Why Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman Nearly Turned Down His Snape Role


Many don’t know that Alan Rickman nearly turned down his iconic role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter for a rather peculiar reason…



Last week, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone celebrated its 20th-year-anniversary, but did you know that Rickman almost turned down his role of Snape?


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I know, I know… The seemingly evil yet noble potions’ master will always be a fan favourite to any Potterhead out there, so it’s hard to imagine that the late, great Rickman nearly turned down his renowned role…



In an interview with AV club, director Chris Columbus spoke of his experiences trying to get iconic British actors to take part in the film: ‘I remember David Heyman and myself had to do the British actor’s dinner tour for quite some time. We went out to dinner with Richard Harris to convince him, and Maggie Smith to convince her’.



Columbus continued to explain that Rickman took some convincing too and was reluctant to star as Snape. ‘Alan Rickman was the same, and he was reluctant because he didn’t want to be typecast as a villain, particularly after Die Hard, and I guess Robin Hood.’, Columbus added.



Thankfully for Columbus and literally every Harry Potter fan ever, they eventually convinced him. Afterward, J.K. Rowling took the actor to dinner and ‘told him something’ that would ‘happen to Snape throughout the series and in the seventh book’.


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In fact, this motivated the actor to ‘do these tiny little idiosyncrasies with his performance’ that Columbus at the time ‘couldn’t figure out’ because he hadn’t read the seventh book yet. Later, Columbus called Rickman’s foreshadowing ‘brilliant’.


Needless to say, we agree!