In August 2000 it was reported that Alan Rickman was in talks to play Severus Snape in a movie adaptation of the Harry Potter books. Now, 6 movies later (with 2 still to come) and nearly 10 years on Alan Rickman has completed his filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the Harry Potter franchise as a whole.
The actor acknowledged the milestone during an interview with the International Herald Tribune (via SnitchSeeker) while discussing his future projects, which includes directing a play called Creditors.
Snape is one of the best characters in the series in my opinion, and fans of the book will know that in Deathly Hallows all will be revealed. We’ll find out why he is the way he is, why he has a dislike for Harry, and why he killed Dumbledore at the end of Half-Blood Prince. Stuart Craig, who has been the production designer on all the Potter films, revealed that he actually shed a few tears following the shooting of a pivotal scene involving Snape, so it looks like Alan Rickman has given another amazing performance for the final film.
It may be the end for Rickman (apart from possible reshoots later down the line) but there’s still over a year to go before the final film is released, and 7 months before Part 1, so fans have that to look forward too. A period of mourning and depressing will no doubt follow when its all over.