LONDON — Although Alan Rickman will be remembered for a number of different film roles, his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies has to be one of his most iconic.

Rickman had previously hinted in interviews that he spoke with J.K. Rowling at the start of the filming process in order to “get a handle” on how to play Snape — something which undoubtedly helped him play the antagonist with a suitable level of complexity.

“She certainly didn’t tell me what the end of the story was going to be in any way at all, so I was having to buy the books along with everybody else,” Rickman said in an RTÉ interview. Read more…

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J.K. Rowling reveals how she gave Alan Rickman a major clue about Snape’s character