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
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.
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."
Daniel Radcliffe on Alan Rickman-"1 of the 1st of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child" pic.twitter.com/enSz2QXnLQ— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 14, 2016
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)
J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter)
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Am not prepared for a world without Alan Rickman. Such a beautiful soul. He was so kind & generous in the moments he wasn't Snaping about.❤️— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) January 14, 2016
I'll also never forget how scary it was to accidentally bump into him as Snape. And how he made us love Snape so much!❤️Rest in peace, Alan.— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) January 14, 2016
James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
Shocked & sad to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the nicest actors I've ever met.Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) January 14, 2016
Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP.— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) January 14, 2016
Emma Thompson (Professor Sybill Trelawney)
Emma Thompson on Alan Rickman: "Alan was my friend...this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye." pic.twitter.com/y64wsryeyQ— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 14, 2016
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.
You will be sorely missed, Alan. Always.