Daniel Radcliffe writes emotional letter about Alan Rickman: ‘He was so encouraging of me’

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After the announcement that Alan Rickman had passed, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a touching tribute about the actor.

Radcliffe played Harry Potter in the 8-part movie series, while Rickman played Professor Severus Snape. He died at age 69 after a short battle with cancer.

Radcliffe shared the letter on his GooglePlus account, saying “I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career.”

Read the entire tribute here:

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.

Actress Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the films also shared a short message on Facebook.

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling also shared her thoughts on Twitter.