British actor Alan Rickman has marked the upcoming end of the Harry Potter franchise in an emotional letter praising his now grown-up co-stars, as well as creator JK Rowling.
The wizard movies will conclude this year with the release of the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Rickman, who plays wizard teacher Severus Snape, has shared his thoughts about the end of Potter.
In a letter written to Empire magazine, Rickman reveals he realised the enormity of his 10-year stint in the Potter franchise when he saw a grown-up Daniel Radcliffe recently performing on Broadway.
He writes, "I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from 10 years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes. Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
"It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo."