Alan Rickman Disliked This Snape Line So Much, He Got It Removed From Harry Potter

Alan Rickman Disliked This Snape Line So Much, He Got It Removed From Harry Potter
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The end result just shows how good of a decision this was.

There is no doubt that the actor should be invested in his character and care enough about it to do it justice in a movie.

However, as viewers, we don't always realize how much power a good actor has over the script.

In the film industry, there have been cases where the writers have had to consult with the actors to determine the further development of the character, not to mention some minor changes in the lines.

However, Alan Rickman's commitment to his role as Professor Severus Snape is truly remarkable.

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With such a complex character, so heavily involved in the main plot, it was only right that the actor really explored his motives and interests.

What's even more remarkable is his commitment to the overall quality of the film, which shouldn't suffer even if his character were given more screen time.

The actor's thoughts on the Harry Potter franchise and the process of making the films were made public after the release of Madly, Deeply: The Diary of Alan Rickman.

Luckily for Rickman's fans, the actor put a lot of time into his diary, which ran from 1993 until his death in 2016. The book revealed many stories about his most notable projects, including Harry Potter.

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One scene Rickman had too many problems with was the death of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

As emotional as it was for the audience to watch, the actor felt that the moment lacked drama and wouldn't impress the audience as much as it could.

Another problem Rickman saw was the number of characters in the film, which made it difficult for the audience to connect with them all.

However, if he didn't have the means to change the character count, he was able to influence the final cut and remove the line that stood out to him.

Originally, the script had Snape explaining his actions by saying that he had given Draco's mother a vow, but in the final cut, the only words the professor says are Avada Kedavra.

"To wit, I argue (successfully, today) that a line of Snape's, 'I gave my word. I made a vow,' was confusing and diluting," Rickman wrote, marking this incident in his diary.

This has to be stale proof that sometimes in a movie you can say much more with fewer words.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released on big screens in 2009, and up until this day, the audience keeps praising the tension this scene has created.