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HP Tarot - 16 The Tower by Ellygator HP Tarot - 16 The Tower by Ellygator
(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

This is as canon as it gets: "The Lightning-Struck Tower" chapter from HBP as the Tower card. I don't mind, though, because it shows the dual nature of this card very well.

On the one side the Tower is life delivering a sucker-punch to the stomach, one of those jolts of fate that leave you flat on your ass, gasping for air, wondering where that came from and what you had done to deserve it. These are the catastrophes in life: the car wrecks, the betrayals of friends and partners you trusted, the sudden downsizing at your company that leaves you jobless, the bank repossessing your home, the medical diagnosis you didn't see coming. Once you've been through a true Tower experience, life will never be the same.

The killing of Dumbledore certainly qualifies as a Tower event - the heart and soul of Hogwarts destroyed, the last bastion of safety fallen, and with it the suddenness and the violence of it all, and the seeming betrayal of a trusted friend.

But there is a second dimension to the Tower. While for some the destruction of the tower is a terrible event, for others it may be a prison suddenly broken open. Tower events have an ability to relieve and release. You may lose the stability of your current life, but this may in fact be liberating, and once you've got over the shock and pain you have the ability to grow, to move beyond what you thought possible and to achieve more.

The killing of Dumbledore has this dimension as well. In DH when we learn of Snape's memories we find that Dumbleore begged Snape for this deed as an act of mercy, as relief from pain and suffering - in fact as release from the prison of his life with his old guilt, the curse of his withered hand and at the end the horrible effects of Voldemort's poison.

