J.K. Rowling trusted Alan Rickman with a special secret

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If you didn't feel heartbroken enough...

In light of Alan Rickman's passing away this week (RIP), many pieces of Harry Potter trivia have come to light, including this little fact that will make your heart ache for Alan even more. So you know how his Harry Potter character Snape ended up being a good guy in the end? (And soz, if we’ve just spoiled the books and films for you!).

Well, it turns out that while the public only learned of the series’ final twist when the last book was released in 2007, J.K. Rowling had the story ending in her mind all along and called Alan to let him know. The fact that she told Alan, but didn't even give away the plot line to the DIRECTORS of the Harry Potter films makes this piece of trivia even more significant.


"It was quite amusing, too, because there were times when a director would tell Alan what to do in a scene and he would say something like, 'No I can't do that -- I know what is going to happen and you don't'," series producer David Heyman told the Los Angeles Times.

"He had a real understanding of the character and now looking back, you can see there was always more going on there -- a look, an expression, a sentiment -- that hint at what is to come ... the shadow that he casts in these films is a huge one and the emotion he conveys is immeasurable."


Alan himself admitted he had been told the secret in 2011.

"[Rowling] gave me one little piece of information, which I always said I would never share with anybody and never have, and never will. It wasn't a plot point, or crucial in any tangible way, but it was crucial to me as a piece of information that made me travel down that road rather than that one or that one or that one."


Written By Sangeeta Kocharekar