Despite all the praise he received for his portrayal as arguably the most famous professor in the history of film, Alan RickmanÂ apparently found his character of Severus Snape â€śfrustrating.â€ť
An archive of personal papers spanning more than 40 years on stage and screen has revealed the late actorâ€™s misgivings over his role in the Harry Potter franchise, seeming to begin after shooting wrapped for the second film.
In a postcard given to him by producer David Heyman, Rickman was thanked for his performance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Heyman added, â€śI know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.â€ť
Rickman, who died in 2016 at the age of 69, also wrote a personal note while working on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the series. He headed the note, â€śInside Snapeâ€™s Head,â€ť and expressed his displeasure for the lack of attention given to his characterâ€™s narrative and development.
â€śItâ€™s as if [the filmâ€™s director] David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things, i.e. teen audience appeal,â€ť the British actor wrote.
Despite his gripes over his character, Rickman reprised the role in all eight Harry Potter films.
The collection of the actorâ€™s personal papers, priced at $1,826,000, is being auctioned off by TV actor and bookseller Neil Pearson, along with Rickmanâ€™s own copies of all eight Harry Potter movie scripts.
â€śItâ€™s a fabulous collection,â€ť Pearson told The Mirror. â€śThere are 35 boxes of it â€“ there is the Truly Madly Deeply script in there, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves is in there. Every single script of a play or film, all of his diaries and a massive amount of correspondence from pretty much everyone youâ€™ve ever heard of.â€ť
â€śHad to send a line about what you wrote in the souvenir programme for Hallows II. Made me very tearful,â€ť Rowling penned. â€śThank you for doing justice to my most complex character.â€ť ~Caitlyn Clancey