TO ALAN RICKMAN

  1. There was no other Snape.
  2. You took the most complex character in children's fiction and made him into flesh and bone.
  3. Beetle-black eyes, stringy hair, bat-like cape...
  4. You bore the burden well.
  5. Haunted, harrowed, alone...
  6. You knew him better than any of us.
  7. Thank you for your always.
  8. We raise our wands to you, my friend.