Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman’s diaries to be published as a book

Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman aka Severus Snape’s personal diaries will be published as a book in late 2022. As per reports in The Guardian, the 27 volumes of handwritten diaries, spanning more than 25 years of Rickman’s life and career, will be edited down into a single book. Alan Rickman has been loved for his role as Severus Snape in Harry Potter. The movies of the Harry Potter franchise have been loved by fans and even today, the movies have a huge fan following. Well, who does not love watching Harry Potter on repeat? Alan Rickman has written about everything from his thoughts on acting to insights on friendships and politics in his journals. The actor passed away in 2016 at the age of 69 after battling with cancer. He began writing these diaries in the early 1990s with the intention of publishing them. Publisher Canongate has acquired the rights to the book, reportedly titled The Diaries of Alan Rickman.

These diaries will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books. Alan Taylor has also put together The Country Diaries, a collection of the pastoral journalists from Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Fowles and more. Alan Rickman’s wife Rima Horton spoke about this and said, “I’m delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan’s diaries and couldn’t have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor. The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor but the real Alan – his sense of humour, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.” Alan Taylor called the Harry Potter actor’s diaries ‘anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid’. He said, “They make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor, who was as beloved in the US as he surely was in the UK.”

Alan Rickman was also an avid theatre-goer who reviewed plays he attended and shared behind-the-scenes stories from the set of Harry Potter.

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