Actor Alan Rickman, immortalized for his iconic portrayal of Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” films, almost gave up the role when the franchise was still in its infancy. The revelation was made through the disclosure of several posts from the actor’s personal diary, published by The Guardian newspaper.
Rickman, who passed away in 2016, jotted several notes in his diary about how he devoted himself to the role of Snape, but also how he didn’t like the idea of being stuck in a franchise for so long. Also, his views on some of the films weren’t the best.
In 2001, after the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, he wrote that “the film should only be seen on a big screen. It acquires a scale and depth that match John Williams’ horrendous score. Later in Savoia was much more fun. “
The following year, shortly after the release of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), the actor wrote that he had a meeting with his manager. “Again, Harry Potter is enough. They don’t even want to hear about it,” he wrote.
Despite his reservations, Rickman continued to play the role. And when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he decided to carry the character to the end. “Finally yes to Harry Potter 5”, he wrote him. “The feeling is neither up nor down. The winning argument is the one that says, ‘Go all the way. It’s your story.'”
The reaction from fans helped Rickman change his mind. He said he felt like a Beatle during the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004). And at the premiere of the latest film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011), the actor wrote an account of the audience’s enthusiastic reaction (and his opinion of the film).
“In Trafalgar Square – it takes an hour. Once there, red carpets everywhere. A screen, a platform, an interviewer and thousands of people yelling and singing, ‘Snape, Snape, Severus Snape …’ makes its way to Leicester Square for the movie at 8 pm I found it. [o filme] creepy to watch: he has to shift gears in half to tell Snape’s story and the camera loses focus. The audience, however, is very happy, “he described.
The actor also said he was happy with the end of his character’s story. “Snape dies heroically and Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he has ever known and calls him his son Albus Severus,” Rickman said, shortly after JK Rowling’s latest book came out.
Alan Rickman’s journal entries will be compiled and published in a book format, titled “Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman,” due out October 18.
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