Alan Rickman knew about Snape’s storyline in Harry Potter all along

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 29th December 2021

Alan Rickman was the only person trusted with the full Snape storyline in Harry Potter from ‘early on’.

The late actor, who portrayed Severus Snape in all eight films, was let in on the true nature of his character far before the last book was released.

Fans didn’t find out that Snape was actually dedicated to protecting Harry, despite appearing to be Voldemort’s right-hand man, until the final book and film.

Harry Potter author and creator J. K. Rowling reportedly gave Rickman the ‘inside line’, according to LadBible.

But the actor never told anyone – not even director Chris Columbus.

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Brothers

His former co-stars will be seen discussing Rickman and his character on the hotly-anticipated HBO reunion show, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, which is due to air on New Year’s Day.

Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry Potter) tells Gary Oldham (who played Sirius Black): “Just Rickman.


“He had the inside line. He very, very early said to Jo, he was like, ‘I think I need to know what happens’.”

Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe on the Harry Potter reunion show. Credit: HBO

Oldman replies: “Rickman would have an in, wouldn’t he?!”

Radcliffe then says: “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…”


Chris Columbus has previously praised Rickman’s ‘brilliant choices’ throughout the film series, especially reflecting back once Snape’s fate was finally revealed.

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He told AV Club: “J.K. Rowling took him [Rickman] out to dinner and told him something about what was going to happen to Snape throughout the series and in the seventh book.

“So when we would be on set, he would do these tiny little idiosyncrasies with his performance, and I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.

“I’d walk up to him afterwards and say, ‘What was that?’ He would say, ‘Oh, you’ll know when you read the seventh book.’ It was like, ‘Well, yeah, but that doesn’t help me now. I’m directing the first movie.’


“Once I read the seventh book, though, I thought, ‘Oh, that was brilliant, his choice.'”

Featured image: Warner Brothers