21. Alan Rickman, an Artist of Character

A couple days ago, the world lost a great actor. The countless tweets from his cast members were evident that Alan Rickman was endeared by everyone he came into contact with. 

As a Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed watching Rickman play the part of Severus Snape, a sinister potions professor at Hogwarts School. Snape was my favorite character in both the books and movies. And I say this with full confidence: the movie industry could not have picked a better actor to portray Severus Snape than Alan Rickman.

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I figured that blogging about Alan Rickman would be appropriate since his death has moved so many people. According to the Harry Potter cast, Rickman left a legacy that will never be forgotten.

My favorite Snape moment was in The Prince’s Tale (chapter 33 of the final volume) when Snape’s true purpose was finally revealed. Throughout the series, Severus Snape was portrayed as one of the “bad guys.” He even professed to be a death eater (evil follower of Lord Voldemort). But in The Prince’s Tale, you find out that Snape was actually working undercover for the “good side.” The brilliance of J.K. Rowling simply astounds me every time I read that chapter.

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape. -The Prince’s Tale

For the Lingering Lamp, January 14 will be known as Alan Rickman Day, a day where we will remember those who portrayed such beautiful characters.

“Albus Severus,” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, “you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin (Severus Snape) and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.” -The Deathly Hallows Epilogue





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