A Tribute to Alan Rickman

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“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” -Alan Rickman

“There’s going to come a day when we’ve all grown up, had a career, maybe got married and had kids, when we’re all going about our daily routine. Maybe you’re driving to work with the car radio on, or you’re making dinner with the tv on in the lounge. Life as usual, and then we hear a name. It’s the name of the person you had a blog dedicated to when you were 16. The person you had posters of up on your bedroom wall, or as your desktop background. The person off that show you used to watch every week, as soon as it came out, or that band you used to love. The person from the cast of a movie that changed your life, or the character who you scrolled through page after page of fanfiction of. You haven’t heard that name in a long time, and it brings everything back. And then the name is followed by three words you thought you’d never hear. Has Passed Away. And then you put down the potato peeler and lean back against your kitchen bench, or you pull over to the side of the road, and tears are streaming down your face. And all over the world, there are people who used to be just like you, with tears marking their cheeks and sobs forcing their way out of their throat, because they remember. Because fandoms never really die out. We never really move on. We never really forget.” (via: tumblr)

I never thought that day would come so soon. I don’t think I’ve ever been so deeply affected by the passing of an actor. Let me rephrase that. He wasn’t just an actor. He was a legend. A soul with true talent that inspired many, young and old, and with his memory will continue to inspire generations to come.

Harry Potter has been such a huge part of my life since I was eleven. I’ve grown up reading these books and watching these movies, and there won’t ever come a point in my life where I won’t be grateful for that.

I’ve grown up watching these actors bring my favorite characters to life, and Alan Rickman was one of them. Severus Snape was such a beautifully complicated character — he was a mystery, and even after all these years, is still discussed by fans around the world, trying to put pieces of his complex life together.

After the films, I became accustomed to hearing the actors’ voices of the characters they portrayed when I read the novels. I feel like a piece of my childhood is gone forever. A voice and a face to match it that I could recognize anywhere. No one can ever replace the Snape that Alan Rickman brought to life. No one will ever be able to replicate the same depth he brought to the character — as well as the unforgettable broody demeanor and the hilariously elongated sentences with at least 10-15 seconds of pauses between words.

Let’s not forget that alongside his well-deserved successful career as an actor, he was also a person. A person who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. A person with a family going through unimaginable grief. My condolences to them.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. You will forever be missed.

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