Not Forgotten. Loved Always.

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With the words Expecto Patronum, a silver doe appeared. An enduring love we did not expect. We read, then watched, as only he could portray the man who uttered that most feared killing curse, Avada Kedavra. In utter disbelief I read and re-read the words, a baby in my arms, as Professor Dumbledore fell to his death. We cursed and wept. We believed the worst. He had betrayed. I could solemnly swear Jo wrote Severus Snape for you. You made him tangible.

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Severus Snape you are and always will be the wizard we did not understand. We feared for the young wizard when you fixed him with that look, a sneer curling at the edge of your lips. Potions master you were, but Defense Against the Dark arts you craved. The one who irritated us and yet, the one who tugged at our heartstrings when you stared at Lilly Potter with such adoration. We knew you were not done. You are unparalleled. We  Muggles honor the man who played you in eight films. Who brought you to life so beautifully honed and crafted, as you battled your darkness and fought valiantly for light.

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He was the man who played the Sheriff of Nottingham in one my favorite versions of Robin Hood, with Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman. Despicably evil and brilliant. He truly was the lead.

Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham

I adored him in  Love Actually opposite Emma Thompson. For his humanity and his weakness. In Michael Collins and the Gambit with Colin Firth – his versatility so perfect. Reunited with Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility, a perfect colonel Brandon, a film on my list to watch over and over. They starred together again in 2010, in the Song of Lunch.

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson

He was as good as bad could be as ‘Hans Grub’ in Die Hard. The very dark Sweeney Todd with Johhny Depp was marvelous, and that oh so recognizable voice as Absolem the blue caterpillar, in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass out this year. Yet another wonderful role for this perfectly trained actor. He directed a beautiful period drama ‘A Little Chaos’ – I have not seen, but you can be certain I will.

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And…

If you have time, try to catch a snippet of Alan Rickman on Jimmy Fallon with helium balloons. Just so funny.

Alan Rickman with Jimmy Fallon

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You gave so much to the world of film, theatre and the arts, Alan Rickman, you brilliant, brilliant man, we shall miss you.

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17 thoughts on “Not Forgotten. Loved Always.

  1. He was perfect for Snape.

    Harry said, for I can’t think of him as Daniel Radcliffe:

    “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say, ‘If you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.’

    People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

    As an actor, he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.?

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  2. Hello darling, as you know I’m not commenting on posts of late, but I just had to tell you that K was a huge fan of Alan . I showed this to her, just on her way out, she cried, ruining her eye make up, which she is redoing….. But your words touched her deeply and I just wanted you to know that. ❤️❤️

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  3. What a lovely tribute giving us great memories of him. The world has lost a great talent, but by remembering we keep the memory alive.

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