Actor Alan Rickman has died, and if that's not enough of a bummer, people are also unintentionally lying about him all over the Internet. It's a fairly harmless lie that has a lot more to do with his loving fans from the Harry Potter series than anything malicious. This image of Rickman has gone viral:
In it, he's "quoted" as saying:
When I'm 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I'll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, 'After all this time?' And I will say, 'Always.'
Part of the quote is a reference to a Potter scene, in which, yes, Snape says "Always." The line is in reference to his eternal love for Harry's mother, Lily:
Very sweet! But it was a fictional character. Rickman the actor died at 69, and lived a very rich full life and would probably not have spent his 80s thinking about Harry Potter or Lily. The quote appearing in the meme is actually very similar to a popular Tumblr post that BuzzFeed reports has been circulating since 2010:
The L.A. Times also reported in 2009 that, allegedly, Rickman had never read any of the books. His co-star, Michael Gambon, who was the second actor to play Dumbledore, explained why not:
You’d get upset about all the scenes it’s missing from the book, wouldn‘t you?...No point in reading the books because you’re playing with [screenwriter] Steve Kloves’ words.
Though it is possible, of course, that he eventually did read them and enjoyed them in a non-obsessive way, all signs point to this being FAKE AS HELL. That shouldn't stop anyone from remembering Alan Rickman any way they want to, even if it's as Severus Snape. Or like this: