I think both of them are good enough.As the books go,you don't actually get to see the character fully.You have to make them in your mind.Maybe you imagined another kind of Snape and dumby.For me,both actors were good.
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oh, good. you're acccepting hate-mail.
'cuz i've got a bag from everyone who's seen the movies. rickman is ridiculously spot on as snape. richard harris was good, and of course michael gambon WAS dumbledore PoA. some people just can't get over the fact that he was badly directed in gof and turned out behaving more like a serial killer than the real serial killer.
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The difference for me is, in the book Snape was greasy, creepy, and unlikable. In the movie......
OMG I Alan Rickman's Snape. For me he's dashing, tragic, and mysterious. Oh, and very funny. I blame Alan Rickman though, because I also had a crush on his Hans character in Die Hard, and pretty much everything else I've seen him in.
In fact, I love his Snapes so much, that at the last forum I customized my signatures on almost a monthy basis with him. Unfortunately, I can't post links yet, so I can't show you the masterpieces, but I'll pop in here with it later.
in some sense, i agree completely. I never saw him as manipulative per se, but i completely get your point.
And no, I'm sorry, but Alan Rickman is nothing like the character of Snape. Although Snape is "bad," he is still an energetic, passionate character. In the movie he is boring and monotonous. In the book he's well known for all the looks he makes and his sneers, whereas in the movie it's just a blank look, always.
Like I said,it depends on how YOU pictured him.I do agree with the blank look thingy though.He didn't always remain blank,but I don't think he was passionate about anything except stripping Harry off any little piece of self-respect he had left.
Oh be quiet. How exactly does Snape act in the books? Hmmm? From his appearances, he's just menacing and quiet. What does Alan Rickman do that's so out of character for him? What makes him so unbelievable as Snape that it ruins it for you?
As for singling me out for disagreeing with you, just pathetic.
I singled you out because, unlike the other posters, YOUR post was rude and unnecessary.
Firstly, in the movies Snape never seems to speak at a normal speed, but prefers to drone on and on in a slow monotone voice.
As for his appearance being "menacing and quiet," I'm sorry but this is just untrue. He isn't quiet in the least bit.
HP&POA: pg. 419: "HE DIDN'T DISAPPARATE!" Snape roared, now very close at hand.... "HAS-SOMETHING-TO-DO-WITH POTTER"
Snape then preceeds to burst through the hospitol wing door and his behavior is described with words and phrases such as "beside himself," "his face was twisted;spit was flying from his mouth" and "shrieking."
Madam Pomfrey and the minister both try and calm him down.
To save myself the typing, I'll just give page numbers and the words describing Snape's attitude and behavior.
HBP pg. 603: "his face was demented, unhuman"
OoTP pg. 649: "It was scary: Snape's lips were shaking, his face was white, his teeth were bared."
I can admit that he acts the part of bored, mean teacher well enough... but that's not his deeper character in the least bit, and he doesn't portray any significant depth in the movies. Alan Rickman is a bad Snape.