Professor Severus Snape: "There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class."
The character of Severus Snape is one of the most complex in the Harry Potter series, with the teacher beginning life as a malicious disciplinarian and developing into something far more ambiguous. Initially appearing to be an enemy of Harry's, his real motivations get murkier still as the series continues.
The actor: A seasoned veteran of the repertory circuit, Rickman first tasted mass appeal as The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and German terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard. However, he was also capable of playing lighter roles such as in Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually.