In a move more befitting Albus Dumbledore than the guy who killed him, Empire magazine recently published Alan Rickman's heartfelt goodbye letter to J.K. Rowling and the family of actors who knew him best as Severus Snape.

With the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II' less than two months away, it looks like everyone's prepping themselves for the final showdown and the end of an era. Hard to believe that it's been 10 whole years since the release of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' and we can only imagine the kind of bonds that must have formed between everyone involved.

Hit the jump to read Rickman's swan song.

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.

Alan Rickman

Who knew that the man behind Snape and Hans Gruber had such a soft spot? Like every other muggle who's read the books and watched the movies, we can't help but feel bittersweet about the final entry in such a wonderful series that's captivated us from beginning to end, but, boy, are we excited to see Snape finally get the screen time he deserves.

Here's the letter as it appeared in Empire:


[via CinemaBlend]