Aside from launching the careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the Harry Potter franchise also launched Alan Rickman even further into the public consciousness as Snape.
For his part, Rickman was more than willing to help his fellow actors with their respective careers and imparted advice whenever asked of him. Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, recently talked about Rickman's impact on his life and career and, to be honest, it's kind of heartbreaking.
Longbottom - sorry, Lewis - discussed the moment when he found that Rickman died. "I was at Leavesden Studios the other day, visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films. He was taking me around the studio when the news came through. We were both just completely stunned. But also, to be in the studio when that came through, suddenly every room that I went into, every corridor that I walked down on, I suddenly remembered a story or an image of Alan. It got a bit odd. It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there."
"All those happy memories came flooding back and I got quite nostalgic actually. I went back home last night and just watched loads of interviews with him. It’s hard to describe."
"On his last day, I had a cup of tea with him in his trailer and we just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do. He just offered me advice in where I should go and he said some things to me that filled me with a lot of confidence. And when you hear those sorts of things from someone of his stature, his ability, it means a lot."
Shut up, you're crying.
Via Fault Magazine