JK Rowling reveals how she briefed Alan Rickman on the future of Snape

Rowling revealed the snippet on Twitter following Rickman's death last week

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed what she said to late actor Alan Rickman as he took on the role of Snape, following Rickman’s passing last week.

Answering a fan question on Twitter, Rowling simply said she emphasized the idea of ‘always’ to the actor, before the Potter novels had concluded.

In interviews around the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II, Rickman told journalists that Rowling had told him “one tiny, little, left of field piece of information that helped me think that he [Snape] was more complicated, and that the story was not going to be as straight down the line as everybody thought.

“If you remember when I did the first film, she’d only written three or four books, so nobody knew where it was really going except her. And its was important for her that I know something, but she only gave me a tiny piece of information which helped me think it was a more ambiguous route.”

See Rowling’s tweet, in answer to a fan question about the Rickman’s earlier interviews, below:

In a reference to Rickman and Bowie, Rowling also tweeted on the rituals of death this week:

Alan Rickman died on January 14, of cancer.

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

Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.