Dearest Mr Rickman,
Today, I woke up with a heart of heavy lead. I didn’t think I would be penning this letter. Not today. Not for many years.
I don’t write letters for everyone, only old friends, people who I look up to and have the upmost respect for, people who taught me invaluable lessons.
And you, you were all those things.
It would seem a lie to say I never knew you, because I did. I knew you as Colonel Brandon, as the Sheriff of Nottingham, as Hans Gruber, as Harry in Love Actually.
But I knew you best as Severus Snape.
Growing up with your Snape was a gift I didn’t recognise until it was all over. Your Snape taught me that people have complex histories, complex moral structures, that people are not all they seem. That love continues beyond all bounds. Always.
I give as much credit…