Erised

Jul. 21st, 2014 09:14 pm
pennswoods: (Grumpy Snape)
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Title: Erised
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: General
Links: Ao3 | DeviantArt | Tumblr
Notes: Sherlock Holmes stumbled upon the Mirror of Erised in his first year at Hogwarts; he stumbled upon his best friend, John Watson, in his third. Caught up in the excitement of experiments, spells and magical mysteries, he nearly forgot about the existence of the mirror until seventh year, when he and John came upon it while on a case.

For the first time ever, the mirror reflected Sherlock exactly as he was: with John at his side.




Date: 2014-07-21 07:58 pm (UTC)
ext_65977: (pleased)
From: [identity profile] venturous1.livejournal.com
oh, they are so adorable. John particularly is sweet - innocent. Sherlock is prematurely wise, of course.

Date: 2014-07-21 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
I really do like how John came out here. I based this on an edit that I am not linking to because it's one of those things that's improperly credited and sort of shunned by a number of folks on Tumblr so I don't want to draw more attention to it.

Date: 2014-07-21 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drinkingcocoa.livejournal.com
So! Gryffindor John? Do tell!

Date: 2014-07-21 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
Are you ready for a long answer? I'm going to do this in two parts because my reply exceeded the character limit.

I have several reasons:

I was leaning towards Hufflepuff, which is what I sort John into normally, but I thought that the red of Gryffindor (which is his secondary house for me) would actually stand out better as a contrast against the lightness of their skin tones and John's hair as well as the gold background color. I knew it would really pop more.

I also thought I would get more complaints about me sorting him into Hufflepuff, which is what has happened before when I draw Hufflepuff John, and I didn't feel like debating it because it gets annoying after all while, as if people pointing out the same two or three lines from the show are going to succeed in changing my mind about how I sort him.

Although this might be sacrificing my own artistic vision for the purpose of not getting annoying comments about sorting, there were elements of series 3 that had me reconsidering my sorting of John, particularly from HLV (including the emphasis on John being an addict who needed that adrenaline rush) and which brought his Gryffidor side more into focus for me. I was seriously reconsidering my sorting of him.

However, since pondering the Mary and Mycroft connection and trying to make sense of what was meant versus what was actually said (or hidden from us) in HLV, I've begun second-guessing some of the comments about John needing this adrenaline rush and marrying a former assassin because that's what he likes and this has weakened my Gryffindor feelings, though they are still stronger now than they were post S2.

Date: 2014-07-21 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
And here's the rest...

In that scene in 221B where the Watsons have their domestic, I have begun feeling that Sherlock was saying what needed to be said to elicit certain outcomes even if he may not have meant or believed all of it. Sherlock speaks in half truths there - he calls himself a sociopath who solves crimes as an alternative to getting high, and yet we have Moffat saying that Sherlock is not a sociopath even though he wants to be one. It's possible that Moffat is just responding to public criticism of his use of high-functioning sociopath in S1, but I believe S3 gave us ample evidence of Sherlock's emotionality and ability to care for others (e.g. Redbeard, his entire best man speech in TSOT, his acts of appreciation toward Molly when she joined him on the cases in TEH, his questioning of Mycroft's potential ability to recognize loneliness) to show that he is capable of genuine emotional connections with people and is also aware of them.

So I believe he knows he is not a sociopath, but he calls himself one at that moment because it is expedient for getting John to listen and do what needs doing. In that same scene, Sherlock also says that he hopes the Watsons will have their domestic quickly because there's a lot of work that needs to be done, yet within minutes, he collapses and is taken to the hospital and we then have this 6 month window of John and Mary not talking to each other while Sherlock remains in hospital. I'm really not sure what work got done under those circumstances or if that was just another line, but Sherlock must have risked his life for a reason to force this confrontation at that particular moment and it was necessary at that moment to call upon and make John aware of his adventure-loving side.

A part of me believes some of what Sherlock said was in fact for Mary's benefit, to get her to go along with him. But I'm not sure what he was signaling. I just have these theories to help fill in a lot of holes. But all these holes and all this potential double-speak means that I no longer take what anyone says or what I see them doing at face value and this also includes my evaluation of John's behavior and characteristics and motivations in S3.

I am also influenced by the meta I have read explaining the dramatic difference between S1-2 and S3 that some folks have identified as being due to this change in perspective, so that we are seeing John through Sherlock's eyes whereas before we were seeing Sherlock through John's eyes. This same meta has argued that Sherlock is a less reliable narrator (this could be due to his character or elements of the story that have been deliberately kept from viewers), and this leads me to reconsider my own view of John Watson and just how Gryffindor he appeared in S3. So I am back to Hufflpuff but with stronger Gryffindor tones than I was a year ago.

Perhaps I am just being stubborn. I really like BAMFy Hufflepuffs.

Date: 2014-07-21 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
So as a result of me finding him more Gryffindor-like in S3, I felt comfortable giving a nod to this in this piece of fanart here. And that is my full answer!

Does that work for you?

Date: 2014-07-21 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drinkingcocoa.livejournal.com
Yup -- not really even a question of working or not working, just curious! I was thinking if you had wanted to draw Hufflepuff John for this portrait, you could have changed the wall behind them to a rich dark green and that could have been beautiful, too. For instance. :-) So I figured you had more to your reasoning than just the colors.

Speaking of BAMFy Hufflepuffs, I've been pondering Lestrade as Cedric Diggory today. :-)

Date: 2014-07-21 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
Very nice icon there!

Would you believe picking the color for the background and John's scarf was the hardest part of this?

I ruled out any shade of green because the piece I had posted last week (Sussex) had a green background. I was also considering blue, but the blues I had were either too dark or too much like the one I had used for the background in the the Warmest Colour from the week before. I was even considering orange, but I really, really didn't like that (even though it worked on the sleeping babies piece). So I resorted to this nice gold color I like. But I really think I need more markers of varying colors!

Date: 2014-07-21 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofisticat.livejournal.com
Beautifully done!

Date: 2014-07-21 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennswoods.livejournal.com
Feels so good to draw House scarves again!

Date: 2014-07-21 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pern-dragon.livejournal.com
Oh, I love all the different shades in their hair--it gives it such richness that, for me, is trademark YOU. Lovely, darlin, as always! <3

Date: 2014-07-22 12:36 am (UTC)
ext_24544: (john_wonder_aithine)
From: [identity profile] jaradel.livejournal.com
Oh this is lovely!

Date: 2014-07-22 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] droxy.livejournal.com
lovely art as always. =) Like the scarves too.

Date: 2014-07-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subversa.livejournal.com
May I profess undying love? And when I was reading your reply to L, I realized I had looked at the Gryff scarf and STILL SEEN JOHN as a 'Puff.

Sigh.

Date: 2014-07-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subversa.livejournal.com
And I should also say, I totally see how you could choose Gryffindor for him. His courage is, well, extreme.

Date: 2014-07-25 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themostepotente.livejournal.com
Love this! Exactly the houses I would choose, too ♥

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