Alan Rickman Talks Snape

Dec 30, 2011

Posted by: Mel


In a new interview with the LA Times Hero Complex, Alan Rickman discusses what it was like to play Professor Severus Snape over a decade:

“It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be
doing other things but always come back to that and I was always aware
of my place in the story even as others around me were not’ Rickman
said. “Am I sad? The point about a great story is that it’s got a
beginning, a middle and end. The ending of this story was quite popular
and beautifully judged by Jo Rowling and David Yates, so it’s not a
cause for sadness; it’s a cause for celebration that it was rounded off
so well.”

Rickman also expresses his admiration for J. K. Rowling, for knowing how the story was going to end so many years in advance:

“It’s completely staggering that she had all of that in her head’
Rickman said. “Rumor has it that she put the ending in a bank vault when
she was writing the beginning. So she held it all in her head, all
seven books. It’s jaw-dropping, really. When we started she had only
written three of the books so it was like trying to walk down two
potential roads not at all knowing what the end would be but having some
sense of what that man’s life was’ Rickman said. “I knew with Snape I
was working as a double agent, as it turns out, and a very good one at

Director David Yates and producer David Heyman also weigh in on Rickman’s portrayal of Snape, and there is some discussion of Rickman’s other acting roles further on in the article.

Many thanks to Hagiographer13 for sending this in!

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