My heart is heavy today.
One of the first things I do in the morning is to turn on my cell phone and check my blog and Facebook updates. When I woke up today, I was immediately shocked to learn that beloved actor Alan Rickman has passed away.
I knew him best as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. When I first started reading the Harry Potter books, I immediately fell in love with the dark and misunderstood Professor Snape character. While others didn’t like him in the beginning, I knew in my heart that he was my favorite character. As the sequels came out, my love for Snape only grew. And when the movies came out, I was certain that no one could do my Snape justice.
But Alan Rickman did.
He was absolutely perfect for the role; he embodied everything I had felt Snape to be when I read the books. After the movies, I loved the character even more.
I cried when Snape died. I cried when Alan Rickman died.
In tribute to this wonderful man who brought life to one of my favorite literary characters, I’ve decided to release the two Snape-centric alternate squares for the Harry Potter CAL early. They are entitled “Snape” and “Always”. You’ll be able to find them on the blog later today.
Severus Snape is a character that taught us that courage and loyalty can be found in the most unexpected places. Alan Rickman was a talented actor and a wonderful person. We will miss him, always.