(many thanks to the Alan Rickman Guestbook contributors to this list)

1.  Three names used in An Awfully Big Adventure show up in her books:

Uncle Vernon

2.  In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Snape is described as looking "as though Christmas has just been cancelled."  Has the Sheriff of Nottingham just made a cameo here?

3.  In Truly, Madly, Deeply, Nina’s nephew’s name is Harry, and he has a jagged scar on his forehead.

4.  There is a marked resemblance in the names and general appearance of the characters Snape and Slope (Barchester Chronicles).

5.  The names Voldemort and Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) are similar.

6.  In Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Robin makes a statement to Marian about nobility not being a birthright but needing to be earned. This sentiment is echoed by Dumbledore when he opines to Harry about one’s worth being proven by one’s actions, not one’s heredity.

7. Stella’s beret in AABA is green and grey (or grey-ish), Slytherin colors.

8.  Character in HP novels:  Cedric Diggory.  Character in The Return of the Native:  Diggory Venn
Also, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s first name was originally Cedric, as was the name of the rambunctious snake in the 1998 stage production of Antony and Cleopatra.

9.  In the very last sentence of Chapter 11 in Harry Potter and the Prisoner  of Azkaban, Hermione says, “Because I thought—and Professor McGonagall agrees with me…”  Echoes of Mrs. Proudie in The Barchester Chronicles?

10.  And the most important reason of all...rumor has it that Alan Rickman was J. K. Rowling’s first choice of actor to portray Snape!  (And I agree with her.)

*J. K. Rowling
**Alan Rickman fan

HomeListing Page