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Daniel Radcliffe Wrote a Touching Tribute to Alan Rickman, His Friend and Harry Potter Co-Star

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Upon learning of Alan Rickman’s passing, Daniel Radcliffe—who played Harry alongside Rickman’s Professor Snape for eight Harry Potter movies—wrote the actor a heartwarming (and possibly tear-inducing) tribute. “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,” Radcliffe remarks.

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Here is his full statement:

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.

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also commented on Rickman’s death, stating:


Changing tones radically, here is a headline from the New York Daily News:

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And here’s another from Page Six:

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Contact the author at madeleine@jezebel.com.

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JujyMonkey: unstable genius

Guys, a bit of advice; while I’m a comic book fan, I never got into the Harry Potter stuff. JujyJunior is seven;is this too old for him, or can I start reading it to him? He's an avid reader of the Wimpy Kid books, but I think the prose is way too dense here. Am I wrong?