The late Hollywood legend Alan Rickman wrote in his journals that seeing the third Harry Potter movie’s world premiere “felt like being a Beatle”
The enormous responses Rickman and the rest of the Harry Potter ensemble received from fans are noted in one of the 26 diaries he kept starting in 1992, according to The Guardian.
In the entry, from the May 23, 2004 world premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Rickman wrote, “Arriving at Radio City was like being a Beatle. Thousands of fans screamed as we got out of cars. Mostly for Daniel Radcliffe but a rush for everyone. Not to mention walking out on to the stage to 6,000.”
Rickman also remarked on the film itself, writing, “It is a very grown-up movie, so full of daring that it made me smile and smile. Every frame of it is the work of an artist and storyteller. Stunning effects that are somehow part of the life of the film, not show-off stunts.”.
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Chris Columbus, the director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone said. I remember David Heyman and myself had to do the British actor’s dinner tour for quite some time,” Columbus explained. “We went out to dinner with Richard Harris to convince him, and Maggie Smith to convince her. Alan Rickman was the same. He was reluctant because he didn’t want to be typecast as a villain. Particularly after Die Hard, and I guess Robin Hood “
It was reported in November 2020 that Canongate would release The Diaries of Alan Rickman, a compilation of Rickman’s journals. The diaries’ editor, Alan Taylor of the Scottish Review of Books, said they “provide a matchless glimpse into the daily life of a magnificent performer.” At the age of 69, pancreatic cancer claimed Rickman’s life in 2016.