As the news of British actor Alan Rickman's demise came in, there was a flurry of emotion which was felt all across, from the people he worked with to fans. Social media was full of tributes to the star as his best roles were fondly remembered.
Rickman is more famously known as Professor Severus Snape for his role in the eight Harry Potter films.
Initially a notorious character, Snape turned out to be one of the most intriguing protagonists in the series, when after seven books it was revealed that he was not a villain after all, but a double agent for the good guys.
Considered one of pop culture's mot unexpected plot-twists, Snape has often been touted as a hero by Potter fans.
However, as a certain Twitter user pointed out, Indian publication The Times of India seem to be unaware of this development. In their obituary for the actor, a photograph uploaded by @saurjyesh, he was described him as 'Potter villain' in the headline. To add to that, the photo shared also describes Rickman as 'sensual screen villain' in the Harry Potter saga and Die Hard.
— saurjyesh (@saurjyesh) January 15, 2016
While we can't comment on how 'sensual' people found Hans Gruber in Die Hard, we can definitely say that Snape was not sensual in the least. Apart from the issue with limiting him to 'Potter villain', the fact that an actor of his calibre was described as 'sensual' does a disservice to him.
As expected, once the image was out on Twitter, fans pointed out the error and called out the publication.
— Garima (@GarimaParekh) January 15, 2016
— shatanshu (@shatanshu) January 15, 2016
@saurjyesh Not just a villain, but a 'sensual villain' no less. It's Harry Potter, not Fifty Shades of Grey, TOI.
— Prerna (@prernavohra26) January 15, 2016
— Arindita Gogoi (@inkcollector) January 15, 2016
Never change, TOI, you imperfect land mermaid https://t.co/aYZ6pLHxso
— Freyoncé (@Freyan) January 15, 2016
Times of India pays tribute to 'Potter villian' Alan Rickman in their own inimitable style. pic.twitter.com/8L5qtlgpG8
— Nirmalya Dutta (@nemo_dutta23) January 15, 2016
— Aishwarya S (@Hyper_aice) January 15, 2016
Dear Times of India, consider doing stand up comedy. https://t.co/OxOxVALQ45
— Shaunak De (@shaunakde) January 15, 2016
Published Date: Jan 15, 2016 04:10 pm | Updated Date: Jan 15, 2016 04:18 pm