Ever since his appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), the character of Severus Snape has been, and will forever remain, associated with award-winning actor Alan Rickman. Rickman’s portrayal of the dark, brooding Potions master captivated (and perhaps frightened) Potterheads over the course of eight films.
On Rickman’s final day of filming the last Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), one actor visited Rickman in his trailer. According to Insider, Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the films, recently spoke in a podcast called “Inside of You” with Michael Rosenbaum about this unforgettable moment.
Lewis wanted to thank Rickman for how he treated members of the cast and crew, and to also inform Rickman of how much he [Lewis] enjoyed filming together.
Lewis told Rosenbaum, “I went to his trailer…and I just said to him [Rickman], ‘Hey, I know it’s your last day, and I just wanted to say this has been incredible to have worked with you for this long.’”
Lewis also said to Rickman, “I just want to say thank you for allowing me to work with you for ten years and not ever shouting at me or treating any of us as less than your equal.”
Rickman invited Lewis into his trailer and made tea for the two of them. He gave Lewis advice and recommendations as to what Lewis should do moving forward in his career, such as attending drama school and performing in theater.
Alan Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016 from pancreatic cancer at 69 years old. Rickman’s filmography consists of 40+ movies. In 2022, Rickman’s 27 diaries, written about his life and career over 25 years, are set to be published as one book.
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