Harry Potter Fans Mourn Death of Alan Rickman at age 69

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Daniel Radcliffe says of Rickman “He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say  if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.”



Reports indicate that Rickman died after a short bout with cancer.  Rickman was an actor of both stage and screen. He was nominated for a Tony award for  his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985. Rickman was awarded a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. He also  won a BAFTA Award for his role in Robin Hood.

But he was best known for the role of Severus Snape in the wildly popular Harry Potter series.  It a sad day for Potter Fans.


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20 responses to “Harry Potter Fans Mourn Death of Alan Rickman at age 69

  1. Heart broken. Fucking cancer. HP, Sense and Sensibility, Truly Madly Deeply. That incredible voice. Thank goodness we have film to keep him alive for us.

  2. I am heartbroken. I was first introduced to him in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. But based on Daniel Radcliffe’s tribute to him, I believe our world lost a truly good man.

  3. “For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
    Is with the tide unto an other brought:
    For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.”
    ― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

    That’s the poem he recites in Sense and Sensibility.

  4. Erica

    Shit… I was ok until I saw those pictures with those quotes. Referencing the “Always” quote kills me every time anyway.

    Daniel especially has talked about Rickman’s support multiple times, especially when Dan ventured onto the stage. The other kids have also said very lovely things in the past about him as well… perhaps even more than any of the adults.

  5. Sandra

    Is 69 the new 27? (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, etc) Besides David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman, it seems to me that there were other recent deaths at age 69.

    His immense acting chops will be missed.

  6. Cat

    Good grief! Looks like 2016 is going to be the “Year of Death”. I have never seen so many celebrities die in such numbers.

    I am a fan of the Harry Potter books. More so than the movies. But Rickman was perfectly cast as Snape.

    I first saw him as the villain in “Die Hard”.

    Another favorite who will be missed.

  7. kym

    He played the most memorable villain in Die Hard and Robin Hood….and Galaxy Quest. One of my favorite movies..

  8. cc101

    So sad. Just watched him recently in my annual seasonal watching of Love Actually.

    • LOVED him in Love Actually. And ACTUALLY, I LOVED him in everything he was in! He brought Snape to life, as though he walked out of the pages of the books, and gave him another dimension. The camera loved him. Such a soulful look in his eyes. Unlike some of the villainous characters he so believably played, the actual Mr. Rickman seemed to be a genuine gentleman. I crushed on him! His voice was divine. R.I.P., Mr. Rickman.

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  10. Angela

    I, too, am really freaking out, with what has happened to our Englishmen this week.
    There’ll never be another like him.
    When I saw him as Colonel Brandon, I did not even recognize him as the same man I saw in Die Hard. A hugely talented actor who could change like a chameleon, make you laugh, make you cry, love him, hate him, and in the case of Snape, love to hate him! And that beautiful voice. I am going to go listen to “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd.

  11. My favorite film of his is a little gem from the 90’s called An Awfully Big Adventure, which is about a young teen girl who joins a theatre troupe in 1941 England. Alan Rickman was the vaunted star of the show and Hugh Grant the troupe’s director.

    Wonderful and nuanced performances by all…I highly recommend it.

  12. My gosh! I really enjoyed this guy’s acting! Cancer is becoming way too common

  13. Truly, Madly, Deeply is one of my favorite movies and it rips my heart open every single time I see it. Although he didn’t look like a typical leading man, in the film Rickman embodied the kind of sensitive, funny, moody and caring guy I’ve hoped to get into my life. Thank you, Mr. Rickman, for setting the bar so high.

  14. Erica

    Dogma. I suddenly remembered he was in Dogma. A strange and wonderful Kevin Smith movie, and he was wonderful.

  15. “’Look… at… me…’ he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.”

    • Erica

      “Albus Severus,” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, “you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

      – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

  16. Erica

    JK Rowling once tweeted “All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.”

    If that is true – tonight I raise my wand to Professor Severus Snape.

    Its been an intense week on many levels… hell, an intense 30 days. Admittedly I’ve always been one to get more into the ugly cry over movies and literature more than I do in real life, but tonight reading some of the quotes and seeing some of the clips of Mr. Rickman’s interviews and roles – I lost some of my shit tonight.

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