'A lifetime seems to have passed in three minutes' - Read Alan Rickman's goodbye to Harry Potter and JK Rowling
When Alan Rickman wrapped filming for the Harry Potter series, he wrote a heartfelt note to Harry Potter fans and JK Rowling.
Rickman played Professor Severus Snape in the series and wrote the note in 2011 after he put his legendary voice to the character for the very last time.
He wrote the note for Empire magazine, and it reads:
"I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.
"Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
"It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.
Rickman lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. He was 69.
JK Rowling tweeted, "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."