Rupert Grint is the latest leading “Harry Potter” cast member to react to Alan Rickman’s death. The 27-year-old actor is not on social media, but he released an official statement to express his sympathies.
“I am devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman,” Grint told JustJared.com. “I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous occasions – Even though he has gone – I will always hear his voice. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”
Rickman’s death was confirmed Thursday. The 69-year-old film star had been battling cancer.
Grint played Ron Weasley in eight “Harry Potter” films and started working with Rickman in 2000. The British actors reunited in 2013 for “CBGB,” where Rickman played club owner Hilly Kristal and Grint played The Dead Boys’ guitarist Cheetah Chrome.
In interviews, Grint often mentioned Rickman when he drew a crude comic on the “Potter” set. Grint had been drawing in a notebook while on set when Rickman came up and realized it was a portrait of himself.
“The picture wasn’t nice either,” Grint revealed. “Yeah, I think I exaggerated a few of his features. I won’t go into detail, but he was really cool about it.” Rickman said that he still had it in his possession several years later. Watch the interviews below:
Grint was the final member of the "Golden Trio," the leading characters of the Harry Potter series, to react. Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, wrote a short note on Twitter in addition to retweeting several other cast members' tributes and quotes from Rickman.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 14, 2016
Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular "boy who lived," wrote a tribute on Google+, his only social media account. “People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played,” Radcliffe wrote, “Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”