Next year, Harry Potter fans are in for a rare treat. The Guardian brings word that Canongate has acquired the rights for Alan Rickman’s 27 handwritten volumes of thoughts on his career. The actor’s diaries will be published as The Diaries of Alan Rickman and will cover the late actor’s career starting from the early 1990s, including his decade in Harry Potter films.
“I’m delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan’s diaries, and couldn’t have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor,” said Rima Horton, Rickman’s widow, to The Guardian. “The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humour, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.”
Fans remember Rickman with affection for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter saga. In the saga, Snape initially appears villainous and condescending. Yet he finally reveals himself as a double agent who spies on the evil Voldemort, on Dumbledore’s behalf. The book will include behind-the-scenes stories and tales from the wizarding set where he worked between 2001 and 2011.
Shortly after graduating, Rickman became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His breakout role in Hollywood was portraying the villainous Hans Gruber in 1988’s Die Hard. Sci-fi fans also remember him as Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, and for having voiced Marvin the Paranoid Android in 2005’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The British actor passed away at 69 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
The Diaries of Alan Rickman will hit the stores in autumn 2022.
Are you going to give this book a shot? Which is your favorite Alan Rickman role? Let us know in the comments section below.
Recommended Reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince