RIP, Alan Rickman

I first fell in love with Alan Rickman decades ago, when I watched Truly, Madly, Deeply.

It is no coincidence that in my first published work, the hero is a British actor named Jamie.

I can’t quite put my finger on why Rickman’s death, coming amidst a wave of loss of so many of our great artists and creatives, hit me as hard as it did. Surely the Harry Potter connection has something to do with it—I adore Snape, second only to my love of the Weasley twins. And Rickman was the one and only actor who could carry him off.

But Rickman was so much more than Harry Potter. He could play a fabulously menacing villain (Hans Gruber) as well as a fabulously menacing hero (Snape). He could pull off a fantastically camp villain (Nottingham), too. Serious and silly, romantic and cerebral… he could do it all, and with a voice… Oh, that voice.

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Here are some of my favorite Alan Rickman movies. I hope you’ll share yours in the comments…

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Harry Potter saga
  • Blow Dry
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Dogma
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe
  • Galaxy Quest