Although only one month has passed in 2016, fans have already had to say goodbye to a number of beloved Hollywood icons in such a short period of time. One of the many legends we lost last month was Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Over the weekend, Harry Potter fans from around the world gathered at Universal Studios Orlando, where a new video was taken, courtesy of Inside the Magic, to pay tribute to the late actor by raising their wands.
This homage to Alan Rickman took place at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016, an annual event that has taken place ever since the theme park opened at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section back in 2010. Since this was the first public event that took place after the late actor's death, it's not surprising that fans turned out in droves to say goodbye to the actor, who played Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter movies. While they weren't seen in this video, other franchise stars such as Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis were present for the Expo portion of the weekend's festivities.
After a number of minor roles in British TV shows, Alan Rickman made his feature film debut in the 1988 action classic Die Hard, portraying the iconic villain Hans Gruber. He went on to star as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, along with roles in Bob Roberts, Sense and Sensibility and Dogma before he took on the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He reprised that role in all of the following Harry Potter movies, which earned $2.39 billion domestically throughout its theatrical run.
The Harry Potter franchise will continue this year with the prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which follows the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Since this story takes place 70 years before Harry and his friends ever set foot in Hogwarts, we won't be seeing these young magicians in the movie, and it seems unlikely that we'll get to see a younger version of Snape or any of the other magical professors as well, since the story is set in New York and not London. Still, there will likely be a few connections to this wizarding world in the prequel, but we'll have to wait and see.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theaters on November 18, and will be the first of a new trilogy. It isn't known if this trilogy will eventually connect to the first Harry Potter movie, but if that is the case, then perhaps we'll get to see a younger version of Alan Rickman's Snape on the big screen. While we wait for more updates, take a look at the fans' touching tribute to the late great Alan Rickman.