Alan Rickman’s diary reveals he wanted to quit ‘Harry Potter’


Alan Rickman had a career filled with eclectic characters, but probably one of his most memorable was the role of Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series.

Six years after the British actor’s death from pancreatic cancer, excerpts from his diaries will be published in a book titled ‘Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman’.

In the book – out October 4 – Rickman noted how he wanted to leave the wizarding franchise after the release of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” in 2002.

Rickman played the role in six consecutive films in the series, which ended in 2011.

Portions of the diary were recently published by the Guardian.

In a December 4, 2002 post, the “Dogma” star wrote: “In conversation with… [agent] Paul Lyon-Maris on HP’s departure, what he believes will happen. But here we are again in the realm of the project collision. Repeatedly no more HP. They don’t want to hear it.”

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley (left), Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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Reluctantly, he continued to make more films in 2006, after his treatment for prostate cancer.

His January 30, 2006 entry said, “Finally, yes to HP 5. The thrill is neither up nor down. The argument that wins is the argument that says, ‘See through it. It’s your story.’”

Rickman also described how he felt about Professor Snape’s passing, even writing down his thoughts on the wizard’s passion for Harry Potter’s mother Lily.

LONDON - MARCH 9: Alan Rickman poses during a photo call on March 9, 2004 at his home in London, England.  (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
Rickman died in 2016 at the age of 69.
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“I have finished reading the last Harry Potter book,” said a July 2007 article. “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.”

“This was a real rite of passage. A little bit of information from [JK] Rowling seven years ago – Snape loved Lily – gave me a cliff to hold on to,” he added.

Elsewhere in his journal, he wrote how the first “Harry Potter” movie in 2001 “should only be seen on a big screen. It takes on a scale and depth that matches John Williams’s hideous score.”

(Lr) Harry (DANIEL RADCLIFFE), Ron (RUPERT GRINT), Filch (DAVID BRADLEY) and Professor Snape (ALAN RICKMAN) in Warner Bros.  pictures'  "Harry Potter and the secret room."  PHOTOS USED ONLY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY, OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PHOTO AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO.  NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION HARRY POTTER and all related designations are trademarks of and 2002 Warner Bros.  All rights reserved.  Harry Potter publishing rights JKR
Daniel Radcliffe (left), Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” from 2002.
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“Arriving at Radio City was like being a Beatle,” he wrote of attending the third film’s 2004 debut. “Thousands of fans screamed as we got out of the car. Mostly for Daniel Radcliffe, but a rush for everyone. Not to mention stepping on the podium for 6,000.”

In 2018, letters from producer David Heyman to Rickman were unearthed, stating how the “Die Hard” alum was “frustrated” with his Snape role.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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