It is a strange week, so that could be why it affected me so deeply when I heard that Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died. He was a prolific actor with a career spanning decades, so it’s not really fair to think of him as only Snape, but there you have it. His textured and nuanced performance of the bad guy with the ever-so-soft and romantic motivation was one of my favorite acting performances ever. My kids and I still quote a line from his dialogue all the time, our favorite being his ice-cold and disdainful, “Obviously,” with that delicious accent.
Many condolences to his family. Sixty-nine feels much too young.