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I suppose with any good writing and interesting characters, you can have that awfully overused word: a journey.
Alan Rickman

I like it when stories are left open.
Alan Rickman

If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.
Alan Rickman

I never talk about ‘Harry Potter’ because I think that would rob children of something that’s private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.
Alan Rickman

I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
Alan Rickman

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 Rickman

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
Alan Rickman

Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we’re in deep trouble.
Alan Rickman

I am the character you are not supposed to like.
Alan Rickman

It’s a nightmare to sit and watch a film that I’m in. There’s a horrible inescapability to it.
Alan Rickman

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.
Alan Rickman

I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.
Alan Rickman

I’m a lot less serious than people think.
Alan Rickman

I don’t think it’s right that everybody knows everything about me.
Alan Rickman

Somebody with Debbie Reynolds’ features doesn’t get cast as the Wicked Witch.
Alan Rickman

Who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.
Alan Rickman

I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.
Alan Rickman

I mean, language fascinates me anyway, and different words have different energies and you can change the whole drive of a sentence.
Alan Rickman

Every so often you read a play and a character just speaks to you – almost seems to speak through you, in fact.
Alan Rickman

England in the ’60s and the ’70s was everything that history has said; it was phenomenally exciting, musically.
Alan Rickman

The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy?
Alan Rickman

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes.
Alan Rickman

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time.
Alan Rickman

I was a student in London in the ’70s, so CBGB really wasn’t on my radar at all. Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn’t stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones.
Alan Rickman

Any actor who judges his character is a fool – for every role you play you’ve got to absorb that character’s motives and justifications.
Alan Rickman

I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent.
Alan Rickman

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