Alan Rickman's Fond Farewell After Finishing Work on 'Harry Potter'

May 25, 2011
Source: Buzz Feed

Alan Rickman

Since the beginning of the franchise with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001 through this summer's conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (watch the trailer right here), we've watched Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. And around them has been some of the finest A-List talent from across the pond including Alan Rickman as the ominous and mysterious Professor Snape. Well, the actor finished his last bit of work on the franchise last month and followed it with a fond, public farewell to the franchise.

Here's Rickman's full page letter right out of Empire Magazine (via BuzzFeed):

Alan Rickman's Farewell to Harry Potter

It's crazy to think that at the time of Rickman's casting, Prisoner of Azkaban was the most recently book released, and we had barely begun to learn about the enigmatic Hogwarts professor and former Death Eater Severus Snape. It really is touching to read about his look back at the decade that has passed since the spawn of the popular franchise, and his graciousness towards J.K. Rowling and the whole experience. The Harry Potter franchise has been a huge part of many people's lives from teenagers who were children when the first films came out, to parents who have enjoyed the books with their kids. We truly are coming up on the end of something spectacular in film, and it's going to be very hard to say goodbye later this summer.

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Class act that Hans, huh? Boy, reading that just makes me want to watch everything he's ever done all in a weekend. Effen love Rickman!

Anonymous on May 25, 2011


I was gonna say this is one classy cat.  The dude steals the screen in a professional and talented way.  He has tremendous screen presence.

Anonymous on May 25, 2011


Amen to both of you. Love that man! The heading freaked me out. Thought he was retiring from acting at first.

grimjob on May 25, 2011


Oh god, that would be horrible!

Mark on May 26, 2011


I remember reading the first book as a child. The annual book fair was happening in our library at school and the most popular book to buy was HP1. I bought it and immediately began to read. I was hooked from then on out. I'm now a 23 year old video production student in college and I'm still just as excited now as I was then. 

Casey Carroll on May 25, 2011


God bless that noble, dick-less angel. What a champ. Initially I thought the HP series was below him, but damned if he didn't change my mind by make every scene he was included in that much more awesome, only helping to make the series that much more respectable and worthwhile.

Voice of Reason on May 25, 2011


AR is a magnificent actor. He starred in some of my favorite films like Die Hard, HP franchise and Swenney Todd. Oh, this is just sad... Professor Snape left the classroom... for ever.

Anonymous on May 25, 2011


A fine actor and a class act.

Cinema Nostalgia on May 25, 2011



Xerxexx on May 25, 2011


Love this man!   What a tremendous actor and human being he is.    One of my all time favorites.........when they do the Snape memory scenes, I will be bawling!   Bravo, Alan, Bravo!   🙂

weezy1 on May 26, 2011


Is it me or Snape get all the great lines in HP.

Atmawarin on May 26, 2011


Alan Rickman portrays the silent strength of Severus Snape so well in the movies.  I was on the hate parade for the character until I read the part where *spoiler alert*it is revealed that he was a double agent for Dumbledore.  And then I kind of cheered inside myself.  And when he revealed his final secret memory to Harry, I kind of got a lump in my throat.  I can't wait for that scene to hit the screen in the finale.

JL on May 26, 2011


AR has been my biggest celeb crush since seeing "Sense and Sensibility" in '95. I was 17 then, and now that I'm 32 I'm STILL not over him.  He has a way with wounded characters that few others can claim.

Stalker on May 26, 2011


Class.  From the greatest action bad guy EVER.

Duane on May 26, 2011


Wow.  What an homage from such a fantastic thespian. 

Anonymous on May 27, 2011


There's never been an actor like him and never will be again! He's awesome, and his role as Snape is proof.

Vonzae2000 on May 27, 2011


Amen to all the comments before mine!  I frist saw him in Die Hard I and was "hooked."  I have followed his career since.    Though he will always be my favorite potions professor, my favorite movie was "Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves."  He stole EVERY scene he was in!  So over the top and so loved him.  Farwell Professor, hello new adventagers in acting!

Alifromnm on May 27, 2011


Brilliant...thank you Mr. Rickman.

Skeletonbaby56 on May 27, 2011


ill always remember this film series thank you alan for the excellent performances since my childhood 😀

A5J4DX on Jun 18, 2011

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