It's hard to believe the Harry Potter saga came to a close five years ago with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Thankfully, the magic never truly ended, what with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the horizon. But as we celebrate the final OG Harry Potter film’s birthday this month, let us remember Young Severus Snape before he became a Death Eater, then repented, then broke our hearts, then made us feel things.
Benedict Clarke played the second Young Severus Snape — the first being Alec Hopkins in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — and though he only appeared in one flashback scene, it was arguably (in my opinion, at least) one of the most gut-wrenching moments of the movie.
Clarke went from this little boy ...Warner Bros.
... to this 19-year-old young adult.
Since wizards come of age at 17, Clarke’s been able to use magic and apparate whenever he pleases for the past two years — well, if he weren’t actually a Muggle IRL, of course. Since Harry Potter, he’s acted in three short films, including In the Wake of Sirens, which you can watch here.
He also shared a sweet memory of Alan Rickman, the adult Severus Snape in all eight films, after Rickman passed away from cancer at the beginning of this year. “I told him I was terrified that my nose was far too small for the part,” Clarke admitted. “And [Rickman] said, ‘Don't worry, my nose was exactly the same size as yours when I was your age,’’ which Clarke wasn’t sure was exactly true, but was grateful all the same.
Earlier this summer, Clarke announced he was traveling all across the United States and documenting his journey on Instagram, and he appropriately seems to be a fan of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.
And let’s never forget Clarke proudly shouted this when the Deathly Hallow: Part 2 kids were asked if they shipped their character’s parents or not. 👏