Next weekend marks one year since the death of #AlanRickman, whose passing in January 2016 sent shockwaves through the worlds of cinema and pop culture.
A sign of how beloved he was, and how many memorable characters he inhabited, is that to watch a film in which he features still feels a little like being stabbed repeatedly in the chest with a small, sharp needle. There's really no getting over it.
Beyond his vast legacy on screen, Rickman was also basically just the nicest of guys, not in the way that everybody who's dead must be remembered as "a nice guy", but in the sense that countless stories exist that speak to his generosity as a human being — like this one, shared by fellow A-list legend Kate Winslet in this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly:
"He was always a great big softy. If there was one word I could use to really describe Al, it would be kind. He was so kind. At Al’s memorial, Juliet Stevenson told the story of how whenever Al would go out to supper and anyone else would try and pay, he would somehow have phoned ahead or slipped his credit card ahead of the meal so no one even got a look at the check. He’d just say, ‘I’ve got two words for you: Harry Potter.’ And he became known for doing that."
It's pretty heart-warming to think of how many of Rickman's friends were treated to feasts and banquets worthy of Hogwarts's Great Hall as a result of his incredibly generous nature, something not always found in celebrities of his status — just part of the reason he was so skilled at slytherin' into our hearts.
What's your favorite story about Alan Rickman and his one-of-a-kind personality, and how will you remember the first anniversary of his death?