Harry Potter director pays tribute to “mesmeric” Alan Rickman: “a pause could be as dramatic as a page of dialogue”

David Yates, who is currently directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, took the time to write this beautiful celebration of Rickman's acting talent

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Alan Rickman’s skill as an actor was a gift to directors, not least the man tasked with bringing to life the final four Harry Potter films: David Yates.

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The British filmmaker, who directed Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and the two parts of Deathly Hallows, explained to RadioTimes.com why Rickman was such a pleasure to work with.

Yates said that Rickman’s “singular sense of timing” was just one of the great actor’s attributes, adding, “he pretty much stole every scene he was in.”

Yates is currently directing the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them with Eddie Redmayne, but took the time to write this touching tribute. Read it in full below.

“Alan’s performances were always mesmeric, and deliciously detailed – he could transfix an audience with his singular sense of timing – a pause or a breath could be as dramatic and compelling as a page of dialogue – and he pretty much stole every scene he was in as a result. He was, by any measure, a truly great actor and it is very sad he isn’t with us any more.”

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Yates joins many other Harry Potter cast and crew in celebrating Rickman’s life. JK Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have all shared messages, along with many others.

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Long-time collaborator and co-star Emma Thompson also paid tribute to the actor, calling him “the ultimate ally”.