeping their son safe, though he knew what might be necessary to fullfil the Prophecy. He eventually became Harry's mentor, often telling Harry of the love and goodness of his parents and continually insisting that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest strength and a source of incredible power — " the power the Dark Lord knows not".
Minerva McGonagall , her former head of house and professor. After Voldemort found and killed the Potters, McGonagall was devastated to learn of Lily and James' death, to which she actually broke down into tears. Professor McGonagall was fond of Lily's son , and protected him as best as she could throughout his time at Hogwarts. The original Order of the Phoenix. She appeared to be very upset when she learned about the McKinnons ' death, crying all night.
The given name Lily comes from the name of the flower, which is a symbol of purity. Specifically, the lily is often associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary; one type of the flower is known as the Madonna lily.
Greek mythology also links lilies to the Muses and to the goddess Hera. In China, lily means "forever in love" and were thought to be capable of averting evil.
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Lily's maiden name was Evans. As a Welsh name, Evan means "young warrior". Interestingly, this could have been foreshadowing the birth of her son, Harry, who was described as a "young warrior". Lily herself was also a young warrior, having fought in the First Wizarding War at age Of the news. Then we are in the barracks, we must some other female pilots and two Male fighter pilots land, and they seem none too pleased about having to teach women how to dog fight.
One leaves, and the other remains to teach. While explaining that Women should disengage and flee upon sighting the enemy, and explaining why the planes are so haphazardly put together, Lilya sasses Alexei, the instructor. He chooses her to demonstrate the first lesson, during which Lilya ignores his orders and outmaneuvers him. When they land, Marina Raskova is furious, and begins to threaten and reprimand Lilya. She is silenced by Alexei, however, and is forced to walk off indignantly.
I think the subject matter chosen, is very interesting. Mike Mignola once wrote about doing a two-page series of Hellboy Comics for Playboy The Corpse and The Iron Shoes, for those interested and tried to write the story so that something happens every two pages. In general, for comics, I think this is a good idea, so long as it advances the story. I think White Lily accomplished that, not just in action, but in explanation. Also, this panel:. Almost every man in the comic had a similar face that kind of looks like the faces that Rob Liefeld would draw.
Really this criticism could be applied to most characters in the comic. A jarring example happened during the sequence on Tverskoy Airfield, when Lilya and her student encounter the Nazi Scout Plane. It was really hard to tell just what was happening, as the scene went on, and by the time they landed perspective just went out the window.
At the end of it, she said she used a cloud to hide, but that is definitely not what was shown to us.