I started reading Harry Potter 17 years ago, at the same age Harry was when he and his peers started Hogwarts. I remember exactly where I was when I started reading it (in the car on the way to an amusement park), who I was with (my best friend at the time, Lisa), and how I felt (annoyed at first because I forgot a book for our hour drive but I was sucked in quickly). I grew up with the characters in those books. I was picked on so often growing so I had such a connection to Harry, Ron, and Hermione because they were picked on, too. I adored them, their talents and quirks, their friendship.
I remember where I was when I learned about Professor Severus Snape’s true identity (on the way to a camping trip in the Thousand Islands), who I was with (my boyfriend and some mutual friends), and how I felt (I was sobbing uncontrollably!). I had already graduated high school at this point and my car full of friends was teasing me about crying over “kid books” but Harry Potter, Hogwarts, was always my happy place. As Dumbledore said, I entered a place that was entirely my own. They offered me the magic that my life lacked.
Reading the news yesterday morning and seeing that Alan Rickman passed away just broke my heart, there is no other way to describe it. It was like a piece of my childhood was gone. It’s kind of poetic, in a way, that he passed after a battle with cancer. You’re probably wondering, “Poetic?! What the hell is lady thinking?!” but let me explain.
Voldermort was the death of the series and Snape worked with him as long as he could, he manipulated his odds against the monster, he shaped lives in the process, mine included, and he taught lessons that many will pass on. In the end, though, the monster may have taken his life but Snape won, he was the bravest man we knew. Alan Rickman made such an impact in the world that many generations are feeling the impact of his passing.
I was telling my dad about how sad I am about Rickman’s passing and he asked, “You still like that stuff?!” It was the perfect time to give the best answer…
RIP Alan Rickman