Telling stories is an ancient, historical need. But every story needs a great storyteller, as was J. K. Rowling, who brought Harry, Ron and Hermione into our lives. Most people my age have grown up with Harry Potter and, today, most people my age mourn the passing of Alan Rickman, the British actor who brought Severus Snape, one of the most intriguing, entertaining, sly and unreadable characters ever, to the screen.
He was also known for his work in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually and The Song of Lunch, among others. But despite all this, and despite his Baftas, Golden Globes and Emmys, to me, he will always be Snape, a Slytherin who died like a Gryffindor.
1946 – 2016