On January 14, 2016 actor Alan Rickman passed away in a London hospital at age 69 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Rickman grew up with a love of art and theatre but never thought of acting. He studied art and graphic design in college and started a successful graphic design company called Graphiti that he operated for several years. His love of theatre arts was the reason he applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a scholarship. Rickman was 26 when he started at RADA and launched his acting career.
His first film was Die Hard in 1988, and from there, he starred in a number of films including Sweeney Todd, Sense and Sensibility, and The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Rickman is mainly known for the role he plays in the Harry Potter series as Professor Severus Snape. For many Harry Potter fans Rickman’s death brought about a Harry Potter marathon and the replaying of the iconic Severus Snape phrase, “Always” over and over again.
Facebook feeds flooded with clips from the last film of the series entitled “Always” in remembrance of the amazing London actor. Rupert Grint, who worked with Rickman on the Harry Potter films, is quoted, “I am devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous occasions.”
Rickman portrayed his characters well in movies, but in reality he was a true friend to many. Daniel Radcliffe, who also worked with Rickman in the Harry Potter franchise, was quoted as saying: “He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came to see me in everything I ever did onstage in London or New York. He didn’t have to do that.” His presence in films will be forever cherished, and his words of wisdom will be remembered always.
There is a new Harry Potter club this semester at Snow. To be part of Dumbledore’s Army, contact Melissa Edwards at 435-851-7341.