It's always sad when someone passes away, but some hit you harder than others. I don't usually get affected when a celebrity passes, because I didn't know them personally. I do, of course, feel sad for them and their family. This one affected me.

I'm sure you have seen the news by now that Alan Rickman passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was a very talented actor who appeared in many films. To name a few: Die Hard, Love Actually, Dogma, Sense and Sensibility, and (of course) the Harry Potter films. You can find his impressive filmography on

When I heard of Alan Rickman's passing I felt the same way I did when I heard John Ritter died. I was (and am) truly sad. Acting careers aside, they both seemed like genuinely nice people. Down to earth and caring individuals who remembered where they came from and were appreciative of what they had.

I've seen a lot of celebrities reacting to Rickman's death and they are all saying very nice things, but the one that got to me the most is Daniel Radcliffe's tribute. I had to stop reading it at one point, because I was about to go on the air and I could already feel the lump in my throat forming.

Entertaiment Weekly has the tribute that Radcliffe wrote for Snape. In the tribute he writes:

“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,” he wrote. “Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”

For the full tribute see the Entertainment Weekly article.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. So, in honor of his great performance as Professor Snape, my wand is up. /*

And this is one of the most touching scenes with Snape. #Always

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