‘Harry Potter’ Star Matthew Lewis Remembers the Late Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman continues to influence those he left behind.

In a recent interview with FAULT magazine, Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis opened up about the day he found out that his co-star passed away. The actor revealed that he was on the set of upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with the film’s producer when the news broke.

“We were both just completely stunned,” he shared. “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.”

Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, went on to say that Rickman offered him some important advice. “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.”

Rickman passed in January at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Lewis and the cast of Harry Potter — including Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe — paid tribute.