Today is a sad, sad day for Harry Potter fans everywhere. Alan Rickman, perhaps best known for his iconic role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passed away today at the age of 69.
The British star of both stage and screen was battling cancer, sources say. His family reports that he died surrounded by family and friends.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared her condolences via Twitter early this morning.
Harry Potter himself - Daniel Radcliffe - paid tribute to Rickman in a lengthy, heartfelt post on his Google Plus page.
"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."
"I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations," wrote Emma Watson on Facebook. "RIP Alan. We love you." Watson, who starred in the films as Hermione Granger, shared this quote on Twitter shortly afterwards.
Matthew Lewis, who played the role of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, had only kind things to say about Rickman, as evidenced by this moving Instagram post the actor shared earlier today.
James and Oliver Phelps, who portrayed the Weasley twins in the eight-film franchise, expressed their shock on Twitter.
More responses, this time from actresses Anna Kendrick, Chloe Grace Moretz, Connie Britton, and Mia Farrow:
And Boy George, who apparently was a Snape fan as well:
Rickman starred in a slew of films that include Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Love Actually, and was known for his distinctive voice and a stage presence that can never be matched. He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton, whom he first met when they were both in their late teens.