Alan Rickman Talks Snape
December 30, 2011, 07:44 PM
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
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!
It really is staggering, and I’m amazed that JK Rowling had so much of the book laid out before she completed the later novels. Rickman did an incredible job – I’m amazed in every movie by his performance. Thanks for sharing the interview! :D
Prof Snape was always one of my favorite charcters – I couldn’t pin him down, but was sure there was more to him than what Harry was seeing. Alan Rickman was a perfect choice; the roles I first saw him in were almost all evil then he was a sympathetic, romantic lead in Sense & Senisbility… When we finally got to see all of Severus everything in he did in the previous books just took on new light. JKR is brilliant in her character development and Alan was billiant in bringing him to life/the screen.
An amazing interview, thanks MyLeaky! I agree, I’m quite as astonished as Alan that Jo had so much planned out!
Alan Rickman was perfect for the role of Snape, I really can not think of anyone else who could have done the job. He is an amazing actor, and every time I read the books, it’s Alan Rickman I see in my mind.
I read this awesome interview a few days ago, while looking up some information about Alan’s play on Broadway (which I plan on seeing this year!) What beautiful, insightful, thoroughly delightful thoughts from one of the greatest actors whose works I’ve ever had the privilege of watching. “The perfect Snape” would be putting it mildly—thank you, indeed, Mr. Rickman, for drawing me into the Harry Potter world approximately ten years ago with your absolutely enchanting and compelling performance.