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A Tribute to Alan Rickman

*forever wishing his autograph could be ours* Just look at that smoulder.


You’ve seen his most prominent movies. And you’ve now seen the headlines, “Alan Rickman dies at 69.” If you’ve read further, you know his passing was due to cancer. You may have even seen some of his costar's tributes, some of the most heartfelt from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Thompson.

Radcliffe said,


“Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘If you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.’

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the stern (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”


While Thompson said,

“Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.

What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word.

That intransigence which made him the great artist that he was—his inedible and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.

He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him.

He was the ultimate ally. In like, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely.

He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”


To refresh your memory, Thompson played alongside Rickman in "Sense & Sensibility", "Love Actually", "Harry Potter"—if you didn’t know, she was Professor Trelawney—, and "The Song of Lunch".


Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be marathoning "Love Actually" and "Harry Potter" with no makeup and boxes of tissues. 


Rest easy, Severus. We love you.






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Kaitlan is currently a senior, English major with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in communications at Appalachian State University. She is the Sigma Tau Delta Alpha Lambda Alpha president and the Mountaineer Hall Treasurer. This is her second year writing for HC. 
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