- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Some actors of the Harry Potter film series are remembering British actor Alan Rickman as a father figure.

This weekend, actors Rupert Grint and Bonnie Wright joined other stars of the popular saga in Florida for Universal Orlando Resort’s third annual Harry Potter Celebration.

The Orlando Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/23ADHSq ) that the actors were momentarily speechless Friday night after they were asked about Rickman, who died Jan. 14 at age 69.

In the Harry Potter films, Rickman played Hogwarts teacher Severus Snape.

Wright, who played Ginny Weasley, said Rickman acted as a father figure on a set full of children.

Wright said that coaching “inspired us to have that professionalism.”

Grint played Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley. He said Rickman’s death was “quite a side swipe.”

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, https://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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