“Thanks for all of it, Jo” Alan Rickman Remembers Harry Potter for Empire Magazine


May 25, 2011

Posted by EdwardTLC

Actor Alan Rickman (who portrays the character of Severus Snape) has written as part of Empire Magazine’s Harry Potter Ultimate Celebration Supplement about his time working on the films. In brief, yet touching, note, Mr. Rickman describes his emotions upon finishing his role as Severus Snape and recalls working with his young co-stars Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). The note finishes with a thank you to Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling.
To view the note, please click here.
The full issue of Empire Magazine with the 36 page supplementary will arrive on newsstands tomorrow.
Thanks to Andy!

59 Responses to “Thanks for all of it, Jo” Alan Rickman Remembers Harry Potter for Empire Magazine

Avatar Imageakcorr says: That is an extremely endearing note. Brings a tear to my eye :(Avatar Imagekbicprez says: When I started reading HP, my favorite characters were Neville & Hermione. By the time I finished, I had added Snape to my list. I had never believed he was evil. Why I don’t know. Women’s intuition, maybe? Long before I finished the books, Snape had become one of my heroes - second only to Harry. He was so courageous. He was in constant danger of being found out by Voldemort. I can only imagine what that must have been like. As Harry said in the epilogue, Snape was probably the bravest man he ever knew. AMEN. And THANK YOU Alan Rickman for portraying him so beautifully!Avatar ImageeiVega says: It gets me emotional. I'm glad he wrote something. It's good to hear from him. I wonder if he'll slowly share more now that the series is ending. He was always so reserved out of respect for the story. He truly got it. He understood the greater scope and importance of the story. I'm glad someone who appreciated this so profoundly was charged with the task of handling such a significant character.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Yes, I was thrilled to see that note on the back of the magazine. But I wish there had been a beautiful portrait inside, as they had for most of the other lead actors!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Anyway, I'd like to repeat what I (and several friends) said when we'd read Deathly Hallows for the first time and were talking about Snape: 'Thank goodness we've got Alan Rickman to play him in the film!'Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That is a beautiful letter!Avatar Imagecaples9280 says: I really want this magazine!! Has anyone else in the States had a difficult time ordering from the site? I've tried several times and always get an error message when the order is being processed. It tells me to try again later. Is there any other way to get one of these? Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Aww. I love Alan Rickman .. :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: We are all very fortunate Rickman took the role...Avatar ImageAceba says: Awwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SO SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Avatar Imagekiwimci says: So rare to hear him comment of Potter and I'm so glad he did in such an endearing wayAvatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Aww! Alan Rickman is so unlike his character in this blog! :DAvatar ImageMimblewimble13 says: Great note from Mr. Rickman. I would only add one thing: "Please Jo, can we have some more?"Avatar Image2tal says: A thoughtful note from a great actor. Three cheers for Mr. Rickman may he be "breaking a leg" for many years to come.Avatar Imagemakeithappen14 says: Yeah when I think that the casting crew found the man who was born to play Snape. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie is going to be amazing and I know that Rickman will finish off wonderfully.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: That is so very Squeeful! Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: This is gorgeous.Avatar ImageDavidTheUnready says: Snape rapidly became the most important character in the books, really glad that Alan accepted the role. I cannot picture anyone else with the art of emotional acting that enabled the role to achieve it's maximum potential. Without Snape, there would be no Potter. Snape and Lily is one of the greatest tragic love stories ever told. Well done Jo. Please hurry up with your next book!Avatar ImageMiss.Bellatrix says: Oh wow. That was very touching. You rock Alan, Harry Potter wouldn't be the same without you! It's such a shame that the series is coming to an end. I hope I can see you in some more of Tim Burtons movies. Avatar ImageTarana says: @caples9280: I have tried to order the magazine from Europe, but it didn't work. And I have tried about 4 times during the past few days. I don't know what's wrong with that website, but it's very annoying. I wonder if anyone else has actually managed to order it.Avatar Imagecamila_black08 says: when i starting read HP, ( hey, this is almost the same thing that the 2nd person wrote) i didn't think that Snape was really a bad man, just tought he was isolated from the world, what he, i guess, is.Avatar Imagecamila_black08 says: sorry by my English, i'm BrazilianAvatar ImageLunaLuver says: Its so nice to hear something from Alan, and its such a sweet note from a great guy. I cant wait to get my hand on this!!Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: Just beautiful. Made me cry. Alan Rickman was the perfect choice, the ONLY choice, for Snape, and he did him more than full justice. We were so very lucky he took the role. @caples9280 and @Tarana, I had trouble with the site, too, until some kind soul (can't remember who, sorry, but it was a Leaky person of course!) mentioned that when you click the link to get to the site, you also need to go to the top of their page and click for international orders before you can get to the order screen that will allow US addresses. Hope that helps! It worked for me, so good luck. :)Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: It was beautiful. I LOVE YOU ALAN!Avatar Imageiamnotworriedharry says: Love it. Brought a tear to my eye. Whoever cast him as Snape deserves an award. The casting in these movies was brilliant. Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: I cannot wait to see this movie :DAvatar Imagebellatrix1994 says: Emma Watson in 34 paintings in london exhibit: http://www.potterforthepeople.com/apps/blog/show/7175626-emma-watson-photoshoot-and-paintingsAvatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Oh my gosh, this just is amazing, I love alan rickman. You rock <3Avatar Imageroller says: Very kind note thanks 4 postingAvatar Imageniggleleaf says: One of the reasons I was sure that Snape was not totally evil was because Alan Rickman agreed to take on the role -- I didn't think he would have agreed to play Snape unless he was convinced that there was more to the character than met Harry's eye. Plus, Dumbledore trusted him. It's a lovely, lovely note.Avatar Imageroller says: Thanks 4 posting!!!Avatar Imagesunny2017 says: Awww! It's so sweet!!! Alan Rickman is an amazing actor!!Avatar Imagecaples9280 says: I can't find the link for International Orders. Am I blind?! Avatar ImageHalfbloodPrince08 says: :D great actor, great characterAvatar ImageMrs Norris 55 says: What can you say ... Rickman has class!