The late, great Alan Rickman was one of the finest and most prolific actors of his time, with a plethora of iconic roles under his belt. But to an entire generation he’ll be most fondly remembered as the curmudgeonly and complex Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films. Now, a series of letters going to auction have revealed that he wasn’t always pleased with the films and their handling of his character.
An archive of personal writings spanning forty-years, both to and from the legendary thespian, are set to be sold off. Contained within are glimpses of Rickman’s personal grievances, including a letter from producer David Heyman, who wrote to him following the release of Chamber of Secrets: “Thank you for making HP2 a success. I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.”
Rickman confirmed these frustrations himself in a note that the actor wrote whilst working on The Half-Blood Prince. The note, which is titled ‘Inside Snape’s Head’, saw the actor write that “It’s as if (director) David Tares has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal.”
Alan Rickman died of pancreatic cancer in 2016, at the age of 69.