Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch opens up on Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman’s book Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries was released in October, six years after the actor’s tragic death. His Harry Potter costar, Alfred Enoch, narrates part of the book and revealed that it is one of the few diary books he enjoyed reading.

Alfred, 33, played Gryffindor student Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter series alongside Alan Rickman. 

Although the actor had a smaller role than his castmate, he still enjoyed some poignant moments with the veteran star.

Now, Alfred is narrating part of Alan’s posthumous memoir with another Potter star Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley. 

While speaking on the red carpet of Raindance’s opening gala, the actor adamantly points out that he is “not narrating the actual book”. 

Alfred narrates the foreword and appendices throughout the memoir, or as he describes it: “Like where it says this person was born blah blah blah.”

Regardless of how big his role is, the actor noted: “It was fascinating to get to read it and lovely to be part of that.”

He admitted he is not the biggest fan of diaries and memoirs as he feels they cover topics that are too private for him “to be delving into”. 

Alan’s memoir, however, appeared to be a different story as it gave Alfred a different perspective on moments he was actually present for. 

He said: “It was very compelling, I’d pick up a little passage and go ‘Oh that’s interesting, oh that’s what he thought about that’.”

Thankfully Alan had documented his time on Potter as it doesn’t seem Alfred would be able to do the same. 

He revealed: “People always ask me what I remember about Potter and I’m like, very little. 

“I must be the most oblivious person, between my memory and the fact that I’m an easily distracted person. I’m usually like ‘Oh that’s good!’ in the middle of a performance.”

When asked if there was anything that surprised him in Alan’s memoir, Alfred simply noted: “For me, more than any sort of individual piece of this or that, I’m always amazed at people’s ability to recall and remember. I’m awful.”

Giving Alfred the benefit of the doubt, it has been 11 years since he last stepped foot in Hogwarts. 

He was first cast when he was just 10 years old and appeared in seven of the eight wizarding films. 

Although he spent 11 years filming the series, Alfred insists that it didn’t affect his childhood as much as people may believe. 

He shared: “It was different for me, people like Dan [Radcliffe] and Tom [Felton] had the exposure that I didn’t. 

“It was a lovely thing to be a part of but it didn’t disrupt my childhood. 

“I went to school, went to uni, finished uni, started working, no one ever knew who I was.”

Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries, and its audiobook version, can be purchased here. 

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