When the massively talented Alan Rickman died last January, the Harry Potter family and fans honored his legacy with countless tributes. Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in J.K. Rowling’s series, recently opened up to FAULT about the sad day he learned the news.
At the time, he was visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the upcoming movie based on Rowling’s magical universe. (Weird coincidence, right?)
“I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films,” Lewis revealed to the magazine. “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.”
Lewis also shared one of his fondest memories of Rickman — having a simple cup of tea together on his final day of HP filming.
“We just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do,” Lewis said. “He [Rickman] 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.”