'Harry Potter's' Alan Rickman writes J.K. Rowling a touching thank you

rickman-as-jpg"Harry Potter" fans... the end is near. We're already mourning the end of the final film; we've looked forward to seeing the new magic Harry, Ron, and Hermione cook up on-screen year after year. It looks like the fans aren't the only ones having trouble coming to terms with the end of the series, either.

Star Alan Rickman, who has given us the shivers as Professor Snape since the very first film, recently completed his last "Potter" related work and was so overcome with emotion that he decided to write a very public thank-you to the author of the novels, J.K. Rowling.

Included in Empire Magazine is Rickman's note, seen below. "I have just returned from the dubbing studio," it reads, "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 ten 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," he continues, "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 stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo."

Excuse us. We have to go cry now.

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Photo/Video credit: Warner Bros., Empire Magazine
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