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: That's so thoughtful and lovely, I can't wait to see him in the film!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Wow,such an amazing note...really beautiful!Avatar Imagelouie.xx says: beautifully written by an amazing actor. you go RickmanAvatar Imageminerva-rules-uk says: I've just got myself a copy! The photos are fantastic, and there are lots of reminiscences by the cast and directors. I wondered why there was nothing from Alan Rickman - now I've found it on the back cover! The magazine contains quite a few spoilers, but no doubt the Leaky team will want to reveal all after reading it....Avatar Imagemencia says: aww that is such a touching note, jo is indeed a great story-teller and alan really did a great job portraying snape. i must confess i was one of those who hated snape in the beginning, it was only around the time the half-blood prince came out that i started to have doubts about him being evil. i started to think that there was more to snape than meets the eye and that he could be some kind of a tragic hero...it turns out that he was protecting harry so that his great love did not die in vain.Avatar ImageRosie016 says: I am waiting till I get the magazine to read this! I can't wait :-)Avatar Imagecharissekin says: From the first moment that I learned that you were cast as Snape, I knew that these movies would contain quality acting. Yes, Jo told the story, but you drove the vehicle with deft precision. Thank you, Alan.Avatar Imagesiena says: Tarana - do email them about your order - there is a customer service address - I actually thought my order hadn't come through either because I kept getting an error message - but when I emailed them about itm, they told me they had received my order allright. Yes. Mr Rickman's thoughts are beautiful as ever - but, to be perfectly honest, I would have liked some nice pics of him in the mag as well as some more detailed comment on his character ...Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Touching words, but too few. I wonder if Mr. Rickman is still waiting on release of the final film, for the sake of the non-readers who don't yet know which side Snape is really on, and why (are there any such people left in the world, I wonder?). I do hope that he will be more forthcoming when it is all over - it would be really interesting to hear his own insights on this complex character.Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: That note pretty much sums up everything. And reminds me once again why I love Alan Rickman so much. And why I love this series so much.Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: GO SNAOE!Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: GO SNAOE!Avatar ImageJ.E.T. says: ABSOLUTLEY GREATAvatar Imagewdlee says: alan rickman does a superb job as severu snape I cant wait to see his performance in the last movieAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Clearly there ARE still people who haven't read the books, and haven't been paying very close attention to the films either, because elsewhere on the web you can still see them arguing about Snape in many languages. (The other day I think someone was calling him 'an accursed traitor' in Portuguese.) Merlin's Beard, they're going to have a shock when they see the last film!Avatar Imagedaldula says: waw he's not just the greteast of actors he's also a impressive writer wawAvatar Imagesiena says: I don't know, Valeria-Johanna - you have of course a point when saying some people might not have read all the books yet - but really, the last one came out in 2007 - and we are in 2011 now .... so plenty of time passed by I should say. In my opinion Rickman is saying he doesn't want to spoil things for the young readers as an excuse - he simply doesn't want to talk about Snape. I can partly understand him - whenever he tried to promote a new film or work for the theatre, journalists constantly asked him about Harry Potter instead. This must have been extremely frustrating. But he could have counteracted by giving one or two lengthy interviews specifically and exclusively about his work for HP - and after that, if any journalist dared to ask him about Snape again, he could refer them to that interview. I mean even the most reluctant actors (Rafe Fiennes for example) do now talk about their parts. Avatar Imagesiena says: P.S. By calling Rafe Fiennes "reluctant" I meant, of course, that he is usually reluctant to speak about his parts - NOT that he is a reluctant actor, of course ....Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: What a wonderful note from my favorite actor actor of all time to my favorite author of all time..How perfect, right? I heard someone else say, "He didn't want to give away anything because some people have not yet read the books." But well, honestly--you've had four years, folks. There's this one girl in my class--and when I let slip Dobby dies, she screams at me, "I DIDNT WANT TO KNOW THAT! YOU RUINED IT!" I said, "well you've got 4 years...And you've still not read it..." But she's read Twilight saga. Honestly, the girls who read that (or most) just read it so they can be like "I've read a book! Yay!" Sorry :P Anyway, love the letter and fantastic job Mr.Rickman!Avatar Imagesessionka says: I've loved Alan Rickman as an actor for a long time!!! This only adds to my admiration of him!!Avatar ImageEeyore says: What a fantastic note from a fantastic actor! It doesn't much matter to me why he is so reluctant to talk about Snape. Somehow it seems more appropriate. Snape, even after "The Prince's Tale" is an enigma, and by not talking about him in depth, we, as readers, and Alan Rickman, as the actor, are left to draw some of our own conclusions about Snape. We were given a lot of information about his life and his motivations, but there is still some mystery about him that makes him a more interesting character. And when all of that is put with JKR's comments, we end up with the most challenging character to understand. And apparently, that was not really Jo's intention. It's always nice to find serendipity in a book, and even nicer when it carries over into the movie. We have Alan Rickman's reluctance to tell us all he knows about Snape to thank for that, and the result is a fascinating and magical moment in the movies. Thank you, Mr. Rickman, and thank you, Jo Rowling. Isn't it great that two brilliantly talented people gave us Severus Snape.Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: that was brief, touching and basically summing up what most of the cast probably felt...love you, Mr.Rickman, excellent job on the films!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: That was really emotional

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