Alan Rickman knew Snape’s ending in Harry Potter before everyone else

Alan Rickman as Snape was a perfect adaptation of the popular Harry Potter character. The actor brought just the right amount of sneer to the role and completely sold his biggest turns. It turns out that Rickman knew something the other filmmakers didn’t, and occasionally argued with them about it.

Rickman took on Snape in the first Harry Potter film, which was released in 2001, several years before the final book would be written. No spoilers, but there are some revelations about Snape’s behavior that will recontextualize everything about him. Author J.K. Rowling gave Rickman all of this information to improve performance, and he would oppose the choice of filmmaking with that in mind.

“It was also quite amusing because there were times when a director would tell Alan what to do in a scene and he’d be like, ‘No, I can’t do that — I know what’s going to happen, and so do you put it on ‘t’,” David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter franchise, told the LA Times. “He had a real understanding of the character and if you look back now you can see there was always more going on – a look, an expression, a feeling – that hints at what’s to come.”

Rickman himself, who sadly passed away in 2016, considered it a blessing to know how it all works. “I would do other things but always come back to it [Harry Potter], and I was always aware of my place in the story, even when others around me weren’t,” he explained at the end of the franchise. “Am I sad? The essence of a great story is that it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The ending to this story was very popular and highly rated – it’s cause for celebration that it was rounded out so well.”

In fact, the mainline Harry Potter films continue to enjoy great popularity among fans of all ages. Rickman’s performance is one of the continuous lines that transports viewers young and old into the world of witchcraft and wizardry and casts a spell that will last a lifetime.

Harry Potter’s latest episode, prequel Fantastic Beasts 3, is available to watch now in the US on HBO Max. Alan Rickman knew Snape’s ending in Harry Potter before everyone else

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