Alan Rickman Was J.K. Rowling's Secret-Keeper
January 4th, 2012 11:56am EST
Spoilers are a tricky thing; we should know, considering this story is totally full of them (you've been warned!). Frankly, one look at your Facebook page should be all you need in order to realize how few people seem capable of keeping spoilers intact. But if you've got a deep, dark secret, there's one person who will never spoil anything for you: Alan Rickman.
After all, according to a new interview with The Los Angeles Times, Rickman finally reveals that he knew all along the shocking truth behind his "Harry Potter" character Severus Snape ... because J.K. Rowling told him all the details years before "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published.
That secret, of course, is that Snape was actually in love with Harry's mother, a fact that led him to become a double agent for Dumbledore and eventually sacrifice his life in order to save Harry, not to mention the rest of the world. For most people, it was a mind-blowing revelation, but for Rickman, it was just fuel for the acting fire, allowing him to add nuance to his performance even if his directors didn't always know what the heck he was doing.
"It was quite amusing," producer David Heyman said in an interview, "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.' He had a real understanding of the character and now looking back, you can see there was always more going on there – a look, an expression, a sentiment — that hint at what is to come … the shadow that he casts in these films is a huge one and the emotion he conveys is immeasurable."
For Rickman's part, he's less amazed at his own ability to keep a secret that would cause most people to explode and more impressed with Rowling for coming up with the story in the first place.
"It's completely staggering that she had all of that in her head," Rickman said. "Rumor has it that she put the ending in a bank vault when she was writing the beginning. So she held it all in her head, all seven books. It's jaw-dropping, really. When we started she had only written three of the books so it was like trying to walk down two potential roads not at all knowing what the end would be but having some sense of what that man's life was," Rickman said. "I knew with Snape I was working as a double agent, as it turns out, and a very good one at that."
Just think: if James and Lily had only chosen Rickman as their secret-keeper, they would probably still be alive right now. You go, Snape.
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