Harry Potter

Alan Rickman Embodied an Imperfect Character with a “Perfect Voice”

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Alan Rickman’s filmography and theatrical endeavors — both as an actor and director — are towering achievements. But it’s inarguable that while everyone might have their separate favorite Alan Rickman moments (whether it’s his dignified kindness in Sense and Sensibility, his ghost boyfriendliness in Truly Madly Deeply, or his willing submission to utter silliness in Galaxy Quest), the character most people think of immediately when they think of Rickman is Sevreus Snape, of the Harry Potter series. (After all, he portrayed him in eight different films, under four different directors.) 
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2015: The Year Nerd Culture Gave Pop Culture Never-Ending Stories

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Endings have always been the most difficult part of a story to get right. Landing the proverbial plane smoothly, in a way that is satisfying and feels natural, takes foresight and planning, and it’s also undermined by questions like: Why can’t the story keep going? Why can’t we feel this way forever? The answer — as anyone who’s tried to write a book, record a video or even tell a joke can tell you — is that our stories are traditionally defined by a beginning, middle and end.
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Quiz: Who Wrote It, J.K. Rowling or J.K. Huysmans?

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In an improbable, possibly magical twist of fate, the names of two writers who are poles apart in style, literary preoccupation, historical period — virtually every category, in other words — have been brought together under the windblown umbrella of recent news. Otherwise, these two giants of literature — J.K. Rowling and J.K. Huysmans — share only one thing: a name.
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