The Many Faces of Alan Rickman

“Talent is accident of genes- and a responsibility.
I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.” -Alan Rickman

Born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, he was the one who will always be our beloved Professor Snape. Though he left us yesterday, he will forever be cherished in our memories. The Golden Globe winning talented British actor and director, known for playing intellectual roles (whether it be of a hero or a villain), knew perfectly how to pull off a patronising grin along with a disdainful remark. His professional career spanned over forty years, a career which covered theatre, screen and television, and went into direction as well. Though he is remembered mainly for portraying Professor Snape in the world famous movie series Harry Potter, there are other movies in which Rickman pulled off his character brilliantly. Remember Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Metatron in Dogma, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, Marvin (voice) in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…? The list is endless.

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He had the perfect man voice, a voice which could sneer at one instant, and hide silken anger at the other. Who could have uttered “Potter” better than him? “Potter” when he would call Harry to sneer at him, when he would gloat, when he would be loathsome, when he would be furious…who better than Professor Snape himself?

“Once again, you astonish me with your gifts Potter. Gifts mere mortals could only dream of possessing. How grand it must be, to be the Chosen One.”

The whole world was heart-broken when the news of his death was announced. The critically respected actor died of cancer at the age of 69. But he will be survived by his works, most importantly as Professor Snape. He was true to his saying that acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over. His acting touched all of us who watched him perform.

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”

There can never be another Professor Snape. To the great minds, death is but a next great adventure. Let us raise our wands for the bravest Slytherin there ever was.

“It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.”

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