Harry Potter: Alan Rickman didn’t want to be in the movie because of Crystal Trap

Alan Rickman turned out to be a tough nut to crack to join the Harry Potter cast … all Crystal Trap’s fault.

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I’m a fan of Harry Potter they can think of no one but the lamentation Alan Rickman in the role of Severus Snape. Yet the English star was far from convinced to accept the engagement. All for Crystal Trap’s fault.

Alan Rickman in a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

To reveal the background is today the director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chris Columbus. Before joining the Harry Potter franchise, Alan Rickman had played the character of Hans Gruber in The Crystal Trap. Playing such a distinctive villain left the actor wary of the Harry Potter film series and convincing him wasn’t easy, as Columbus revealed to AV Club:

“I remember producer David Heyman and I had to do the British star dinner tour for a while. We went out to dinner with Richard Harris to convince him, and we went out to dinner with Maggie Smith to convince her. Same thing with Alan Rickman, but he was reluctant because he didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a villain, especially after Crystal Trap and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves “.

Alan Rickman wasn’t the only actor who wasn’t convinced he was entering the Harry Potter universe. To convince him it took an intervention “from above”:

“We got him to do it, and then JK Rowling took him out to dinner and told him what would happen to Snape during the series and in book seven.”.

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JK Rowling revealed Snape’s fate to Rickman by influencing the actor’s performance while filming the film series. Event Chris Columbus had to deal with while making Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

“When we were on set, he had these little little idiosyncrasies in his performance, and I couldn’t figure out where they came from. After that I would walk up to him and say ‘What was that?’ He would say ‘Oh, you’ll know when you read the seventh book.’ ‘Help me now. I’m directing the first movie.’ But once I read the seventh book, I thought ‘Oh, that was brilliant, your choice.’ “

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