Sorry, Alan Rickman Didn’t Say That Quote About Reading Harry Potter

The quote, which has been attributed to Rickman for years, was actually written by a Harry Potter fan.

1. Actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer age 69.

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He is known for playing many iconic roles, but to one generation he is best known as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.

2. Since his death was announced, fans have taken to Twitter to share this quotation, which has been attributed to Rickman for years:


3. But Rickman didn’t say this. It was actually written by a fan of the Harry Potter series on Tumblr in 2010.

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Also, as one Goodreads user points out, Alan Rickman never had children and had never read the books.

4. But still, we’ll forever remember him as the perfect Snape.

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This quote was posted by a Tumblr user in 2010. An earlier version of this article misstated that it was written for a contest.

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