Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman dies at age 69

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Alan Rickman attends the BAFTA hosted A Life in Pictures with Alan Rickman event on April 15, 2015 in London. The actor has died from cancer at age 69, his family said on Jan. 14, 2016.

Audrey Diaz, Sophomore Staff Writer

Beloved actor Alan Rickman, who was most well known for his portrayal of the Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, passed away on January 14, 2016. According to dailymail.com, the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter shared via Twitter that Alan, “was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.”

As stated by CNN, Rickman began his acting career in theatre, with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Afterwards, he moved on to acting on television before earning a role on his breakout film, Die Hard. From there on, Rickman continued with his career in acting and eventually landed himself in the role of beloved “Severous Snape,” a challenging character who came with a dark and vexed complexity.

“I liked his character, because even though he tried to act intimidating on the outside, he was actually sentimental on the inside,” states freshman Brooke Breeze.

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“He had a real understanding of the character,” states Harry Potter director David Heyman. Credit: giphy.com
Upon assuming the role of Snape, Rickman turned into one of the most well-known characters for fans of the Harry Potter franchise. 
"Rickman had always been a part of my potter-obsessed childhood, and I am glad he can live on through his character in the movies which will be watched for decades." says Alfonso. Credit: Isabella Alfonso/Achona Online
“Rickman had always been a part of my potter-obsessed childhood, and I am glad he can live on through his character in the movies which will be watched for decades.” says Alfonso. Credit: Isabella Alfonso/Achona Online

 

Alfonso comments that, “I always admired Alan Rickman for his roles in films such as Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility, but mostly for his role as Snape in the Harry Potter films. Hearing of Rickman’s death made it seem like Snape was gone with him. It made me nostalgic, and of course, devastated.”

Not only has Rickman received love from fans, but also from fellow celebrities over twitter.

As a tribute to Rickman, a video of Snape’s most famous Harry Potter scenes has been created in order to celebrate the iconic role.

According to Buzzfeed,  youtube user (kcawesome13) combined the character’s most iconic scenes to display how misunderstood Snape truly was.

Regardless of this tragic event, Harry Potter fans believe that even after all this time, they will always remember Rickman.