Alan Rickman is no stranger to playing the villain and his most famous role to date is undoubtedly that of the Slytherin Potions professor Severus Snape.
Perhaps one of the most enigmatic and vague characters of the Harry Potter series, he appears to us as coldly sarcastic, malicious and generally quite abhorrent in his nature. Yet with the progression of the novels, we learn that in fact his icy exterior actually conceals deep anguish, a character with arguably the most complexity and moral ambiguity.
Indeed, Rowling describes the sallow faced professor as "a gift of character" and at the end of the book series, Harry himself claims that Snape was "one of the bravest men I knew."
Naturally, Alan Rickman has been greatly responsible for the evolvement of the character over the decade. Once speaking about his involvement in the series, he said:
"People in general adore Snape. He is sarcastic, stubborn, etc, etc. But he is also fascinating. I have a lot of fun impersonating him."
And now, an edited video by YouTube user MsSardonicus has encompassed much of how Rickman feels about his character. Take a look at the following character study, comprised of clips taken from interview in which the actor speaks about Snape.
Absolutely brilliant. What a fantastic tribute to the misunderstood man behind the ice cold demeanour. Snape, we love you!