Harry Potter Cast Remembers Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 file photo, actor Alan Rickman poses for photographers on arrival at 'BAFTA A Life In Pictures, with Alan Rickman' in central London. British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company to the “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 69. Rickman’s family said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Some actors of the Harry Potter film series are remembering British actor Alan Rickman as a father figure.

This weekend, actors Rupert Grint and Bonnie Wright joined other stars of the popular saga in Florida for Universal Orlando Resort’s third annual Harry Potter Celebration.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the actors were momentarily speechless Friday night after they were asked about Rickman, who died Jan. 14 at age 69.

In the Harry Potter films, Rickman played Hogwarts teacher Severus Snape.

Wright, who played Ginny Weasley, said Rickman acted as a father figure on a set full of children.

Wright said that coaching “inspired us to have that professionalism.”

Grint played Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley. He said Rickman’s death was “quite a side swipe.”

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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1/30/2016 4:07:42 PM (GMT -6:00)

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