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Remembering Alan Rickman on the Anniversary of His Death

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Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of the legendary actor Alan Rickman, and like everyone else on social media, we’re not ok. Everyone has a different story on how they were introduced to the brilliance that is Rickman. Personally, I remember him from Die Hard, and not from the Harry Potter franchise, but whatever the case, none of us will forget him.

At first, I didn’t know what made him so eye-catching. Bruce Willis’s  John McClane was the star, after all. But a small part of me wanted suit-wearing Gruber to win because he did such an excellent job at being diabolical and evil. It would take years for me to realize that the real reason I loved Hans, and Rickman, is thanks to his voice.

Then the obsession began.

I continued watching Rickman in Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, and Galaxy Quest—basically, anything I could get my hands on or that my mother would let me watch. I particularly loved Galaxy Quest because of how much heart and laughter Rickman brought to the role of Alexander Dane. I knew that he could handle drama, but I didn’t know he could do something as silly as Galaxy Quest so perfectly. And for that, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

Rickman’s casting in the Harry Potter franchise as Severus Snape was a welcome role. Yes, his character would do questionable things that there are no excuses for. But Rickman was on my screen, movie after movie, showing everyone how talented he was. No wonder I still stanned him throughout the franchise and was devastated at his death by that basic snake, Nagini.

When Rickman passed away in real life, I was devastated like many, many othera. He is and will always continue to be a shining light in a sucky year that has only just started. He will be a reminder that even though he’s gone, his impact on us will remain. His work and movies are still here, ready to entertain. You just have to hit play.

(featured image: Dreamworks Pictures)

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