Los Angeles, May 29: One of the iconic character from the Harry Potter franchise which was equally loved and hated was Professor Severus Snape which was played by none other than British actor Alan Rickman. But it turns out that Rickman didn’t like his character much. Apparently, the actor wasn’t too pleased with the layering and development that his character had in the subsequent sequels in the most celebrated fantasy feature film. This astonishing fact was revealed just about now when his letters are up for auction.
Much to the surprise of his fans, the actor’s personal letters have surfaced which reflects his frustrations in portraying the character of Severus Snape. According to the note titled “Inside Snape’s Head,” Rickman wrote, “It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal.” There was one other letter from producer David Heyman as well which threw light upon this fact that Rickman didn’t quite enjoy playing Snape much. In the letter retrieved, Heyman thanked Rickman for his work on the second Potter movie, The Chamber of Secrets. He wrote,”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’s letter archives, which has been valued at 950,000 pounds includes letters from the Prince Charles, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, as well as the novel’s author JK Rowling. The letter by Rowling appreciates Rickman’s body of work in the Harry Potter franchise. Rowling lauded Rickman’s performance and thanked him for doing justice to the most complex character. Other letters that have been found in the late actor’s archives include those from Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman who praised the actor’s various nuanced performances. The archive has been assembled by BAFTA-nominated actor and bookseller Neil Pearson, who has been working with Rickman’s estate.
An extremely gifted and talented actor, Rickman died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69 in the year 2016.