Thursday, January 14, 2016

We Will Remember Alan Rickman, Always

From his work in theater to the variety of roles he portrayed in film and television, Alan Rickman was an exemplary, accomplished performer.

Some may remember him for his work on the stage doling out Shakespeare's brilliant words.

Some may recount him from a variety of roles; as the merciless madmen in Die Hard, as the gentlemanly and grave Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, or the bitter sci-fi icon Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

A great many of us will remember him for his complex portrayal of Harry Potters' mysterious and bitter Potions teacher Severus Snape. From the first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rickman grabbed our attention. One look shared between Snape to the little Chosen One Harry Potter was a well full of secrets, pain, and intrigue. His physicality was smooth, as his cape swiped across the floor and with every turn in and out of a room. A deep bass voice gave every sentence and us, literally, great pause.

"He lives a solitary kind of existence. Mysterious. He’s very focused. Eventually you get to find out who he is. Innocence. Lost. Resentful. It’s been a complete privilege."
The book's Severus Snape sparked debate of our feelings towards him. Was he wholeheartedly bad? How problematic were his intentions to protect Harry because of his love for Lily Potter? No matter what we felt about Snape - loved to hate or hated him - we could all agree that Rickman as Snape was brilliant. The series unveiled more delicate layers with every installment. No matter how rigid his edges were, he became a cherished and memorable face among all of the familiar faces that welcomed us back to Hogwarts with each film.

Nearly a decade later with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, every scene of Snape's connection to the Boy Who Lived connected like a majestic puzzle. The sequence of Snape's Memories took every fan's breath away. Rickman's performance is the true unveiling of decade's worth of nuance; a stunning portrayal of what a master of his craft he was at creating a legendary role - complex and suspenseful; bitter and sweet; inspiring and tragic.

When the world loses an actor, we bear a sense of loss from their talent to take us to another world and give complexity to fictional characters; to bring people who exist on the page to life on-screen. My heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones, both professionally and personally. Plenty of very distinguished performers are celebrated and remembered by their family, friends, and legions of fans. For 2016 and beyond, Rickman will be one among many - we will remember him, always. Wands Up.

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