Alan Rickman death: JK Rowling and Harry Potter cast pay tribute to actor
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has led the film's cast and crew in tributes to Alan Rickman, who died aged 69.
She tweeted: "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."
Rowling added: "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."
Daniel Radcliffe, who played the eponymous wizard, called Rickman "undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with".
Contrary to the stern character of Professor Snape he played in the films, Radcliffe remembered him as "extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny".
"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," he wrote.
He concluded his Google+ post: "Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man."
Matthew Lewis, who starred as Neville Longbottom, revealed that he heard the news while at Leavesden studios where the franchise was filmed.
"As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared.
"Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him," he wrote.
Actor James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley, said he was shocked and sad to hear the news.
He tweeted: "One of the nicest actors I've ever met. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time."
Many other friends and stars have also paid tribute to the beloved actor.
TV star Stephen Fry wrote: "What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed his sadness at the news on Twitter, writing: "Very sad to hear that Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the greatest actors of his generation. My thoughts are with his family & friends."
TV personality Piers Morgan lamented "the bloody awful disease" that is cancer, tweeting: "David Bowie dead from cancer at 69. Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69. Two great talents, one bloody awful disease."
Comedian Eddie Izzard said he did not want his heroes to die. He tweeted: "Alan Rickman is dead & he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go."
Singer Alison Moyet started her tribute writing: "All the beauty we have lost this week. There was never justice." She ended her Twitter message writing: "Goodbye Alan Rickman. We shall miss you."
Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison paid tribute to the actor on Instagram.
The recent I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! winner posted: "Absolutely devastated to hear the news that Alan Rickman has died age 69 ... An incredible actor and a huge loss."
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband passed on his condolences to Rickman's wife Rima.
He wrote: "Really sad to hear about Alan Rickman. Brilliant actor, deeply principled man. My heart goes out to Rima and his family."
More Harry Potter stars have expressed their sadness on Twitter.
Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, wrote: "Just had awful news of Alan Rickman's death. Utterly devastated. Nothing more to say at this time."
Warwick Davis tweeted: "So terribly sad to hear of the passing of Alan Rickman. Honoured to have shared the screen with him. #Marvin #Snape He'll be sorely missed."
Actor Will Poulter wrote: "Rest In Peace Alan Rickman. Such sad news. A huge loss."
Jason Isaacs, who played fellow Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, tweeted: "Heartbreaking news about lovely Alan. Nobody else could be as hilarious, tragic, terrifying & truthful all at the same time #RIPAlanRickman."
Dame Helen Mirren said: "Alan was a towering person, physically, mentally and as an artist. He was utterly distinctive, with a voice that could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade, and the profile of a Roman emperor. He was also a great friend, generous and social. He will be very missed by many."