“feel so screwed”
Alan Rickman wanted out of Harry Potter
09/26/2022, 7:04 PM
Over the years, Alan Rickman has harbored the idea of quitting the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. The late actor’s diaries now reveal what finally makes him change his mind.
He may have passed away in 2016, but Alan Rickman will live on in his movies forever. There are infamous roles in “Die Hard” (1988), “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), “Love Actually” (2003), “Sweeney Todd” (2007) and last but not least as the magic teacher Severus Snape in the series “Harry Potter”.
But while the latter role was probably his most lucrative, Rickman wanted to leave the “Harry Potter” franchise after the second film in 2002, according to his diaries, which will be out Oct. 18. Doubts plagued him even later – it wasn’t until 2006 that the British actor finally decided to stick with it. In an introductory article, the “Guardian” published the excerpts from the diary about “Harry Potter”.
On December 4, 2002, Rickman wrote: “Conversation with Paul Lyon-Maris (Rickman’s agent, editor’s note) about HP’s departure, which he thinks will happen.” Part two, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” had just opened in theaters two weeks earlier.
Rickman is even clearer in the same item, “I repeat: no more HP,” it reads. And looking at the producers, “They don’t want to hear it.” According to the diary, the reasons for the emigration thoughts are “project clashes”. In addition, Rickman had mused a few weeks earlier that his “fascination with showbiz was fading.”
“More of the same really…”
At the moment, the diaries do not reveal why he stayed with “Harry Potter” anyway, at least not the fragments from the “Guardian”. About the filming of part three, the actor only remarked resignedly: “Actually more of the same. But what else can you do than take pictures.” And about part four: “I feel so screwed about this movie despite Mike’s best intentions.” Mike means director Mike Newell.
The turning point came in 2006: “Finally, yes to HP 5. It doesn’t feel good or bad,” his diary says after a long battle. His prostate had been removed during surgery a few days earlier. The argument that ultimately spoke to stick with the fantasy saga was, “Get it through, it’s your story.”
From then on there will be no more complaints about “Harry Potter”. On July 27, Rickman writes of his reading of Joanne K. Rowling’s latest Potter book: “Snape dies heroically, Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he has ever known and names his son Albus Severus.” Rowling had given him one hint about Snape’s development into a hero even before shooting all the movies: Snape loved Harry’s mother Lily. Rickman: “That gave me a cliff to hold on to.”
Alan Rickman died of pancreatic cancer in 2016 at the age of 69. He leaves behind his wife Rima Horton, with whom he had a relationship since 1965 and whom he married in 2012. The couple had no children.