The diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman – best known for his role as Severus Snape in the movie “Harry Potter” – will be published as a book in 2022.
As published by The Guardian, Rickman’s journals cover everything from friendships and political insights to his thoughts on acting. Interested theater-gear also took part and he shared behind-the-scenes stories from the set of “Harry Potter” and took part for a decade between 2001 and 2011.
Twenty-seven volumes of handwritten diaries will be edited into a single book over Rickman’s more than 25 years of life and career. British actors began writing in the early 1990s with the intention of publishing their journals. When Rickman started this private project, his career included the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Valmont in “Les Licensed Dangerous” and on-screen as Hans Gruber in 1988’s “Die Hard”.
He continued to document his career by appearing in “Harry Potter” movies, “Love, Actually,” “Sensation and Sensitivity,” “Galaxy Quest” and much more. Rickman traveled until his death in 2016, when he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.
Publisher Cunningham has acquired the rights to the book, entitled “Alan Rickman’s Diary.” It will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Boys, who put together a “native diary” of pastoral journalists from Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Fowles and many more.
Rickman’s widow, Rima Horton, told The Guardian, “I’m glad that Connaught will publish Alan’s diary and can’t expect a more specific editorial appointment than Alan Taylor.” “The diaries show not only Alan Rickman as an actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humor, his keen observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.”
Taylor told the Guardian that Rickman’s diaries are “vicarious, arbitrary, funny, gossipy and absolutely clear. They are compulsory studies and give an intimate insight into the daily life of a notable actor who was as dear to the United States as he was to the United States.”