Harry Potter stars and more pay tribute to Alan Rickman

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, J.K. Rowling and more pen heartbreaking goodbyes to the late British actor

By Andrea Tim | Published: 15 Jan 2016

Remembering Alan
Photo: TPG Images

Alan Rickman passed away yesterday aged 69 from cancer, his family confirmed. Best known for his role as Harry Potter antagonist-turned-hero Professor Severus Snape, Alan was one of Britain's most brilliant and beloved actors in film and theatre.

He has lent both his inimitable character, whether as villain or protagonist, and distinct deep voice to his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (for which he won a BAFTA), Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (he won a few awards for this, including a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award), Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland.

Also missed by fans all over the world, including his Harry Potter co-stars, Alan will be featured in his final film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, as Absolem the Caterpillar mid this year.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were among many who paid tribute to Alan.

Daniel, who played Harry Potter, wrote a short essay on his Google+ account, remembering Alan as "one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child."

Ruper Grint, who played Harry's best friend Ron Weasley, told Just Jared: "I am devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman, I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous occasions – Even though he has gone – I will always hear his voice."

Read more of the cast's heartfelt tributes here.

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)


I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you

Posted by Emma Watson on Thursday, 14 January 2016


J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter)

Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore)

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

James Phelps (Fred Weasley)

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)

Emma Thompson (Professor Sybill Trelawney)

Alan's Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny co-star Ian McKellen also wrote a tear-jerking essay about his old friend, elaborating about how Alan was indeed the compassionate soul everyone often said he is.


ALAN RICKMAN (1946-2016) There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman. His career was at the...

Posted by Ian McKellen on Thursday, 14 January 2016

You will be sorely missed, Alan. Always.

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