Alan Rickman’s diaries reveal ‘frustrations’ while he was filming Harry Potter

Previously unseen notes include one from producer David Heyman

Some of Alan Rickman’s diaries, scripts and letters have gone on sale, providing an insight into the actor’s working process.

According to Neil Pearson Rare Books, the archive ‘contains a wealth of correspondence and documentation, private photographs and public relations material, film and theatre props, and awards. Crowningly, it also contains the appointment books and personal diaries kept by Rickman across his entire career’.

One of those personal notes includes one from Harry Potter producer David Heyman after the Chamber of Secrets had been released. “Thank you for making HP2 a success,” it read. “I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.”


Another note titled ‘Inside Snape’s Head’ was written when Rickman was working on The Half-Blood Prince in 2009. Here, he details some frustrations with director David Yates. “It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal,” Rickman writes.

The archive was put together by Neil Pearson, with help from Rickman’s family. It also includes notes from J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe and is reportedly valued at £950,000.

“It’s a fabulous collection. There are 35 boxes of it – there is the Truly Madly Deeply script in there and Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves is in there,” Pearson told The Mirror.

“Every single script of a play or film, all of his diaries and a massive amount of correspondence from pretty much every one you’ve ever heard of.”

Alan Rickman passed away in 2016, aged 69. 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.”