Stars of the Harry Potter films have been left speechless during a Q&A after they were asked to share a memory about late actor Alan Rickman.

Rickman, who portrayed Snape in the series, lost his battle with cancer on January 14 at the age of 69.

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) all appeared at the Q&A as part of Universal’s A Celebration of Harry Potter fan event.

“It was quite a side swipe. I was devastated, absolutely gutted,” Grint said in the video obtained by AAP, after a long pause from the actors.

“I remember once in the early films I drew a picture of him during potions class and it wasn’t the most flattering portrait and I could feel him breathing down my neck watching me do it – I was absolutely terrified.”

Fans of the series also paid tribute to Rickman at the event by raising their wands to the sky, mirroring a scene from the seventh film after the death of main character Dumbledore.


Lynch finished the discussion by admiring how Rickman took the role of Snape seriously even though the film was made for children.

“Some adult actors you meet, when you say it’s a children’s book, they won’t take it seriously,” she said.

“He totally gave everything to it and never underestimated Snape and that’s why it’s such a textured and heartbreaking performance.”

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