Alan Rickman, known for his acting as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died in a fight against cancer at 69 Jan. 14.
Thousands of people around the world paid tribute for Snape’s life and teachings.
J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and many others who worked with Rickman published on their social media how much they loved and respected him, according to the BBC.
BYU-Idaho students shared their feelings about what they learned from Snape’s story.
Natalie Lewis, a sophomore studying psychology, said true love, sacrifice and losing your life in the service of others were things she loved most about Snape.
“Love can change us,” Lewis said. “The love of Christ can change us, and his love for Lily is what changed him. And so, the second that he found out that she was in danger, he was a changed man. He converted to the good.”
She said Snape was still bad, mean, rude and horrible, but he was converted.
“I think that happens to us all the time,” Lewis said. “We have our conversion, but we are still not perfect. But what matters is that we are converted to Christ, just like he was converted to the good side.”
Troy Tolman, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, said Snape is an example of why one should not judge a book by its cover.
“We always thought he was the bad guy and he was pretending to be with Voldemort, and in the end he was actually helping,” Tolman said.
He said people should take more opportunities to get to know others.
“Some people will look to a certain person and the way they are dressed, and they’ll judge them prematurely,” Tolman said. “They shouldn’t do that because maybe they are just a really cool person.”
Adelade Robertson, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said she learned from Snape’s experience that things are not always like they appear to be. She said everyone hated him without knowing his reasons.
“He had their back, and when he killed Dumbledore, everyone thought that was so bad, but that was all planned,” Robertson said. “Dumbledore told him to do it.”
LDS Daily published an article titled, “Five Things Severus Snape Can Teach us about a Mighty Change of Heart.”
First, a mighty change of heart can happen to anyone.
Second, when your heart is changed, you become fully committed.
Third, a changed heart does not need glory or attention.
Fourth, with a mighty change of heart, you act in faith.
Fifth, just because you have changed does not mean you are perfect, according to LDS Daily.
“He is a great example that it is never too late to do what you love, and it’s never too late to make a difference in the world,” Lewis said.