Author J.K. Rawling Visits The Empire State Building
Author J.K. Rowling marks the US launch of her non-profit organization at The Empire State Building on April 9, 2015 in New York City.
Cindy Ord—Getty Images
January 14, 2016 10:24 AM EST

British actor Alan Rickman, known to Harry Potter fans as Professor Severus Snape, has died at age 69. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to her very popular Twitter feed to share her reaction to the news, which she called shocking and devastating.

A few minutes later, the author shared another message, expressing her condolences to Rickman’s wife, Rima. After 40 years together, the couple wed in a secret, private ceremony in 2012.

Several of Rickman’s Harry Potter co-stars have shared tributes, memories and messages of mourning as well.

More Must-Read Stories From TIME

Contact us at

Read More From TIME
You May Also Like