Once a year on the anniversary of the 'Battle of Hogwarts', Rowling apologises for killing off one of the characters. This year, it was Severus Snape. Twitter was divided.
J.K. Rowling has divided millions of ‘Harry Potter’ fans by apologising for killing off the character of Professor Snape in the final book of the series.
The Scottish author, 51, tweeted the apology on the anniversary of the fictional ‘Battle of Hogwarts’, a clash between good and evil wizards in which many popular characters from the Potter universe met their demise. Rowling has previously said sorry for killing off Fred Weasley, one half of the Weasley twins, and werewolf Remus Lupin.
Jk Rowling pictured at the 2017 BAFTAs
His soul may have left us, but his humour will live on.
Turn those tears of sadness into tears of joy with this little reminder that the dearly departed Alan Rickman was actually one of the funniest and nicest guys around. And it wasn't just on screen either; he was also up for a bit of fun and hence he turned every job into a memorable experience for all he worked with. There was a lot more to that sonorous tone and moody glare than met the eye.
The sun shines just a little less bright without Alan Rickman
1. Inhaling helium with Jimmy Fallon: Just less than a year ago, Rickman appeared on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' armed with a pair of helium balloons. In response to Fallon and Benedict Cumberbatch doing Rickman impressions on a previous episode, the actor made Fallon apologise in the most hilarious way possible. Rickman also had a go at the helium, though it has to be said, even that didn't have much effect on his rich vocal.
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Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
'A Little Chaos' forced the actress to embrace gardening.
Kate Winslet might be an actress of the most esteemed calibre, but that doesn't mean it's plain sailing every time. When she was selected to star in Alan Rickman's latest directorial effort 'A Little Chaos', adapting to the role had its challenges.
Kate Winslet reveals gardening left her with constantly filthy hands
All actors make a lot of sacrifices in the name of cinema and Kate Winslet is no exception. The film that she is most known for was particularly stunt heavy (1997's 'Titanic'), but with her latest flick she would be sacrificing more in the way of her daily comfort. Though, at least it was only over a period of eight weeks.
Continue reading: Kate Winslet Sacrifices Personal Hygiene In The Name Of Film
The star had to juggle both directing and acting in the period drama.
It's been a long time since Alan Rickman made his directorial debut back in 1997, and so returning to the role (alongside acting in a major role as well) in 'A Little Chaos' presented a lot of challenges, surprises and, indeed, pleasures for the star.
Alan Rickman plays King Louis XIV in his latest directorial feature
He was at the helm of 1997 drama 'The Winter Guest' but hasn't approached the director's chair since. It's safe to say that coming back into it on a film of this scale, such is the visually stunning 'A Little Chaos', while also portraying the formidable King Louis XIV was a lot of hard work. Though Rickman admits that his two jobs had their similarities.
Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman arriving at Tegel airport to promote his new movie A Little Chaos in Germany - Berlin, Germany - Monday 20th April 2015
The 69 year old RADA alumni began his big screen career in 1988 with ‘Die Hard’.
The career of Alan Rickman was celebrated on Wednesday evening, as the 69 year old was the subject of latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Charming the audience with tales from his storied career, Rickman spoke about some of his most famous roles including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Rickman looked back on his career during the BAFTA event.
Rickman began his film career a little later than most in 1988, when he was in his 40s. Looking back on his late start in films Rickman told the audience, “To be perfectly honest, having a film career is a bit of a surprise.”
Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman leaving the BBC studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 17th April 2015
Despite the historical French setting, the predominantly British cast and crew give it a splash of traditional British humour.
The new period drama 'A Little Chaos' may be set in France in the 17th century, but its filmmakers never intended it to be a historical tale. Not only is it essentially a comedy, but it was shot in England with a predominately British cast.
Kate Winslet in 'A Little Chaos'
Actor-director Alan Rickman defines the movie as "a very modern love story" that only happens to be set within a group of landscape designers working on the Gardens of Versailles.
Continue reading: 'A Little Chaos' Brings British Humour To A French Tale
Imagine if Alan Rickman HADN'T starred in 'Die Hard'.
It was the role that made his name, though British star Alan Rickman has revealed that he was close to turning down the iconic villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Alan Rickman says he almost turned down his classic Die Hard role
Speaking at a BAFTA celebration of his work, Rickman - who went on to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - said his film career had been "a bit of a surprise" and that he felt disdain after being offered the Die Hard gig.
Continue reading: Alan Rickman Almost Turned Down Villain Role In 'Die Hard'
Audiences looking for a French historical costume drama should look elsewhere, but those who enjoy British period comedies will love it. With a pointed dash of history and politics, this is a silly movie about social status, and it's so well written and played that only cynics won't have a lot of fun with it. Thankfully, the talent both in front of and behind the camera keep the focus on the lively characters, which makes it engaging on a deeper level than expected.
The fictional story is set around real events in 1682 France, as King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) was planning to move his court from Paris to Versailles, a vast palace still under construction. The final project there is the expansive garden, which landscaper Andre (Matthias Schoenaerts) has to complete on deadline and under budget. And everyone is shocked when he hires the little-known Sabine (Kate Winslet) to build an outdoor ballroom and fountain. But he has been smitten with her skill and passion for gardening, and there's also a gently gurgling romantic spark between them as well. The problem is that his high-society wife (Helen McCrory) notices this and sets out to sabotage Sabine's work.
There's not much here that's historically accurate, from the frankly outrageous costumes to the English filming locations and dialogue that buzzes with specifically British humour. But it's so breezy and snappy that all we can do is sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Those who do so may even find some underlying resonance in the discussions of order and chaos in landscape design, as well as the way honesty is like a blast of fresh air in a world constrained by status. Indeed, the film's most memorable scene is a gorgeously written and played chance encounter between Sabine and the King in which they initially don't know who the other is.
Continue reading: A Little Chaos Review
Alan Rickman - Alan Rickman leaving the BBC Radio 1 studios - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015
Alan Rickman - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived at the BBC Films 25th Anniversary Reception which was held at BBC Broadcasting House in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th March 2015
The 66-year-old director keeps coming back for more
At age 66, Patrice Leconte clearly has no intention of slowing down. He's been making movies since he was 15 years old, and over his career has made films in a wide variety of genres, from present-day thrillers to period dramas. But he has only just made his first English-language film.
Alan Rickman stars in 'A Promise'
Born in Paris, Leconte made a series of smaller-scale features from the 1960s to the 1980s, then crossed over to international audiences with his 1989 festival hit Monsieur Hire, starring Michel Blanc and Sandrine Bonnaire.
Continue reading: 'A Promise' Gives A Veteran Director A New Challenge
Alan Rickman - The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting to Inspire - fundraiser held at the National Portrait Gallery - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th February 2014
Date of birth
21st February, 1946
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