Disappeared in 2016, Alan Rickman left a monumental void in the world of cinema. The one who so brilliantly played Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” saga is still missed by the public and his colleagues. This is the case of Timothy Spall, interpreter of Peter Pettigrew in the magic saga, who paid him a new tribute.
Cinema still mourns Alan Rickman
Unforgettable Severus Snape in the eight films of the series Harry PotterAlan Rickman left us suddenly on January 14, 2016. A huge film actor and theater actor, he revealed himself to the whole world by embodying Hans Gruberthe antagonist of the cult film crystal trap by John McTiernan in 1988. A very first role in the cinema, which he obtains at 41 years old, and which will condition many of his following roles. Complex roles where his voice and his appearance are particularly marvelous.
A register of play which is thus perfectly appropriate for the ambiguous professor of defense against the forces of Evil, Severus Snape. A very brilliant character but embittered, bitter, and openly detestable, until the revelation of its deep nature and its role in the universe created by JK Rowling, in the seventh episode of the saga. Artist and public figure of rare elegance, his legend is still alive, as his film colleague Timothy Spall reminded us again. The British actor has indeed embodied the purely detestable Peter Pettigrew four times in the films. Harry Potter.
Timothy Spall: ‘We have known the privilege of having it and the tragedy of losing it’
So it is in an interview given to Looper as British actor Timothy Spall, awarded at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Mr. Turner, paid tribute to his late colleague. He had shared several shoots with him, including those of Harry Potter And the one of Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton, released in 2007.
What I can tell you about Alan, other than the tragedy of losing him at such a young age – it’s still a young age these days – is that he’s played a lot of terrifying, sinister and great – not only that, but he was brilliant at it. And the man was so different, so warm and kind, deeply kind. On “Harry Potter”, even when he was not filming, he spent every day with a group of children. He called, “Can I come on set?”, and he came with friends’ children, to show them.
He really was a lovely man, very lively, very smart and funny, and so, so brilliant. Truly one of the finest actors of his time. We have experienced the privilege of having it, and the tragedy of losing it. It was great to work with him.
Six years later, the emotion of his disappearance is thus always present, among the public as well as among the film professionals who attended it. Also, as a theater director and director of two feature films, the success of the Harry Potter saga owe him a great deal, with his Severus Snape entering the pantheon of the greatest cinema characters.