Four years have passed since Alan Rickman’s death, but the pain between cinephilia and specifically the fandom of the Harry Potter saga remains indelible. The London-based actor passed away in 2016 of pancreatic cancer, putting an end to a long film career that ranged from memorable villains like Hans Gruber in The Die Hard to the must-see Severus Snape originally created by J.K. Rowling, passing through other unmistakable characters in Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually or the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Guardian now reveals that, since the 90s, Rickman kept a conscientious diary with the idea of publishing it one day, extending this to 27 volumes where he reflected on politics, cinema and personal experiences, as well as shared anecdotes from his filming and his career on the theatrical stages, where he came to represent Dangerous Friendships or Hamlet or Sherlock Holmes. It is a revealing treasure about an essential actor in British cinema, so the Canongate publishing house has committed to bringing together all 27 newspapers in the publication of a single book.
Its working title is The Diaries of Alan Rickman, and the idea is for it to hit bookstores in 2022. “It makes you compulsively read it and offers an incomparable insight into the daily life of an extraordinary actor,” says editor Alan Taylor, while Rickman’s widow, Rima Horton, blesses this decision: “They reveal not only actor Alan Rickman, but the real Alan. His sense of humor, his keen perception, his dexterity, his devotion to art ”.