It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I write this memoriam post for an actor that all of us here at The Collective have nothing but fond memories for. After a long battle with cancer, Alan Rickman, who many of us know as Professor Severus Snape of Hogwarts, passed away today at the age of 69. Many of the actors who have worked with him over his almost three-decade career have written heartfelt tributes to the late actor, and perhaps none have moved me more than the words of Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe:
As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man. (source)
We are privileged to have lived on this earth at the same time as such a talented actor, and today we fondly remember our favorite Alan Rickman works.
The Sheriff of Nottingham
This was the first Alan Rickman movie I can remember seeing, and although Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has little to recommend it aside from the Sheriff of Nottingham, it is a film that my brothers and I still quote to each other. In fact, today my brother and I ate lunch using only spoons in memory of Rickman. Why a spoon cousin? …Because it’ll hurt more! -The Collectress
Sense and Sensibility
Although I tend to associate Alan Rickman with Severus Snape, I mustn’t forget that before I started watching Harry Potter, I knew him as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. Just as Rickman conquered comedy and fantasy, he was also a master of the genteel and the historical. His portrayal of Brandon made me fall in love with him, his voice, and his unbelievable talent. -The Collected Mutineer
No, I’m not talking about that douche angel from Supernatural. I’m talking about the time that Alan Rickman was the snarky Word of God. Dogma remains one of my favorite films of all time because Metatron was such a sass monster. -The Collectress
Speaking of Sass…
Alan Rickman not only had fantastic comedic timing, but a lovely sense of humor. I’ll let the clip speak for itself. -The Collected Mutineer
I’ve posted about Alan Rickman’s reading of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, and listening to his voice will always be one of my favorite things to do. So here is Alan reading Shakespeare’s sonnet 130. -The Collectress
It would be remiss to talk about the man without mentioning his most famous role, the one that many of us grew up loving him for. Speaking for myself, I find that there are few characters in the HP universe with more emotional complexity and compelling story arc than Severus Snape, and Rickman brought every bit of that depth to the character onscreen.
If you can stand to watch it, here is Snape’s story in chronological order.
We will miss you, Alan Rickman, and we will remember you.