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.