Daniel Radcliffe Recalls The Wonderful Person, Peer, And Wizard That Was Alan Rickman

"... One of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry."

We all remember the wonderful film series that was "Harry Potter."

Starring in that movie as Severus Snape was the immensely talented actor Alan Rickman, who sadly passed away today at the age of 69.

Starring alongside Rickman was, of course, Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter.

Upon learning about Rickman's passing, Radcliffe took to his Google+ account to pen an open letter, not only about the amazing actor Rickman was, but also about the even better person his friends and family knew him to be.

While Snape might have made Harry's life a bit of a living hell in the early years, Radcliffe respected Rickman immediately.

Radcliffe opened the letter by saying, "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 told the world that Rickman wasn't only available on the set of the Potter films, but was there for him in his ventures outside of Hogwarts.

He continued, "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."

Radcliffe wasn't the only person Rickman was there for. Radcliffe recounted friends of Rickman saying, "'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".

Radcliffe also remembered how Rickman treated him as a peer, even though Radcliffe was merely 12-years-old, in his first big budget film.

He said of the early years together, "... 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."

You can read his full letter below:


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.