The world has lost another beautiful soul.
Tonight I give thanks for this talented actor whose portrayal of Severus Snape as written by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter novels taught some, reminded others, that there is more to people than what meets the eye. Professor Snape reaffirmed for us the truth in Mary Lou Kownacki’s words:
“Engrave this upon your heart: there isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you heard their story.”
Many of us spent years until the release of the seventh book in the summer of 2007 disliking this man and his ways, distrusting him. And then, in that book, the details of his loyalties are revealed, and we learn the story of who he was and how he was treated before and whom he really loved, and what he did for that love. And then…..we realized…..
this is not a world of easy black and white. There is no all good or all bad.
It’s all grey. The good with the bad. The broken with the beautiful. The light and the dark.
Thank you, Alan Rickman, for bringing this to life for us–for your part in teaching us to look beyond the story we see–to listen and hear what is not always easily seen or shared. You shall be missed.