It is with heavy hearts that fans all over the world are saying goodbye to actor Alan Rickman, who died at age 69 after a battle with cancer. He passed surrounded by friends and family in London on Thursday.
We remember Rickman in many roles across decades: from playing memorable antagonists such as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, to quirky and beloved characters such as Metatron in Dogma and Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus of Tev’Meck in Galaxy Quest.
Undoubtedly, many of us will remember Rickman in his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, whose nuanced portrayal encompassed both that of a bullying antagonist and heartbreaking hero through the course of the movies. Throughout filming, Rickman knew of Snape’s true allegiance, long before producers or directors of the films did, as the movies were filming before the book series was complete. JK Rowling gave Rickman insight into Snape, which Rickman never revealed. “It was quite amusing, too, because there were times when a director would tell Alan what to do in a scene and he would say something like, ‘No I can’t do that – I know what is going to happen and you don’t,'” series producer David Heyman told the LA Times.
Described by Kevin Smith, director of Dogma, Rickman was,”the adult Harry Potter himself: a bonafide wizard who could conjure absolute magic using merely words.” He will be fondly remembered by family, friends and fans alike.
Tell us in the comments how you’ll be remembering Alan Rickman – we’ll undoubtedly be watching Harry Potter again in the coming days.
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