Harry Potter fans woke up to a pleasant surprise from Google on Sunday morning. The search engine paid tribute to British actor Alan Rickman with a beautiful Google Doodle. Fans took to social media to share it and remember the late beloved actor.
However, April 30 marks the day in 1987 when performed in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a Broadway play that was instrumental in launching his career. He played the anti-hero Le Vicomte de Valmont and even received a Tony. He also won a Golden Globe and an Emmy during his career and despite his reputation for playing the “baddie,” he was also acclaimed for sensitive roles in films such as “Truly Madly Deeply,” and “Love, Actually.”
Alan Rickman is best known for playing the feared and misunderstood Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, vengeful villain Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” and the gentlemanly Colonel Brandon in “Sense and Sensibility.”
For the Potter uninitiated, “always” is how Snape explains to Dumbledore in the final book why his Patronus takes the same shape as the one belonging to his long-lost love: Harry Potter’s mother, Lily. Hence, “Always is the one word actor Alan is associated with much like “Forever” for 007.
Netizens worldwide took to their social handles early Sunday morning to regale in Google’s pleasant surprise.
Fans shared pictures of the doodle on social media and mentioned how they will remember him ‘always’. “Google doodle in onore di Alan Rickman. Always,” wrote a fan. “Nice to see Alan Rickman being remembered by Google today,” wrote another. Others shared movie recommendations for Alan fans. “Since Google is Celebrating Alan Rickman. Let’s just say If you haven’t watched Dogma, please watch it! Alan Rickman was amazing in it,” read a tweet. A fan also raised awareness for pancreatic cancer. “Google is celebrating the wonderful Alan Rickman today. Honour him by not letting your loved ones die way to young,” they wrote.
In August 2015, Rickman had a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He revealed that he had terminal cancer to only his closest confidants. On 14 January 2016, he died in London at the age of 69.
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