Harry Potter gem Alan Rickman has been honoured by the movie’s cast and crew two years following his tragic death. At just 69 years old, the actor lost his life to cancer back in 2016.
He was known to fans all over the world for his portrayal of Hogwarts’ Professor Severus Snape, a significant character in JK Rowling’s wizarding world.
Now, several actors (plus a two-time director) from the films have recalled their memories of the beloved icon (via Entertainment Weekly).
Evanna Lynch, who played the eccentric Luna Lovegood in four Harry Potter (s), shared: “Alan was a method actor, so we were all pretty much terrified of him on set. I just remember him being creepy around the corridors. He didn’t smile, and everyone talked about him in a reverent tone.”
However, the Irish actress then went on to explain how Alan would surround himself with young children on the movie sets who’d come to visit him. The sight of a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher chattering away with wide-eyed kids was supposedly a “bizarre scene”.
“I remember once he’d come back from an awards show or something and in the gift box was an iPod, when they’d first come about,” told Oliver Phelps, who brought George Weasley to life.
“I remember being next to him in the hair and makeup room, and I ended up showing Alan Rickman how to work an iPod, which was not what I thought I’d ever do in my life. He was a very approachable guy once you saw past Snape’s wig.”
Alan’s two-time director (Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets) Chris Columbus also found the actor to be “extremely intimidating when I first him”.
But suddenly, perceptions changed.
“I had dinner with him to talk about the role for the first time, and when he smiled, he just became the warmest, nicest human being in the world. A guy with a great sense of humour. I just had a wonderful time working with him.”