Society’s special tribute to much-loved Rickman

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While the world mourns the loss of Alan Rickman, a group of students have come up with their own tribute for the much-loved actor.

The star of stage, TV and films including Harry Potter died from cancer yesterday, aged 69.

Now, the Harry Potter Society at the University of Central Lancashire is to hold its own tribute to the actor, recreating a scene from the films.

Society chairman James Hofstetter, 19, said: “Alan Rickman played a big part in Harry Potter, he was Severus Snape, and we thought we have to do something to celebrate his life.

“We decided to put on a memorial service outside, next to the UCLan library, on the big grassy area.

“We wanted to recreate one of the scenes in Harry Potter when they lift their wands up to the sky; we are going to do that with candles.

“When Dumbledore died, everybody at Hogwarts raised up their wands with a light on to the sky. Some members of the committee are going to read out a few poems.

“It will just be a nice way for us to celebrate his life.”

James has set up a page on Facebook for the event, planned for 4pm on Saturday, and is hoping dozens of people will turn out.

Anybody who attends is asked to take a pound to be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the film series’ cast and crew in tributes to the actor.

She tweeted: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.”