Alan "Severus Snape" Rickman Bids Farewell to Harry Potter in Open Letter
05.26.11 by BJSprecher
Even though the majority of the cast and crew who worked on the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, said their final goodbyes on June 12th of last year when the movie wrapped, many have continued to work on the movie in post-production, including some of the actors. In a heartfelt open letter to Empire following a final dubbing session as Severus Snape, actor Alan Rickman expressed his gratitude to Harry Potter creator
J.K. Rowling and bid farewell to Harry Potter forever.
I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was written by Steve Kloves, the writer of all previous Harry Potter movie adaptations (except Order of the Phoenix) and directed by David Yates, director of the last three movies in the series. The movie depicts the final, climatic battle between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and the forces of good and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and the forces of evil. The cast includes Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, Dave Legeno as Fenrir Grayback, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour, Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.