Actor Alan Rickman attends AOL Build Speaker Series Presents: Alan Rickman at AOL Studios In New York on June 19, 2015 in New York City.
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January 14, 2016 10:37 AM EST

The world is mourning the death of Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. The beloved British actor was especially well known in recent years for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, and tributes began pouring in from fans of the series across the globe after the news was announced Thursday.

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Many have used Twitter to pay homage to Rickman by “raising their wands,” a reference to a touching scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Hogwarts students point their wands to the sky to honor the fallen Dumbledore.

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