Harry Potter Actor Alan Rickman Slammed Emma Watson’s Acting In His Diary

Alan Rickman has slammed Emma Watson's acting in his private diary.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman slammed Emma Watson’s acting skills in his personal diary. 

The late actor was famous for films such as Die Hard, Love Actually and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

But for many, he was best known for playing Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies from 2001 to 2011.

Tragically, Rickman passed away in 2016 and since his death, a number of his private journals have been made public.

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In one of his diary entries, which has been published in The Guardian, Rickman revealed that he was unhappy working on the Harry Potter films and discussed leaving the franchise with his agent.

He admitted to having some serious problems on set and struggled with everything from his working hours to his co-stars, particularly the younger stars.

Although Rickman had plenty of scenes with adult cast members, he also spent a lot of time with the younger actors on set, such as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

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According to one of his entries, the actor had a particular problem with Emma Watson.

When discussing the children he shared scenes with, Rickman wrote: “These kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times.

“Plus my so-called rehearsal is with a stand-in who is French.”

This all happened around the time of filming the third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in 2004.

This was not the first time that Rickman admitted to having issues with filming the Harry Potter movies.

Alan Rickman as Professor Snape.
Alan Rickman revealed in his personal diary entries that he was close to quitting the Harry Potter franchise and criticised Emma Watson’s acting. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

While filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002, Rickman wrote about plans to leave the franchise altogether, suggesting that it had been an ongoing discussion with production.

He wrote: “Talking to [agent] Paul Lyon-Maris about HP exit, which he thinks will happen. But here we are in the project-collision area again. Reiterating no more HP. They don’t want to hear it.”

But, despite his problems with production, Rickman decided to see the Harry Potter franchise through to the end.

The reason for him to stay was due to his character’s arc, which revealed that Snape was in love with Lily Potter, the titular character’s mother.

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In an entry shared from 2007, he wrote: “I have finished reading the last ‘Harry Potter’ book.

“Snape dies heroically, Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he ever knew and calls his son Albus Severus. This was a genuine rite of passage.

“One small piece of information from Jo Rowling seven years ago – Snape loved Lily – gave me a cliff edge to hang on to.”

Rickman’s diary entries are now available in the book ‘Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman’.

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