Emma Watson’s tribute to actor Alan Rickman has caused a stir on social media.

The pair worked together on the Harry Potter series of films, in which Watson played Hermione and Rickman played Professor Snape.

Rickman’s family announced that he had died yesterday, aged 69, after a battle with cancer.

Watson tweeted with the hashtag “#alanrickman”, with a quote from Rickman which said: “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage.”

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Many took to Twitter to voice extreme opinions of the tweet, suggesting that Watson had exploited the memory of Rickman in order to further an “agenda”.

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However many failed to notice that in a separate tweet, Watson shared a screenshot of a Facebook post in which she said: “I’m very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special made and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you”.

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The actor was known for a multitude of roles and played Hans Gruber in Die Hard, a role he was offered two-days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41.

Rickman found a new fanbase after playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series of films.

He also played a lawyer in Dark Harbor who has a male lover, and the pair plot to kill his wife.

The star was also known for playing the sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

As well as appearing on film, however, Rickman was well known for his work on stage.

The star graduated from Rada, and also directed several stage productions.

He met his wife Rima Horton, an economics lecturer, and they got together in 1965. They eventually married in 2012.

The actor’s agent confirmed his death today, and that he was surrounded by friends and family.