“Sat at a bar and said OK to Harry Potter: Severus Snape has been keeping detailed diaries about filming in the franchise for more than 10 years

One of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter universe is Professor Severus Snape.

One of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter universe is Professor Severus Snape.

A photo: frame from the film.

One of the most loved by the audience character in the Harry Potter universe is Professor Severus Snape, who seemed to be bad, but in the end turned out to be very good (in life, this happens most often, yes). The potions teacher in the Hollywood franchise “Harry Potter” was played by British actor Alan Rickman, winner of the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA. In 2016, the artist died – he burned out from prostate cancer diagnosed in 2005.

But the actor, as it turned out, left behind a powerful legacy in the form of diary entries. He described in detail all the significant things that happened to him, starting in 2000 – from the moment when they were just negotiating participation in the first Harry Potter film. Fragments of memoirs were published by the publication The Guardian.

Here is how, for example, Rickman recorded a historical moment – “good” to participate in the project: “August 23. 2000 At the Patio bar in Piazza del Campo (Siena), where I happened to be around 8 pm, I called Los Angeles and said “OK” HP [«Гарри Поттеру»]. August 24, 2000 By the pool. And I don’t feel anything for HP, which worries me a lot – or is it because I’m reading The Experience by Martin Amis, which talks about life … “

Or here’s how the conversation with the author of the book series, JK Rowling, went:

“October 7, 2000. Another conversation with JK Rowling, and she nervously tells me about Snape’s past (in English it is written as Severus Snape – Ed.). Talking to her is like talking to someone who is living these stories, not making them up. She rages: “Well, when he was young, you see, such and such happened” – never, “I wanted such and such…”.

A photo: frame from the film.

The performer of the role of Harry – the then little Dani Radcliffe – Alan already recorded as a focused and thoughtful artist.

May 2, 2003 Hallway meeting with Dan Radcliffe. He’s so focused right now. Serious and focused, but with a sense of humor. I still don’t think he is a real actor, but he will definitely be a director or a producer. And he has such a quiet, dignified support from his parents.

A photo: frame from the film.

About the death of his own hero, Rickman said:

July 27, 2007 I have finished reading the last Harry Potter book. Snape dies heroically, Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he has ever known and names his son Albus Severus. It was a real rite of passage! One little piece of information from J Rowling seven years ago – Snape loved Lily – gave me an edge to hold on to.”

A photo: frame from the film.

He also stole something from the set:

“February 7, 2011 Won’t tell you what props I stole and what J.R. Rowling told me”

But with what restrained admiration the artist recalls the audience’s love after the release of the final part of the franchise – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”:

A photo: frame from the film.

July 7, 2011 Let’s go to Trafalgar Square – it took an hour. Once there, saw red carpets everywhere. The screen, the podium, the interviewer, and thousands of people screaming and singing, “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape…” The carpet was set up like a snake in Leicester Square for the 8:00 p.m. session. I found the film unpleasant to watch – it changes pace in the middle to tell Snape’s story and the camera loses focus. The audience, however, is very happy.”

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