“Dan, Rupert and Emma, and Tom Felton
and Devon Murray, especially those kids, when I would have sick
children with me on the set they would come straight up to me and start
engaging with these kids and take photos with them and ask, ‘What’ve
they seen so far? What was their favorite part of the film? What was
their favorite part of the day?’” She
reminisced about a number of touching memories from the set visits,
including a time a young boy got to help direct a scene with Radcliffe
in Chamber of Secrets. After the scene, the boy ran up to Radcliffe,
threw his arms around him and said, “I love you, Harry.”
of us were in tears, the director [Chris Columbus], the cast, the crew,
we were all tearing up. But it was such a beautiful moment, and Dan was
so sweet with him. That’s the purity of Harry Potter.” […] Jay,
a child diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, was excited to visit the
set [of Prisoner of Azkaban], “But what he really wanted was to be in the film, not just
visiting. […] I
said, ‘Well, we can’t really do that, and you’re already here.’ Alan
[Rickman] came over and introduced himself to Jay, and Jay was so happy
to meet him. He was really knowledgeable. He was about 15 at the time,
and he knew a lot about Alan’s other films, and Jay mentioned to Alan
that what he really wanted to do was be in the film.
looked at me, and he kind of went into his Snape-mode in costume, and
said, ‘Why isn’t this child in the film?’ […] Everyone had a good laugh, and Alan took him by the hand and put him
into the crowd of kids as they were panning across. […]
[Jay] was very happy that Alan did that for him.” —
Paula DuPre’ Pesmen
on the Cast of Harry Potter [x]
“[H]e was such a terrific actor, and that was such a terrific character that he played. And it was a joy to be with him. We used to laugh together because we ran out of reaction shots. They were always – when everything had been done and the children were finished, they would turn the camera around and we’d have to do various reaction shots of amazement or sadness and things. And we used to say we’d got to about number 200-and-something and we’d run out of knowing what to do when the camera came around on us. But he was a joy.” — Maggie Smith on Alan Rickman [x]
“It was very difficult to steal things because Alan, god love
him, he nicked all of the Gringotts coins on the very first day he did
[Goblet of Fire] and swiped in and out like a supermarket.
I couldn’t get away with it.
I once tried to take a copy of The Daily Prophet because there were thousands of them. I said I’d like one of those to director David Yates, who said, ‘No problem mate’. I
put it in my bag and when I got to the gates, they said, ‘David said
can he have it back’. It was so embarrassing. So I got nothing.” — Jason Isaacs on Alan Rickmanand stealing props from the Harry Potter set [x]
I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to not pay attention. Mr. Potter. Our new celebrity. Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood? You don’t know? Well, let’s try again. Where, Mr. Potter, would you look if I asked you to find me a bezoar?…And what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?…Pity. Clearly, fame isn’t everything, is it, Mr. Potter?
Snape pointed at the parchment, on which the words Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs were still shining. An odd, closed expression appeared on Lupin’s face. “Well?” said Snape. Lupin continued to stare at the map. Harry had the impression that Lupin was doing some very quick thinking. “Well?” said Snape again.
“Richard [Curtis] wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you
because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, it would be sad, too
sad. It’s too soon. It’s absolutely right because [the Love Actually reunion short film is] supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in
the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago.” — Emma Thompson on Alan Rickman [x]
Snape Appreciation Month Day 20: A scene you wanted to be in the films. (Occlumency + book quotes/select edits) I always hated how inaccurately portrayed the Occlumency lessons were in the films. “You managed to stop me eventually, though you wasted time and energy shouting. You must remain focused. Repel me with your brain and you will not need to resort to your wand.”
Colonel Brandon was now as happy, as all those who best loved him, believed he deserved to be;—in Marianne he was consoled for every past affliction;—her regard and her society restored his mind to animation, and his spirits to cheerfulness; and that Marianne found her own happiness in forming his, was equally the persuasion and delight of each observing friend.