Harry Potter Society’s Tribute to Alan Rickman

James, Holly and Becky from the Harry Potter Society committee

By Emili Peake – News Editor

The UCLan Harry Potter Society has paid tribute to the late Alan Rickman.

Rickman played Severus Snape in the film adaptation of the popular books. Many fans believe that Rickman’s portrayal of the character gained the character a strong following, even during his dark characterization in the earlier books.

Head of Hufflepuff and Vice Chair, Holly Hughes opened the service with a speech linking back to childhood memories. An original arrangement by Holly was then played. The composition, based on Lily’s Theme, was homage to the over-arching love that Snape held for Harry’s mother, Lily.

Chairman, James Hoffstetter continued the service by lighting candles held by the attendees. He then read a speech full of movie anecdotes dedicated to the Rickman’s role. “Alan has boarded at 9 ¾ to go on his next big adventure because that’s what death is to the well organised mind.”

Finally, Becky Miler, Head of Slytherin closed with service will a final speech.

The society raised £60 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“His on screen character would tell us to get a grip of our emotions. Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”


Photos supplied by Sam Johnson of Mammoth Photography.

Lighting candles for Alan Rickman.


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Emili Peake is a veteran to the students' union and an old face in Pluto. Emili is local to Preston and specialises in UCLan SU Societies.
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