Although Alan Rickman had a genuinely amazing career before passing away from pancreatic cancer in 2016, he is best recognized for co-starring with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as Professor Severus Snape in all eight “Harry Potter” films.
The actor had a lot to say about his time working on the Wizarding World series, as evidenced by a number of excerpts from his recently released diaries, “Madly, Deeply: The Diary of Alan Rickman.” He questioned Emma Watson’s performance and called some of the elderly cast members “glorified extras,” among other things.
Additionally, Rickman and the filmmakers got into a fight over some of Snape’s dialogue, particularly in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
When Michael Gambon’s character Albus Dumbledore died in 2008, the actor had harsh comments about the way the final scene was written.
The moment appears to be weirdly devoid of tension on the page, but it is the direct result of screenplays having to conflate (deflate) the story, the author said.
According to Rickman, the issue is that the script fails to engage the viewer with particular people or their reasons.
He stated: “We don’t know or recall enough about the troubles of certain characters to comprehend their problems. or give.”Another of Rickman’s writings details how J.K. Rowling revealed to him the truth about Snape’s plot years in advance, enabling the actor to be aware of the fact that Snape was a spy for Dumbledore and had been in love with Lily Potter the entire time.
However, Rickman claimed that he fought to have one of Snape’s lines cut because it didn’t make sense and disrupted the flow of the sequence in his 2008 blog posts regarding the “Half-Blood Prince” epilogue.
“To illustrate, I contend (successfully, today) that Snape’s remark, “I offered my word. I made a commitment that” was unclear and ambiguous “He composed. Rickman is alluding to Snape’s promise to Draco Malfoy’s (Tom Felton) mother that he would keep an eye on the Slytherin pupil when he makes an effort to kill Dumbledore for Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). However, Snape steps in to complete the task when Draco falters.
Snape maintains a deathly silence throughout the theatrical rendition of the death scene, proving that Rickman’s argument was successful. In the tragic conclusion, Snape appears to arrive to support Harry before discreetly moving in to murder Dumbledore while Draco freezes.
Only “Avada Kedavra” is actually spoken by Rickman, and it isn’t until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” that he earns Harry and the audience’s respect.