Farewell Professor Snape…

Saddened today again at the passing of Professor Severus Snape.  I only knew Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, he was my favourite Harry Potter character.  My kids grew up on Harry Potter books and movies.  Just a little lighter than Lord of the Rings, but equally transporting.  Our actors, musicians, artists, writers, tell us truths about the world and ultimately ourselves, softened or sometimes sharpened, via story.  Even as adults we treasure our storytellers.  I suspect this may be why we feel their loss so keenly.

We had a brief snowfall recently.  I watched the flakes outside my window, light ones drifting haphazardly toward the ground, almost dancing; others larger and heavier, less able to resist the pull of gravity.   The entire skyscape was spotted with snowflakes of different sizes, weights, designs, falling at different speeds.  Because I’m a little melancholy by nature,  I imagined each snowflake as a life.  As all of the lives of all of the people who have ever inhabited this planet, every century of people in history. I wanted to yell, “STOP!” and suspend the whole picture, freeze frame us all forever…

Farewell Professor Snape, Alan Rickman.  It’s been a sad week for British artists.

ALAN RICKMAN as Severus Snape in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”  PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION

 

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4 thoughts on “Farewell Professor Snape…

  1. Rickman will always be a part of my Christmas ritual as the quintessential bad guy from Die Hard. I also loved him in the Hollywood plop called GalaxyQuest. He was a master of the condescending, yet charming villain, even when he was the good guy.

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