Alan Rickman’s passing made the beginning of 2016 a devastating time for us all. As we mourned the loss of this extraordinary man, we spent our time reading all the wonderful words his Harry Potter family had to say when referring to the unforgettable Professor Snape. Even to this day, actors such as Matthew Lewis (aka Neville Longbottom) have nothing but love for their time with Rickman.
While talking with Fault Magazine, Lewis opened up about discovering that Alan Rickman had passed on. “I was at Leavesden Studios … 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,” stated Matthew. “We were both just completely stunned.”
Though the news of Alan’s death left Matthew shocked, he felt that he was in the right place at the right time. As he walked through the studio where the Harry Potter films were created, beautiful memories of Alan Rickman flooded Lewis’ mind. The actor explained, “It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there … I got quite nostalgic actually.” Later on, when Matthew left the studio, he spent the rest of the night watching Alan’s old interviews to celebrate his fulfilling life.
Though he spent many years working with Rickman, one specific memory stands out amongst the rest in Lewis’ mind. “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,” explained Matthew. “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.”
Just like Matthew Lewis, we plan to hold wonderful memories of Alan Rickman close to our hearts. Always.