Ron Weasley may have been frightened of Professor Snape, but Rupert Grint was ‘devastated’ by the news of Alan Rickman’s death on Jan. 14. Rupert said that he was ‘so privileged’ to have known him and that he will always keep Alan’s distinct voice in his heart and in his thoughts.
Poor Ron Weasley! Rupert Grint, 27, who starred alongside Alan Rickman, 69, in all eight Harry Potter movies was completely heartbroken to hear of Alan’s death. Just like Daniel Radcliffe, 26, and Emma Watson, 25, Ron had to express his sadness over the loss of his close friend.
“I am devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman,” Rupert told JustJared.com on Jan. 14, shortly after finding out that Alan had lost his life to cancer. “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.”
“My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time,” Rupert added. He joins the rest of the Harry Potter stars in memorializing Alan. Like Rupert, Emma wrote she was “so lucky to have worked and spend time with a special man and actor.” The actress who played Hermione said that she will really miss her conversations with Alan, ending her Facebook statement with “RIP Alan. We love you.”
Harry himself was utterly heartbroken by the news, as Daniel called Alan “undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with.” He remembered how Alan would go out of his way to see “everything [he] ever did on stage both in London and New York.” Though many know Alan for his villainous roles, Daniel said that the real man behind the characters was “extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny.”
J.K. Rowling, the woman who conjured up the entire Harry Potter universe, said “there are no words to express how shocked and devastated” over the news of Alan’s death. “He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man,” she wrote, before sending her love out to Alan’s wife, Rima, and the rest of his family.
The rest of the Harry Potter cast all shared their love for Alan and their sadness over his death. Warwick Davis said it was an “honor” to share the screen with Alan, while Oliver Phelps called Alan “a funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease.”
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