Stairway Conversations: Alan Rickman

Welcome back to Stairway Conversations! Let’s jump right in.

Have any of you heard of the “rule of thirds” in celebrity deaths? Well, as interesting as it may be, it’s still just a superstition. Yes, three celebrities did recently pass, but who are we to judge what counts as a celebrity?


Anyways, I thought I would take a moment to pay respects to Alan Rickman and the huge impact he had on so many of our lives.


Date: January 14, 2016

Building: Hemmingson

Staircase: Rotunda Stairs


Overheard: “Did you hear about Alan Rickman?”


I’ll admit that this wasn’t the only time I heard that question asked yesterday. For a lot of us, Alan Rickman played a huge role in our childhood – whether we were aware of it or not (and still does to this day).

While a lot of Millennials were first introduced to Rickman in his decade-long role in the Harry Potter series, some may remember him from one of the most memorable – and villainous – roles in the 1988 movie Die Hard.


While most of us here at Gonzaga (Yes, I’m assuming) didn’t personally know Alan Rickman, his death was still an impactful one for many. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in 2001, the majority of us were around the ages of five and six. Whether it was from the book or the movie (or, for the select few, Harry Potter Puppet Pals), it was pretty easy to get hooked on Harry Potter from the first exposure.


Remember way, way back in the first books and movies when we all really didn’t like Snape? (Clarification: Not as much an Umbridge, but he was still up there.) Boy, were we sure wrong or what? I don’t know about everyone else, but I may or may not have been crying a little bit during the last book/movie. We (I) couldn’t help but feel for Snape in such a pivotal moment in his character’s development.


Yesterday, Daniel Radcliffe released this little statement on Google+ about Rickman: “People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny.”


If that quote doesn’t truly speak to the incredible actor and person that we let be such a big part of our lives, I don’t know what does.


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