Close Encounters of the Literary Kind, Part VIII: Alan Rickman

Given the news of Rickman’s death, I offer this post I wrote in 2012 as a humble homage to a talented actor.

c'era una volta

The news of Alan Rickman’s death at the age of 69 has come just days after the news of David Bowie’s death at the same age. Both men died due to complications from cancer.

Okay, so Alan Rickman is not technically an author, but he does play a rather popular literary character in the Harry Potter films: Severus Snape. Rickman is also a classically trained actor who has done more than his share playing Shakespearean and other literary characters on stage.

In the summer of 1998 my brother, my best friend David Sacco, and I all traveled to London and Paris for a sort of get away before we all got too serious in our adult lives. Actually, the trip was filled with drinking, but it was World Cup time so we had an excuse. In any case, between pub-crawls in London we did manage to do one or two…

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