Alan Rickman ‘Frustrated’ Playing Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ Films, Late Actor’s Letters Reveal

The late actor’s letters are going up for auction in London and have been valued at £950,000

Last Updated: May 29, 2018 @ 8:12 AM

Alan Rickman’s personal letters revealed he was frustrated at times playing Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

According to The Independent, producer David Heyman wrote one letter to the late actor, who died in 2016, for working on “The Chamber of Secrets.”

“Thank you for making ‘HP2’ a success.” the letter read. “I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.”

According to the outlet, Rickman wrote a letter while working on 2009’s “The Half-Blood Prince,” titled “Inside Snape’s Head,” seemingly calling out director David Yates.

“It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal,” he wrote.

The Independent notes that the letters are going up for auction at the ABA Rare Book Fair in London and that the letters have been valued at £950,000 ($1.26 billion). People reports that the archive contains 38 boxes filled with photos, fan mail, film scripts and diary entries, as well as a letter from J.K. Rowling herself.

“Just back from weeks away and had to send a line about what you wrote in the souvenir programme for ‘Hallows II.’ Made me very tearful,” she wrote. “Thank *you* for doing justice to my most complex character.”