A Tribute to Alan Rickman


I was really shocked and extremely sad to hear about the death of Alan Rickman. I feel deeply sorry for his family, and may Mr. Rickman rest in peace. As a matter of fact, I know very little about Mr.Rickman, except for his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and his brief appearance in a British comedy called Love Actually. Yet, I still want to write a tribute to honour him for his exquisite and irreplaceable performance in the Harry Potter series.

The half-blood prince, the Hogwarts professor and the double agent only faithful to his love, Severus Snape is arguably the most complicated and intriguing figure in the Harry Potter series. It is indeed a huge challenge, even for the most capable performer, to meet the readers’ imagination. Mr. Rickman finished the job perfectly, surpassing the expectations of every Harry Potter fan. As a performer, he grasped every nuance of the psychological transitions of Severus Snape and successfully depicted him as someone controversial but still admirable. His slow, deep and mysterious voice helped to further build up the character of Severus Snape. Some say that it is lucky for Alan Rickman to have this role, but I find it equally lucky for Severus Snape to be depicted by Alan Rickman. Thanks to Mr. Rickman, we feel the struggles and loneliness of Severus Snape before we  somehow forgive him, if not admire him.

I have also found the letter written by Mr.Rickman to J.K Rowling after he finished his part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel [Radcliffe], Emma [Watson], and Rupert [Grint] from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

These children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.

I just saw the letter for the first time, and I believe that the letter speaks a lot about Mr.Rickman’s character. Besides being a trustworthy person who also trusts others, he is a kind, caring gentleman. I believe that people will remember him not just for his performance, but also for his kindness, wisdom, and dedication. I feel so fortunate to know Mr. Rickman, even in such a limited way.

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