Harry Potter fans and co-stars remember Alan Rickman with heartfelt tributes

Alan Rickman’s career spanned over two decades both on stage as well as on screen, but it was his role as Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” franchise that introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.  Today, Rickman’s co-stars from the Harry Potter film series have joined J.K. Rowling and the enormous community of Potter fans to ‘raise their wands’ and remember the late British film star, who passed away after a battle with cancer. From heartfelt letters, to memories, and quotes, here are some of the most touching tributes:

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling directed her sympathy to Rickman’s family and the world on Twitter, writing, “We have all lost a great talent.”

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. 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.

Daniel Radcliffe, who first starred alongside Rickman in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when he was just 11 years old, shared his sentiments via Google Plus.

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.

Fellow Hogwarts professor Emma Thompson was one of the loved ones who said good-bye to the actor in his final moments. In a statement to People, she wrote:

Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.

What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.

He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him.

He was the ultimate ally. In life, art, and politics. I trusted him absolutely.

He was, above all things, a rare and unique human and we shall not see his like again.

Emma Watson often praised Rickman as an accomplished actor and feminist supporter. She posted her farewell thoughts on Facebook.

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.

Ron Weasley may have been frightened of Professor Snape, but Rupert Grint was devastated by the news. He expressed his thoughts via JustJared.

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,” Rupert told JustJared.com. “My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

Matthew Lewis, who played the role of Neville Longbottom, posted his memorial to Rickman on Instagram, .

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, who played Potter’s Luna Lovegood, shared her memory on Twitter.

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.❤️

Additionally, Potter fans are in mourning, expressing grief with meaningful quotes and references from the films across social media.