Matthew Lewis Discusses The Passing Of His ‘Harry Potter’ Mentor, Alan Rickman

With the passing of Alan Rickman, many of his fellow actors spoke out with fond remembrance, especially from the Harry Potter cast. From the sounds of things, Rickman, despite being an adult and established actor, often took time of the younger cast members to offer up advice and to make sure that they were heard. Daniel Radcliffe wrote a moving blog post about his relationship with the actor, and Matthew Lewis, Neville Longbottom himself, spoke about the impact Rickman had on his life in a new interview with FAULT Magazine.

When asked about how he reacted when he heard that Rickman had passed, Lewis had nostalgic words about his time with Rickman on the Harry Potter sets.

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.

By all accounts, Alan Rickman was generous with his time and was genuinely interested in helping the younger actors who he worked with find their place in the industry. Actors like Rickman don’t come along very often, and his legacy of kindness will live on like his many films.

(Via FAULT Magazine)