From child star to adult actor, Daniel Radcliffe may be one of the most fortunate stars in today’s world, still claiming roles and making an even bigger name for himself, aside from his monstrous role amongst the Harry Potter franchise. Radcliffe has had the pleasure of working alongside many of the film industries most-known and established names in British acting, including fan-favorite Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter saga.
“Alan rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors i will ever work with.”
Thursday morning came as a shock to many, as the announcement of Rickman’s lost battle with cancer was released, and we said farewell to another beloved star and public figure.
In a heartfelt tribute to Rickman, Radcliffe took the time to release his own short memoir about the influence that Rickman had on himself, his career and his life as a whole, during and beyond the magical years spent amongst the wizarding world.
Posted to Radcliffe’s personal Google Plus page, his touching note reads:
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-Pottter. 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 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.
In addition, author J.K. Rowling posted her thoughts through an update on Twitter earlier this morning:
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