The 'Harry Potter' Family Pays Tribute to the Late Alan Rickman

saying goodbye to a legend

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This morning, Alan Rickman's family confirmed that the actor, who had been battling cancer, passed away at the age of 69. News of Rickman's death stunned fans of the British actor and director, who immediately took to social media to share an outpouring of love and appreciation for his work and talent.

Though Rickman's impact could certainly be felt from afar, as anyone who sat in a theater and watched him perform could attest to, we imagine the news is particularly devastating to those who were fortunate to collaborate and learn from him. This morning, his Harry Potter family—because, to them and to us, they are a supportive, loving family—are paying tribute to the late actor, who shaped the series with his portrayal of Severus Snape, and sharing just how incredible a man he was. Ahead, see how stars of the franchise are remembering the man who, in Daniel Radcliffe's words, was "one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry."