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It has been a tough week for the entertainment industry as we say goodbye to another beloved performer Alan Rickman. Best known for his portrayal as the sinister, but loved Professor Snape in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, Rickman was a force of natural talent in film and theatre — passions he carried with him throughout his lifetime. Prior to the Potter series, Rickman was most commonly known as an award-winning film actor for “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny” and his portrayal of villain Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis in “Die Hard.” Rickman was also a Broadway performer, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1988. It wasn’t until the 2000s that Rickman, selected for the part by Rowling herself, took on the iconic role as Severus Snape for all eight Harry Potter films. News of his death came as a shock to the author as well, when she posted a tweet “He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.” Hold your wands high, Potter fans.