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Stars remember the magic of actor Alan Rickman

Jaleesa M. Jones
Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape in a scene from the motion picture, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."

The world lost a little more magic on Thursday following reports that Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the classic Harry Potter films, died of cancer. He was 69.

In the wake of the announcement, friends, fans, industry peers and organizations alike took to social media to express their grief and reflect on their memories of the beloved British star, who rose to acclaim in other movies such Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Love Actually.  

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“Alan’s enormous strength of character infused every character he played," Sigourney Weaver said in a statement. "Who else could have brought such pain and wit to Snape? He used his talent always to make a difference, his production of Rachel Corrie being one of the most powerful examples. I can’t believe he’s gone.”

Daniel Radcliffe reflected on the veteran actor's benevolence in a Google+ post, noting how strikingly different he was from the "sterner" characters he played and how gently instructive he was to young actors.

"As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child," he wrote. "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."

Reports: Actor Alan Rickman dies of cancer

In a tribute posted to Facebook, Emma Watson added: “I’m very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you.”

Creator J.K. Rowling and actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter, echoed Watson's sentiments and joined the scores of celebrities publicly extending their condolences.