Alan Rickman refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film’s director, it emerged during the filming of the upcoming reunion special.

The actor, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, famously played the stern Hogwarts professor, who worked as one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters.

It wasn’t until a plot twist in the final installment that fans discovered how Severus had been acting as a double agent in order to protect the series’ protagonist. 

Hilarious: Alan Rickman refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film's director, it emerged during the filming of the upcoming reunion special

Hilarious: Alan Rickman refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film's director, it emerged during the filming of the upcoming reunion special

Hilarious: Alan Rickman refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film’s director, it emerged during the filming of the upcoming reunion special

Chris Columbus, who directed the franchise’s first two films, would beg Alan, ‘Why are you doing that like that?’ according to Daniel Radcliffe, to which the Love Actually star would reply, ‘I’ll tell you later.’

The child actor also confessed he wasn’t aware of the storyline until the final book hit the shelves in 2007, days after The Order Of The Phoenix film was released.

He revealed of the late actor: ‘He had the inside line. He very, very early said to Jo [JK Rowling], he was like, “I think I need to know what happens.”‘

Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, quipped: ‘Rickman would have an in, wouldn’t he?!’

Talented: The actor, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, famously played the stern Hogwarts professor, who worked as one of Voldemort's Death Eaters (pictured in-character in 2005)

Talented: The actor, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, famously played the stern Hogwarts professor, who worked as one of Voldemort's Death Eaters (pictured in-character in 2005)

Talented: The actor, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, famously played the stern Hogwarts professor, who worked as one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters (pictured in-character in 2005)

Reminiscing: Chris Columbus, who directed the franchise's first two films, would beg Alan, 'Why are you doing that like that?' according to Daniel Radcliffe (pictured), to which the Love Actually star would reply, 'I'll tell you later'

Reminiscing: Chris Columbus, who directed the franchise's first two films, would beg Alan, 'Why are you doing that like that?' according to Daniel Radcliffe (pictured), to which the Love Actually star would reply, 'I'll tell you later'

Reminiscing: Chris Columbus, who directed the franchise’s first two films, would beg Alan, ‘Why are you doing that like that?’ according to Daniel Radcliffe (pictured), to which the Love Actually star would reply, ‘I’ll tell you later’

Having a blast: Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, quipped: 'Rickman would have an in, wouldn't he?!'

Having a blast: Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, quipped: 'Rickman would have an in, wouldn't he?!'

Having a blast: Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, quipped: ‘Rickman would have an in, wouldn’t he?!’

Daniel replied: ‘And he never told Chris [Columbus], he never told anyone.’

Director Chris recalled a similar tale earlier this year, admitting Alan’s ‘tiny little idiosyncrasies’ caused him to scratch his head.

He told The A.V. Club: ‘J.K. Rowling took him out to dinner and told him something about what was going to happen to Snape throughout the series.

‘I’d walk up to him afterward and say, “What was that?” and he would say, “Oh, you’ll know when you read the seventh book.”

Fascinating: Director Chris (left) recalled a similar tale earlier this year, admitting Alan's (right) 'tiny little idiosyncrasies' caused him to scratch his head (pictured in 2002)

Fascinating: Director Chris (left) recalled a similar tale earlier this year, admitting Alan's (right) 'tiny little idiosyncrasies' caused him to scratch his head (pictured in 2002)

Fascinating: Director Chris (left) recalled a similar tale earlier this year, admitting Alan’s (right) ‘tiny little idiosyncrasies’ caused him to scratch his head (pictured in 2002)

‘It was like, “Well, yeah, but that doesn’t help me now. I’m directing the first movie.”’

Alfonso Cuarón went on to direct The Prisoner Of Azkaban while Mike Newell succeeded him for The Goblet Of Fire.

David Yates took the reigns for The Order Of The Phoenix, The Half Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows Parts One and Two.

Joanne revealed the ‘top secret’ piece of information she gave Alan during Harry Potter filming – that he was in love with the boy wizard’s mother – in a 2016 tweet.

She confessed that she had told Alan of Snape’s enduring love for Harry Potter’s mother Lily, who died protecting a baby Harry from Lord Voldemort. 

In response to a question from a fan who asked her to let them in on the secret, she told her followers: ‘I told Alan what lies behind the word “always”.’

Her response referred to a scene in the seventh and final novel in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, when Professor Snape reveals that he had always been besotted with Lily – who was his childhood friend.

When Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore asks if he has been in love with Lily all this time, Snape replies with one word, ‘always’.

It was Snape’s love for Lily that led the teacher, who had been one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters, to align himself with Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix as something of a double agent.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is set to debut on January 1, 2022 on HBO Max as well as on Sky and streaming service NOW in the UK. 

Wow! Chris said: 'J.K. Rowling took him out to dinner and told him something about what was going to happen to Snape throughout the series (Rowling pictured in 2019)

Wow! Chris said: 'J.K. Rowling took him out to dinner and told him something about what was going to happen to Snape throughout the series (Rowling pictured in 2019)

Wow! Chris said: ‘J.K. Rowling took him out to dinner and told him something about what was going to happen to Snape throughout the series (Rowling pictured in 2019)

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