First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman. The internet is flooded with statements of the sort. I will admit, Alan Rickman’s death affects me a lot more. I am so grateful I was born in the 90’s : this meant I was the right age to discover the Harry Potter books and grow up along with J.K. Rowling’s fictional (yet almost real) characters.
When the films came out, Alan Rickman’s role as Professor Snape soon became a favourite. He was the baddy, rogue and dark, the deceitful Judas who betrayed Dumbledore before (SPOIL.ER ALERT IF SOMEHOW YOU BELONG TO THE BAFFLING MINORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THE HARRY POTTER WORLD BUT STILL INTEND TO) we finally realised he was in fact the incarnation of sacrifice, pure love and devotion. What a long-plotted twist, Rowling!
Alan Rickman portrayed that role to absolute perfection. Rowling created the character, Rickman made it memorable. His distinctive voice still resonates in my ears, the sharp and snappy ‘Potter’ many of us have tried to emulate without ever succeeding (for my part).
I know actors usually dislike labels and I don’t know how he felt about being so often associated with the Harry Potter films but I also remember him as the German terrorist in Die Hard, the hilariously depressed Marvin the robot’s voice-over in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (a character I cannot imagine being played by anyone else just like many of Alan Rickman’s roles). I also adored him as the caring father in the cinematic version of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
We are yet to see him in Eye in the Sky, a war thriller coming out in April 2016 and as the voice of Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass to be released in May 2016. I’m yet to watch A Little Chaos, a film in which he not only portrays King Louis XIV but a film he also directed.
Alan Rickman, I hate cancer with all my heart, now more than ever.