More than six years after his death, the actor Alan Rickman’s private diaries are throwing new light on his decision to continue playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.
Initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, the actor quietly battled the disease until his death in London in January 2016 at 69.
The diary of actor Alan Rickman, titled Madly Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman, will be published by Henry Holt & Company in October. Over the weekend, The Guardian published excerpts from the diary, offering new light on his part in the Harry Potter films.
Before filming the fifth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the actor was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He had treatment and had his prostate surgically removed in January 2006. On January 30, 2006, he wrote in his journal about why he “finally” decided to agree to return for Order of the Phoenix.
I’ll say yes to HP 5, lastly. There is no up or down feeling. The position that urges “See it through” is the one that prevails. It’s your narrative, “‘ As Rickman said. A few months later, a set diary he shared in April revealed he had never been less friendly on set.
“I realise something happens as soon as that [Snape’s] ring and outfit are on,” you say. Being gregarious, friendly, and open becomes strange. The character makes me more focused and constricted. Not desirable on a movie set. With a crew, I’ve never been less talkative. Thankfully, Dan [Radcliffe] plays that part effortlessly and charmingly. Youth, he added.
Another note dated July 27, 2007, in Rickman’s journal, describes his feelings after finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s last novel in the Harry Potter series.
I have read the final Harry Potter book. According to Rickman, Snape dies bravely, and Potter calls his kid Albus Severus and declares Snape one of the bravest men he has ever known.
That indeed was a rite of passage. I had a slight cliff edge to cling to seven years ago when I learned from Jo Rowling that Snape adored Lily.
He also described his initial discussion with Rowling, which began somewhat strangely and took place in October 2000.
“My initial exchange with Joanne Rowling. “She’s not here. Can I leave a message?” her sister responds. In the distance, laughing can be heard. He wrote, “Sorry about that!… ”
He continued, “There are things that only Snape & you know—you need to contact me tomorrow; no one else knows these things.” She reportedly responded, “You’re correct; call me tomorrow.”
He wrote, “Talk to Joanne Rowling again, and she nervously lets me in on a few glimpses of Snape’s backstory,” in his journal entry the following day.
Talking to her is talking to someone who experiences these tales rather than just hearing them. She acts like a channel, constantly saying things like, “Well, when he was young. You see, this, that, and the other happened,” and never says something like that. “I wanted so and so “, ‘ Rickman threw in.
After witnessing the first Harry Potter movie, he also expressed his opinion, saying, “The movie should only be seen on a big screen.” Scale and depth are added, matching the awful John Williams score. The after-party at the Savoy is far more enjoyable.