Saturday 18 November 2017

JK Rowling reacts to news of Alan Rickman's death: 'There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am'

ALAN RICKMAN as Severus Snape in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy
ALAN RICKMAN as Severus Snape in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has tweeted her condolences after the passing of Alan Rickman, who famously played Snape in the film adaptation of the books.

Taking to Twitter, JK Rowling expressed her grief on the actor's death, writing "there are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death"

"He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man".

"My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts".

The prolific actor played many villains in his films but Harry Potter fans loved him as soft-hearted villain Professor Snape, whom he played for eight films in the adaptations of the books.

Rickman died of cancer at the age of 69. He is not the only Harry Potter actor to have battled the disease. Dame Maggie Smith(74), who played Professor McGonagall in the films, revealed in 2009 that she battled breast cancer on the set of 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

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