It has been a rather difficult week. We woke up Thursday morning with the news that one of the most charismatic, unique, talented artists had lost his battle with cancer. Amidst our deepest sorrow, we acknowledge that we can only imagine what his family is going through. We just wanted to pay our respects in our little corner of the interwebs the only way we know how. So here’s our dedication and homage to Alan Rickman.
To the man with the charismatic smile…
Alan Rickman, we will miss your voice, a voice that has intimidated, romanced, and a voice many a young actor has imitated with love.
We will miss hearing about your silly antics on set, like putting a whoopee cushion in Dan Radcliffe’s sleeping bag.
We will miss your sassy class… No one could do it better.
Many of your friends have shared their amazing goodbyes like J.K. Rowling, Emma Thompson, and Kevin Smith.
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
— Harry Potter Memory (@PotterMemory) January 14, 2016
If anything is certain, it is that you are a treasure and you will be missed by all.
I personally want to thank you for bringing so many unforgettable characters to life. I’m especially grateful for Snape, but I want to fawn over Metatron for a second… Just love that sass, sarcasm, humor and hope all wrapped in one! ~Roni
How do you say goodbye to such an icon? How can someone you’ve never met touch your life so truly, madly, and deeply the way Alan Rickman has? He was so many things to me. He knew how to make us laugh…
I probably watched this clip of Alan Rickman on Jimmy Fallon a dozen times and couldn’t stop laughing. And he could sing! Just watch this brilliant performance from Sweeney Todd.
I could just stop what I’m doing listen to that man speak and sing. His voice was so distinctive. It doesn’t even feel right to be talking about him in the past tense. At least we will get to hear his voice again in Through the Looking Glass.
But perhaps the role that made me fall in love with him most of all was our beloved Severus Snape. He began as this character you wanted to hate but couldn’t, and by the draw of the series’ end when you knew his whole back story there was a wave of emotions! I personally felt like I could relate to Snape on that level and I just wished I could reach out and give him a hug. And in the end he was definitively one of my favorite characters in the whole series. And now I leave to you this beautiful tribute to Severus Snape, created by YouTuber Emberlorna, featuring music by Paul MacDonald and Nikki Reed.
As I mop my tears off the floor, I’ll now hand this over to my blog mates <3 Jams
Up until today there was only one other occasion where Alan Rickman made me legitimately mad. And that was when his on-screen persona cheated on Emma Thompson in Love Actually. I remember I had been so excited to watch the film the moment I found out he was cast. Only to have him break my heart.
Despite typically playing morally ambiguous characters, he never failed to win me over onto his side every time. He carved out a career mastering the art of complexity. He was one of those rare breeds of actors who had the uncanny ability to make an audience laugh or cry or simply feel. Sometimes all it took was a single word.
Sometimes words weren’t even necessary.
Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. -Alan Rickman
You definitely changed the world for the better. Your presence is already deeply missed. Rach ❤
RIP Alan Rickman pic.twitter.com/HANHSicOBB
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) January 14, 2016
I just wanted to say that like many people, the Harry Potter series was a huge part of my childhood. From the books to the movies, Alan breathed life into Severus Snape. As the often misunderstood Potions Professor, he not only showed us that love can conquer all and that love transcends even death; he also taught us never to judge a wizard, witch, or muggle by how they looked, but rather by the integrity of their actions. Thank you for bringing out the humanity in a character that will be cherished for generations to come. Rest in peace. – Jen
Thank you, Alan.
Roni, Jen, Rach, & Jams