Alan Rickman: J.K. Rowling trusted actor with Harry Potter plot reveal

“It helped me think that he was more complicated>” Photo: Warner Bros. Alan Rickman dead at 69

Before actor Alan Rickman finished up playing the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, he was told a “tiny piece of information” that better helped him understand just how complex the character was.

Rickman, who died on January 14 from cancer, played many screen roles but became beloved by a new generation for the character of Snape.

Now, author J.K.Rowling has told Twitter she revealed the secret of his character to Alan Rickman before she had finished writing the series.

The author of the enormous Potter franchise was asked by a fan “will you tell us the piece of information that you told Alan Rickman about Severus Snape? Or will that forever be a secret?”

Rowling, who regularly reveals things about her characters on Twitter, replied that she told Rickman the meaning of the word “Always” as spoken by him in the context of the movies. I told Alan what lies behind the word ‘always’.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 18, 2016

The famous quote, “Always”, refers to a scene in the final book, which reveals Snape’s enduring love for Harry Potter’s mother, Lily.

In 2011, Rickman discussed how learning this meaning changed his approach to the role.

“[It] helped me think that he was more complicated and that the story was not going to be as straight down the line as everybody thought,” Rickman told HitFix.

“If you remember when I did the first film she’d only written three or four books, so nobody knew where it was really going except her. And it was important for her that I know something, but she only gave me a tiny piece of information which helped me think it was a more ambiguous route.”

The hint also gave Rickman an edge over everyone on set, including the producers.

“It was quite amusing, too, because there were times when a director would tell Alan what to do in a scene and he would say something like, ‘No I can’t do that – I know what is going to happen and you don’t,'” David Heyman, who produced all eight films films, told the Los Angeles Times.

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