Harry Potter Fans Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman

When Alan Rickman left us so suddenly Thursday after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 69, fans of the Harry Potter films were hit hard. It was a time where we all came together to remember a fantastic actor and a man whose iconic portrayal of Severus Snape brought our favorite franchise to life.

While Snape was certainly one of the more controversial characters in the series, particularly after the discourse surrounding his feelings for Lily and how he handled them, he was certainly a beloved and iconic part of the series. Alan Rickman’s portrayal of the character elevated him to a new level, giving him a sort of cool nobility that transcended his morally reprehensible actions in the classroom.

Rickman was perhaps one of the most gifted and well loved actors in the films, rounding out a cast that was supported by some of the best British actors in the business. Fans loved Rickman’s stoic posture, his deep, slow voice, and the way you always felt like he knew more than he let on. He truly brought the character of Snape to life, and it was clear that he cared deeply for the role and was heavily invested in how it played out.

When beloved celebrities pass away, fans leave tributes around their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or outside their homes. Potter fans can’t leave it at just remembering Rickman for who he was as an actor. Instead, fans wanted to remember what he brought to the fictional world they hold so dear. Fans took to iconic Potter landmarks to leave tokens of appreciation.

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4 today.

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A must-see tourist destination for fans wanting to visit a real (well, almost real) location from the books, Platform 9 3/4 has become a place in London where fans can come together. Fans have left bouquets of flowers and cards to show appreciation for Rickman’s contribution to the series.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando, a fan organized a ceremonial raising of the wands in Alan Rickman’s name outside of the Hogwarts Castle. It was organized by Diversely Geek.

“This world and his fandom has been left a legacy of kindness, humor, wit, joy, self confidence, unconditional acceptance and pure positivity,” says the event information on Facebook. “Let’s aspire to be as gentle as this giant and leave happiness and laughter as our legacies.”

The sight is reminiscent of the somber scene of Dumbledore’s death in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Inside the Hogwarts Castle

Fans have also left flowers outside of Snape’s office alongside the queue of the Forbidden Journey ride within the theme park. One eerie token is a lily flower left outside the potions classroom.