After “Harry Potter” hit theaters, my imaginary, book-based version of Severus Snape was replaced with Alan Rickman. As I read, and reread, my way through Harry Potter, I remember Snape’s dialogue taking on Rickman’s permeating, apathetic tone. For me, Rickman made the books better.
Many people will remember Rickman for his role in Die Hard or his stage performances, but I, and I suspect many of my peers, will remember him as one of the “best damn antagonists” our generation could ask for.
—Thursday, 14 January 2016