Internationally famous for his role in Harry Potter as Professor Snape – Alan Rickman died on January 14, 2016. I cry when I read his famous lines
“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter.
And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’
And I will say ‘Always.’”
Aged 69, his family confirmed his death from cancer, on Thursday. He died in London, surrounded by family and friends.
I’m at a loss of words to write, as this is very depressing. Such talent! He was one such actor, who was not a sci-fi superhero, still was a part of our childhood. And not just as Professor Snape in Harry Potter film series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Alan was famous for and has won a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1995 for playing the leading role in ‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’, and also a BAFTA Award for ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.
Daniel Radcliffe pens a heart touching essay saying, “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter.”
(Link to the post – Daniel about Alan ).
Kate Winslet, the actress internationally famous for her role in Titanic said, “We are all so devastated to lose Alan. He was loved enormously by so many. He was an exceptionally warm and giving man and an utterly phenomenal actor and gifted director”, “And that voice! Oh, that voice…”
People from all over the world paid tributes, including famous personalities like Emma Watson, J.K.Rowling, Evanna Lynch, Emma Thompson, Rupert Grint, Neil Patrick Harris, and a lot others.
But obviously he gained huge number of fans from his character Professor Snape. The characters in a book are a fragment of our imagination, and to cast that character in a movie is very tough. Many Potterheads, including myself, feel Bonnie Wright was not the right cast for Ginny Weasley. On the other hand, Alan Rickman played the role of Severus Snape with perfection. He potrayed Snape’s love for Lily, loathing for James, loyalty towards Dumbeldore, or shall I say, loyalty towards Lily, flawlessly. Admit it, whether you liked Snape initially or not, we all cried when Harry looked deep into the eyes of Severus, and something tear-like silvery gushed from his black eyes, and he cried, “Take it….take..it”.
I fell in love with Alan Rickman after the Deathly Hollows Part-2. After that, I watched his other movies like Rasputin:Dark Servant of Destiny, Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, etc. It breaks my heart at the realization of his death. May he rest in peace.