Kathryn Lindsay
January 14, 2016 11:17 am

Harry Potter fans awoke this morning to the truly devastating news of Alan Rickman’s death. The actor, who played the iconic role of Severus Snape in the series, passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 69. While the world is mourning, the cast of Harry Potter is particularly heartbroken to have lost the great man they worked with for ten years. The stars took to social media to express their disbelief, and with each new post, the sadness of his death hits us all over again.

Daniel Radcliffe posted this touching message on Google+:

Emma Watson first posted her sadness on Facebook before turning to Twitter to remind us just how great of a man he was: 

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Weasley twin James Phelps kept it short and sweet:

Matthew Lewis expressed his gratitude for all the actor taught him:

Evanna Lynch had some equally magical words:

Emma Thompson, who worked with Rickman all throughout their careers, left us this touching message:

And, of course, the woman behind the incredible character he so brilliantly brought to life:

(Image via Warner Bros)