One of the most heartbreaking things we’ve ever seen is Severus Snape’s flashback scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. If you saw this movie in theaters, you probably remember that scene as one that made every single muggle in the theater cry. Though everything about this particular flashback is devastating, at least there’s one good thing that came out of it all: the actor who played young Snape.
His name is Benedict Clarke and back when the movie was released in 2011, he was only 15 years old.
Now, at the age of 21, this is what he looks like (that’s him on the right):
“good morning america,” wrote Benedict, captioning the above Instagram.
A magical side-by-side:
As if it couldn’t get any better, Benedict also opened up about his time with the late, great Alan Rickman. “I told him I was terrified that my nose was far too small for the part,” Clarke explained, according to MTV. “And [Rickman] said, ‘Don’t worry, my nose was exactly the same size as yours when I was your age.’” (We love this memory so much we’d like to preserve it in a pensieve.)
Though he will always be young Severus Snape to us, Benedict has also acted in three short films since his Harry Potter days.
In the end, both young and old Severus Snape will have a special place in our hearts. Always.