1. When I was eleven years old I read the Harry Potter books, but they didn't become as important to me as they are now until a year or two later.
  2. I remember thinking, at 13, that someday (I thought when I was an adult) I would find out Alan Rickman died, and I would cry and cry.
  3. I found out in math class and I gasped.
  4. Understanding Snape's character was a big part of growing up for me.
  5. Before his performance I never realized how possible it was to be not good and not bad.
  6. And today it happened.
  7. He was an incredible actor, and an incredible person.
  8. Thank you, Alan Rickman. Always.
  9. Rest in peace.