“Harry Potter” director reveals: This is why Alan Rickman was reluctant to play Snape

Alan Rickman’s performance as Snape is one of the highlights of the films for many “Harry Potter” fans. The actor hesitated to take on the role.

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For “Harry Potter”-Fans have a reason to be excited: This year, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On the occasion of the anniversary, director Chris Columbus remembers the time on set and tells, among other things, that he is still dissatisfied with the design of Harry’s scar to this day. He has also expressed the wish to make a film of the play “The Cursed Child”.

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In a conversation with AV Club, Columbus talked about how he played the Severus Snape actor Alan Rickman first had to convince of the role and why he hesitated:

“I remember that [Produzent] David Heyman and I had to do the British actor dinner tour for quite a while. We went to dinner with Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore, editor’s note) to convince him, and with Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall, editor’s note) to convince them. It was the same with Alan Rickman. He was hesitant because he didn’t want to be cast as a villain all the time. Especially after ‘Die Hard’ and I think ‘Robin Hood – King of Thieves’ ”.

Alan Rickman sadly passed away in 2016 at the age of 69. But he’s not the only star from the “Harry Potter” films who has already passed away:

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Alan Rickman knew the character development of Snape

Fortunately, Alan Rickman was finally convinced to accept the role offer. After all, the performance by Rickman is one of the highlights of the “Harry Potter” films. A conversation with author JK Rowling, in which he was told what will happen to Snape in the seventh book in the series, finally convinced him and influenced his game:

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“So when we were on set, he built such little quirks into his game and I didn’t understand where it came from. I went to him and asked, ‘What was that?’ He said, ‘Oh, you’ll understand when you’ve read the seventh book.’ To which I: ‘Well, okay, but that doesn’t help me now. I’m directing the first film. ‘ But when I read the seventh book, I thought: ‘Oh, his choice was brilliant.’

The final “Harry Potter” novel wasn’t released until 2007, six years after the first film. Rickman was one of the few initiated people who knew in advance in which direction his character would develop. Without this knowledge, the Snape actor would undoubtedly have treated the character very differently. “Harry Potter” fans can count themselves lucky that he has played the villain once more.

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