Alan Rickman is known for a number of great movie roles, including Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But he’s probably best known for one role, and now his thoughts on that role are available to the public.
Rickman, who passed away in 2016, famously played Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. And while millions of fans loved him in the role, he wasn’t necessarily as enthused with the character. Now his letters about playing Snape are going up for auction.
It appears Rickman wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of Snape’s portrayal in the movies. In one letter, he writes, “It’s as if [director] David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal,” indicating that Yates didn’t want to develop Snape’s character as much as Rickman would like.
In another letter, a producer of the movies wrote, “I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.”
The letters going up for auction aren’t just about Snape’s frustrations at playing the role. In one letter, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling thanks Rickman for “doing justice to my most complex character.” There’s even a postcard from Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the movies, telling Rickman he did a great job in a play he saw.
Rickman’s letters are expected to auction for around $1.2 million. In addition to the letters, there will be separate auctions for notes the actor received from Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Prince Charles, as well as his original script from Die Hard.