We all remember the touching conclusion of Harry Potter and Severus Snape’s relationship, which was revealed as one of deep love, a sense of hidden caring, and the intention of upholding honor and respect by protecting Harry at all costs.
To hear Daniel Radcliffe’s words over the real, sudden passing of Alan Rickman is emotional. Writing on his Google Plus account, the 26-year-old actor released a statement speaking from the point of view of a young professional, who was enormously inspired by the veteran actor’s craft as he was still cultivating his own.
Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career.
In the letter, Daniel also mentioned that even during the years after the Harry Potter franchise had ended, Rickman took a strong interest, almost parental, in Daniel's emerging career:
I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that.
On Alan's character, Daniel said:
I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.’
...contrary to some of the sterner or downright scary characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.
For example, Alan's creaky drone-like way of saying "Potterrrr" has become a salient and memorable moment of his on-screen portrayal of the Hogwarts professor.
Little things like this definitely highlight the intricacy of Alan's ability to really make whatever role he plays more life-like, letting us as the audience get to know his character more intimately as we learn their mannerisms. These mannerisms leave an impression on us, almost like those of a friend, as we are able to recall and remember them years afterwards, long since Harry Potter has been on our screens.
Daniel also mentioned how Alan was never patronizing towards him on-set and that he felt Alan treated him more “like a peer rather than a child.”
What resonated with me the most is when Daniel said:
Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.