Thanks to my reputation as a dedicated "Harry Potter" fan, I woke up this morning to four texts from friends and family asking me if I was OK and if I had heard the news yet: Alan Rickman, 69, died after a battle with cancer.
The "Harry Potter" actor brought intense, deep and meaningful life to one of literature's most complex characters, Severus Snape. For ten years, Rickman shared his magical talents with the world and brought Hogwarts into our homes and hearts.
From his menacing stares and slow-spoken one-liners to his unwavering passion, Alan Rickman was, indisputably, the perfect Professor Snape.
To commemorate his role, here are the 12 best moments of Alan Rickman's Severus Snape.
When we were introduced to Professor Snape's potion class for the first time.
When he said this line and changed the way we say a number forever.
When he showed us the art of the insult.
When he pulled off looking "Riddikulus" like no one else could.
When he gave us the advice we all needed to hear.
When he made us want to throw things at our screen and scream.
When he REALLY made us want to throw things at our screen and scream.
When he shocked us with these five words.
When he stood in the Great Hall, sent chills up our spines... and made us want to throw things at our screen.
When we thought it was all over but then he said this...
...and everything changed.
When we learned the truth about the bravest man Harry ever knew.
Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. We will remember you. Always.