Alan as King Gunther, a character I created for him to portray when he was still alive (sorry for the bad photoshop job!)
The one word I see used more than any other to describe Alan Rickman in the various tributes from his fans and co-stars is generous, and even without truly knowing him, that is something I can attest to. To the entertainment world he gave a wide range of insightful and sympathetic performances. To the Harry Potter fandom he gave life to one of the series’ most iconic characters, but to me he gave something else too – the most important life lesson I’ve ever known.
Alan is the reason I learned to put myself in another’s shoes. He had a tremendous capacity for empathy and the rare...