What Was Alan Rickman Last Words?

By Cannon | Updated on June 14, 2023
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    Alan Rickman is a late English actor and director who played a deceptive hero Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films series, perhaps the role that propelled him to fame and fortune. Unfortunately, the Harry Potter actor died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. Since his death, most of his fans have had a huge curiosity to know about Alan Rickman’s last words.

    Further, Rickman previously wrote a lengthy goodbye note to the character the late Hollywood star played in Harry Potter. Well, here we are going to find out his final words as well as his emotional goodbye letter to Professor Snape and Harry Potter fans.

    What Were Alan Rickman’s Last Words?

    His last words before death were “To the window, to the wall To the sweat drop down my balls,” as per Reddit. Before his passing, Alan also penned a heartfelt goodbye letter to his Harry Potter character Snape and his fans.

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    Alan’s final words before death.

    The late actor died at the age of 69 in Jan 2016. Although Alan passed away early, the late actor will be missed by his Harry Potter fans.

    Rickman’s Last Words About Snape and His Harry Potter Fans

    After his passing, many of his Harry Potter fans expressed their deepest sympathies to his family by sharing his last goodbye note to Snape and his fans. He first sent his last heartfelt goodbye letter to the author JK Rowling which was brought out in Empire magazine in the year 2011.

    It read,

    “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 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.”

    Alan continued,

    “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.”

    And his final words were,

    “It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.”

    ‘Alan Rickman’

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    Rickman’s last letter.

    His family was the first who confirmed his death. They released a short statement which read,

    “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

    Author JK Rowling also took a Twitter to pay him tribute. She wrote,

    “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.”

    Rowling later also expressed her sincere condolences to his wife and his family members, writing,

    “My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts”

    What did Daniel Radcliffe Say When Alan Rickman died?

    His death came as a shock to all of the Harry Potter actors and their fans. He played the role of Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series (2001–2011), sharing the screen along with several know actors like Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Felton, and more.

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    After his death, Daniel took his Google Plus page to pay tribute, writing,

    “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter”

    What Were Severus Snape’s Last Words?

    Snape’s dying words to Harry were “Look at me. You have your mother’s eyes.”

    How Long Did Rickman Suffer From Cancer?

    Alan was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005. After his recovery from cancer, the Harry Potter actor had a minor stroke in August 2015. However, due to a stroke, Rickman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the same year.

    Unfortunately, a year after in Jan 2016, Alan passed away in London. He was 69 at the time of his death. As a matter of fact, his father also died of cancer.