Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Wrote a Rare Social Media Post to Honor Alan Rickman

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 14, 2016 Updated: January 15, 2016

After veteran actor Alan Rickman died on Thursday at the age of 69, a number of celebrities and fellow cast members of films he starred in shared their thoughts on his passing.

A number of his friends and co-workers from the “Harry Potter” series went on social media to express their sorrow over their loss.

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, wrote a lengthy tribute to Rickman, who essentially saw Radcliffe grow up. He said on his Google+ account:

Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.?

 

Meanwhile, one fan compiled every scene where Rickman’s character, Professor Snape, appeared from the Harry Potter movies: