Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2016

Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling Mourns Alan Rickman In Moving Tweet

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Long before J.K. Rowling wrote the last book in the Harry Potter series, she called Alan Rickman — the actor who played Professor Snape — and revealed the twist that the generally antagonistic Snape turns out to have some good in him, report Entertainment by Todd Van Luling.

The first movie came out in 2001, while the last book,  where the true nature of Snape’s character is revealed, didn’t end up on store shelves until 2007. Rowling didn’t give away the secret to the various directors of the movies and trusted Rickman to both keep it to himself while also being able to subtly portray the character the way the author envisioned all along.

After news of English actor Alan Rickman’s death at the age of 69, broke early Thursday morning,  J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, expressed her condolences on Twitter.

“There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death, ” she wrote. “He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.”

 

Later she added a tweet to Rickman’s wife Rima saying:

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