Twitter reacts to death of Alan Rickman -- greatest screen villain of our time -- truly, madly, and deeply

His voice brought gravitas to every word he spoke, be it from the mouth of Hans Gruber or Severus Snape

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published January 14, 2016 6:36PM (UTC)
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As news of the death of Alan Rickman -- best known to this generation as Severus Snape, but long known to lovers of film and stage as one of the most versatile, generous actors around -- spread, Twitter responded with a fairly breathtaking display of humanity:

For those who think he's a one-trick pony, please, take Mark Harris' advice:


Because, it bears repeating, the man had versatility:

And alternate-universe, make this happen please:

The man was such a genius, he could make you cry in a film that also featured Tim Allen:

He will be, and already is, missed.

Harry Potter's 'Severus Snape' Alan Rickman Dies Age 69

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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