The Tower always is a difficult card to deal with, but it sometimes just takes a shift of perspective to not just see the destruction, but also the opportunities.
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Ryua Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are fantastic cards. Really well thought out.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It feels like a very rewarding project.
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Ladylarablack Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
THIS IS JUST GENIUS :O 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much and for the fave as well! I am glad you like it.
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Disneylyric Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Dumbledore is reborn and remembers his past and gains imprints of the 6 most powerful DE, one who drags him into depression, and another, the one he's at, who accidently saves his life. Now they're friends.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was amazing to me how the chapter "The Lightning-struck Tower" was just JRK tapping into this card full-force. Loved it!
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Disneylyric Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student General Artist
And it ties to Albus's future fear of thunderstorms.
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Nero749 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   General Artist
So I just made the mistake of showing my mother (who's more obsessed with HP than I'd ever imagined) these Tarot Cards... let's just say it was 4o min before she'd stopped raving about them, so I thought I'd pass on the compliment ;)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thanks so much! I am so glad to know other people are into them as well!
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Nero749 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011   General Artist
Trust me, she was :O And it's always nice to hear your work is loved :)
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
So much thought and research has gone into the design of these i can really see how it works out (as i sometimes use tarot cards myself. i would say this would be a stunning deck to own!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! It was truly a labor of love!
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful detail and concept
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was JKR's chapter heading that did it, but it also illustrates the concept so well, both the scary aspects of the card as well as the liberating ones...
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stinaliden Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
you draw very well with the greyscale. Your pictures have nice composition. The charachters are easily recognizeable from the movies. Good work!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I am glad you like this art.
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Magialuna Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
I love how you explained this card.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had settled on the idea before DH and was a little doubtful, even though I didn't loose faith in Snape after HBP. Then when we found out the whole story of the tower scene in DH I just new I'd made the right call.
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Nathaniel-Keys Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Oh and beautiful job on the art by the way. It's incredible. I'd love to have a deck like this.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I've added you to the list of people to note if there are any developments with getting it printed.
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Nathaniel-Keys Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
I love how this card's subject just fits so perfectly. I always did see the tower as a sign of upheaval, but upheaval so you could begin to build something new on the site. If you look at the story of Harry from this point on he definately will be building something new. "The Tower" I think and the card "Death" have alot in common.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I think that's a very insightful interpretation, and I couldn't agree more.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Guh. Your spectral face is, I suppose haunting is the obvious word but I'm not finding another readily available. ANd the shading on the tower is fantastic.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was odd to have the figures so small in a card for once...
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
The tower is the figure!
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VivalaVida Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Großartig ! :worship: Besonders das Dunkle Mal. Mir graut es jetzt schon vor der Filmszene.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja, das wird verdammt intensiv!
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Verlisaerys Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the details! :heart:
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Sorazblack Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
:tears: That scene was so extremely catasrophal in the sixth book...(I loathed Snape for two years, and I'm so thankful for the explanation in the 7th:lol:) I believe this drawing is a great illustration of that. Snape black and dumbledore white, he almost reminds of an angel. And I love the Dark Mark on the sky, and the shading on the tower. And I like the whole composition in the drawing. :heart:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I like your comparison between the light and the darkness with Snape and Dumbledore. I definitely wanted to emphasize the contrast.
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Sorazblack Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
:highfive:
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firefly124 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
This is gorgeous, and I love your analysis of the card.
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karracaz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know nothing of tarot or Harry Potter but I can appreciate this as a piece of art on its own merits. You must have tons of patience.
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Asarea Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
You really work with those tarot cards - I like your pictures very much, but I fancy the explanations even more. As tarot lover myself I'm really digging those insights and thougts, and again I have to agree with your ideas to a card. The tower is mostly misunderstood as desctruction card, but in every destruction there lies a new beginning, as in the Death card, too.
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
wow, that's great!
i didn't know the tower was a male. that is a male symbol up on the brickwork, right? (i get those all cornfused in my head sometimes ^^; )
nice job tho!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, each of the major arcana is associate with either one of the 7 original planets, the 12 signs of the zodiac or water, air and fire to make up a total of 22. The Tower is asssociated with Mars, because of its violent nature, and of course the sign for male and for Mars are identical.
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
ah! well that certainly explains it!
thanks for telling me.
(i love it by the way, did i say that? maybe i did.)
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
beautifully rendered Elly... luv the texturing of the tower stones. :nod:
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talyra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
So dramatic and so much detail :eyepopping: Those windows, wow. And such a perfect fit you've got me half wondering if JK had tarot symbolism in mind when she chose the location for this particular event...
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I almost suspect so, given the chapter heading she chose. She did a lot of research into magic and alchemy for her books...
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ElkStarRanchArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW! The meaning of this card is amazing and what you did with it is beyond amazing as well. This is so intense and dramatic. I am just in awe! WOW!!
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Loved-it :+favlove:
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Owll Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Very impressive!!! And Snape - I love it! :heart:
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renatedowe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
OMG
The dark mark in the sky...
Dumbledore falling...
This is a fantastic job
And so sad
Congrats !
:)
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witchesrose Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job Elly, ...
I 've read this part of the book twice:"this can not be true..." than tears followed, ... :-) It fits indeed very well with the meaning of the tarot card, ...:thumbsup:
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Alzirr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Drawing all those bricks would make all my patience evaporate :O Great job, Elly.
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
This is so amazing, just like always! Your background definitions are always so in-depth and fascinating. If you ever get this deck licensed, you should be sure to accompany it with a booklet defining the cards. Speaking of which, do you have any more cards printed and up for grabs? :please: I can now afford to offer you real cash ( :wow: !) for them. I am wanting to buy another deck soon anyway, and I can't think of one I'd rather have!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Just had to say, love your quote :D
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Haha, thank you so much! :hug:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually I was going to send you the next instalment anyways, however, I am kind of waiting for another of my project management classes to be ordered by one of my customers, so I can combine the deck order with getting the class workbooks printed making the postate a bit more efficient. If they are not doing anything over the next few weeks, I think I'll get an order printed anyway. I can now get all the majors from the Hanged Man to The World and the 2s, 3s, and 4s of all suits from the pip-cards. Thst's a fairly decent order in itself.

Let me see how the next few weeks shape up, and I'll let you know.
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