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Alan, always

I recently began sharing
the world of Harry Potter
with my six-year-old,
who called Professor Snape
his favorite character.

“Because he was protecting Harry!

My heart sank
this morning
when I learned
Alan Rickman,
the actor who
breathed such life
into Snape,
had died.

But then,
then I saw
one Rickman quote
repeated everywhere
I looked:

When I’m eighty years old
and sitting in my rocking chair,
I’ll be reading Harry Potter.
And my family will say to me,
“After all this time?”
And I will say, “Always.”

He will never read
Harry Potter at eighty,
or even seventy, and
that’s sadder
than the word “sad”
does justice.

But I can’t help smiling,
reading those words.

Eighty is fleeting
compared to always.

Rickman lived his dreams,
and I, in his audience,
got to share
this one
with him.

At twelve,
at forty,
at sixty,
that is

That is


  1. January 14, 2016 at 10:19 am

    wonderful–I miss him too–always….

  2. January 14, 2016 at 10:31 am


  3. January 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Well said. I am a huge Potterhead. One of the reasons is because Harry gets to see, just occasionally, folks who have passed. It comforts me. I read them on anniversaries, when I need to know that someone on a list of people I’ve loved is close by me.

    Alan Rickman is now on the list. May he rest in piece, until someone turns the resurrection stone and needs him for just a moment.

    • January 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Ooooph, this comment. I love everything about it. Thank you, and hear, hear.

      • January 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

        You made me come out of the closet. I just wrote a post about this very thing. Thanks, Deb.

        • January 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

          That post is beautiful. I love how you can make me cry and laugh all at once. Thank you. ♥

  4. January 14, 2016 at 10:45 am

    This is beautiful!

  5. January 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Beautifully worded and heartfelt – lovely tribute.

  6. January 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    That quote gets me every time. There is nothing greater than when an actor appreciates his material. I have loved Rickman since Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and I will always love him!

    • January 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      That quote struck me one way before, and another entirely now.

      Li’l D and I will probably take years reading through the whole series, but I already can’t wait for the inevitable discussions about Snape … and life, and, perhaps, Alan Rickman.

  7. January 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    He did have his always. Shorter than he knew, shorter than many of us hoped for, but a complete always.

    • January 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Indeed. I’m walking around on my lunch break, thinking of Alan Rickman and hoping the folks who knew/of me think of.me and smile while thinking, “Damn, but she lived!”

  8. January 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I was so sad to hear of his passing, too. He brought Snape, a complex and nuanced character, to life on the big screen in an unforgettable way.

    • January 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      I’ve loved his portrayals in several movies, but that … that’s most prominent in mind and heart as I make my way through those books with Li’l D.

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  10. January 15, 2016 at 7:07 am

    That’s the quote I used, and I’m still thinking that an “Always” tattoo should be on my list – that word has and will forevermore bring a mist to my eyes. But that is besides the point – I was heartbroken – I loved him in HP, but in so many more movies, too! Beautiful poem, brilliant remembrance.

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  12. January 15, 2016 at 8:39 am

    This gutted my feels. Very beautiful and powerful. RIP Alan Rickman, you are so beloved. Always.

  13. January 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Based on the beginning of this year, losing him and Bowie, it’s not looking good for the great ones. 😥

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