While Alan Rickman stood out for his numerous works in both film and theatre, one of his most notable role was as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series. We pay tribute to the actor who turned our hearts around – from the most hated professor at Hogwarts, to the most loved. We raise our wands, potions and butterbeer to you sir, RIP.
#1 When the love of his life died
#2 When he chose to protect Harry without anyone’s knowledge
#3 When he protected the trio from being mauled
#4 When he showed everyone that he never stopped loving Lily
#5 When he had to kill Dumblebore even though he didn’t want to
#6 When he revealed that he’s the Half-Blood Prince
#7 When he instructs Harry to take his tears to the Pensieve
#8 The words he uttered before dying
And then everything started making sense to Harry.
Here’s Alan Rickman’s goodbye letter to Harry Potter:
I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel [Radcliffe], Emma [Watson], and Rupert [Grint] from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.
These children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.
– Alan Rickman
Now if you would excuse us, let us continue grieving.
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