On January 14th, 2016, the world lost a gem. Legendary actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Potterheads around the world couldn’t be more distressed upon hearing this news. After all, their beloved Professor Snape had just died, leaving behind a huge void.
Let’s face it, no one could have played the role of the misconstrued Professor Severus Snape in all the Harry Potter movies better than him. From that evil sneer to the poker face that so effortlessly concealed his feelings, and the infamous dialogue ‘Always’, Alan was the most perfectly suited for this role. He displayed just the right amount of emotions and his expressions were flawless. It is no surprise that he was J.K. Rowling’s personal choice for Snape’s role.
5 Reasons Why We Will Remember Alan Rickman, Always!
Alan has acted in some epic movies like Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, and Love Actually, apart from the Harry Potter series. Considered to be one of the finest actors in the UK, he has also directed the 2014 costume drama A Little Chaos, and starred in it opposite Kate Winslet. Apart from that, he directed Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law in The Winter Guest, seventeen years ago.
His Versatility as an Actor:
While he was best known for playing villainous roles in movies such as Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Alan also made appearances in Sense and Sensibility as Colonel Brandon, Galaxy Quest as Alexander Dane, Truly Madly Deeply as Jamie and Love Actually as a wayward husband.
However, he will be dearly remembered for the fantastic portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. He displayed the exact amount of grumpiness, wit and emotions needed for the bringing the character to life. I’m sure we all tear up in the scene where he hugs a dead Lily Potter and cries.
His Heart-Rending Scene in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part-2:
Yep, this is what I was talking about, earlier. *sob*
Apart from being a brilliant actor, Alan was a very intelligent human being too. Some of his quotes are so powerful, they’ll always be remembered!
Here are some of my favourite quotes by Alan Rickman:
“Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility”.
“All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.”
“I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.”
“If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.”
“Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.”
His Persona and Charm:
His co-actors consider him to be one of the finest British actors to-date, and a wonderful human being as well.
J.K. Rowling expressed her grief at the news of Rickman’s death. “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man,” she tweeted.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry throughout the Harry Potter series, said Rickman “was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career.” Emma Thompson, one of his co-stars also expressed her grief and called him “the finest of actors and directors.”
It is almost impossible to imagine the Harry Potter series without Alan Rickman. His death has taken part of our childhood with him. The industry has indeed lost a gem. Nonetheless, he will forever be alive in our hearts. We love you, Professor Snape! Always.