I’m not the type of person to be greatly affected by a celebrity’s passing, but Alan Rickman’s death last week was one of them. Last year it was the death of Jonathan Crombie from the Anne of Green Gables movies. Kristen even quoted me in her post as to why.
Alan Rickman is one of my favorite actors. I’ve seen him play villains in Die Hard and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and the gallant Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, which I loved more when I watched it a second time knowing he was the one playing that role.But he will forever be Professor Snape, one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series. I called it in The Sorcerer’s Stone that Professor Snape was deep down a good guy. I used Snape’s pen sieve memories as an object lesson to my son to remind him how to treat people when he was being cocky about his academic and athletic skills. Seeing James Potter and Sirius Black bully Severus Snape breaks my heart. Every time. At the end of The Half-Blood Prince I felt the sting of betrayal. But in the end, Snape is a hero from the beginning. Because of unrequited love.
Alan Rickman brought to the screen the depth and complexity needed for the enigmatic Severus Snape. And for that he will remain one of my favorite actors. Always.
What role do you think of when you hear Alan Rickman’s name?
What famous person’s death most effected you and why?