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Kate Winslet Remembers How Alan Rickman Selflessly Spent His 'Harry Potter' Earnings

The actor who famously portrayed Professor Snape 'was always a great big softy.'
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Alan Rickman's death hit Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility, and Love Actually fans hard when he passed away on January 14, 2016, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

And as the first anniversary of his death approaches, his former co-star Kate Winslet has shared a touching story about how she remembers Rickmanopening up about how kind and generous he was.

The pair worked together on the 1995 movie adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, as well as 2014 movie A Little Chaos, and in an article Winslet wrote for Entertainment Weekly, she revealed what the "great big softy" was like to be around.

She wrote:

"If there was one word I could use to really describe Al, it would be kind. He was so kind. Whenever Al would go out to supper and anyone else would try and pay, he would somehow have phoned ahead or slipped his credit card ahead of the meal so no one even got a look at the check. He'd just say, 'I've got two words for you: Harry Potter.' And he became known for doing that."

Rickman, as you inevitably already know, played Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. What a generous, open, and kind-hearted man.

This comes as it emerged in May 2016 that Rickman also left £100,000 (P6,102,130) to various charities he'd supported during his lifetime, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Sponsored Arts for Education, Saving Faces, and the International Performers Aid Trust. The four non-profit organizations received £25,000 (P1,525,530) each.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.