J.K. Rowling Reveals The Secret She Told Alan Rickman Before He Played Snape

By January 18, 2016

One of the greatest mysteries of the Harry Potter fandom throughout the entire tenure of the eight films was the secret that author J.K. Rowling had shared with the late great Alan Rickman that convinced him to play the role of Severus Snape before the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Rickman refused to reveal the secret throughout his entire life – something that only made Potter fans love him more – and has remained one of the Potter fandom’s greatest talking points throughout the years.

Now, following the unfortunate passing of Rickman late last week though (which I still haven’t fully recovered from), Rowling has revealed the secret she told to Rickman, and while it wasn’t much, it clearly left an impression on the actor that informed his performance through all eight of the films.

Rowling specified the mysterious piece of information on her Twitter page recently, which you can read below:

Rowling of course is referring to the lifelong love Snape felt towards Harry’s mother, Lily Potter, that not only left him mourning her death, but also led to him protecting Harry in the years to come in his battle against Lord Voldemort. Fans of the novels had always suspected that there might have been something behind the character, and the reveal not only added an extra dimension to the character, but nuance to every single one of his actions in the past six novels.

Rickman seemed to take pride in his knowledge of the character too, and his passion for the role made him not only the perfect actor to play Severus Snape, but a sort of figure for the fans that reminded them the cast seemed to love the material just as much as they did. Rowling paid tribute to the actor on Twitter last week following his passing as well, calling him “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man“. She was only one of the many to remember the impact that Rickman has left with his work, something millions of moviegoers will be remembering and celebrating in the decades to come as well.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable