‘Harry Potter’ star Alan Rickman’s diaries spanning 25 years to be published as a book

November 23, 2020

Do “Harry Potter” fans want to find out what was going through Alan Rickman’s mind when he played Professor Snape? Obviously.

The diaries of the British actor, who passed away at age 69 of pancreatic cancer, are slated to be published in book form in the fall of 2022. Spanning over 25 years, Rickman’s diaries give insight into his life from the early 1990s up until his death in 2016.

The diaries, which will be published as 27 volumes in one book, will cover both Rickman’s personal and professional life, his political views, and his reviews of theater productions. The acclaimed actor, who played Valmont in a stage production in “Les Liasons Dangereuses” and acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, was an avid theatergoer who attended several plays a week.

The Guardian reports that Rickman intended for the diaries, which were handwritten, to be published eventually. His wife of over 50 years Rima Horton said that “the diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan–his sense of humor, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.”

Though his distinctive presence lent itself to villainous film roles like Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series, Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” and the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” Rickman also had comedic chops as evidenced by his roles in “Galaxy Quest” and “Dogma.”

He also appeared in the beloved holiday movie “Love, Actually,” where he played opposite Emma Thompson, with whom he appeared in several movies, including 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility.”

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