One of the best character actors of all time, Alan Rickman, passed away on January 14, 2016. While he was probably recognized as the iconic Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Rickman played so many great villains that couldn’t have been done by any other actor. And of course, we remember him most as the misunderstood character and villain in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. For all its flaws and beauty, the one thing that made the movie series worthy to watch was Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape.
I am a Harry Potter fan and always will be. And it is my opinion that Severus Snape was the greatest character that Rowling created in the series. From the start, Rowling has given us hints that Snape was not what he appears to be. Deep inside, we knew he was worthy of the trust that Dumbledore bestowed upon him. We couldn’t understand that until the very final moments when Harry finally saw to what lengths Snape went to protect him and why. And it was played brilliantly by Alan Rickman.
Rickman brought life to Snape probably even better than Rowling had imagined the character in her books. When I read the revelation of Snape’s character in the book, it was simply reading a secret I had suspected for a long time. But when Rickman played that scene in the movie, his poignant portrayal of a man who would do anything for the love of his life who would never belong to him brought me to tears. Snape on his knees with Lily dead in his arms as he weeps was the most touching scene in the entire series. It finally explains who he is and how he was actually the biggest hero in the series. I doubt anyone could’ve played Snape better than Alan Rickman. Here’s a tribute to Alan Rickman, playing one of my most fave heroes of all time.