Alan Rickman kept a huge secret from the rest of the Harry Potter film cast, it has been revealed.
The legendary actor, who sadly died in 2016, aged 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, portrayed Severus Snape in all eight films.
During a segment on the upcoming Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed The Boy Who Lived, and Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, can be seen discussing how they had no idea about the fate of their characters, as the books had not been finished by JK Rowling at the time of filming. However, Rickman did.
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“He had the inside line,” says Radcliffe. “He very, very early said to Jo, he was like, ‘I think I need to know what happens’.”
Oldman replies: “Rickman would have an in, wouldn’t he?”
Radcliffe continues: “And he never told Chris [Columbus], he never told anyone. Chris would literally say to him, why are you doing that like that? He was like I’ll tell you later…”
In 2011, it was revealed Rickman almost quit the iconic role after the second film.
However, Rowling managed to keep him on board by revealing a ‘secret’ to him about his character.
Rickman told HitFix at the time: “It helped me think that he was more complicated and that the story was not going to be as straight down the line as everybody thought.
“If you remember when I did the first film she’d only written three or four books, so nobody knew where it was really going except her.
“And it was important for her that I know something, but she only gave me a tiny piece of information which helped me think it was a more ambiguous route.”
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will premier on January 1 on HBO Max and will also feature the likes of Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
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