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Old Letters by Alan Rickman Reveal His Frustrations With Role of Snape

In the entire Harry Potter franchise, there is one particular character, aside from Mr. Potter, that people both love and love to hate. And you most likely said “Mr. Potter” in his notable deep voice. Professor Snape is the professor of the year every year. However, the late and great Alan Rickman didn’t always feel the way we did.

 

According to Deadline, in a recent auction a series of personal letters written belonging to Rickman went up for sale. They span his forty-year career, discussing all sorts of personal notes and stories. However, one in particular surprised many Potter people.

 

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After Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the producer wrote to Rickman: “Thank you for making HP2 a success. I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.” Sounds so nice right? But we get the idea that Rickman had a hard time playing the part perhaps. Titled “Inside Snape’s Head” was the actor’s  letter that was written while filming Half Blood Prince. He writes: “It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal.”

 

Ouch. That does sound a little tense and understandably so. Perhaps Rickman wanted more opportunity to delve into the mind of his dark yet hurting character. I mean, we always want more. However, there were many other heartfelt letters about his close relationships with Rowling and Radcliffe along with other actors he’s worked with in the past.

 

We’re happy to become more familiar with the life of Mr. Rickman, however maybe Snape did need a little more time.

 

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