The Harry Potter secret Alan Rickman took to the grave.

I’m not crying, you’re crying! Stop crying!

Just when we thought our little hearts couldn’t take any more this week, JK Rowling has weighed in on the momentous loss of Alan Rickman with a beautiful little tale of Severus Snape.

Rumor has long had it that JK gave Alan a sneaky secret clue at the very start of the Harry Potter series, something that would flavour his whole performance until the very end.

He knew. HE KNEW.

Years ago, Rickman told Ireland’s RTE:

“She gave me one little piece of information, which I always said I would never share with anybody and never have, and never will.

It wasn’t a plot point, or crucial in any tangible way, but it was crucial to me as a piece of information that made me travel down that road rather than that one or that one or that one.”

And with Alan Rickman’s passing this week, Harry Potter fans around the world have begun to wonder if this was one juicy secret that Severus had truly taken to the grave.

Alas, thanks to the joys of Twitter, all was to be revealed when a fan asked JK Rowling: “Will you tell us the piece of information that you told Alan Rickman about Severus Snape? Or will that forever be a secret?”

JK, being a dead-set LEGEND, replied with:

YOU GUYS… Always. Always!

It’s because Severus was ALWAYS in love with Lily Potter!

*Gulps back tears*

So all of those years of us sitting back and being all like, huh, we can see where this is going, Severus is an asshole… we were wrong. AND HE KNEW IT.

Producer David Heyman once told the L.A. Times, “It was quite amusing, too, because there were times when a director would tell Alan what to do in a scene and he would say something like, ‘No I can’t do that – I know what is going to happen and you don’t’.”


Severus was wildly misjudged throughout the whole series, with his valiant spirit and pure intentions only revealed at the end. But seriously, imagine how different our perception would gave been if we too knew this secret?

I mean, now that we really think about it, both Severus Snape and Lily Potter’s last words in the Harry Potter books were: “Always”.


Ok, that’s enough. I just can’t.